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New lawsuit against Delaware predecessor of Bermuda crypto firm Uulala

March 31, 2020 - A Delaware company controlled by the California-based head of Bermuda cryptocurrency firm Uulala, Oscar Garcia, is being sued for allegedly defaulting on an agreement to pay $700,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by minority shareholder Gustavo Lopez, who claimed that Garcia swindled him.

Malta FSA cancels AIS Capital's investment license

March 31, 2020 - The Malta Financial Services Authority has cancelled the investment license of AIS Capital Management Investment Fund SICAV PLC, whose directors are Briton Paul Chandler and American/Maltese Richard Wight.

Bermuda crypto firm Arbitrade sues SION Trading for alleged fraud

March 30, 2020 - Bermuda-domiciled cryptocurrency firm Arbitrade Ltd. has filed a legal action in New York against Max Barber and his firm, SION Trading FZE, of Ras Al Khaimah, alleging fraud.

Development owned by AIG CEO collapses owing $168M to Bermuda Gov't

March 27, 2020 - A "partially complete" luxury hotel and residences development on "prime real estate" in Bermuda whose principal beneficial owner is AIG CEO Brian Duperreault has gone into provisional liquidation owing at least $168 million to the local government.

Nigeria seeks US bank records for investigation into '$10B fraud by BVI shell entity'

March 26, 2020 - Nigeria is seeking records from ten banks in the United States for a criminal investigation into an alleged $10 billion bribery and fraud scheme committed by a "shell entity" in the British Virgin Islands that was set up and operated by citizens of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

'Virtual casino' firm Crypto Meca has registration revoked in Isle of Man

March 24, 2020 - The Isle of Man Financial Services Authority has revoked the registration of South Korea-based Crypto Meca Ltd., which solicited investors' funds last year purportedly to finance the development of a virtual casino platform that has not been launched.

Swiss banker investigated for allegedly embezzling $8.7M from Banca Raiffeisen clients

March 20, 2020 - Police in Switzerland are investigating Stefano Billeter for allegedly embezzling $8.73 million from four clients while he worked for Banca Raiffeisen, in Lugano.

Peter Nygård's insolvent Canadian clothing group files for Chapter 15 recognition in NY

March 19, 2020 - The newly-appointed Receiver of former Bahamas resident Peter Nygård's Canada-based clothing group has applied for Chapter 15 recognition of the Canadian insolvency proceedings in New York.

Offshore bank sues Mastercard for 'driving it into liquidation' by terminating its license

March 12, 2020 - Loyal Bank, of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is suing Mastercard for allegedly causing its liquidation by terminating its license and keeping its $1.5 million deposit as a "termination fee" after the offshore bank was charged with money laundering in the U.S.

Founder of LSE-listed, Russian online bank arrested for suspected US tax fraud

March 06, 2020 - Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov has been arrested in London after being indicted for tax fraud in California for allegedly failing to disclose his $1 billion beneficial ownership of, and $199 million income from, a London Stock Exchange-listed online bank via three BVI companies when renouncing his U.S. citizenship in 2013.

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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.