The sale in the court of Albertville was made on behalf of the Russian, Nikolai Sarkisov, a regular in Courchevel who made his fortune in insurance.
In 2010, he joined forces with the Corsican, François-Xavier Susini, owner of restaurants in the resort, to build the Apopka chalet, a 2,753 square meter palace comprising eight rooms with sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool, gym, bar-lounge and private cinema.
François-Xavier Susini was responsible for finding the land and obtaining the building permit, while Nikolai Sarkisov financed the operation through bank loans, each one ultimately having to own half of Apopka and profit from his location, according to their agreements.
Delayed work and spat
The chalet should have welcomed its first customers in the winter of 2015, at a rate of up to 300,000 euros per week at the height of the season. But the site has been delayed and the atmosphere has turned sour between the two men who have since been opposing the courts.
As part of their conflict, François-Xavier Susini claimed full ownership of the cottage but the Russian oligarch obtained that it be seized and auctioned in order to regain its original stake.
The Russian oligarch behind the takeover?
Friday afternoon, a lawyer successfully bid 24 million euros on behalf of a company behind which it would be “likely” to find the Russian, according to the lawyer of Corsica, Me Maurice Lantourne.
“I do not endorse this information,” said Me Didier Camus, the lawyer who made the offer to purchase. After having auctioned the chalet himself on behalf of Nikolai Sarkisov.
On paper, it was a “Mascara Courchevel” company that bought Apopka. The commercial register indicates that it is administered by two women, linked to Russian companies, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The case is far from being settled between the two men who clash in court around another chalet, Owens, which they had built in Courchevel for 14 million.
Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.
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