UK entrepreneur Mike Lynch denies wrongdoing in response to civil claim by Hewlett Packard

Mike Lynch, the founder of the software group Autonomy, was a “controlling and demanding individual” and it was inconceivable that he was unaware of the fraudulent practices alleged to have been taking place at his company, the high court has heard.

The claims are included in the opening submissions of a $5bn (£3.8bn) civil claim brought against Lynch by Hewlett Packard (HP), which alleges he fraudulently inflated the value of the Cambridge-based software firm before an $11bn takeover by the US technology group in 2011.

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