Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Bloomberg News

Signa’s Benko Sentenced to Year in Prison Over Croatian Payments

November 02, 2012

Signa Holding GmbH managing director Rene Benko was found guilty in Vienna of making improper payments to Croatian officials and sentenced to one year in prison.

Ernst Schillhammer, a lawyer for the real estate investor, said his client would appeal the ruling issued by Vienna’s Economic and Corruption Court.

“The decision is legally and in point of fact false,” Schillhammer said today in a telephone interview.

Benko, who is developing a luxury-retail quarter in Vienna and had bid for Germany’s Metro AG (MEO)’s Kaufhof department stores last year, was alleged to have facilitated an improper payment to the Croatian officials to help his business in Italy.

Worth around EU440 million euros ($567 million), Benko was named Austria’s 2011 Man of the Year by Trend magazine.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Tirone in Vienna at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at

blog comments powered by Disqus