Profile updated: 30.10.2020
Date founded : 06.03.2006
Country: United Kingdom, London
A Britain-registered company that appears in the investigation of the international audit company Kroll regarding the bank fraud in Moldova, where three banks - Banca de Economii, Banca Sociala and Unibank - were robbed out of around one billion dollars in 2012-2014. With founders hiding in the tax paradise British Virgin Islands, Drensler LLP lent money to individuals who used it to buy shares in Unibank.
One of these is Russian national Liliya Pleskachevskaya, the impresario of Russian pop singer Jasmin, who in turn is the wife of Ilan Shor. The last one had an executive role in the fraud and had control over all three banks at that time. Pleskachevskaya borrowed more than 700,000 euros in order to buy shares in Unibank. Another loan receiver was Reynosa Management LTD, a British firm, which in Chisinau was represented by Aliona Steflea, wife of the head of the Moldovan Customs Service, Tudor Balitchi. In August 2012, Reynosa Management received from Drensler 233,000 dollars.
Drensler LLP also appears in the #MetalLeaks files which RISE Moldova obtained from the correspondence between Moldovan prosecutors with various banks inside and outside the country as they were gathering evidence of the involvement of Metalferos - a state-controlled scrap metal dealer - in illegal activities. Bank extracts show that Drensler received millions of dollars from Rowallan Overseas SA, a British Virgin Islands offshore under the control of Vladimir Plahotniuc during the period 2012-2015.
RISE Moldova’s investigation (published in September 2020) also linked Drensler LLP to 1,115 transactions totaling 37.5 million dollars between 4 January 2012 and 23 August 2013. The payments were processed by Banca de Economii, Moldindconbank, Energbank, AS Privatbank, Ameriabank, and ABN AMRO Bank. Among the beneficiaries of the transfers was also Serghei Iaralov, a close ally of Vladimir Plahotniuc.
In Chisinau Drensler’s name appeared in a debt-related litigation with Moldconstruct Market SRL, the firm where the son of former president Vladimir Voronin - Oleg Voronin - had worked. The reason for that litigation was a fine paid for tax irregularities.
Drensler also surfaced in 2012 in a scandal around FIFA, the global governing body of football, in connection with an international transfer to the Russian club FC Rostov, amid suspicions that the company had been laundering stolen public money.
Drensler LLP was shut down in September 2014.
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London (Great Britain)
St Nicholas Close
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39 Wetherby Mansions
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