Alfa-Bank intends to recover almost 6 billion rubles from the Svyaznoy retailer through the court due to a delay in repaying the debt.
The bank filed two corresponding claims with the Moscow Arbitration Court – against Set Svyaznoy LLC and Cypriot DTSRetail Ltd. (owns 69.25% of the retailer), follows from the information in the file of arbitration cases.
The lawsuit against Svyaznoy was registered on July 19, against DTSRetail Ltd. – July 20. A date for the hearing has not yet been set. As a third party in both cases, it is proposed to involve LLC „Merlion” (distributor of IT and home appliances). In a lawsuit against DTSRetail Ltd. the third party is also indicated Set Svyaznoy LLC.
The reason for the claims is an overdue debt, the bank tried to settle the issue out of court, Alfa-Bank’s press service told Interfax.
„Alfa-Bank in any situation seeks to find ways of out-of-court settlement of overdue debts. The filing of a lawsuit was preceded by many months of negotiations with the borrower – for a long time we did not use our legal right to go to court. However, without the readiness of the management of Svyaznoy Group of Companies for a constructive dialogue and fulfillment of our obligations our last, necessary measure is to go to court. This is necessary to protect the interests of our clients-depositors,” the press service of Alfa-Bank said.
The bank added that, despite the filing of a lawsuit, it is open to dialogue with Svyaznoy’s management for a joint search for solutions.
The press service of Svyaznoy refrained from commenting.
In early June, Sovcombank also filed a lawsuit against Svyaznoy in connection with the delay in obligations. The amount of claims is almost 2.5 billion rubles.
Svyaznoy is a retailer of mobile equipment. The federal retail network of the company has over 2.6 thousand stores in 1.1 thousand cities of the Russian Federation. Svyaznoy also provides financial services and develops a sales network for Apple technology under the Cstore brand.