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Mexico's Banco Actinver sues Aleatica over price in share sale

Mexico's Banco Actinver SA Institución de Banca Múltiple Grupo Financiero Actinver has sued Aleatica S.A.B. de C.V., over claims it received less money than it should have when selling shares in the transport company, Reforma reported.

Banco Actinver, acting as a shareholder trustee, reportedly said that fund IFM Investors bought the bank's stake in Aleatica in August 2017 at 27 Mexican pesos per share; a few months later, the investor acquired shares in the same company from Spain-based OHL España for 47 pesos apiece.

The bank is seeking damages for the difference in price between OHL and investors in Mexico, according to the publication. Banco Actinver reportedly also sued a number of other parties which it claims had a hand in the transaction, including Mexico's financial regulator CNBV, Casa de Bolsa Santander SA de CV Grupo Financiero Santander México, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV and Casa de Bolsa Banorte SA de CV.

In a statement, Aleatica acknowledged the lawsuit, though noted that Banco Actinver is "acting solely and exclusively in its capacity as trustee" for Francisco Eugenio Suárez Guevara.

"This would not be the first time that Mr. Paulo J. Diez Gargari, legal counsel to Infraiber, directly or indirectly, has taken legal actions against Aleatica, its controlling shareholder and/or its subsidiaries, and it is worth mentioning that thus far none of such legal actions has been successful," the company said.

Aleatica said it would "vigorously defend" the charges in the claim.

As of Jan. 14, US$1 was equivalent to 19.02 Mexican pesos.