Brazil’s troubled state oil firm Petrobras faces possible new legal challenges from a coalition of groups representing international investors based in Europe, according to Reuters.
The financially hobbled and corruption-racked company is being sued over alleged fraud-related losses the investors suffered on its shares and bonds traded outside the Americas.
It all relates to the now infamous bribes-for-inflated-contracts scandal that has been unravelling for two years around Petrobras. In Brazil the case has seen prosecutions brought and won against several company executives and politicians of the ruling Workers Party who took kickbacks from the graft payments.
The investor coalition, the Netherlands-based Sichting Petrobras Compensation Fund (SCPF) has written to Petrobras calling for settlements in redress for its clients’’ losses. If no out-of-court deal is forthcoming the SCPF believes it has grounds to sue the company under European law because Petrobras shares were traded on the Madrid stock exchange.
US investors in Petrobras have already filed suit in a New York federal court.