Yesterday Rangers International issued a statement saying, “Rangers International Football Club plc (“Rangers”) has instructed the law firm Pinsent Masons, supported by forensic investigators from Deloitte, to investigate the connections between Craig Whyte and former and current personnel of Rangers and its subsidiaries.”
Mr Green is both the club’s former chief executive and is a current director.
So what are Pinsent Masons going to look at?
Sevco 5088 Ltd paid Rangers administrators, Duff and Phelps, an exclusivity fee to become preferred buyers of the company’s assets. The company submitted a formal offer which was accepted irrevocably, whether the pending CVA stood or fell (it fell and liquidators were appointed to flush the club away).
However, Duff and Phelps subsequently reported to creditors that the assets were owned by Sevco Scotland Ltd (subsequently renamed The Rangers Football Club Ltd, which is now wholly owned by Rangers International Football Club PLC).
The entitlement which Sevco 5088 Ltd bought and paid for is now under the control of The Rangers Football Club Ltd.
Two publicly listed companies claim control of Sevco 5088, Worthington Group PLC (Craig Whyte’s vehicle) and Rangers International Football Club PLC (Charles Green’s vehicle).
A director cannot simply transfer a company’s assets to another company without shareholder approval (Peter Lawwell cannot setup Sharp Suit Stadiums Ltd and as a director of Celtic sell his company Celtic Park for ‘a Rangers’ (£1) without attracting the attention of the authorities). The assets can only be transferred by shareholders at a properly constituted and minuted general meeting.
If this authority was not granted, the transfer of assets (or entitlement) did not occur, no matter how long Sharp Suit Stadiums operated an illegal football business from Celtic Park. The stadium, and any other assets, would belong to Celtic.
Law firm, Pinsent Masons, together with forensic investigators from Deloitte, will establish if Sevco 5088 shareholders authorised the company’s entitlement to be passed to The Rangers Football Club Ltd.
The stakes could not be higher.
Just over two weeks ago, Rangers International Football Club PLC director, Charles Green (he still is), through the club web site, said, “In a discussion with Mr Whyte, who taped some conversations, I am alleged to have said: ‘You are Sevco, that’s what we are saying.
“This is correct but at that point I had signed a resignation letter and a stock transfer form because it was decided that a Scottish company should buy a Scottish institution. Sevco 5088 wasn’t required.”
This position is still being represented by the company on their web site. That stock transfer form (again, the existence of which is still being asserted on the company’s web site) will be a document of interest.
This claim by Rangers International PLC was updated by their stock market announcement yesterday morning, where they assert, “in addition to the directorships disclosed in the admission document, Charles Green… held directorships in… Sevco 5088 Ltd”. On the same statement the club admitted to 21 directorial omissions relating to Mr Green and fellow director, Mr Stockbridge.
Yesterday’s stock market statement does clarify one issue. Membership of the SFA was granted to Newco Rangers on the condition that Craig Whyte had nothing to do with the club. The club’s position now is that this is not the case. This club is not a member of the SFA. Peterhead and Queens Park have just had a championship door opened to them.
If you hope for effective oversight from the SFA I suggest you forget it, they are not up to the task and have no intention of applying their own rules. Pinsent Masons, not to mention City Regulators, are another matter. The Rangers International board have taken appropriate steps to quickly clarify matters.
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