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Wireline, Inc.: $650K Fine

January 15, 2021 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a fine of $650,000 on Wireline, Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled "early-stage project focused on the development of a decentralized, blockchain based platform", for an unregistered securities offering and alleged fraud involving, inter alia, Wireline Developer Fund Ltd., a.k.a. Wireline Development Fund, of the Cayman Islands. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Cayman Islands General Registry, the directors of Wireline Developer Fund Ltd. are identified as Lucas Geiger and Rich Burdon.

Deutsche Bank AG: $43M Penalty

January 08, 2021 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a penalty of $43.3 million on Deutsche Bank AG for regulatory breaches involving, inter alia, entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, China, Italy, and Saudi Arabia.

Tierion, Inc.: $250K Fine

December 23, 2020 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a fine of $250,000 on Tierion, Inc. for regulatory breaches involving the sale of digital tokens by its "Cayman Islands-subsidiary, Tierion International Ltd.". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Cayman Islands General Registry showed that the directors of Tierion International Ltd. are Casey McDonald and Wayne Vaughan.

Mustafa Abdel Wadood: Industry Ban

December 22, 2020 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing an industry ban on Mustafa Abdel Wadood, described as a citizen of Egypt, for "the misappropriation of fund assets from one private equity fund client of the Abraaj Group and an offering fraud against investors in another Abraaj fund".

Mancera SC, et al: $1.6M Penalty & Bans

December 17, 2020 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a financial penalty of $1,589,926 on Mancera SC, described as "the Mexican member firm of Ernst & Young Global", and bans on accountants Alejandro Valdez Mendoza, CP and Angel Radames Corral Nieblas, CP, both citizens of Mexico, for regulatory breaches regarding Desarrolladora Homex, SAB de CV, which was described as a construction firm that "engaged in a massive fraudulent accounting scheme over at least a three-year period" and whose shares were listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange.

Robinhood Financial, LLC: $65M Fine

December 17, 2020 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a fine of $65 million on Robinhood Financial, LLC, described as a Delaware-domiciled "self-directed securities brokerage" based in Menlo Park, California, for "material misrepresentations and omissions by Robinhood relating to its revenue sources".

Mark E. Watson III: $450K Fine

December 10, 2020 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a fine of $450,000 on Mark E. Watson III for his "role" in Bermuda-based insurer Argo Group International Holdings Ltd.'s failure to disclose "over $5.3 million in perquisites and personal benefits" while he was the company's CEO, President, and a director.

BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd.: $170M Penalties

December 08, 2020 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $170 million on BlueCrest Capital Management Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, for regulatory breaches involving, inter alia, BlueCrest Capital International Master Fund Limited and BSMA Limited, both of the Cayman Islands.

Rajesh Taneja: Industry Ban

December 04, 2020 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing an industry ban on Rajesh Taneja, described as "a citizen of Canada and a resident of Vietnam", for alleged fraud and unregistered activity.

Bitstamp Ltd.: $15K Fine

November 13, 2020 - Stipulation and Consent Order regarding the State of Vermont Department of Financial Regulation and Bitstamp Ltd., described as a provider of "online virtual currency services", based in England,

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