Monday, July 23, 2007

Danone Group to Make Things Personal

According to a report, on July 19, 2007, four subsidiary companies of Danone, NOVALC Pte. Ltd., Festine Pte. Ltd., Jinja Investments Pte. Ltd. and Myen Pte. Ltd., initiated legal proceedings to file a derivative action against Zong Qingou, the former board chairman of the Danone-Wahaha joint venture. He resigned in June 2007 amid the intensifying disputes with Danone.

Essentially, this new lawsuit will be directly against Zong for his “illegal” activities while serving on the board of directors of the joint venture. The four shareholders of the joint venture will more than likely allege that Zong breached his fiduciary duty as a board member by engaging in competitive activities that injured the interests of the shareholders.

In addition, Danone also asserted claims directly against Zong in its Stockholm arbitration. [But I haven’t heard anything from that case lately.]

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