MOSCOW, February 27 (RAPSI) – Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin’s former wife Natalia Potanina has turned to several US jurisdictions with her sights fixed on an accurate accounting of the couple’s marital assets.
Potanina has filed documents with various US federal district courts, including the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the Southern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Eastern District of New York, and the District of Montana.
In each district, Potanina seeks authorization to issue and serve subpoenas that would compel certain individuals to appear in court and/or produce evidence relevant to a determination of the couple’s martial assets.
On February 2, the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted Potanin’s request to subpoena two high-ranking employees of Altpoint Capital Partners LLC.
On February 12, the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas granted an order permitting Potanina to subpoena Sanchez Resources, LLC. Specifically, the order stipulated that Potanina may subpoena the company to produce its records of direct and indirect transactions with Potanin, Altpoint Capital Partners, LLC., Stone Tower Capital, LLC., Apollo Global Management LLC., Guerman Aliev, Brett Pertuz, Anish Sheth, or Derek Pease. The order stipulates: “It only has to produce records to a reasonable degree of detail, emphatically direct communication with Potanin.”
She was further authorized by the court to depose a corporate representative of Sanchez Resoruces, LLC.
On February 13, the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania granted her motion to subpoena Norilsk Nickel USA, Inc. The same day, the US District Court of Montana granted Potanina’s motion to subpoena Stillwater Mining Company.
On February 21, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia authorized Potanina to seek discovery from ByteGrid Holdings LLC.
With a reported net worth of $14.3 billion, Potanin is listed by Forbes as the 58th wealthiest person on the planet, and the seventh in Russia. His Forbes profile describes the billionaire as a self-made man who earned the bulk of his wealth in the metals industry.
Potanin filed for divorce in November with Moscow’s Presnensky District Magistrate Court.
On February 25, the Moscow court granted Potanin’s divorce claim, thus formalizing the couple’s split. The same day, it was revealed that Potanin had initiated asset-division proceedings in Moscow.
Potanina’s lawyers in Moscow have not yet responded to RAPSI’s request for a comment.