A hedge fund and 150,000 small Northern Rock shareholders intensified their
push for greater compensation from the government following the nationalisation
of the Newcastle-based lender.
Global, the Monaco-based fund which held 11.5% of Northern Rock, has joined
Shareholders Association, representing private investors who had a 25%
stake, to formally ask the High Court to investigate the legality of the conduct
of the government, the Bank of England, HM Treasury and the Financial Services
Moreover, they are demanding a review of the government’s proposed
compensation scheme, criticising it for mishandling the lender’s nationalisation
and for acting unfairly.
The Financial Times reports HM Treasury has a firm view the
statutory framework for the assessment of compensation, including the
assumptions which the valuer will apply, represents ‘a fair and reasonable basis
for determining any compensation payable to former shareholders’.
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