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Do as I say not as I do

Some European jurisdictions like Switzerkand or Luxembourg or the UK may be upset and think that the USA are willing to kill their business.

The USA raises actual problems with Libor or the use of banking secrecy in Switwerland or Luxembourg.

However I wish the USA and Obama were more balanced by admitting their own responsibilities in the current mess and taking corrective actions :
- It seems that the subprime issue was hushed up.
- Jurisdictions like Delaware are not controlled and it seems there is no will to control.

In medio stat virtus.



To whom it may concern in Luxembourg: You liked the Madoff affair; you will enjoy the Apollonia Affair

There is currently a very huge issue in France in the real estate sector with notaries, bankers and other professionals involved in a massive fraud.

Like for Madoff that was an American issue for some in Luxembourg some (the same?) might say it is a French issue. I am afraid not.

Guess where the money went?

LUX-EM-BOURG of course.

Once more, still and always the same destination that is said to be “business friendly”.

I keep saying that the Corporate Registration is a mess with many red flags and those who leave this mess by not controlling or not willing to control what is going on are responsible for every case involving Luxembourg with a bad reputation of tax haven: not as a country where there is no tax, but as a lax jurisdiction, “business friendly” some say, with definitely a collateral damage for the financial sector.

Let’s have a look on the company in the Memorial C:  BO&ZIN S.A. (R.C.S. Luxembourg B 125.374.)

As usual I can see the same kind of red flags when I analyze the publications

The company was created on 14 March 2007 by a French couple residing in Switzerland and represented by a Belgian citizen.

Directors were:


- Marc Schintgen

- Michal Wittmann



The statutory auditor was ALPHA EXPERT S.A. (RCS B 88.567)

Statutes were modified on 18 April 2007The couple was represented once more by the same Belgian citizen.

AUDIT & COMPLIANCE s. à r.l. supervised the contribution of a French company called Apollonia S.A.S. with an increase of the capital (Audit & Compliance no longer exists: it joined PwC)

On 11 July 2008 ALPHA MANAGEMENT SERVICES (LUXEMBOURG) S.A, Marc Schintgen and Michal Wittmann resigned. The couple Jean Badache and Viviane Badache became directors, Jean badache being chairman of the board.



It seems that the couple never came to Luxembourg in 2007:  they were represented twice before the notary.

At the time of the assignment of AUDIT & COMPLIANCE s. à r. l., the issue was not known. However I wish these experts in compliance (see their PR when the firm was launched) would have been more sceptical ; they should have seen blatant red flags:

Marc Schintgen, director, was as well director of the auditor ALPHA EXPERT S.A. since 30 August 2005  (and renewed  late 2007)

ALPHA EXPERT S.A was created on 23 July 2002 by ALPHA MANAGEMENT SERVICES (LUXEMBOURG) S.A. and Philippe Lanciers, who is presented as chartered accountant sales engineer Solvay (“expert comptable, ingénieur commercial Solvay”), which sounds quite strange.

Alpha Expert is registered as Chartered accountant (www.oec.lu), but ALPHA MANAGEMENT SERVICES (LUXEMBOURG) does not seem to be.


ALPHA MANAGEMENT SERVICES (LUXEMBOURG) presents itself as a fiduciary: they are neither a chartered accountant, nor a chartered auditor (“réviseur d’entreprises” in Luxembourg)




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Transparency in Luxembourg

Documents relating to the Becca affair were made public by the legislature.

As it is a sensitive affair with critical questions about actual conflicts of interest in the jurisdiction between politicians on the one hand and businessmen on the other hand, this exercice of transparency is very good.

However, I still wonder the reason why some government members did not verify public sources (Corporate Registration) as they raise true questions about the businessman they decided to support.

And I wish CSSF were involved. Because of OLOS, a real estate affair has become a concern for Luxembourg as a financial center that is said to be regulated.



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