Sonja Kohn

December 11, 2010 by staff 

Sonja Kohn, The in the fraud case to the U.S. Finanzzampano Bernard Madoff involved Medici bank founded in 1984 by the Viennese banker Sonja Kohn. The 62-year-old investment banker was considered a brilliant networker, should have known the Madoff already in the 1980s. In fiscal year 2007 – in December 2008 flew the involvement of the Bank in the Madoff on – the small bank was established in the city center with a dozen employees, an operating profit of 801 881 euros and net profit of 472 299 €. The main business was the private bank funds – allegedly more than 3 billion dollars were invested in Madoff. The “Primeo Fund” which is now also suing Bank Austria – or its subsidiary Pioneer Funds – Sonja Kohn said to have even “invented”.

Then it went steeply downhill to the bank: On 2 January 2009, she was placed under state supervision forced the end of May of that year was deprived of its financial market supervision, the concession, since they may no longer make banking transactions. Where Sonja Kohn resident is expected to take only a few insiders to be known.

Kohn was among other things, the former Bank Austria boss Gerhard Randa and the ex-chief of the Vienna Stock Exchange Stefan Zapotocky attributed to close contacts. In time Zapotockys Kohn advised the Vienna Stock Exchange in cooperation with foreign trading centers. For advice from the Acting Minister of Economy 1996 2000 Johann Farnleitner (V) was even awarded her the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria. Farnleitner counted, as well as former Finance Minister Ferdinand Lacina-SP, to the prominent boards of small bank, according to company Compass, they also sit on the supervisory board of the successor company in 2020 Medici AG. Supervisory boss is Kohn was himself involved with a quarter the Bank Austria. To Kohn’s clients included high net worth private clients from around the world, reportedly also from Israel, the Arab region, South America and Russia.

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