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Organizations founded/run by the Irish businessman Declan Ganley have engendered comment[1][2][3][4][5][6] concerning their commonality of personnel and location. A list of Declan Ganley organizations is given below.


Organizations[edit]

Adornis.com[edit]

Adornis.com was an online jewelry retailer[7] launched in 1999,[8] part of the dot-com boom[8] of the 90's. The company was funded thru Ganley's private equity firm, the Ganley Group,[9] with $30m in equity funding, $30m in debt financing and a personal investment by Ganley of $5.5m.[10] The French holding company Compagnie Financiere Richemont[9][10] (or Richmount[7]) owned 20%[7] and the Irish internet firm Nua Internet Services[10] owned 10%.[7] Ganley owned around 40%,[9] with the remainder owned by three American hedge funds.[9] It was valued at $25 million at one point[7] but collapsed and its stock was sold off to Overstock.com[7] for about $2m.[7] The remains were converted to Adornis.com Limited,[11] founded on 7 September 2001.[11] That company's latest annual return was filed on 31 December 2005.[11]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[7][8]
  • Formal company names: Adornis.com, Inc.,[12][13] Adornis.com Ltd.[11]
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[9][11][14]
  • Assoc. location (Other): Suite 265, 411 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830, USA[12][13]
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): Jeanne Daniels,[10] Roy Albers.[10]
  • Funded/established by: Ganley Group[9]

Anglo Adriatic Investment Fund[edit]

The Anglo Adriatic Investment Fund (AAIF) was established by Ganley International,[15] with a 10%[15] stake taken by the US-based Rothschild Emerging Markets Fund.[15] AAIF was the first[15] foreign-managed investment fund in Albania, provisionally licensed on 13 April 1996[15] and definitively licensed on 22 May 1996.[16] AAIF collected privatisation vouchers[6][15] that the government of post-communist Albania was giving to Albanians, and it used the nominal value of those vouchers for investment in areas such as fertilizer,[15] breweries,[17] cement[17] and pharmaceuticals.[17] The Albanians who deposited their vouchers with AAIF recieved shares in the fund in return.[6] At one point the fund had 450,000 shareholders and vouchers with a nominal value of more than $120 million.[6]

But AAIF had collected too many vouchers: it had 12%[16] of all the vouchers and privatisation leks combined, more that the 10% maximum[16] prescribed by law.[nb 1] Following a lengthly period of negotiation and accusation between AAIF and the Albanian government,[16] AAIF was left unable to continue with the privatisation.[16] Even worse, the market value of the vouchers had dropped from 25.6%[16] of their nominal value in January 1996[16] to 1.7%[16] in October 1998.[16] AAIF was bankrupted.[16]

Der Speigel stated[18] that AAIF's UK office (128 Mount Street, London, W1Y 5HA[19]) shared an address with the European branch of US investment fund Paladin Capital, and also stated[18] that Paladin Capital's advisory board was chaired by former CIA director James Woolsey. Ganley denies any involvement with the CIA.[20]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[21][6]
  • Formal company name(s): Anglo Adriatic Investment Fund SA[22]
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): n/a
  • Assoc. location (Other): Hotel Rogner Europa Park, Blvd. Deshmoret e Kombit, Tirana, Albania.[19][22] 128 Mount Street, London, W1Y 5HA, United Kingdom[19]
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): Liam Lawlor,[23] (consultant[24])
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): Kosta Trebicka,[25] Dan De Marino,[6] Gary Hunter[24]
  • Funded/established by: Ganley International[15][21]

BroadNet[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[26][27][8]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[9]
  • Assoc. location (Other): multiple
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: The BroadNet(s) were owned 37.5%[28] by Ganley's European Telecoms Holdings[28] and 62.5%[28] by Comcast Holdings Corp.[28][29] BroadNet was funded by the Ganley Group.[30]
  • Notes: BroadNet companies were setup throughout Europe, so BroadNet Austria, Belgium, Czech, Deutschland, France, Hellas, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Magyarorszag, Norge, Polska, Slovakia, Suisse, UK, etc.[29] BroadNet Ireland is now inactive.[29]

Cable Bulgaria[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[31][8][14]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. location (Other): 19 Tzar Boris III Blvd, 4th Floor, Sofia 1612, Bulgaria.[32]
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): Don N. De Marino,[14] Kenneth A. Fields,[14] James Leitner,[14] Brendan Quinn,[14] Brian Gibbons,[14] Robert Condon,[14] Denka Ivanova,[14] Plamen Petrov,[14]
  • Funded/established by: Ganley Group.[33][30]
  • Notes: ?

Capital Route Private Hire Ltd[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[6][8]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. location (Other): 2nd Floor, 167-169 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PF.[34]
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: Ganley Group.[30]
  • Notes: Incorporated on 07/01/2002[34]

Cellstar[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[6][35]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: CellStar Ireland's address is given as "C/O Chase Manhattan Bank (Ireland), Chase Manhattan House, IFSC, Dublin 1, Ireland"[36]

European Telecoms Holdings[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[27]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: Ganley-controlled holding company for the BroadNets,[28] see above.

Ganley Group[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[37]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[38]
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): Francis O'Flaherty,[39] James O'Reilly,[39] Martina Higgins[39] Montu Bashambu[39]
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: Private investors
  • Notes: Equity investments[40] firm founded 1990.[40] Its website is here.

Ganley International[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[8]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[41][42]
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: Previously known as Acegrind.[43]

Grand Portage Limited[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[44]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[44]
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: Founded by Ganley during his attempt to buy Irish Fertiliser Industries[44][6] Subsidiary of Grande Portage Resources Ltd (Canada),[44] a shell company with no net assets and no income.[44]

Growth Plus Ireland[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[45][46]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: ?

Guardian Net[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[47]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[48]
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: Unsuccessfully sought a mobile phone licence for Iraq.[48]

Kipelova Forestry Enterprises[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[21]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. location (Other): Latvia?[49]
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: ?

Libertas Foundation Limited[edit]

Libertas Institute Limited[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[51]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[nb 2]
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): Caroline Simons[52] Chris Coughlan,[51] David Cochrane,[53][54] James O'Reilly,[51] John McGuirk,[55] Martina Higgins,[51] Naoise Nunn,[51][53] Norrie Keane,[51] Seán Ganley, (brother of Declan)[51]
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: Lobby group that successfully campaigned for a "no" vote in the 2008 referendum in Ireland on the Treaty of Lisbon. Sometimes called Libertas.org to distinguish it from the political party.

Libertas Party Limited[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[50]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[50]
  • Assoc. location (Other): 7th Floor, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, Brussels 1000, Belgium.[56]
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): Jens-Peter Bonde[57]
  • Robin Matthews[57]
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: Political party formed to contend the 2009 European elections, with aspirations to become a political party at European level. Sometimes called Libertas.eu to distinguish it from the lobby group.

Liberty Mobile[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[47]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: Unsuccessfully sought a mobile phone licence for Iraq.[48][47][58]

Platform Ltd[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[27]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[9]
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: Later Rivada Solutions.[9]

Rivada Solutions[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[9]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[9]
  • Assoc. location (Other): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): ?
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): ?
  • Funded/established by: ?
  • Notes: Formerly Platform, founded June 2000.[9]

Rivada Networks[edit]

  • Ganley involved?: Yes[59]
  • Formal company name(s): ?
  • Assoc. location (Ireland): Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway[48][60]
  • Assoc. location (Other): 2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 1101 Arlington, Virginia 22202-3727 USA,[61][60] 7899 Lexington Drive, Suite 250 Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920 USA,[61][60]
  • Assoc. personnel (Ireland): David Cochrane,[55] James O'Reilly,[59][51] Francis O'Flaherty,[61] Martina Higgins,[51] Montu Bashambu,[59] Naoise Nunn,[51] Norrie Keane,[51]
  • Assoc. personnel (Other): Clint Smith,[59] Dennis McCarthy,[59] Don DeMarino,[59] James Tackett,[59] Jim Loy,[59] John J. Kelly Jr.,[59] John Kneuer,[59][60] Ken Fields,[59] Robert F. Duncan,[59] William J. Atkins,[59]
  • Funded/established by: Ganley Group.[30]
  • Notes: Secure quickly-deployable telecommunications. Website is here.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Law No. 7979, entitled "On Investment Funds", dated 26.07.95, see here for source
  2. ^ The CRO entry for the Libertas Institute gives these details:
    • Type: Company,
    • Number: 428569
    • Name: The Libertas Institute Limited,
    • Address: Moyne Park, Tuam, County Galway, Ireland
    • Registered: 24/10/2006,

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Self Serving US Military Agenda of Messrs Ganley and McEvaddy" FineGael.ie Press Release, 25 Apr 2008
  2. ^ "Man who says no" Irish Independent, Saturday 7 June 2008
  3. ^ "Opening of September II plenary session: Minute of silence for victim of ETA bombing / Funding of the No campaign in Ireland", European Parliament press release, 22 September 2008
  4. ^ "MEPs seeking source of Libertas funding", Jamie Smyth, Irish Times, 23 September 2008
  5. ^ "Ireland Takes the EU Spotlight" Washington Post, 12 June 2008
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "On the mysterious trail of 'Mr No'", Irish Times, May 31, 2008 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "IT1212156417272" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Selling the Ganley jewels", Irish Independent, Sunday November 19 2000
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Interview: Daire O'Brien: Prepared to take the broadband picture" The Sunday Times, January 25, 2004
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Ganley denies Adornis has lost all its sparkle" Sunday Business Post, Sunday, November 12, 2000
  10. ^ a b c d e "Off-line Adornis lays off top staff" 8 November 2000, by Paul Drury, from www.electricnews.net
  11. ^ a b c d e Details for ADORNIS.COM LIMITED, company number E0347616 at UKData.com
  12. ^ a b Adornis.com, Inc. at www.list-company.com
  13. ^ a b Adornis.com, Inc. at www.jigsaw.com
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "CableBulgaria:Directors" on the Cable Bulgaria website from the 20010301214624 entry for that website on the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h "Albania 1999 Country Profile" Business Forum Report, London 17-20 April 1999, from Southeast Europe Online
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "MASS PRIVATISATION PROCESS AND POST PRIVATISATION IN ALBANIA" by FATMIR MEMA, University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics, Albania and NEVRUZ KOÇI Albanian State Insurance Company (INSIG), Albania, a paper given in the 1-3 June 2001 SEED Conference "Restructuring, Stability and Development in Southeastern Europe."
  17. ^ a b c "THE ECONOMIC DESTRUCTION OF ALBANIA" by Michel Chossudovsky, Ottawa, 1997 via www.blythe.org
  18. ^ a b "Wie ein Milliardär Europa aufschrecktv", Speigel Online, 28 September 2008, English translation here
  19. ^ a b c "Company Profile - Anglo-Adriatic Investment Fund", entry on PSEPS venture capital and private equity directory
  20. ^ "Facts not politics, learn the truth about Libertas ", Libertas press office, undated
  21. ^ a b c "Irish anti-EU party to set up in Austria for June elections" Austrian Times, 19 February 2009
  22. ^ a b Details for ANGLO ADRIATIC INVESTMENT FUND SA at ICPCredit.com
  23. ^ "ALBANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER RECEIVES GANLEY AND LAWLOR", Albanian Telegraphic Agency, September 11 1996
  24. ^ a b "Flood Tribunal" Friday 28th September 2007
  25. ^ "Complaint made by: Mr. Rory Fitzgerald BCC Ref. No. 437/08" from www.bcc.ie
  26. ^ "Doyle to review Eircom licence award", Irish Independent, Thursday May 11 2000
  27. ^ a b c "French win for Ganley", Irish Independent, Wednesday July 12 2000
  28. ^ a b c d e "BroadNet beats Telenor to Norway broadband licence" Irish Independent, Wednesday March 08 2000
  29. ^ a b c "Comcast Holdings Corp, 10-K, For 12/31/01, EX-21" from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  30. ^ a b c d "Ganley Group:Investment Portfolio", from the Ganley Group website
  31. ^ "Many Charms of Mr.Adornis", excerpt from a 2000 article by Simon Carswell in the Sunday Business Post, article excerpt held on the Albanian TanMarket.com
  32. ^ "CableBulgaria:Contact Us" on the Cable Bulgaria website from the 20010301213058 entry for that website on the Wayback Machine
  33. ^ "CableBulgaria:Ownership" on the Cable Bulgaria website from the 20010303034044 entry for that website on the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ a b Details for CAPITAL ROUTE PRIVATE HIRE LIMITED, company number 04348257 at UKData.com
  35. ^ "Telecom court cases to be defended", Irish Examiner, Monday, August 05, 2002
  36. ^ Details for CellStar Ireland, company number E0904120 at UKData.com
  37. ^ "Converging fast", "Al-Ahram Weekly" 25 - 31 May 2006, Issue No. 796
  38. ^ "Nice Treaty Rejection" letter published in the Irish Times of Fri 06 Jun 2001 from Declan J. Ganley deploring the "No" vote in the 2001 Irish referendum on Nice Treaty ratification by Ireland. The Irish Times article requires a subscription: see here for a free copy.
  39. ^ a b c d "Ganley Group:Management team", from the Ganley group website
  40. ^ a b "Ganley Group:About us", from the Ganley group website
  41. ^ "Published memo `alarmed' telecoms licence applicant", Irish Independent, Tuesday February 22 2000]
  42. ^ Details for "Ganley International Ltd" on Local Link
  43. ^ "Nationality of Libertas founder was listed as British in UK records", Irish Times, Monday, September 22, 2008
  44. ^ a b c d e "Fertiliser bomb ignited Ganley's anger", Tribune News, January 18, 2009
  45. ^ "Business leaders call for reversal of 3G auctions", OUT-LAW News, 27/03/2001
  46. ^ "Mxstream en kibbeling", Computable.nl, 25 January 2002, translated version here
  47. ^ a b c "Top Irish firms pay out millions to lobby key US decision makers", Irish Independent, Sunday January 08 2006
  48. ^ a b c d "Ganley's bid for Baghdad action", Irish Times, Saturday, July 5, 2008
  49. ^ "Declan Ganley", April 2008 CNBC European Business profile.
  50. ^ a b c d "Ganley registers Libertas as a European political party" from the Irish Times, Saturday 1 November 2008
  51. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Most Libertas founders work for firm with military links", Irish Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2008
  52. ^ "Ganley insists 'this is a pro-European message'" Irish Times, Saturday, June 14, 2008
  53. ^ a b "Libertas Institute:Management" Libertas Institute website, retrieved via 20071117014217 entry on the Wayback Machine
  54. ^ "Libertas Staff" Libertas Institute website, retrieved via 20080122115509 entry on the Wayback Machine
  55. ^ a b "Libertas executive director is Rivada employee", Irish Times, Saturday, May 24, 2008
  56. ^ "Contact Libertas" on the www.libertas.eu
  57. ^ a b "Libertas to pin hopes on a pro-Catholic agenda", Sunday Business Post, February 15, 2009
  58. ^ "Iraq Cellular Project Leads to U.S. Inquiry", Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2004
  59. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Rivada Networks:Key Personnel" from the Rivada Networks website
  60. ^ a b c d "Kneuer Has New Gig" TV Technology, 12.21.2007
  61. ^ a b c "Rivada Networks:Contact" from the Rivada Networks website