SPECIAL REPORT: Greex DEPREDATING the EU BAILOUT!!!

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#1 Aug 6, 2012
SPECIAL REPORT: Clandestine loans were used to fortify Greek bank

(Reuters)- The chairman of one of Greece's largest banks and his family took out loans totaling more than 100 million euros to finance an undisclosed stake in the bank, according to audit documents seen by Reuters.

The disclosure highlights concerns that Greek banks have been borrowing money from each other and using it to meet recapitalization requirements, but not making that clear.

"This (the Greek financial system) is a closed circuit, operating as a system of power with no transparency and effective supervision," said Louka Katseli, professor of economics at the University of Athens and former Greek minister of economy. "Through triangle deals between banks, businessmen and other banks, capitalization requirements were fulfilled WITHOUT new money injected."

In April, a Reuters investigation found that Piraeus had failed to tell shareholders it had rented expensive properties from a network of private companies run by the Sallas family. The bank has sued Reuters for defamation over the story, claiming 50 million euros in damages.

Reuters has also reported allegations of mismanagement at the Proton Bank and at a Cyprus-based bank formerly known as the Marfin Popular Bank that operates in Greece. Proton's former president and major shareholder, Lavrentis Lavrentiadis, has vigorously denied allegations that he used the bank to loan himself and associates hundreds of millions of euros.

Andreas Vgenopoulos, former chairman of Marfin Popular Bank, now renamed Cyprus Popular Bank, has denied conflicts of interest alleged by a Greek parliamentary inquiry and Cypriot lawmakers.

It was Marfin's largest then Greek subsidiary, the Marfin-Egnatia Bank (MEB), that issued the loans to the Sallas family. According to two audit reports on Marfin, the loans were ranked among its riskiest exposures, judged both by their shortfall in collateral, which is mainly Piraeus shares, and risk of future losses to the bank.

The two audit reports, from January and May this year, were shown to Reuters by separate and unconnected sources. They were authenticated in interviews with banking sources and officials in Greece and Cyprus.

Internal Marfin auditors said executives at MEB had "failed to act in the best interests of the bank" by granting successive loans to Sallas to buy his own bank shares. By 2011 his investment in those shares, the auditors found, had "dire prospects" and had been made through special purpose vehicles and with no personal guarantees.

The auditors wrote: "Worth noting is that loan approval took place at a time when it was all but clear that the outlook for the Greek banking sector and by extension for Piraeus stock was deeply negative." The loans were issued "when our Bank was already in a precarious liquidity situation".

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#2 Aug 6, 2012
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According to the records, Sallas first obtained a loan agreement from MEB in May 2009. A facility for up to 150 million euros was signed off by the Marfin group's Vgenopoulos, then executive vice-chairman. A spokesman for Vgenopoulos and Efthymios Bouloutas, the bank's chief executive at the time, declined to comment on the loans due to "banking secrecy legal obligations."

By January last year, according to the first audit report, MEB loans to Sallas companies amounted to 48 million euros. But that month, "another 65 million was used" to purchase shares in Piraeus's 800-million-euro rights issue.

The Sallas family bought their shares via three separate Cyprus-based companies, according to both audit reports. The purchase brought the family's total loans to 113 million euros, secured on collateral estimated to be worth less than 30 million euros, based on Piraeus's recent share price.

The three Cyprus-based companies are Shent Enterprises, which is owned by Sallas and which has 45 million euros in outstanding loans to MEB; Benidver Enterprises, which has 22 million in loans; and KAEO Enterprises, which has 46 million in loans.

Records at Cyprus' corporate registry show that both Benidver and KAEO were owned by Michael Sallas personally until a month before Piraeus's rights issue.

Ownership was switched to two Greek companies linked to the family and in turn owned by a single Cyprus company called Avecmac, whose shareholders are anonymous. But MEB audit documents from 2012 seen by Reuters record Benidver as owned by Sallas' daughter Myrto and KAEO as owned by Sallas' son George.

Avecmac, contacted through its representative in Cyprus, did not respond to requests for comment. Myrto Sallas declined to comment; George Sallas could not be reached.

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“IRONEA 338 B.C.E. ”

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#3 Aug 6, 2012
Pantalakis faces questions over his running of ATEbank, which sold its healthy assets for just 95m last month.

The bank made 150m of loans to the parties PASOK and New Democracy, at the time the hegemonic leaders of the political eliter, which were under collateralised and unserviced until he left;

http://www.newstatesman.com/economics/economi...

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