Shareholder Alert: Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC Notifies Investors of Class Action Against VimpelCom Ltd. and Lead Plaintiff Deadline

Nov 05, 2015, 10:21 ET from Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney Advertising -- Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC notifies investors that a securities class action has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of those who purchased shares of VimpelCom Ltd. ("VimpelCom" or the "Company") (NasdaqGS: VIP), during the period between June 30, 2011 and November 2, 2015 inclusive. (the "Class Period").

The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's business, operational and compliance policies. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) VimpelCom had paid tens of millions of dollars to a company controlled by Gulnara Karimova ("Karimova"), daughter of the president of Uzbekistan; (ii) the payments to Karimova were unlawful bribes intended to secure VimpelCom's access to Uzbekistan's telecommunications market; and (iii) as a result of the foregoing, Defendants' statements about VimpelCom's business, operations, and prospects were false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

On March 12, 2014, VimpelCom announced that it was facing investigations by both the SEC and Dutch authorities related to its operations in Uzbekistan.

On March 18, 2014, VimpelCom reported that the Company was the focus of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice related to the Company's operations in Uzbekistan.

Thereafter, on August 13, 2015, post-market, it was reported that U.S. authorities had asked their European counterparts to seize roughly $1 billion in assets in a wide-ranging criminal probe of alleged corruption by VimpelCom and two other companies, Mobile TeleSystems PJSC ("MTS") and TeliaSonera AB ("TeliaSonera"), for paying hundreds of millions of dollars to businesses controlled by Karimova to secure wireless spectrum in Uzbekistan.

On November 3, 2015, pre-market, VimpelCom announced that it had set aside $900 million for litigation costs in connection with U.S. and Dutch investigations into the Company's operations in Uzbekistan.

Following this news, VimpelCom's ADRs fell $0.17, or 4.63%, to close at $3.50 on November 3, 2015. 

No Class has yet been certified in the above action. If you wish to review a copy of the Complaint, to discuss this action, or have any questions, please contact Peretz Bronstein, Esq. or his Investor Relations Coordinator Eitan Kimelman of Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC at 212-697-6484 or via email Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address and telephone number.  If you suffered a loss in VimpelCom you have until January 4, 2016, to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff.  Your ability to share in any recovery doesn't require that you serve as a lead plaintiff.

Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC is a corporate litigation boutique.  Our primary expertise is the aggressive pursuit of litigation claims on behalf of our clients.  In addition to representing institutions and other investor plaintiffs in class action security litigation, the firm's expertise includes general corporate and commercial litigation, as well as securities arbitration.   Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes.

Contact: Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC Peretz Bronstein or Eitan Kimelman 212-697-6484


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