HEDGE fund tycoon Elena Ambrosiadou has won an unfair dismissal claim brought by her former bookkeeper in the latest twist in a scandal over alleged snooping on former employees of hedge fund Ikos.
Nathalie Pratico, the ex-bookkeeper, had filed a claim for €5m (£4.4m), alleging she was fired from Ambrosiadou’s family accounting firm after being wrongly accused of passing confidential Ikos data to Ambrosiadou’s former husband Martin Coward.
But a Monaco court rejected all her claims and said certain evidence suggested Pratico may have sent Coward the stolen information.
Ikos co-founders Ambrosiadou and Coward split acrimoniously in 2009 and Coward left the firm but has since been accused of paying Ikos employees for confidential information to help him set up a rival fund in Monaco.
Former Ikos staff have however claimed that Ambrosiadou masterminded a large scale surveillance operation against them to gain information for use in legal proceedings.
In May, the UK High Court ruled that Ambrosiadou had hired a spy to watch former Ikos fund manager Tobin Gover.
Pratico’s lawsuit alleged Ambrosiadou had caused her “psychological harm” after conducting a “true campaign of harassment” against her that saw her spied on and repeatedly served with demands for information.
A criminal investigation into theft of data from Ikos is under way.