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AYN Ltd.: License Revocation

August 12, 2020 - Public Statement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has revoked the Financial Institution license of AYN Limited, described as a provider of "payment services". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that AYN Ltd. was incorporated on July 18th, 2017, its directors are Paolo Gatti and Paolo Musumeci, both citizens of Italy, and its sole shareholder is AYN Holding Ltd., of Malta. The directors of AYN Holding Ltd. are Gatti and Musumeci and its shareholder is Artio Trustees Limited.

Paul Deighton: Disqualified Director

August 11, 2020 - Notice by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that Paul Deighton has received a 12-year Disqualification. Editor's Note: In December, 2019, Deighton was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after being convicted of swindling his clients out of nearly £700,000 in a fraudulent investment scheme via his company, Haven Administration Limited, according to a news article by the Isle of Man Examiner.

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg SA: €4.6M Fine

August 10, 2020 - Administrative Sanction against Banque Internationale à Luxembourg S.A. by the Luxembourg CSSF.

Interactive Brokers LLC: $11.5M Penalties

August 10, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing penalties of $11.5 million on Interactive Brokers LLC, described as "a registered broker0dealer headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Interactive Brokers LLC: $12.2M Penalties

August 10, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing penalties totaling $12.2 million on Interactive Brokers LLC, of Greenwich, Connecticut, for regulatory breaches involving client accounts that were used for fraud, before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Corporate & Commercial FX Services Ltd.: License Revocation

August 07, 2020 - Public Statement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has revoked the Financial Institutions license of Corporate & Commercial FX Services Limited, described as a "payment services" firm. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that the sole director of Corporate & Commercial FX Services Limited is identified as Jorge Pio Celemin Gomez, a citizen of Spain residing in Portugal, and its shareholders as Business Concept International Plc, of Malta; Jorge Pio Celemin Gomez, Josefa Malave Gonzalez, a citizen of Spain, and Benjamin Rayner Harrison, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Malta. Previous directors include Joseph Mary Formosa and Frank Chetcuti Dimech, both of Malta, who both resigned effective September 30th, 2018. The directors of Business Concept International Plc are identified as Adrian Sciberras, Charlene Sciberras, and William Van Buren, all of Malta, and its shareholders as Joceline Caruana, Adrian Sciberras, Daryl Azzopardi,Angela Maria Camilleri, Daryl Caruana, Anna Lee Debattista, Richard Falzon, Olga Mifsud, Christian Mizzi, Conrad Meli, Dona-Marie Rapinett, Charlene Sciberras, Marika Sciberras, William Van Buren, and Nicholas Vella, all of Malta.

ARQ Fiduciaries Ltd.: €15,000 Fine

August 07, 2020 - Public Statement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €15,000 on ARQ Fiduciaries Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that the directors and shareholders of ARQ Fiduciaries Limited are identified as Christian Farrugia and Tonio Fenech, both of Malta. Previous directors include Nicholas Gouder, of Malta, who resigned effective December 18th, 2019.

STM Fidecs: Regulatory Settlement Agreement

August 06, 2020 - Statement by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission regarding a "Regulatory Settlement Agreement" with STM Fidecs.

World Acceptance Corporation: $21.7M Penalty

August 06, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing penalties totaling $21.7 million against World Acceptance Corporation, of South Carolina, for "violations of the anti-bribery, books and records, and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" regarding a "bribery scheme" involving "WAC's former wholly-owned subsidiary in Mexico, WAC de Mexico, S.A. de CV".

Isle of Man Assurance Ltd.: Fine

August 05, 2020 - Public Statement by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of £87,108 on Isle of Man Assurance Limited for "a number of regulatory failings".

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