UAE oil trader GP Global files complaints over employee fraud

GP Global rejected market rumors over its finances as ‘blatant lies.’ (Shutterstock)
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Updated 31 July 2020

UAE oil trader GP Global files complaints over employee fraud

  • ‘A few employees have colluded with external entities using the coronavirus lockdown to defraud the company and its customers.’

SINGAPORE: UAE-based oil trader GP Global has uncovered fraud within the company and filed criminal complaints against some of its employees, its legal representative said in a letter to the company’s clients on its behalf.
“A few employees have colluded with external entities using the coronavirus (lockdown) and work from home arrangement to defraud the company and its customers,” Arun Abraham, legal consultant and partner at UAE-based Salam Advocates & Legal Consultants said in the letter reviewed by Reuters.
Salam Advocates were advising GP Global on “the internal investigation that was underway,” Abraham said, confirming that the letter had been sent out to some of GP Global’s clients last week.
Based on preliminary investigations, “criminal complaints have been filed against few employees in Sharjah and Fujairah,” Abraham said in the letter.
The internal investigations revealed that “the fraudsters manipulated records that switched the cargo under the custodianship of GP with those goods financed by various banks and under CMA (collateral management agreement),” according to the letter.
A detailed investigation is continuing on the methods of the fraud, “the individuals and entities involved, and the impact of the fraud” on GP’s business, the company’s letter said.
GP Global, a supplier of marine fuels worldwide with offices in Europe, Asia and the US, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On July 20, GP Global said that it had undertaken a “financial restructuring exercise” after it failed to “get full support from a few financial institutions recently.”
GP Global had also said that recent market rumors questioning the company’s financial condition were “blatant lies” being spread by “vested interests” and assured stakeholders its business was operating normally.


Nvidia deal for Arm will drive computing power growth, says SoftBank’s CEO

Updated 23 October 2020

Nvidia deal for Arm will drive computing power growth, says SoftBank’s CEO

  • Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) is an anchor investor in the $100 billion Vision Fund

TOKYO/DUBAI: SoftBank Group Corp. CEO Masayoshi Son said on Thursday the sale of chip designer Arm to Nvidia Corp. will drive growth in computing power, in his first public comments since the $40 billion deal was announced in September.
Son made the comments at a virtual summit about artificial intelligence hosted by Saudi Arabia, an anchor investor in the $100 billion Vision Fund, at which he reiterated his belief that AI would transform society.
The Nvidia deal, part of a series of asset sales by Son, whose group has been shaken by soured investments and the COVID-19 pandemic, has raised concerns it will threaten Arm’s role as a neutral supplier in the industry.
Son is set to speak next week with Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang at SoftBank World, the group’s annual event for customers and suppliers that is being retooled as it focuses on investing.
SoftBank’s growing cash pile is driving speculation about future investment plans, with the Vision Fund targeting external funding for a blank-check company, a source said, in a sign the group is regaining its mojo.
“I am a risk taker,” Son said on Thursday.
Rajeev Misra, CEO of SoftBank Investment Advisers which oversees the Vision Fund, said the market share gained by online commerce companies in the last six to eight months is more than what they gained in the previous four years put together.
“COVID has accelerated the acceleration of AI even further,” Misra told the same conference, adding in the 105 companies Vision Fund 1 and 2 have invested in, artificial intelligence is the core of their businesses.