The Panama Papers: Two months after Adani brother set up firm in Bahamas, a request to change name to Shah

By: | Updated: April 5, 2016 2:13 AM

Months after the formation of the Adani Group’s flagship company Adani Exports — now Adani Enterprises — in 1993, industrialist Gautam Adani’s elder brother Vinod Shantilal Shah Adani set up a company in the Bahamas in January 1994.

On April 24, 1996, Ranjanben resigned and Rakesh Shantilal Shah, according to the records, was appointed director in GA International.On April 24, 1996, Ranjanben resigned and Rakesh Shantilal Shah, according to the records, was appointed director in GA International.

Months after the formation of the Adani Group’s flagship company Adani Exports — now Adani Enterprises — in 1993, industrialist Gautam Adani’s elder brother Vinod Shantilal Shah Adani set up a company in the Bahamas in January 1994.

Vinod Adani looks after the Adani Group’s overseas operations and his son Pranav is a director of Adani Enterprises.

Corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca’s records, accessed by The Indian Express, show that GA International was incorporated in the Bahamas by Vinod S Adani on January 4, 1994.

Vinod and wife Ranjanben were its two directors and held equal stakes through a bearer share each. Mossack Fonseca was appointed the registered agent.

Within two months of incorporation, Mossack Fonseca records show, GA International’s administrator Falcon Management (Isle of Man) wanted to correct “the spelling” of Adani to Shah.

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In July 1995, GA International sought to rename itself Agri Exports. But that fell through because the proposed name was too similar to an existing international business company.

On April 24, 1996, Ranjanben resigned and Rakesh Shantilal Shah, according to the records, was appointed director in GA International.

Adani Group documents of 2009 show Rakesh S Shah as director in three group companies — Adani Power (Overseas) (UAE), Adani Global FZE (UAE) and Chemoil Adani (Singapore) — along with Vinod S Adani, and one of the promoter group shareholders in Adani Enterprises.

According to Mossack Fonseca records, GA International formally resolved on September 23, 1996, that Vinod Shantilal Adani wished to be known as Vinod Shantilal Shah. The records duly corrected all documents, backdating since 1994.

On August 26, 1997, Mossack Fonseca received a request from Fortress Management (Isle of Man), seeking details of the beneficial owner, directors and shareholders of GA International. The company told the firm not to “release any information”.

On April 20, 2005, Vinod and Rakesh signed a resolution, replacing Mossack Fonseca with Overseas Management Company (Bahamas) as registered agent. The transfer was completed on July 21, 2005.

During its 11-year stint as the registered agent, Mossack Fonseca was asked by GA International to issue Certificates of Incorporation and Good Standing on several occasions.

In company records, the address for Vinod, wife Ranjanben and Rakesh was “C/o NR Doshi & Co, PO Box 13742 Deira (Dubai) UAE”. On their website, NR Doshi and Partners describe themselves as “auditors, business consultants and tax advisors”.

When The Indian Express sought comments, both Vinod and Rakesh Adani declined to respond.

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