miércoles, 9 de abril de 2014
A letter from the lawyers of Davos International Bank: case Derwick Associates
I have received this letter (below) from a Legal firm from Antigua, called Lake and Kentish, founded by Dame Bernice V. Lake.
This letter is in regards of my post about Derwick Associates having an account in Davos International Bank. This post was based on information in my possession. Contrary to what this letter from the Antigua folks claims, I did do what should be done: call the company to verify the information. I did call on Friday last week and was told that the person I was calling, Mr. Andres Coles, was not in the office. I was calling Mr. Andres Coles because he is the person signing the disclaimer about Derwick NOT having an account with Davos.
Mr. Coles called me on Monday and we had a very cordial chat in which he did not deny the existence of a Derwick account in Davos International Bank. He simply did not know, but said that, in any event, this bank and Davos financial Corporation were separate entities. This is what I published, after talking to Mr. Coles. Therefore I see no reason for this letter from Antigua. However, I have no problems in posting this letter in my blog, because I just want the truth about the link between PDVSA and Derwick Associates to come out. I like to think of myself as a PDVSA's self-appointed trustee since I became a member of its first Board, back in 1976.
The letter from the Antigua legal firm, founded by Dame Bernice V. Lake, follows because I believe it is a step forward in the disclosures about this relationship between Derwick and PDVSA. I like to do things right. At the end I will just make a final comment:
THIS IS THE LETTER:
LAKE & KENTISH
Founded by DAME BERNICE V. LAKE, Q.c. dec,d Barristers & Attorneys-at-Law
KENDRICKSON H. KENTISH, LL.B (U.W.I.) L.E.C.. Notary Public GEORGE C. LAKE, B.A. LLB (HON)(LOND) LE.C. Trade Mark Agents
Associates KATHLEEN A. BENNETT, LLB (Hons)(WOLV), BVDip (NLS), L.E.C. AMAYA M. ATHILL, LLB (Hons)(Lond), BPTC, L.E.C., LL.M
Telephone: (268) 462-1012/4869 36 Long Street FAX: (268) 462-2568 P.O. Box 512 E-mail: email@example.com St. John's
Antigua, W. I.
Please reply to: 6th April 2014
Mr Gustavo Coronel Las Armas de Coronel Mclean Virginia United States of America
Re Davos International Bank ltd
We represent Davos International Bank in Antigua. In that regard, we are being led by Mr Anthony Astaphan Sc. Our client's attention has been drawn to your blog commentary involving their business published on April 6th 2014 (today).
We hereby put you on notice that the information you have published is false. Derwick Associates is not a current client of the Bank The facts are that in 2010 the Davos Bank dismissed three former managing executives of the organization, namely Mr. Rodrigo Fernandez, Andres Sotillo and Jose Daniel Carrillo (currently the principals of Barnett Capital Bank in Dominica), for several wrongdoings including a series of suspected activities reported to the banking authorities for their full investigation, involving transactions with politically exposed persons.
The former executives (who were at that time in full control of the management and operations of the bank), evaded internal controls and acted without the knowledge of the shareholders of Davos International Bank. These manifestly unlawful activities has led to litigation in Antigua where we represent the bank.
We are in the process of filing an amended claim against Mr. Rodrigo Fernandez, Andres Sotillo and Jose Daniel Carrillo and others.
Our client's amended case is premised on documents prepared by Mr. Rodrigo Fernandez, Andres Sotillo and Jose Daniel Carrillo and credible forensic reports
Further, we and our client are cooperating fully with the Antiguan authorities. This we are doing in order to protect the integrity of Davos from the harm caused by Mr. Rodrigo Fernandez, Andres Sotillo and Jose Daniel Carrillo, and to make the aforesaid individuals accountfor their actions.
We are therefore instructed to put you on notice of a defamatory campaign orchestrated by Mr. Rodrigo Fernandez, Andres Sotillo and Jose Daniel Carrillo,the current principals of Barnett Capital Bank in Dominica. This campaign includes an extortive litigation initiated by them in Florida, all of this with the hope of burying the facts.
In all of the circumstances therefore, fairness and justice demand that you also publish this letter in your blog so that your readers can be made aware of the facts. Our client and its attorneys are willing to co-operate with you in bringing all of the facts to your readers. However and in the meantime, we are instructed to demand that you cease and desist from writing any unverified information against Davos or its shareholders without first seeking confirmation from the directors of Davos or us. If necessary we will refer you to the attorneys in the United States for further information.
We expect you to act accordingly and reserve our right to seek legal remedies,
I have published the letter, as you wished me to do, and I take due notice that your letter affirms that Derwick Associates does not have an account at the Bank at this moment. In this respect I have no reason not to believe you and gladly make a retraction. I should have said in my post that Derwick Associates had an account at the bank you represent, since accounts, of course, can be closed at any time. I apologize for this.
As I explained to Mr. Coles on the telephone, I am not primarily interested at this time in Davos Financial or in Mr. David Osio's business, which is well known by us Venezuelans. I am after the truth about Derwick Associates. If in the future I obtain information about the links between Derwick Associates and the Davos Group I simply would do the same I did this time: I wiould talk to Davos' management, hoping they can give me an explanation. When things are legitimate and transparent, explanations are easy to give.
Finally, I do not like to be threatened and I resent legalese. I rather talk with managers who speak my language.
If at all possible, please do not contact me again,