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Brazil: Carlos Antonio Lemos da Fonseca et al

May 07, 2021 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Ocean Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Brazil - for a criminal investigation into "Carlos Antonio Lemos da Fonseca, Brasita Cigarros Industria e Comercio Ltda., and other individuals for six offenses, specifically, tax fraud, false statement, falsification of public seal or sign, criminal organization, unauthorized exchange operation, and money laundering".

betapharm Arzneimittel GmbH v. Amgen Inc.: Discovery Application

May 06, 2021 - Application by betapharm Arzneimittel GmbH, of Germany, to take discovery from Amgen Inc., of Delaware, "for use in German patent infringement actions and opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Poland: BBVA Compass et al

May 06, 2021 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from BBVA Compass Bank and Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s) for fraud".

USA v. Juan Carlos Balaguerra Villamizar: Criminal Information

May 05, 2021 - Criminal Information alleging money laundering conspiracy involving "purported proceeds of bribes paid to Brazilian public officials" in USA v. Juan Carlos Balaguerra Villamizar at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Paid Search Engine Tools LLC v. Eric Schmidt: Discovery Application

May 05, 2021 - Application by Paid Search Engine Tools LLC to take discovery from Eric Schmidt for use in legal proceedings in Canada involving Google Canada Corporation, Google LLC, and Alphabet Inc., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Helios Ventures FZE v. VistaJet US Inc. et al: Discovery Application

May 05, 2021 - Application by Helios Ventures FZE, of Ajman, in the United Arab Emirates, to take discovery from VistaJet US Inc., Rhône Capital LLC, and Rhône Group LLC for use in "contemplated civil proceedings in the United Kingdom and Malta", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

MarkDutchCo 1 B.V. et al v. Zeta Interactive Corp.: Petition to Compel Arbitration

May 04, 2021 - Petition to Compel Arbitration in MarkDutchCo 1 B.V., of the Netherlands, and Markmidco Sarl, of Luxembourg v. Zeta Interactive Corp. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

USA v. MoneyGram: 'John Doe' Summons Petition

May 04, 2021 - Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

USA v. Western Union: 'John Doe' Summons Petition

May 04, 2021 - Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. Western Union Financial Services Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

USA v. Federal Express et al: 'John Doe' Summonses Petition

May 04, 2021 - Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summonses as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian law firm that has been providing offshore services since 2000", allegedly offering legal structures formed in several jurisdictions, including Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Delaware, Nevis, Nevada, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Switzerland, in USA v. Federal Express Corporation, a.k.a. FedEx Express; Fed Ex Ground Package System, Inc., a.k.a. FedEx Ground; DHL Express (USA), Inc., United Parcel Service, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of America, N.A. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Cayman Court Secrecy: A Huge Red Flag for Foreign Investors & Clients
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.