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BMW et al: $18M Fine

September 24, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing a fine of $18 million in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, of Germany; BMW of North America, LLC and BMW US Capital, LLC, both of Delaware, regarding "inaccurate disclosures ... of its retail vehicle sales volume in the United States".

Marex Spectron International, Ltd.: $120K Fine

September 23, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing a fine of $120,000 on Marex Spectron International, Ltd., of England, described as "a registered introducing broker".

Northern Trust Global Fund Services Cayman Ltd. et al: $167K Penalties

September 18, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing financial penalties totaling $167,629 on Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services LLC and Northern Trust Global Fund Services Cayman Limited, of the Cayman Islands, "as the fund administrators for the LR Global Frontier Master Fund, Ltd. and two feeder funds, the LR Global Frontier Fund, Ltd. (offshore) and the LR Global Frontier Fund LP (onshore)", for regulatory breaches regarding an alleged fraud by Donald S. LaGuardia, Jr.

Unikrn, Inc.: $6.1M Penalty

September 15, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing a $6.1 million penalty on Unikrn, Inc., described as Delaware-domiciled, Washington State-based "operator of an online eSports gaming and gambling platform", regarding an unregistered securities offering of a digital token known as UnikoinGold that, inter alia, involved Bermuda-domiciled Unikrn Bermuda Ltd., before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Editor's Note: Registers of Directors & Officers and Members for Unikrn Bermuda Ltd. that were obtained by OffshoreAlert from the company's registered agent in 2018 showed that, as of August 16, 2018, the sole shareholder of the company was Unikrn Inc. and that its directors were David Antivilo, of Las Vegas, Nevada, who was also Chief Compliance Officer; Kingsley Edwards, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Christopher G. Garrod, and Jacqueline King, both of Bermuda. On the Government of Bermuda's website, the current directors of the company are identified as Karl Flores, of Australia; Rahul Sood, of Washington State, USA; Christopher Garrod, and Jacqueline King. On Unirkn's website at, it is stated that the group was "Established in 2014 as a collaboration between Rahul Sood and Karl Flores".

John Geraci: Industry Ban

September 14, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing an industry ban on John Geraci, described as a Florida resident who was "the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Asset Management, a Cayman Islands-based asset manager during the time of the alleged misconduct, from approximately the summer of 2015 to the fall of 2016", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forex Birds Ltd. et al: Emergency Cease and Desist Order

September 03, 2020 - Emergency Cease and Desist Order for alleged fraud and the sale of unregistered securities involving "cryptocurrency trading investment programs" in Texas State Securities Board v. Forex Birds Ltd., Kumar Babu Gondesi, a citizen of India; Eric Balusek, a.k.a. Darwin Eric Balusek, a.k.a. Bitcoin Pope, all of England and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Pek Universe, of Australia.

Anton Senderov et al: Industry Bans

September 02, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing industry bans on Anton Senderov and Lior Barbazara, both citizens of Israel, regarding their involvement in "internet binary options brokers LBinary and Ivory Option", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.: $67.3M Penalties

August 28, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing penalties totaling $67.3 million on Herbalife Nutrition Ltd., described as "a direct selling company incorporated in the Cayman Islands with headquarters in the United States" whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving Herbalife China, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

OANDA Corporation: $500K Fine

August 21, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing a fine of $500,000 on OANDA Corporation, of Toronto, Canada, before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The Bank of Nova Scotia: $17M Fine

August 19, 2020 - False Statements Order imposing a fine of $17 million on The Bank of Nova Scotia, before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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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.