• Report: #882312

Complaint Review: Alvin Donovan

  • Submitted: Mon, May 14, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, July 10, 2012

  • Reported By: anonymous — perth Other Australia
Alvin Donovan
99 Herron Road Pullenvale Queensland, Select State/Province Australia

Alvin Donovan Joseph LaRocco, LeadDog, Alvin Donovan III, Zigong Bank, EquityPartners Fund Alvin Donovan -Snake Oil Salesman, Surfing the web to make a fast buck Pullenvale, Queensland Australia

*Consumer Comment: google shows that at least one company DID get actual funding from this investor and many others also had very good things to say about the MD of the investor arrranged for other investors and acquis

*Consumer Comment: add the results of my own investigation and research. There are several reasons why this article is complete rubbish. I have contacted and spoken to a few people involved in this case

*Consumer Comment: I have read this tabloid journalist with great interest alert about just some of the many of Luke Bracken Bracken International Mining, Kim Cox AWTN and Jacques Blandin Firmware Visi Inc. latest in a

*Consumer Comment: Press release by the lastest ``sucker`` company

What's this?
What's this?
What's this?
Is this
Ripoff Report
About you?
Ripoff Report
A business' first
line of defense
on the Internet.
If your business is
willing to make a
commitment to
customer satisfaction
Click here now..

Does your business have a bad reputation?
Fix it the right way.
Corporate Advocacy Program™

SEO Reputation Management at its best!

Alvin has been verified as a serial fraudster over decades. His modus operandi has attracted credible media commentary and investigations (ongoing) by te Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Latest pretence has also attracted SEC sanctions and ongoing investigations of Equity Partners Fund (one of numerous ventures over the last 2 decages) and its affiliates.

Subject to numerous and varied complaints on this site and mainstream press. The man has no money, ethics or credibility.


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/14/2012 02:35 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Alvin-Donovan/Queensland-Select-StateProvince-4069/Alvin-Donovan-Joseph-LaRocco-LeadDog-Alvin-Donovan-III-Zigong-Bank-EquityPartners-Fund-882312. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

Ripoff Report has an exclusive license to this report. It may not be copied without the written permission of Ripoff Report.

Click Here to read other Ripoff Reports on Alvin Donovan

Search for additional reports

If you would like to see more Rip-off Reports on this company/individual, search here:

Search Tips
Report & Rebuttal
Respond to this report!
What's this?
Also a victim?
What's this?
Repair Your Reputation!
What's this?
REBUTTALS & REPLIES:
0Author 4Consumer 0Employee/Owner
Updates & Rebuttals
"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." 
Benjamin Franklin 

"You have complaints? Good. That means youve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
Winston Churchill 

Having read the rebuttals here on the one hand they do make sense and on the other hand further show the original report for the utter and total nonsense it is.

Firstly, thanks for stating the real facts here and for pointing out just some of the many obvious factual mistakes the tabloid made. 

Secondly, a quick check on google shows that at least one company named Worldlink Plc DID get actual funding from this investor. google "worldlink update on funding"  This company and many others also had very good things to say about the MD of the investor.

Furthermore, those companies went on to say that the investor also arrranged for other investors and acquisitions as well.

Lastly, this provides reliable independent proof this investor is for real and that the tabloid sensationalist story is in reality a lie.

This is an example of the just one of a long line of shoddy mistakes made by either ignoring or not even bothering to check out the real facts in the case.

They would not let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Obviously when the companies do what they are supposed to do according to their contract with the investor and proceed in an honest and ethical manner then the investor does what they are supposed to do with respect to the contract.

In this case, this investor is for real as they have invested in at least one company who did the right thing and shows that Blandin and Brackens story just do not hold water.
Respond to this report!
What's this?
This post here on ripoff report has been reposted over and over again, apparently by the same person. I would like to add the results of my own investigation and research. There are several reasons why this article is complete rubbish. I have contacted and spoken to a few people involved in this case and here are the facts.  Luke Bracken or Bracken International Mining, Kim Cox of AWTN and Jacques Blandin of Firmware and Visi Inc Plc. played that poor unsuspecting tabloid journalist at the Enquirer like a banjo and here is how they did it:

1. This company in the report is an equity line funder. This kind of investor obviously wants companies to drawdown so they make money when a company draws down. So if a company puts in a drawdown notice obviously they would fill it, there is no reason not to.

2. In all cases the company signs a legal contract which they must have their lawyer review before signing and the terms are in simple plain English. Nowhere in the article by this tabloid journalist does the journalist refer to the contract or having had any discussions with Brackens or Blandin lawyer. I can only assume there was no discussions with their lawyers .

3. Their website clearly states that the companies pay a third party non- affiliated law firm for legal document preparation.

4. It also clearly states they are not an underwriter and do not provide liquidity, IR or PR.

5. In all cases the company signs a term sheet which is made in simple English any 12 year old can understand.

This type of funding has been around for over 10 years and there are over a dozen firms worldwide offering this type of structure worldwide.

Luke Bracken claims the investor did 100s of deals. Okay but only two companies in Australia seemed to have had a problem. Maybe in Australia they sign term sheets without reading them? And they sign legally binding agreements without reading them?

Jacques Blandin CEO Firmware or VisiInc PLC made an announcement after they signed with the investor, probably used that announcement to entice investors and the investor never heard from them again after the announcement and they never put in a drawdown

But dont believe me- Google the term Jacques Blandin ASIC and you will see that Jacques Blandin of Firmware VisiInc Plc. was banned by the Australian SEC for:
Mr. Blandin, of Dianella, Western Australia, was a proper authority holder with Australian Financial Securities Pty Ltd during the period 19 November 1998 to 27 January 2000.

The undertaking was offered following an investigation into the activities of Mr. Blandin, which found that Mr. Blandin had made recommendations to his client that ****she invest $135,000 in companies with which he was associated or had an interest, without properly disclosing that association or interest to the client, in contravention of the Corporations Law.****

ASIC also found that Mr. Blandin did not have a reasonable basis for making those recommendations, and knew that his client would rely upon them.

The conduct of Mr. Blandin ultimately caused his client to sustain a loss of approximately $120,000 due to the insolvency of the company with which Mr. Blandin was associated or had an interest.
My guess is Jacque Blandin Firmware Visi Inc used the announcement of his signing with the investor as a way to entice investors into his sham company and had no intention of ever getting funding from the investor.

One other point that makes no sense whatsoever:  Jacques Blandin of Firmware Visiinc Plc. claims that the investor is just giving you your own money. Yet he claims that the investor did not fulfill the drawdown. If the investor was just giving him his own money then obviously they would have fulfilled the drawdown.

My sources reveal that once Jacques Blandin of Firmware Visi Inc made the announcement, then he fled to the USA to get away from the Australian authorities and never contacted the investor again.
Further proof is that Visiinc plc. that they have been kicked off of the German stock exchange- why?

Now lets focus on Luke Bracken of Bracken International Mining-
His company Bracken International Mining appears to have a $500 million dollar market cap as of this posting but it does not have any trading volume? How many companies with that size market cap have no trading volume like this?

Also if you research them further you will see they are trying to raise $500 million dollars. How can a company worth $500 million raise $500 million?

Maybe he just cannot do the math like they just cannot read term sheets and contracts?
Furthermore Google Luke Bracken Ripoff Report  to see his background.  Luke Bracken of Bracken International Mining seems even worse than Jacques Blandin of Firmware Visi Inc Plc.

Once again, Luke Bracken of Bracken International Mining announced the deal with the investor and then most likely used it to get other investors into his company.

We also have it on reliable sources that Luke Bracken of Bracken International Mining was close to roping in Gerry Harvey of Harvey Norman fame into investing but he tried to circumvent the introducer and Norman ran away from Luke Bracken of Bracken International Mining as fast as he could. Not to mention that he works out a bedroom in the house of his mother. How is it that the CEO of a 500 million euro market cap does not have the ability to even live in his own apartment- something smells very fishy there.

It looks like both Luke Bracken of Bracken International Mining and Jacques Blandin of Firmware Visi Inc pulled one of the oldest tricks in the book- they burn an investor then try to throw dirt on the victim to bury their mis deeds.
Respond to this report!
What's this?

#3 Consumer Comment

I have read this tabloid journalist with great interest alert about just some of the many of Luke Bracken Bracken International Mining, Kim Cox AWTN and Jacques Blandin Firmware Visi Inc. latest in a

AUTHOR: Elena Ambrosiadou - (United States of America)

I have read this tabloid journalist with great  interest and it is an interesting  alert about just some of the many of Luke Bracken  Bracken International Mining, Kim Cox AWTN and  Jacques Blandin Firmware Visi Inc. latest in a  long line of questionable debacles. 

If you Google the term Jacques Blandin ASIC you will get an idea of his character. ASIC reported in part as follows The undertaking was offered following an investigation into the activities of Mr Blandin, which found that Mr Blandin had made
recommendations to his client that she invest $135,000 in companies with which he was associated or had an
interest, without properly disclosing that association or interest to the client, in contravention of the
Corporations Law.

ASIC also found that Mr Blandin did not have a reasonable basis for making those recommendations, and knew that his
client would rely upon them.

The conduct of Mr Blandin ultimately caused his client to sustain a loss of approximately $120,000 due to the insolvency
of the company with which Mr Blandin was associated or had an interest.

Birds of a feather flock together. It is important for other potential investment firms or private investors to conduct
thorough due diligence on them and their past transactions and know that Luke Bracken of Bracken International Mining,
Kim Cox of AWTN and Jacques Blandin or Firmware/Visiinc and their conduct should there be any difficulties arising from
their dealings with them.

Let this ripoff report serve as a warning to anyone looking at doing business with Kim Cox AWTN, Jacques Blandin Firmware Visi Inc or Luke Bracken of Bracken International Mining that if they sound too good to be true it probably is and the possible trouble they will cause you if you do business with them.

 
Respond to this report!
What's this?

#4 Consumer Comment

Press release by the lastest ``sucker`` company

AUTHOR: Nathan Detroit - (Canada)

Here is a new story on Donovan`s  latest `mark`` company, which appears to be in financial difficulty.  This bio-life science company is headquartered in India.  It is perhaps not surprising that companies in trouble my be more inclined to buy into a scam...
________________________

Avesthagen to raise $60 mn in complex deal from Cayman-based fund To transfer a chunk of its biosimilar IPR to new company to facilitate fund raise

Raghuvir Badrinath / Chennai/ Bangalore May 11, 2012, 00:16 IST

Avesthagen, the Bangalore-based life-sciences company which is facing financial stress, is understood to be closing a complex fund raise of $60 million from Cayman-based investment company Equity Partners Fund (EPF).  Avesthagen is banking on its biosimilars portfolio for this funding.

Under the proposed funding, Avesthagen is expected to form a new company, most probably in Switzerland, the shares of which can be listed at the General Standard of Stock Exchange in Frankfurt. The new Swiss company is expected to hold an Indian entity and in this Indian entity, Avesthagen will transfer eight intellectual property assets pertaining to Avesthagens biosimilar portfolio which comprises a substantial part of Avesthagen Ltds value. It is understood that Hong Kong-based Key Capital is advising Avesthagen on this transaction. When Business Standard contacted Avesthagen CMD Villoo Morawala Patell for her views on the funding, she said they will be able to discuss aspects next week.

In all probability, a special private placement may be entered into between Avesthagen Group Entity and EPF whereby Avesthagen Group Entity will have the ability to draw down the investment through the issuance of stock exchange-listed shares to the Investor. Avesthagen would control the timing and amount of any draw down subject only to a share trading price and draw down limitation mechanism.

Avesthagen is going in for this structure to align with EPF investment philosophy. EPF usually funds companies through the purchase of the shares based on a small discount off a value weighted average price formula and does not provide upfront funding.

It is further understood that Avesthagen Group Entity may draw down proceeds for working capital, general corporate purposes, acquisitions, pass through, reverse merger or takeover.

If Avesthagen succeeds in this complex fund raise, it will add to the long list of its funding history. Avesthagen is among the top few private equity funded companies having raised funding from ICICI Ventures, Tata Group, Godrej, Cipla, Danone, New York Life among others in various of its projects.

The company which has a debt of around Rs 200 crore has been in discussions with Oriental Bank of Commerce and Axis Bank to restructure its debt. Oriental Bank of Commerce has in fact taken into its possession some of the land held by Avesthagen to get back its debt, the issue of which is being discussed for an amicable settlement.

Even as the company is getting ready for this much needed fund raise, it was recently slapped with civil suits from a group of ex-employees over non-payment of a part of their salaries. The company had also trimmed salaries with retrospective effect.

 
Respond to this report!
What's this?
Report & Rebuttal
Respond to this report!
What's this?
Also a victim?
What's this?
Repair Your Reputation!
What's this?
X