Fast-tracking of Nama case sought
The National Assets Management Agency (Nama) and the State will ask the Commercial Court next Monday to fast-track the first legal challenge to the agency by businessman Paddy McKillen and 14 of his companies over the proposed transfer of Nama of €80 million loans of the companies.
Mr McKillen claims the €80 million credit facilities from Bank of Ireland are “fully performing”, not impaired, there is no default on repayments, and transfer of the loans would have a “drastic and significantly detrimental” impact on his business and property rights.
He has also expressed “grave concern” about the impact internationally of transfer of the loans to the “toxic bank”, the implications for his companies abilities to raise additional facilities and the valuations placed on the loans by Nama.
For instance, Nama had obtained a Stg£725.9 million valuation from CBRE for assets on which a loan for the UK Maybourne Hotel Group was secured when he had last month obtained a valuation of Stg 994.78 million from Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality
Ltd, he said. He was concerned such valuations would drive down the realisable value of his companies property portfolio.
Mr McKillen said his companies had not purchased any Irish assets since 1998 “and hence have not engaged in speculative development”. His companies instead invested in “world class retail centres and other quality assets”.
This is just the bigining of a long legeal battel and I suspect the Taxpayers of this country will again fut the bills
everybody involved will walk away with fat pay cheques except the poor taxpayers of Ireland