Potanin's ex-wife set to take away oligarch's main asset by court action
It is possible that Natalya will get a substantial stake in Nornickel.
The former wife of oligarch Vladimir Potanin, Natalya, demands a significant part of his fortune, including a substantial stake in Nornickel.
As lawyer Dmitry Gorbunov told Vedomosti, the divorce proceedings take place in London. Most likely, the dispute will be considered in the High Court of the British capital. According to the expert, the issue of dividing Potanin's main asset - Norilsk Nickel - will also be tackled.
Now, Potanin has a 30% stake in the company. If the ex-wife receives half of this share, the oligarch will lose control of the enterprise.
Natalya Potanina filed a lawsuit against her ex-spouse in early August. Independent lawyers suggest that her odds of winning the litigation are pretty high.
Natalya and Vladimir Potanins were married for 20 years, the couple has three children. The court divorced the Potanins in the spring of 2014. Natalya received 380 million rubles ($5.8 m) and three land plots in the Moscow suburbs.
After that, Natalya Potanina tried to battle for her rights several times, but the billionaire managed to convince the courts that “actually” his relations with the ex-spouse had been terminated as early as 2007, so they could only divide funds until this year inclusive. In 2018, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation finally rejected Potanina's claim against the businessman for one trillion rubles ($15.2 b).