Zug, 11 September 2019
New Stream Trading files for arbitration against ANPZ, Sberbank and related parties
On 10 September 2019, New Stream Trading AG (NST) filed a request for arbitration against the Antipinsky Oil Refinery (ANPZ) as well as Sberbank of Russia, Sberbank (Switzerland) and related parties at the LCIA in London. NST’s claim is estimated at several hundreds of millions of dollars.
NST commenced formal legal proceedings given the considerable damage caused to NST by the respondent parties’ actions, including among other things ANPZ’s default on product deliveries despite having received very substantial prepayments for products, and Sberbank’s conduct as main lender to the refinery, much of which is publicly known.
NST regrets this turn of events, especially since it previously collaborated closely with ANPZ, one of Russia’s largest and most modern refineries, in promoting and selling ANPZ’s products outside Russia.
NST is obligated to vindicate its rights and restore its reputation and relationships in the energy trading community, including its valued offtaker clients, who have also been harmed due to the acts and omissions of ANPZ and Sberbank giving rise to NST’s claims.
NST has always operated in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. It is committed to pursuing its claims until it achieves justice and adequate compensation through an orderly and impartial arbitral process.
NST is represented by the London office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
NST will be making no further comment at the present time.
Zug, 7 August 2019
New Stream Trading AG (NST), a Swiss company engaged in refined products marketing activities since 2009, wishes to state for the record that it denies any allegations of wrongdoing suggested in recent press coverage regarding its past transactions with the Antipinsky Refinery. NST likewise denies that the pricing of the Refinery’s products, as alleged by certain media outlets, was below market.
In this respect, NST wishes to refute certain erroneous statements made in the press, which are allegedly attributed to the Refinery’s former financing partner Sberbank of Russia OJSC (Sberbank). It has been reported that Sberbank or its representatives, among other things, have publicly cast doubt on whether the prices at which the products manufactured by the Refinery were sold to NST were market prices. Those supposed doubts are unfounded. NST cooperated closely with Sberbank at all times, and Sberbank has always been informed of NST’s commercial activities and transactions. NST regularly reported to Sberbank and/or its advisors its monthly sales volumes, furnished to Sberbank copies of sales contracts and financial statements, and gave Sberbank full oversight of and complete visibility into NST's sale proceeds remitted through NST's bank accounts at Sberbank. Moreover, NST’s marketing margins, which had always complied with the requirements of Sberbank's credit facility for the Refinery, were at all times known to Sberbank.
In addition, recent press coverage has failed to acknowledge that NST, as the main exporter of the Refinery, performed a key risk management function for the Refinery in the form of hedging and chartering activities. Those press releases addressing the margins achieved by NST incorrectly base their analysis on reference prices in isolation and do not take into account the hedging, delivery, transportation, insurance and other costs incurred by NST.
This approach is misleading at best. Certain products like naphtha and ULSD were purchased by NST from the Refinery on a FOB basis and then marketed to third parties on a CIF basis, which means that NST had incurred all associated delivery, transportation and other costs for such CIF sales. A simple check of chartering markets clearly demonstrates that NST was an active participant in the Baltic freight market.
NST was audited each year in accordance with IFRS standards by one of the "big four" accounting firms. Those audit reports were then submitted to Sberbank, as well as to NST’s trading partners and their lenders. NST previously also engaged one of the "big four" accounting firms to conduct a transfer pricing and benchmarking study, which confirmed that the prices in the transactions between NST and the Refinery were market prices.
NST has always acted and continues to act lawfully, with full transparency and complete integrity towards Sberbank, its commercial partners and their lenders, and Swiss and other authorities and market regulators. NST wishes to underscore that any statements in the press to the contrary are untrue and libelous, and reserves its right to sue before the competent courts of justice the persons issuing and propagating such statements.
NST remains committed to assisting with any investigations of or answering any inquiries from any competent authorities regarding this matter.