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Belfast businessman Peter Curistan given six-year boardroom ban

By John Mulgrew

Published 25/05/2016

The Odyssey Arena in Belfast
The Odyssey Arena in Belfast

Belfast businessman Peter Curistan has been given a six-year boardroom ban.

The businessman built the Odyssey entertainment complex in the city.

The Department for the Economy has accepted disqualification undertakings from the directors of a number of entertainment companies.

A six-year ban was handed down in respect of his conduct as director of City Car Parks Limited, Odyssey Bowl Limited, Sheridan Entertainments Ltd, Sheridan Millennium Ltd and Strike Four (Belfast) Ltd and for two years from his wife Anne Curistan (62) of Hampton Park, Belfast in respect of her conduct as director of Sheridan Entertainments Ltd.

Mr Curistan's big break in business came in 1989 when he founded the Sheridan Group. He put up a nine-screen cinema on the Dublin Road in Belfast before looking to the south.

The Sheridan Group was the largest private investor in the £100m Odyssey in Belfast.

Mr Curistan developed the Odyssey Pavilion complex in east Belfast but lost control of it to the former Anglo Irish Bank, now Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC).

He has since been involved in a series of legal battles with the bank.

Mr Curistan was declared bankrupt at the end of 2012.

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