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Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.: $900K Fine

June 04, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing a $900,000 fine on Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., a Bermuda-domiciled provider of insurance and reinsurance whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, for failing to disclose "over $5.3 million" in perquisites to Mark E. Watson III, its former CEO, president, and director, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bainbridge Asia Ltd. et al: Permanent Bars

June 01, 2020 - Decision by the National Futures Association permanently barring Bainbridge Asia Limited, of Hong Kong, and Wai Man Yip, a.k.a. Patrick Yip, before the National Futures Association.

BitClave PTE Ltd.: $29M Penalties

May 28, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing disgorgement, interest, and a civil penalty totaling $29.3 million against BitClave PTE Ltd., described as "an early-stage blockchain services company that operates through an entity in Singapore and maintains its principal place of operations in San Jose, California", for conducting an unregistered Initial Coin Offering, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Gibraltar Global Securities, Inc.: Administrative Proceedings

May 28, 2020 - Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings against  Gibraltar Global Securities, Inc., described as "a Bahamian broker-dealer", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Warren Davis: Administrative Proceedings

May 27, 2020 - Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings against Warren Anthony Davis, described as a citizen of the Bahamas and founder and president of Gibraltar Global Securities Inc., "a Bahamian broker-dealer", regarding the sale of shares of Magnum d'Or, "a penny stock".

Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC: $3.5M Fine

May 15, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing a fine of $3.5 million against Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC for breaching "a conflict of interest rule, by issuing or maintaining credit ratings where MCR employees who participated in determining or monitoring the credit ratings also participated in the sales or marketing of a product or service of MCR", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

1Globe Capital LLC et al: Penalties

May 13, 2020 - Order Imposing Penalties for securities violations on 1Globe Capital, LLC, described as a Delaware company based in Boston, MA, and Beijing, China that is "a family office that purchases stock listed on US exchanges", and Jiaqiang 'Chiang' Li, described as a resident of Boston and Beijing, regarding trading in Sinovac Biotech Ltd., described as an Antigua and Barbuda-domiciled firm based in China whose shares are listed on NASDAQ, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bloomberg Tradebook LLC: $5M Fine

May 06, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing a $5 million civil money penalty against Bloomberg Tradebook LLC for "omissions of material facts and material misstatements made by Tradebook, then an agency broker-dealer, in connection with its use of an undisclosed order routing arrangement called the Low Cost Router", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Jeffery Curran: Suspension

May 05, 2020 - Administrative Order suspending chartered accountant Jeffery A. Curran, of Calgary, Canada, from appearing before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding "false accounting" by Penn West Petroleum Ltd., of which he was Vice President of Accounting and Reporting.

Todd Takeyasu: Suspension

May 01, 2020 - Administrative Order suspending chartered accountant Todd H. Takeyasu, of Calgary, Canada, from practicing before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission after the regulator determined that he "engaged in accounting practices that resulted in false and misleading journal entries that had no adequate documentary support or basis in reality" while serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Penn West Petroleum, Ltd.

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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.