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Costa Rica: Maria Marta Silva Meneses et al

October 19, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Costa Rica - for a criminal investigation into "Maria Marta Silva Meneses and other unknown subjects" for suspected involvement in investment fraud.

Tippmann US Holdco Inc. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

October 16, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Canada by David Sieradzki, of KSV Restructuring Inc., as the Foreign Representative of Tippmann US Holdco Inc., G.I. Sportz Inc., GI Sportz Direct LLC, Tippmann Sports, LLC, Mission Less Lethal LLC, and Tippmann Finance LLC at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

KCA Deutag UK Finance Plc: Chapter 15 Petition

October 15, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Neil Gilchrist, of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, as the Foreign Representative of KCA Deutag UK Finance Plc, described as being part of a group that "is a market-leading international drilling, engineering, and technology company serving both onshore and offshore drilling markets", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Multiflora International Ltd. et al v. Jacobi International, Inc. et al: Discovery Application

October 13, 2020 - Application by Multiflora International Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Agrícola Industrial Entre Ríos, S.A., of Guatemala, and Agrícola Esperanza Jacobi, S.A., of Guatemala, to take discovery from Jacobi International, Inc., Cart Investments, Inc., Bank of America N.A., Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A., and Jonathan Feuerman, a lawyer with law firm Therrel Baisden, LLP, for use in "ongoing civil and criminal legal proceedings that are pending in Guatemala" that involve "Christian Rasch's misappropriation of funds and other assets belonging to Applicants and others", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Atvos Agroindustrial Investimentos SA v. WhatsApp Inc. et al: Discovery Application

October 08, 2020 - Application by Atvos Agroindustrial Investimentos S.A., described as "an indirect subsidiary of the Odebrecht Group, a leading Brazil-based global organization in the fields of engineering and construction, real estate, oil and gas, petrochemicals, infrastructure, shipbuilding and agroindustry, with a presence in several countries around the world", to take discovery from WhatsApp Inc., Google LLC, Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Yahoo! Inc. for use in "a number of ongoing and rapidly developing legal actions in Brazil" regarding "an illegal hostile takeover attempt of one of Brazil's largest agribusinesses by Lone Star Funds, a U.S.-based vulture fund", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Selecta Finance UK Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

October 08, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Andreas Schneiter, as the Foreign Representative of Selecta Finance UK Limited, of England, and Selecta Group B.V., of the Netherlands, described as being part of a group that "is the leading route-based, unattended, self-service coffee and convenience food provider in Europe by revenue", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

National Bank Trust v. Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company et al: Discovery Application

October 08, 2020 - Application by National Bank Trust to take discovery from Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company, Wells Fargo Bank, and Summit Investment Management Ltd. for use in legal proceedings in England alleging fraud against Ilya Yurov, Sergey Belyaev, Nikolay Fetisov, Nataliya Yurova, Irina Belyaeva, and Elena Pischulina and "in aid of enforcement of a judgment entered in the U.K. Action in the approximate amount of U.S. $900 million", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Eni SpA v. Poplar Falls, LLC et al: Discovery Application

October 06, 2020 - Application by Eni S.p.A., of Italy, to take discovery from Poplar Falls, LLC, Drumcliffe Partners I LLC, Drumcliffe Partners II LLC, Drumcliffe Partners III LLC, Drumcliffe Partners III SMA I, LLC, Drumcliffe Partners IV LLC, and Drumcliffe Partners IV SMA1, LLC "for use in civil and criminal actions brought by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Milan Public Prosecutor, respectively, against Eni in Milan, Italy and an international arbitration claim brought by certain Eni subsidiaries against the FRN" regarding "the 2011 purchase by Eni and Royal Dutch Shell PLC of a Nigerian oil prospecting license known as OPL 245", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

UrtheCast Corp. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

October 06, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of Foreign Main Proceedings in Canada by Sai Chu, of Ernst & Young, as the Foreign Representative of UrtheCast Corp., of Canada, "a technology company developing world-first technologies in data services, geo-analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence" whose shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange; Geosys-Int'l Inc., of Delaware; Geosys Australia Pty., of Australia; Geosys Europe SARL, of Switzerland; Geosys S.A.S., of France; Geosys do Brasil Sistemas de Informacao Agriocola Ltda, of Brazil, and Deimos Imaging S.L.U., of Spain, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota.

Trinidad and Tobago: Radesh Ramnath

October 05, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Amerijet International LLC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Trinidad and Tobago - for a criminal investigation into Radesh Ramnath, who was "a Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise Officer", and unidentified co-conspirators for suspected money laundering, smuggling, and tax evasion.

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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.