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Harboe-board silent on ølkongens scams

The former Lett-lawyer Anders Nielsen was from 2001 to 2016, a part of the board of directors of Harboes bryggeri.

In the period, bought the brewery, fol.a. the 'goods' and 'services' for a three-digit million amount of its own director Bernd Griese and his personal companies.

But it is Anders Nielsen is not much to talk about.

- I will not speak to me, he says, when Additional Leaf contacts him to inquire about the board of directors approved the Harboe trades with the director's own companies.

- Anders Nielsen, has there been anything in your time in Harboe, as you no longer can vouch for?

- you Can't hear what I say? I will not comment on Harboe, says the lawyer and hang up.

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Harboe-boss Bernd Griese has often been accused of prioritising its own interests over the interests of the shareholders. Photo: Mik Eskestad

the Case indicates also that Anders Nielsen and the rest of the board of directors of Harboe has failed, because the internal trades have not been stopped.

It takes Lars Frederiksen, president of the Committee for Good corporate Governance, which sets out recommendations for the country's listed companies.

- the Board of directors of a company shall represent all shareholders. You can't favor one, says Lars Frederiksen and refers to the fact that Bernd Grieses family owns 16 percent of the shares in the brewery.

- Would you as a board member approve, that a company bought in with the director's private companies?

- No, I would not. If the board approves this kind of, so it is not neutral. The board should, as mentioned, the interests of all shareholders. The director will drive the company in the best way possible. And the two things must not be mixed together, says Lars Frederiksen, who himself is chairman of Matas.

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Lars Frederiksen was for many years the adm. director in the large ingrediensvirksomhed Chr. Hansen. Today, he is bl.a. chairman of Matas. Photo: Niels Hougaard

Anders Nielsen is far from the only member of the board in Harboe, who claps when the speech falls on the purchases in Bernd Grieses personal companies.

- I have no comment, " says Poul Møller, who has been in the brewery's board of directors since 2016.

- you Will not just hear my question, before you refuse to comment?

- No, thank you. Goodbye, " says Poul Møller.

He was also president of the Korsør Golf club, which has Harboes bryggeri as the main sponsor. Bernd Griese is the golf club's vice-president.

the Extra Leaf has also been in contact with former members of the board Thøger Thøgersen Carl Erik Kjærsgaard and Mette Kirstine Agger. None of them wanted to comment on the matter.

Bernd Griese has, despite repeated requests not responded to questions about the case.

Previously, the Danish Aktionærforening called on the country's regulatory authorities to investigate the conditions in Harboe.

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Poul Møller (tv.) is the only independent member of the board of directors of Harboe. He and Bernd Griese are, respectively, president and vice-president of the Burlington Golf club. Pr photo

In the graphics below you can see examples of the mixing of Bernd Grieses and Harboe interests.

Total kasketforvirring in Harboes bryggeri

Golf sponsorship

Harboe is the main sponsor of the Korsør Golf club, where Bernd Griese (th.) is vice-president. PR photo

Millionerne

Since 2001, Harboe bought bl.a. 'goods', 'services' and 'material assets' of Bernd Grieses companies for more than 300 million dollars.
Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Football

FC Vestsjælland was a brainchild of Bernd Griese (center). Harboe was both storsponsor and shareholder in the club, which went bankrupt in 2015.
Photo: Lars Rønbøg/Ritzau Scanpix

Ejendomshandlerne

In the summer of 2016 bought Harboe two properties - bl.a. this white house - for € 7.5 million. kr. by Bernd Griese.
Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan

the Artwork

Harboe bought a 3.5 metre high sculpture made of the deceased prince Henry, who was a close friend of Bernd Griese. Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan

Heirs

In 2019 conferred Bernd Griese president's office to his own daughter Karina Harboe Laursen is a trained physiotherapist. Three months later, she was replaced by his brother-in-law.
Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Café-loan

Harboe has borrowed an amount of money to a cafe in strandbyen Kobæk. It is located 400 metres from Bernd Grieses cottage, and the owner has a relationship with his family. Photo: Per Rasmussen

Gifts

Harboe has bestowed on dragon boats to crown prince Frederik and prince Henrik, who was a close friend of Bernd Griese (th.). In 2008 the brewery was appointed royal purveyor. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix

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