August 22, 2012 - The head of a Cayman Islands fund group that claims to manage $160 million, promotes its investments as "low risk" and boasts of "consistent" 12% net annual returns for investors is being prosecuted for alleged professional misconduct in the United Kingdom. British attorney Tim Schools faces 11 allegations, including that he "failed to act with integrity" and "failed to act in the best interests of his clients".
October 10, 2012 - As investors continue to pour millions of pounds each month into Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund, OffshoreAlert has uncovered more red flags, including conflicting financial statements, £7.9 million loaned to a debt-ridden law firm owned by Axiom's principal, and insurance provided by an unregulated, unaudited firm that is currently defending a fraud lawsuit brought by one of its clients.
November 05, 2012 - New evidence uncovered by OffshoreAlert indicates that the recently-suspended Axiom Legal Financing Fund is hopelessly insolvent as a result of self-dealing and fraud by insiders. The Cayman Islands-domiciled Fund, which has raised more than £117 million, appears to be a Ponzi scheme.
November 19, 2012 - Offshore providers in the Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, and Switzerland face huge liabilities after allowing insiders to loot Axiom Legal Financing Fund of tens of millions of pounds. Those most at risk from being sued by Axiom's eventual liquidators appear to be DMS Group, JP Funds Group, BDO Cayman, and Ogier, all in the Cayman Islands; Turnstone Group, in the Isle of Man; and Portland Financial Management, of Switzerland.
January 17, 2012 - Credit Suisse (Guernsey), three of its trust officers and a BVI-domiciled IBC are being sued for allegedly concealing the proceeds of corruption by former Ukraine Prime Ministers Pavlo Lazarenko and Yulia Tymoshenko and avoiding paying debts, including an $18 m judgment. At least $2.6 m in "bribes" went into accounts at Barclays Bank, in the Cayman Islands, it was alleged.
October 27, 2012 - Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund suspended redemptions and halted new subscriptions yesterday - a result of an investigation into the Fund by OffshoreAlert. Meanwhile, our ongoing investigation suggests that investors - who have invested at least £117 million - are victims of a massive fraud orchestrated by British solicitor Tim Schools and others.
October 16, 2012 - Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund has retained KPMG to investigate red flags concerning the Fund that were uncovered by OffshoreAlert. Investors were informed of the development in a letter yesterday from the Fund's directors, Ronan Guilfoyle and Graham Hampson.
February 28, 2012 - The United States-based owner of a $250 million loan is attempting to take control of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman luxury resort in the Cayman Islands from developer Michael Ryan, OffshoreAlert can reveal.
April 03, 2012 - The Cayman Islands and Bahamas branches of Royal Bank of Canada were used by RBC to commit a "multi-hundred million dollar" fraud, according to the U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The alleged mastermind was not named in the CFTC's complaint but it seems to be Richard Tavoso, RBC's Head of Global Arbitrage and Trading.
October 10, 2012 - Partial list of related-party transactions between the Axiom Legal Financing Fund and Tim Schools & Related Companies.