Paolo Rocca Teléfono: Techint y Tenaris en el caso Lava-Jato y en los offshore leaks

Los medios nacionales ni siquiera han difiundido la existencia de TENARIS PANAMA S.A., empresa abierta por MOSSACK FONSECA, ni hicieron referencia a la declaración indagatoria en Luxemburgo de toda la familia Rocca a pedido de los fiscales de Milán.

Los fiscales de la Fuerza de Tarea de Brasil que actúan en el caso Lava Jato han recibido el premio mundial en la lucha anti-corrupción 2016. Transparencia Internacional –institución que otorga el premio- destaca que por el Lava Jato “hasta hoy hubo más de 240 imputaciones penales y 118 condenas, por un total de 1.256 años de prisión, incluso contra políticos y empresarios de las más altas esferas, que antes se consideraban intocables”.

En efecto, la mega-causa anti-corrupción se centra en la investigación de un MODELO DE NEGOCIOS DELICTIVO en que los grandes grupos empresarios constructores (Odebrecht, Techint, entre otros) se “cartelizaron” para acordar las adjudicaciones de obras pautando sobreprecios y retornos a funcionarios de Petrobras y Eletrobras y a políticos de varios partidos.

En general, los medios argentinos han tratado el tema haciendo foco en sus efectos e ignorando las causas primarias que han convertido al Lava-Jato en lo que es hoy, una mega-causa anti-corrupción que involucra a la élite dirigente política y empresarial con actividad en Brasil.

En el caso del conglomerado TECHINT, con larga tradición en la obra pública de Argentina y de Latinoamérica, no sólo está involucrada la empresa constructora sino también TENARIS por su subsidiaria CONFAB. Siendo que TENARIS cotiza en la Bolsa de Nueva York, su eventual participación en delitos de corrupción internacional está monitoreada no sólo por las autoridades de cada país sino también por las de Estados Unidos, las que ya le han comprobado pago de sobornos en el año 2011 en Uzbekistan.
Asimismo, según informa la prensa de Italia, y en relación con el presunto pago de sobornos de TECHINT y de CONFAB en Brasil, sus principales accionistas – Sres. Paolo ROCCA, Gianfelice ROCCA, Roberto BONATTI y Ludovico ROCCA- han sido indagados en Luxemburgo ha requisitoria de fiscales de Milán. Siendo contactados por los medios de Italia y de Brasil, los representantes de TECHINT han negado haber contrariado las leyes y manifiestan estar colaborando con la Justicia.

En tanto, en Argentina poco se ha difundido acerca de un conjunto de ocho empresas incluidas en las bases de datos de los OFFSHORE LEAKS, que pudieran formar parte del grupo TECHINT. En tal sentido, y aún cuando -como es de dominio público- la existencia de sociedades offshore no configura en sí mismo una irregularidad jurídica, ni sienta las bases para la presunción de alguna transacción ilegítima, ilícita o ilegal; no deja de llamar la atención, especialmente, la existencia de una empresa llamada TENARIS PANAMA S.A. incluida en la base de datos oficial bajo el nodo 10022138.

En particular, sería un descuido improbable que una empresa ajena a la órbita de negocios del Sr. Paolo ROCCA haya usado o use el nombre de TENARIS, en cualquier país del planeta.

Asimismo, según los registros, tal TENARIS PANAMA S.A. fue abierta por el estudio MOSSACK FONSECA en fecha próxima a la de apertura de TENARIS LUXEMBURGO S.A. En cuanto a sus directores (Francis Perez, Leticia Montoya, Vianca Scott, Katia Solano, Marta Edghill) y los suscriptores (Dulcan Inc. and Winsley Inc.); conforman otras sociedades offshore registradas por el estudio MOSSACK FONSECA; por ejemplo, las relacionadas con los negocios familiares del Diputado de la Republica de El Salvador, Sr. Ernesto Muyshondt ; mientras que sus suscriptores, también conforman las sociedades vinculadas a los casos de corrupción del Sr. Luis Barcenas en España.

Finalmente; resulta inexcusable que las autoridades y los representantes de los ciudadanos argentinos no se involucren formulando las requisiciones pertinentes pues los accionistas minoritarios, empleados, ex-empleados, clientes, inversores bursátiles, y la ciudadanía en general merecen conocer fehacientemente si existe algún tipo de vínculo entre TENARIS PANAMA y TENARIS bajo el comando del Sr. P. ROCCA, como los que pudieran existir entre TECHINT y el elenco de las siete compañías bajo el nombre TECHINT y/o TENCO que se mencionan en la base de datos de Bahamas Leaks.

Flavia Di Cino, escritora

Más info en
A mi modo de ver es más impactante en idioma inglés porque Tenaris está expuesto a la normativa de la bolsa de valores de Estados Unidos. Si lo quiere publicar en español, en todo o en parte, por favor me avisa.

Atentamente, F. Di Cino

The following is a compilation of publicly available information about TENARIS (NYSE TS) and TECHINT holding as well as its main shareholders: Mr. Paolo ROCCA, Mr. Gianfelice ROCCA, Mr. Lodovico ROCCA, and Mr. Roberto BONATTI, in relation with the investigations being held in Brazil and Italy on allegedly international corruption, as well as, information extracted from the official databases of Panama Papers and Bahamas leaks.

I contacted TENARIS (NYSE TS) on May 17, and following Brazilian procedure on May 24. I asked TENARIS Investor relations to provide an official statement on Panama papers considering that Tenaris is a trade-marked name and the fact that Tenaris Panama S.A. is not included in the publicly available forms disclosed by TENARIS (NYSE TS) before U. S. SEC. On May 24, I also asked Tenaris Investor relations to comment on their involvement in Brazilian massive anti-corruption probe.

Later on, I contacted Tenaris and Techint to provide their official position on the investigation being held in Europe and on the several companies that could be related to Techint Holding named in both, Panama Papers and Bahamas leaks.

So far, I received no answer.

INTRODUCTION

TENARIS (NYSE TS) is a public company, incorporated in Luxembourg, with its shares listed in Milan, Buenos Aires and Mexico and its American Depositary Receipts listed in the New York Stock Exchange. TENARIS (NYSE TS) as well as TECHINT construction company are part of the TECHINT Group of Companies.

Please see: http://www.techint.com/en/default.aspx

TENARIS (NYSE TS) has manufacturing facilities in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Romania and the United States, and a proprietary global service and a worldwide distribution network.

1) A PROVEN CASE OF TENARIS (NYSE TS) PAYING BRIBES

United States Department of Justice and United States SEC has already proved that TENARIS (NYSE TS) violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying bribes in Uzbekistan in 2011.

Please see:

https://www.sec.gov/news/press/2011/2011-112.htm

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/tenaris-sa-agrees-pay-35-million-criminal-penalty-resolve-violations-foreign-corrupt

2) TENARIS (NYSE TS) is included in the database of Panama Papers with a node for Tenaris S. A. Panama, for which several irregularities arise, including not declaring such Tenaris S. A. Panama as subsidiary in publicly available forms filed to SEC.

Please see in the following link, the node to TENARIS PANAMA S.A. which was incorporated in 2002 by the agent MOSSACK FONSECA.

https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/10022138

Note that TENARIS (NYSE TS) has its headquarters and it is based in Luxembourg, where another company with the same name TENARIS S.A. was also incorported in 2002. Indeed, according to OpenCorporates database, Tenaris S.A. was incorporated in Panama on March 22, 2002; shortly after TENARIS (NYSE TS) headquarters were established in Luxembourg and another company, also named Tenaris S.A. was incorporated in Luxembourg on January 9, 2002. Those two Tenaris S. A. companies were opened around a year later that TENARIS (NYSE TS) started to quote in the New York Stock Exchange by May 2001.

Please see:

https://opencorporates.com/companies/pa/414597

In relation with the above, please be informed that:

a. TENARIS S. A. Panama was not declared as subsidiary to the US SEC.

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1190723/000119312505133180/dex81.htm

b. The node included in the Panama Papers database implies at least one business transaction between TENARIS S.A. Panama and PRIME CORPORATE SOLUTIONS SARL, a company based in Luxembourg which was first established by MOSSACK FONSECA.

Please see (in French): http://jeudi.lu/le-cabinet-mossac-fonseca-est-bien-represente-au-luxembourg/

c. The officers of TENARIS S.A. Panama (https://opencorporates.com/companies/pa/414597) Francis Perez, Leticia Montoya, Vianca Scott, Katia Solano, Marta Edghill) and the subscribers (Dulcan Inc. and Winsley Inc.) had also taken part in a shell company incorporated by Mossack Fonseca for the family business of the Congresman of El Salvador, Mr. Muyshondt and, the subscribers were also reported in Spain as part of corruption cases.

Please see (in Spanish):

http://www.elfaro.net/es/201604/el_salvador/18460/Mossack-Fonseca-fabricó-balances-financieros-para-offshore-del-Grupo-Prieto.htm)

and

(http://www.elconfidencial.com/espana/2013-02-13/los-caminos-de-barcenas-correa-y-gonzalez-se-cruzan-en-panama_228736/)

3) OVERVIEW ON THE BRAZILIAN PROBE ON TENARIS (NYSE TS) CONFAB AND TECHINT

Under the suggestive name of “Operative Vice”, a police raid was opened by the Federal Police of Brazil on last May 24th. As part of such phase, the investigation of the potential payments of bribes to Petrobras executives and to Brazilian politicians by officers on behalf of companies selling steel pipes to Petrobras was addressed.

“Operative Vice” represented an enlargement of the scope of the probe beyond its core, which so far has been focused on the formation of a cartel by construction companies to determine which company was awarded in every bid conducted by Petrobras while overpricing the quotation for the requested services. As compensation for the collection of such over-prices, some Petrobras executives and politicians belonging to the main political parties in Brazil received bribes from officers of the awarded companies.

According to the judicial request underlying “Operative Vice”, -among others- three leading international steel pipe manufacturers have been under scrutiny, including two who are suspected of having potentially paid bribes: Tenaris Confab and, separately, U.S. Steel through a 50% participation in a venture. The judicial request also claimed that in the case of the third steel pipe manufacturer, the local unit of V&M, there is no evidence of a potential breach of law, but V&M remains under investigation.

Tenaris is part of the Techint Holding, of which the construction arm -Techint- is also under investigation in the Lava Jato probe due to its alleged participation in the construction company cartel affecting not only Petrobras, but also Eletrobras.

a. TENARIS (NYSE TS) was also investigated by the United States SEC and the United States Department of Justice of paying bribes in 2011 to foreign officials. Interestingly, Tenaris reached an agreement to pay a charge for such violation of the FCPA and pledged to reinforce its accountability, auditing and internal controls.

b. TENARIS (NYSE TS) is also exposed in the Panama Papers with reference in the official database released by ICIJ to a company named Tenaris Panama S. A. Being that Tenaris is a trade-marked name, there is little probability for any company named Tenaris not to belong to the Tenaris net of companies under the control of Mr. Paolo Rocca.

4) MILAN PROSECUTORS INQUIRY INTO MAIN SHAREHOLDERS OF TENARIS (NYSE TS) on international corruption

Please see (in Italian):

http://www.bergamonews.it/2016/09/21/corruzione-internazionale-indagati-paolo-e-gianfelice-rocca/234370/

and

http://www.pressreader.com/italy/corriere-della-sera/20160921/281865822943852

and

http://espresso.repubblica.it/plus/articoli/2016/10/13/news/corruzione-in-brasile-si-rivede-la-techint-1.285544

5) LIST OF COMPANIES NAMED IN PANAMA PAPERS AND BAHAMAS LEAKS that are potentially linked to TENARIS (NYSE TS) and TECHINT HOLDING

A) TENARIS PANAMA S.A.: https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/10022138

Please see related media notes (in Spanish):

http://www.laautenticadefensa.net/131963?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LADD-todo+%28La+Autentica+Defensa+-+Todos+los+temas%29

or: http://www.enlacecritico.com/columnistas/carta-abierta-a-la-comunidad-tenaris-panama-s-a

or: http://impactolocal.com.ar/2016/07/19/carta-de-lectores-en-los-panama-papers-aparece-el-nombre-de-la-empresa-tenaris/

B) TECHINT INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

Please see related media notes (in Spanish):http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1939961-bahamasleaks-figuran-grandes-empresarios-argentinos

C)TENCO ASSET PORTFOLIO CORP.:https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/10039256

Please note that TENARIS PANAMA S.A. and TENCO ASSET PORTFOLIO CORP (above mentioned) have both the same officers (except for Y. Roggers in Tenco and not in Tenaris) according to opencorporates database.

D) TENCO PANAMA S.A.

E) TENCO S.A.

F) TENCO HOLDING SERVICES S.A.

G) TENCO HOLDING CORP.

H) TENCO ASSET LTD.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The suscribers DULCAN and WINSLEY and the officers of TENARIS (PANAMAhttps://opencorporates.com/companies/pa/414597) and of TENCO ASSET PORTFOLIO CORP (https://opencorporates.com/companies/pa/489920) are from the net of the companies run by MOSSACK FONSECA for several of it clients exposed in Panama Papers.

Please see the net of shell companies incorporated by Mossack Fonseca which were used by several of its clients in an article published by La estrella de Panama (in Spanish):

http://laestrella.com.pa/media/news/document/571da76883666.pdf

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