Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


One of the ships operated by Alpesca. (Photo: Stockfile)

Justice investigates alleged 'stripping' of Alpesca

Click on the flag for more information about Argentina ARGENTINA
Monday, November 26, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)

The Office of Puerto Madryn, Province of Chubut, will investigate whether there were suspicious maneuvers that may have facilitated the alleged asset stripping of the firm Alpesca, which is the largest fish processing company in the Patagonian town.

The complaint was transferred from the Attorney General in Rawson and it is a shorthand version of the legislative session in which the provincial deputy Jerónimo García reported on a series of alleged irregularities to de-capitalize the company.

This de-capitalization could have been performed by payments made to firms in Mar del Plata, whose main shareholders would be the same as those of Alpesca, or by selling boats to these groups, Diario Jornada reported.

The chief prosecutor, Daniel Báez, said that "what we must analyze is the documentation itself to see if the sale complies with the precautions required by law."

"It is a presentation in which from the Legislature we are forwarded the stenographic record of Garcia´s statements. It was approved in legislation and it is sent to the Attorney. From there, due to a jurisdictional issue, it is re-sent to Madryn," the lawyer explained.

The document describes "the sale of two ships" and mentions "two lawyers from the area." The companies involved would belong to the same owners as those of Alpesca.

"The legal definition that exists in the Argentinean legislation, when we speak of asset stripping, is a detriment to the company itself," stated Baez.

The chief prosecutor said that at present these are all assumptions. However, he stressed: "But if a company has vessels among its capital and these boats disappear from the assets of the business, stripping is a hypothesis that should be investigated."

The fishing entrepreneur Omar Segundo is primarily interested in acquiring the firm, but first he needs about ARS 15 million (USD 3.1 million) to settle the purchase of Alpesca.

Meanwhile, Governor Martin Buzzi cautiously expressed that "the only way in which any participant can get a loan is to have real guarantees and the business operation is performed through the Bank of Chubut."

During the legislative session in which Garcia denounced the alleged irregularities, it was stressed: "We must remember that the boats own the quotas, thereby the fishing capacity is also transferred. Alpesca is worthwhile because it had 21,000 million tonnes of fishing capacity."

"But those who are selling and buying are the two lawyers who work in the same law firm, share the same law firm and this generates some kind of suspicion."

Related article:

- Alpesca agrees with unions on not firing workers

By Analia Murias
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com

 


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Australia
Apr 21, 11:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Shark exclusion: Project Aims to Catch Clean Royal Red Prawns
United States
Apr 19, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Dolphin-Safe Monitoring Program's Annual Report
Japan
Apr 17, 17:00 (GMT + 9):
Easter recess
European Union
Apr 17, 05:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - European Parliament agrees to Fisheries Partnership Agreements with Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles
Russian Federation
Apr 17, 05:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fishing vessel Taurus joins the Russian fleet
China
Apr 17, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
Haiku records strong decrease in profits
New Zealand
Apr 17, 03:30 (GMT + 9):
Fisheries Amendment Bill could affect iwi firms
Ecuador
Apr 17, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
Shrimp firms lay off over 400 workers
Norway
Apr 17, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
Salmon price status at week 16
Mexico
Apr 17, 01:40 (GMT + 9):
Identification of wild and farmed shrimp origin sought
Australia
Apr 17, 00:50 (GMT + 9):
Tassal's salmon farm achieves ASC certification
United Kingdom
Apr 16, 23:50 (GMT + 9):
Scottish fish landings value drops
Spain
Apr 16, 23:20 (GMT + 9):
Galicia announces 40 pc increase in aid for scrapping fishing vessels
United States
Apr 16, 22:50 (GMT + 9):
Acidic waters make fish prone to predators
Peru
Apr 16, 22:10 (GMT + 9):
Seafood for direct human consumption grows



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Easter recess
Japan In observance of Easter, FIS.com will not be publishing articles in its World News section on 17-18 April.
Shrimp firms lay off over 400 workers
Ecuador Two processing and exporting shrimp firms from Costa Rica have been forced to lay off 412 employees since October last year, following a sharp drop in production.
Haiku records strong decrease in profits
China Chinese seafood processors, Haikui Seafood’s revenue decreased by 39.7 per cent compared to 2012 as a result of the challenging market environment affecting the industry in the country.
Salmon price status at week 16
Norway Fresh salmon export volumes for week 15 are up 2,409 tonnes compared to week 14 and up 6,172 tonnes compared to week 15, 2013, reports Fish Pool ASA.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Pescanova, S.A. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Limited
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC International Fisheries Corp. - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel ehf - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Grupo Calvo - Luis Calvo Sanz, S.A. (Group Headquarter)
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council  - MSC Worldwide
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2014 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER