It sometimes happens that, when you start off a new business venture where reputation is considered to be crucial, you need to start off with a slate cleaner than clean. Of course, it is quite possible that one has left a few debts unpaid, particularly with lending entities (who cares, really!) and perhaps a bit of social security or taxes, as they are the last to the get paid, generally.
What is just defies prudency and common sense is starting off a business consisting on sorting out other people’s real estate problems when you have a few skeletons in the cupboard that are rattling like a dildo in a biscuit tin.
Because, this is exactly what is happening with Restructuring & Recovery Consulting Group, fronted by Mark Farber. The story (PDF)(the real one might I say) is actually one that he has twisted to make it one of his case histories, the truth being far from what he claims it to be.
Indeed, the project was located in Inland Andalusia, in Casarabonela to be accurate, it was certainly close to 20 hectares, and changes in regional planning laws did render the project unacceptable (no mention of the crisis here nor running out of cash). And this is as far you can stretch the truth, as the rest is a load of imaginative B.S.
Not only was there no proper project in place, but also, nobody proceeded to immediately discuss the situation with local and regional planning authorities, and no agreement was reached that re-zoning would be acceptable if the project was repositioned as a tourist oriented resort rather than a straight residencial developement.
And, on top of the pile, you get the worst lie of all: a large amount of money was also owed to a local savings bank which had already begun the process of recovery. Mark, it is Lawbird’s clients who are owed the money, and they are a British couple and not a local savings bank, unless they have morphed into some rural lender in the last couple of weeks. And they are owed close to €1,300,000 which seems they will never get if, as your lawyers say, the company that owns the cortijo (Rural Excellence S.L.) will be swallowed by the bankrupt Ecur Constructora Urbanizadora S.L., which owns I assume also part of Restructuring & Recovery Consulting Group, given your statements.
And finally, you have not been instrumental in negotiating with the savings bank to refinance the debt, because there is no such thing. If any, you have been instrumental in keeping my clients like a mushroom, in the dark and being fed bullshit. And unpaid. Oh, and also, killing a good number of avocado trees by failing to water them…
See you in court!