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Certes Capital Ltd.: Public Statement

October 18, 2019 - Public Statement by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission regarding "insolvent" Certes Capital Limited (in Voluntary Liquidation), formerly Marlborough Pension Trustees Limited.

Montpelier (Trust and Corporate) Services Ltd.: Receiver Appointment

October 08, 2019 - News Release by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority regarding the appointment of Receiver, Manager, and Inspectors for Montpelier (Trust and Corporate) Services Limited.

Cryptotrustconsulting Ltd.: Investor Warning

October 04, 2019 - Investor Warning by the Austrian Financial Market Authority regarding Cryptotrustconsulting Ltd., a British company owned and operated by Marc Bendrat, 34, a citizen of Germany residing in Austria.

Arun Panchariya et al: Disqualifications

October 03, 2019 - Notice by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission announcing the disqualifications of Varsharanee Roopun and Arun Ramswaroopji Panchariya.

Black River Trust Company Ltd et al.: Disqualification of Officers & License Revocation

October 03, 2019 - Notice by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission announcing the Revocation of the Management License of Black River Trust Company Ltd., formerly known as Grand Baie Trust Company Ltd., and the Disqualification of its Officers, Luc Allan Penny Hack, a lawyer, and David Perry Haskell, a British chartered accountant.

Block.one: $24M Fine

September 30, 2019 - Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings, Making Findings and Imposing a $24 million penalty for conducting an unregistered Initial Coin Offering "worth several billion dollars" against Block.one, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled "technology company" with "offices in Hong Kong and Blacksburg, Virginia", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Editor's Note: On its website at www.block.one, Block.one's "Executive Team" is identified as Brendan Blumer, Daniel Larimer, Andrew Bliss, Steve Ellis, Alex Erasmus, Abby Blumer, James Mendes, Eddie Schwartz, Michael Alexander, Kokuei (Guo) Yuan, and Rob Jesudason. News reports have stated that Block.one's ICO raised $4 billion.

Spiral Global Trade Solutions AG: Public Warning

September 27, 2019 - Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding Spiral Global Trade Solutions AG, a cryptocurrency firm whose directors, according to corporate filings in Switzerland, have included Reginald Fowler, a citizen of the United States, and Frank Jörg Hakenjos, of Switzerland, and which is suspected of involvement in the alleged disappearance of $850 million from Bitfinex, a cryptocurrency exchange that is owned by British Virgin Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based iFinex Inc.

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.: $20M Penalty

September 27, 2019 - Order Instituting Proceedings, Making Findings and Imposing a $20 million penalty against Herbalife Nutrition Ltd., a Cayman Islands-domiciled, Los Angeles-based multi-level marketing firm whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, regarding "false and misleading public statements in numerous U.S. regulatory filings regarding its China business model", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

HNA Group Ltd.: Press Release on 'serious breach of disclosure obligations'

September 25, 2019 - Press Release by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding China-based HNA Group Ltd.'s "false reporting" of its beneficial owners during its acquisition of Dufry AG, a Switzerland-based, publicly-listed, travel retailer.

HNA Group Co. Ltd.: Report on 'False Disclosure' of Beneficial Owners

September 25, 2019 - Report by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding the "false disclosure" by HNA Group Co. Ltd., of China, of its beneficial owners, specifically the omission of Feng Chen and Jian Wang.

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David Marchant
As any fule kno, the biggest enemy of fraud, corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial crime is transparency, while their best friend is secrecy. That's why the unprecedented mass sealing of cases that's taking place at the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands is repugnant to anyone with a genuine concern for financial crime.