April 21, 2022
Weston portfolio companies issued legal proceedings in the Supreme Court of Mauritius in 2016 against Nomura for USD1.06 billion citing Nomura’s legacy transaction misconduct and rampant securities mis-selling fraud. The 6 year old lawsuit alleges that senior executives of NIP and NBI in London led by former NIP EMEA CEO Sadeq Sayeed, with the full knowledge of Nomura Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors currently led by NHI CEO Kentaro Okuda, undertook a 19-year USD9.15 billion securities issuance and money laundering fraud (2003-2022) in partnership with the most corrupt bank in the history of Indonesia formerly known as PT Bank Century TBK and now operating under the J Trust Co Ltd (8508.T) banner led by CEO Nobuyoshi Fujisawa. The Indonesia Deposit Insurance Corporation (“IDIC”), previously run by Indonesian Ministry of State Owned Enterprises Deputy Minister Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, has led the Indonesian government's kleptocratic Bank Century fraud coverup since 2008. “The IDIC and Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights, led by Minister Yasonna Laoly, are widely believed to have incurred legal expenses in excess of USD150 million concealing 20 years of Bank Century and Bank Indonesia audit and money laundering fraud while litigating over USD6 billion of Bank Century theft, embezzlement and global money laundering legal claims since 2003”, said a Weston spokesman.
From 2003 to 2008 Nomura underwrote and delivered to Bank Century over USD773.5 million of complex, fraudulent equity-linked securities supported by multiple tiers of secondary and tertiary NBI and NIP issued securities all secured from inception by First Global Funds Limited PCC (“FGFL”) Mauritian preference shares backed by notes and shares of over 50 bankrupt and defunct Indonesian and BVI shell companies. The fraudulently designed Nomura publicly listed securities issuances had the effect of convincing Bank Indonesia regulators and over 20 global bank securitized lenders to Bank Century that these securities were worth at least 100% of par value. However, every single one of the 200 Nomura issued and FGFL acquired securities were worthless from inception and defaulted at a perfect 0.00% of Par Value from 2008 to 2019 giving Nomura the unique global distinction of defaulting on all USD9.15 billion of Nomura / Bank Century securities issuances, a feat unmatched even in the U.S. sub-prime Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Global Financial Crisis of 2008.
Nomura’s former CEO in London, Sadeq Sayeed, along with Nomura internal and external legal counsel, documented and approved these rogue transactions before resigning from Nomura in 2010 with a golden parachute exit bonus reported to be at £22 million. Sayeed left Nomura with over USD8 billion of losses on NIP’s disastrous acquisition of Lehman Brothers and over USD8 billion of legacy losses, lawsuits and litigation claims tied to sub-prime RMBS mis-selling sanctions, fraud exposure losses to accused swindler Bernie Madoff (USD358.9 million), speculative losses on the Icelandic banking system implosion (USD425 million) and Nomura derivatives fraud in Italy (USD493 million), specifically the audit fraud Nomura allegedly enabled at Banca Monte dei Paschi di Sienna (BPMS. MI) in Italy. Nomura’s USD9.15 billion securities fraud at Bank Century enabled the Bank’s controlling shareholders and Indonesian government kleptocrats directed by former Bank Indonesia Governor and ROI Vice President Boediono, to steal and launder over USD3.0 billion from global banks in Mauritius, Amsterdam, Singapore, Dubai, Zurich, Cyprus, London and New York, amongst other jurisdictions. Former Nomura CEO Sayeed has since been indicted, convicted and sentenced to 4.8 years in jail in the Milan Courts (pending appeal) in 2019 for aiding and abetting over €2 billion of audit fraud at Banca Monte dei Paschi from 2009 to 2015. He remains free on appeal and is expected to be summoned to Mauritius to testify in the upcoming Weston v. Nomura fraud and money laundering trial.
Weston is making a new request to Nomura’s CEO Kentaro Okuda to self-report the USD9.15 billion Nomura / Bank Century securities and money laundering fraud to global regulators, “It is time for Nomura Tokyo and CEO Okuda to finally come clean on Nomura’s past global securities fraud misconduct. USD9.15 billion of Nomura’s fraudulent securities issuances to Bank Century has enabled over USD6.0 billion of audit, embezzlement and global money laundering fraud by the most corrupt bank ever created in South East Asia. Nomura single-handedly enabled these frauds and without Nomura’s 127 fraudulent securities issuances, the taxpayers of Indonesia would never have been defrauded of such enormous sums. Unfortunately, former and current Nomura senior board-level executives have condoned, aided and abetted this fraud for unjust enrichment and have now spent 12 years illicitly concealing it”, the Weston spokesman stated.
Nomura’s History of Indonesian Misconduct
From early 2003 to 2008, Nomura was repeatedly called on by convicted fraudster Robert Tantular to create complex par value Mauritian share linked securities to support fraudulent Bank Indonesia Capital Adequacy Ratio (“CAR”) regulatory capital filings of three bankrupt banks in Indonesia, namely Bank CIC, Bank Pikko and Bank Danpac, all controlled by Robert Tantular, a notorious Chinese Indonesian banker in Jakarta. Tantular’s three banks were attempting to execute a planned merger in 2003 and 2004 and desperately needed assets that would qualify as regulatory capital in order for Bank Indonesia, the country’s Central Bank, to approve the merger. Tantular used fronting entities to approach Nomura in London in early 2003 to assist him in perpetrating a massive regulatory, embezzlement and money laundering fraud. Nomura, through two of its London based Senior Managing Directors and legal team, was highly aware of Tantular’s previous frauds and his ban from the Indonesian banking industry for life as well as Bank CIC’s impending bankruptcy, yet worked with Tantular on a racketeering scheme to create a series of overly complex 3-tiered bond repackagings using fraudulently issued Mauritian preference shares and knowingly joined Tantular’s USD3 billion global embezzlement and money laundering feast.
From 2008 to 2019, NIP ordered the cancellation of USD9.15 billion of ISIN and Luxembourg Stock Exchange listed public and private securities in Clearstream and Euroclear after 100% of the 127 issuances defaulted at a perfect 0.00% of par value without the knowledge or permission of the Weston Ad Hoc Bondholders Committee holding USD800 million of these defaulted securities. A Weston spokesman said, “Nomura has committed over USD9.15 billion in total acts of securities fraud and concealment of cash and securities money laundering for over 19 years. It is time for Nomura CEO Okuda to self-report these serious infractions to the Mauritius Financial Services Commission, the US SEC, the US Department of Justice, the US Treasury Financial Action Task Force, the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the UK National Crime Agency and accept the appropriate penalties to absolve Nomura from its Legacy Transactions misconduct.”.
Weston Proposals to Nomura
Over the life of the USD12 billion Nomura / Bank Century Global Ponzi Scheme, NIP/NBI and NHI underwrote, issued, guaranteed, layered, and placed USD9.15 billion of securities and loans into Bank Century and the global banking system. Nomura then proceeded to cancel all 127 issuances for USD9.15 billion, therefore, committing a further 127 acts of concealment fraud representing potential regulatory violations of global anti-money laundering fraud laws totaling USD18.30 billion.
Weston is now requesting that Nomura begin discussions to restructure the USD9.15 billion of Nomura / Bank Century securities and loan issuances. Weston is addressing these demands directly to Nomura’s Board of Directors, CEO Okuda, CFO Takumi Kitamura, and recently appointed Independent Director, Laura Unger. Weston is disclosing herein its minimum criteria to Nomura’s Board of Directors to forestall further action by the Weston Ad Hoc Bondholders Group. A partial list of Weston requirements is disclosed for your consideration below:
Weston is calling for NHI to accept Weston’s requirements for Nomura to order an immediate voluntary rescission of all USD9.15 billion Nomura / Bank Century securities cancellations and restore them to their pre-maturity default status while ordering the par value (plus statutory interest) repurchase of USD800 million of the Weston Bondholder Committee owned securities as well as ordering the cash re-payment for USD100.00 for 7,217,207 FGFL Preference Shares, cash re-payment of USD26 million for mistakenly redeemed Westdeutsche Landesbank, London Branch Variable Rate Certificates of Deposit (“VRCDs”) ISIN#XS0177710356 and cash repayment of USD52 million for mistakenly redeemed National Australia Bank (“NAB”) VRCDs ISIN#XS0179785190 due November 30, 2008;
Weston is calling for NHI to agree to self-report and file ex post facto Suspicious Activities Reports (“SARs”) in the jurisdictions of New York, Tokyo, London, and Mauritius with details of each of the 127 Nomura / Bank Century related securities issuances describing specific acts of securities and money laundering fraud to global regulators inclusive of the US SEC, US Department of Justice, US Treasury FINCEN, Mauritius Financial Services Commission, UK FCA and UK NCA;
Weston is calling for NHI to agree to re-deposit USD156 million received from the Tarquin Ltd. / Telltop Holdings Ltd. Swiss Court Decision against PT Bank J Trust Indonesia TBK and the Indonesia Deposit Insurance Corporation in 2015 and forfeit USD87 million of Bank Century wired structuring fees and USD172 million of in-kind upfront bonus consideration Nomura / Bank Century securities issuances paid by Bank Century and Robert Tantular to Nomura under the table from 2003 to 2008. This represents a forfeit of unjust enrichment to be paid to the Weston Bondholders Committee Litigation Recovery Escrow Account;
Weston is calling for Nomura to agree to immediately appoint an independent external auditor to audit and investigate the USD9.15 billion of fraudulent Nomura / Bank Century securities issuances to Bank Century and the USD9.15 billion Aggregate Principal Maturity Redemption defaults at 0.00% of par value for US SEC and UK FCA securities law infractions, NHI, NIP and NBI audit fraud violations, NIP and NBI bank wire fraud violations and anti-money laundering violations, amongst other infractions;
Weston is calling for Nomura to agree to immediately fund the Weston Bondholders Committee to pay for external restructuring advisors and legal advisors fees to advise on the restructuring of the USD9.15 billion Nomura / Bank Century securities issuances in the amount of USD30 million;
Weston notes that the letter to the Nomura Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors should not be construed in any matter whatsoever as a waiver or a novation of the claims made before the Supreme Court of Mauritius (SC/COM/MOT/00079/2016), (SC/COM/WRT/00080/2016), (SC/COM/PWS/01016/2016), (SCR 5A/35/15) and for any pleadings filed before the Supreme Court of Mauritius or any other courts.
In conclusion, Weston notes that the above listed requests must be responded to within fourteen (14) days of receipt of this letter in order for the Weston Ad Hoc Bondholders Committee to forestall further disclosures and legal actions that may result in global regulatory repercussions for Nomura.
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