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KBL and La Mondiale Lose Bid to Get Madoff-Linked Funds

Bloomberg has reported that the Luxembourg justice decided that UBS AG doesn’t have to pay back KBL Richelieu and insurer La Mondiale about $4 million from an Access International Advisors LLC fund that had invested with Bernard Madoff.

The “extraordinary” situation shows how difficult it is for courts “to address the legitimate interest of the custodian” and “of investors who’ve suffered a loss,” said Damien Byrne Hill, a partner specializing in litigation for financial institutions at Herbert Smith in London, quoted by Bloomberg.

By the why what did state the ALFI before the EFAMA one month ago ? ALFI stated that "The first Luxembourg court ruling concerning the Madoff-Luxalpha affair (the ruling on the ODDO case) has shown that the Luxembourg courts are ready to make rapid, firm decisions in favour of investors". ALFI added "even though the legal basis in this specific case does not apply to all investors (ODDO had asked to redeem its shares before the fraud was uncovered)."

Bloomberg observes that KBL Richelieu, a French wealth-management company, and La Mondiale said they had made a redemption request on Nov. 14, almost a month before Madoff was charged with securities fraud.

As I said the legal and regulatory framework in Luxembourg is so confused because of what professionals call "pragmatism" (clear and pragmatic legal and regulatory framework) that there are uncertainties for investors in the lawsuits.

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