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Saab bankruptcy process

Saab CEO Muller "did not follow rules"

Published måndag 16 april 2012 kl 12.29
Frosty relations continue between Victor Muller, Saabs former CEO, and Guy Lofalk, the company's public administrator. Photo: Scanpix. Montage: Sveriges Radio

The former CEO of the failed Swedish car company Saab, Victor Muller, has been sharply criticised by Guy Lofalk, the lawyer in charge of the company's reconstruction.

In a report to the district court, he claims Muller did not follow the right procedures regarding information and court orders.

"It is far from how a serious reconstruction should be run," Lofalk told newspaper Dagens Industri.

That the relationship between the two has been frosty is well known. At an oath administration meeting in the Vänersborg district court on Monday, where the company's assets and debts being examined, Muller demanded that Lofalk pays back part of his fee to the company "for the damages he caused".

Muller also said the company has further claims on a third party for breach of contract. He told the court he was grateful that several members of the company's former leadership had been called to the hearing, explaning that it is difficult for a CEO to have control over all details.

With these reservations, he went on to declare that - to the best of his knowledge, the estate inventory detailing assets of US$ 411million and debts of US$ 1,66 billion is correct.

Speaking to the news agency TT after Muller's appearance in court, Lofalk dismissed the demand of damages as a "perfect opportunity to divert attention". Lofalk has himself been criticised for charging too high a fee and for acting too independently during the reconstruction period.

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