RIGA - A ruling delivered by Riga Regional Court in a legal dispute between the state-owned company Reap and former Parex Bank co-owners and board members Valerijs Kargins and Viktors Krasovickis has come into force, LETA was told at the court.
As reported, in August 2022, Riga Regional Court ordered former Kargins and Krasovickis to pay EUR 81,180,583 compensation to Reap.
Riga Regional Court earlier ruled in favor of Kargins and Krasovickis, Reap then appealed the court ruling to the Supreme Court, which overturned the verdict and returned the case to Riga Regional Court.
The case goes back to a EUR 85.5 million lawsuit that Reverta, the successor to Parex Bank's rights and liabilities, brought against Kargins and Krasovickis. The court said that the amount of the compensation was determined by damages Parex Bank sustained due to its deals and transactions with third parties.
Reverta claimed that loan and deposit agreements that were concluded between January 1, 1995, and December 5, 2008, between the bank and its two former board members, who were also the bank's majority shareholders, as well as with other persons related to them. A series of transactions were concluded in violation of the bank's interests. Terms applied to the bank were particularly disadvantageous and much different than those which would usually apply to agreements concluded by unrelated parties. During the stated period, the two former board members enriched themselves at the bank's expense.
The Supreme Court's Chamber of Civil Cases decided in October 2016 that Kargins and Krasovickis had to pay Reverta a total of EUR 4,284,792 in compensation, as well as cover the cost of litigation of EUR 230,550.
As reported, in fall 2008 Parex Bank, the second largest bank in Latvia at the time, sought government assistance to stave off financial trouble brought about by the global financial crisis. To support the failing bank, the Latvian government decided to take over Parex Bank from Kargins and Krasovickis.
The government invested EUR 200 million in the bank, while Kargins and Krasovickis remained in their positions. After signing of the agreement, money continued to flow away from the bank. In total, the government invested EUR 1.7 billion in the bank, of which less than half has been recovered.