Businesswoman Libuše Barková continues to “shell” the fallen Energy holding Malina. The company Misura Information Technologies, which Barková represents, demands more than 10 million crowns from the bankrupt supplier of domestic photovoltaics. He claims the money as compensation for the crisis management that Misura provided to Malina from May to September.
Malina supplied households with solar power plants. Thanks to the high demand for photovoltaics and an aggressive campaign, it quickly established itself on the market and collected around 1.4 billion crowns from several thousand people in deposits. But the holding ran into problems when it had difficulties fulfilling contracts and building equipment for which it had already collected high advances. It has been in bankruptcy since May 12.
Now the company is trying to complete the orders and solve the high debts. The case is also being investigated by the National Center against Organized Crime.
The Misura company charged Malina 1.5 million crowns per month for its services. Malina’s insolvency administrator stopped these payments because, according to him, it was not entirely clear what Misura was actually getting paid for. Doubts about the meaningfulness of the transactions were also expressed by the courts and the public prosecutor’s office.
“To ensure the normal operation of the company, the company Misura took over the payment of key suppliers who, as a result of Malina’s financial problems, withdrew and refused further cooperation. Without the services of these suppliers, such as telecommunication services, transport or space rental, the operation of the Malina company would be seriously threatened,” said Libuše Barková.
“In addition, Misura was involved in providing energy experts and other professionals who were necessary for the successful completion of the orders and whose willingness to cooperate with the company on the verge of collapse was minimal,” the entrepreneur added.
However, Malina rejected Misura’s claims. “We do not register any obligation of EH Malina towards the company Misura. On the contrary, the Misura company is illegally withholding part of EH Malina’s property. In addition, EH Malina has several claims for damages against Misura,” the company responded.
Barková became involved with Malina this spring after the intervention of her business partner and former Prague mayor Pavel Bém. His son Jáchym Bém was one of Malina’s minority shareholders. She concluded the contract with Misura just before the home solar supplier filed for bankruptcy in May.
In October, however, a complete change of crisis management took place in Malina. Instead of the team around Libuš Barková, new crisis manager Lukáš Uhl came to Malina. He already participated in the past, for example, in the reorganization of the Zoot e-shop. He got to Malina based on the decision of its main shareholder, Cyril Regner.
This gave ammunition to Barková, who repeatedly draws attention to the influence of Malina’s original owners on the ongoing insolvency proceedings and reorganization of the company. Although Malina’s reorganization plan is still in the making, it is already known that it is to rely on the entry of a Chinese investor.
Malina’s existing shares are to expire and the Chinese company GoodHao is to subscribe to new ones. Server e15.cz reported that this Chinese company has ties to the current main shareholder of Malina, Cyril Regner. And this, for example, in the form of Regner’s wife, who, according to the website, sits on the GoodHao supervisory board.
Updated, we have added Malina’s statement.
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We have supplemented the statement of Energy Holding Malina.