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Ukraine's central bank files claim against Privatbank's ex-owner in Swiss court

The National Bank of Ukraine said Dec. 19 that it filed a claim in a Swiss court against JSC CB PRIVATBANK's former majority shareholder, Ihor Kolomoyskiy, who allegedly owes the bank 6.64 billion Ukrainian hryvnia in debt.

Kolomoyskiy, currently residing in Switzerland, reportedly was the guarantor to the Ukrainian central bank when it issued refinancing loans to Privatbank in 2016.

The two parties failed to reach an out-of-court settlement, leading the Ukrainian regulator to file a claim under Swiss judicial laws, Viktor Hryhorchuk, the head of litigation office of the NBU's legal department, said on the matter.

In June, the regulator filed 147 claims in Ukrainian courts against Kolomoyskiy and 32 related companies as property surety providers. Of these claims, 20 decisions passed so far have been in favor of the watchdog, the central bank said.

Earlier in December, it was reported that a London court claimed lack of jurisdiction in a case involving Privatbank and its former owners. The nationalized Ukrainian lender accuses its former owners, including Kolomoyskiy, of fraudulent activities.

As of Dec. 19, US$1 was equivalent to 27.73 Ukrainian hryvnia.