*Football, Finance, Front Companies & Exotic Benefactors*


I saw a story this week about @DerbyCounty_TT & their looming takeover - Sounds exciting!

Something really piqued my interest though

A couple of names in the report that I've seen before

#Offshore 🕵️‍♂️⚽️💸🌴 Image

The two 'Shadow Brokers' who get fleeting mentions over the last 15 years as the cast of foreign ownership in English football has become increasingly... 'cosmopolitan' are;

*Chris Samuelson* & *Andrew Obolensky*

Who are they?

What do they do??

Why should we care??? Image

Well, they've appeared in a few books I've read over the years, so I did some searches to try and understand more & connect the dots.

In a nutshell, they seem to be;


#ShellCompanies #Offshore ImageImageImageImage
Some of the stories I've read & meta-narratives they seem to be connected to are worthy of their own book!!

Definitely the kind of stuff @tomburgis @MishaGlenny @OliverBullough ✍️ about...

We've got; Oligarchs / Politicians / Geopolitics / Fraudsters / Footy Clubs / Murder!! ImageImageImage
So, quick circle back 🔁
I'm a football fan (#Everton) & these guys have been directly involved with introducing some 'dubious' owners to English football;

- Everton (2004/ Near miss)
- Reading (2012/ Zingarevich)
- Aston Villa (2016/ Tony Xia)
- Real Mallorca
- Derby County? ImageImageImageImage
For a re-cap on how those acquisitions played out from fan perspectives, have a quick read of the link below.

Also, the pictures ⬇️🧐

We only have to turn on the news today to realise that 'Funny Money' & 'Nefarious actors' are changing our 🌍

getreading.co.uk/sport/football… ImageImage
From what I can gather, these guys have plugged into a changing world from the mid 80's onwards

End of the cold war, creation of new states in Eastern Europe (some Kleptocratic), increase in economic power of Asia & ME.

Beneficiaries want Safe Heavens 🌴💰🇬🇧⚽️
#CapitalFlight ImageImageImageImage
Rule of law - Property rights & the prestige of a London Listing or trophy football club are big draws for the newly minted!

But how do they arrive in the 🇬🇧?

With the help of our Innovative Formation Agents!

Creation of complex offshore corporate structures to obscure💰 ImageImageImageImage
So, I promised some *interesting* background on these 'introducers'.

Here goes;

- Richest man in Russia was Khodorkovsky.

He had one of the first private banks in Russia 'Menetap'.

Who was his 🌍 banking mentor(s)?
You guessed it 😉

Good read🧐⬇️
oldtmt.vedomosti.ru/sitemap/free/2… Image
Mr Samuelson and his partner (Mr Michel) passed on their considerable knowledge and expertise to the young Oligarch and taught him the fundamentals of banking and the utility of #offshore finance 🌴💰

This ties to a string of high profile stories, all inter-linked 🤯
#Hot 💸 ImageImageImage
The main vehicles for our 'footy interlopers' seem to have been;

- Valmet
- Mutual Trust
- Finsbury Trust
- Socfin
And 1000's of variations on those names 💸

Key players
- Chris Samuelson
- Peter Bond
- Christian Michel
- Stephen Curtis 🤯

🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️ Image
You see, Isle Of Man based partner of Chris Samuelson apparently worked fairly closely with Stephen Curtis

Mr Bond & Stephen used their expertise on behalf of Kodhokovsky & Boris Berosovsky (&more)

Help with transit of their 💰 & manage their corporate vehicles

However!⬇️ ImageImage
One of the poor chaps who is in the deceased list (Badri Patratkashvili) was also involved with our 'footy finance whizzs'!

He died a suspicious death after commercial, political, geopolitical & business stresses.

He left c£9billion!


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At this point, I could go on with tonnes of links HOWEVER my main point is about how dodgy Football Owners arrive on our shores & the vehicles/people that can assist them.

I'm sure Mr Samuelson & Mr Obolensky are super smart & great at what they do

Due Diligence maybe!🤷‍♂️ Image
OK, some more *interesting* links

Ever been to Montenegro? It's beautiful!

Suffers from some of the administration issues that affect other countries from the former soviet block tho

Stories below;

From what I can gather, Mr Obolensky was CEO at First Bank for time 🧐⬇️ ImageImageImageImage
And finally, their commercial vehicle for football deals - 'Socfin'.

It seems like a 'family office' type operation where Mr Samuelson has been hired within a sprawling old colonial style mining/natural resources conglomerate

Big 💰

socfin.com/en/key-dates ImageImage
These are just articles taken from books & the web...

I'm pretty sure if @premierleague & @EFL did some basic due diligence like this, they may ask a few more questions when exotic potential owners turn up out of nowhere!!💸⚽️

Please, no more shysters ruining clubs!

And although the nature of Mr Samuelsons & Mr Obolensky's industry skirts multiple jurisdictions and by it's nature is clandestine... I'm sure they are fine professionals.

However, if they need a researcher to help them make better decisions, I'm available & accept 💸🌴😉⚽️
@KieranMaguire If you're looking at Derventio Holdings/ Derby takeover, I just did a little download (thread) on a couple of the characters mooted within that group & their associations.

The Libertarian kings of cash in offshore paradises 💸
Core to these guys principles seem to be a strong 'Libertarian doctrine'.

They despise the "inefficiencies of the nation-state & hope the information revolution, using offshore commerce, encryption & digital cash triumphs" #Hayek

OK - But don't let greed Trump sound judgement!
Forgot to mention (one of the many avenues you can explore)!

Boris & Badri (mentioned above) used these offshore networks to get a foothold in football too 👀⚽️
#WestHam #Corinthians #Tevez #Mascherano

Which formation agent/finance pro set up this? ⬇️

Hi Ryan @RJConway92 & Matt @mjshrimper

Great reporting.

I put together a little thread on Saturday after reading about the proposed derby takeover.
Might be some titbit's of interest in there...

I've added a few things since.
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In addition to the thread & background Offshore/Samuelson/Obolensky, thought it might be worth posing more questions

How do these people/structures work?
I've read quite a lot about ⚽️ finances & the machinations of 💸 in the offshore world.

So, I'll try and give some crude speculation below (with a couple of factual references) & see if we get anywhere near the mark 🧐

Money Men - Fronts - Frauds bbc.co.uk/sport/football…
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