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Applications by Foreign Litigants for Discovery in the USA for use in Foreign Civil Legal Proceedings.

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Escal UGS SL v. Ruben Juanes et al: Discovery Application

January 16, 2020 - Application by Escal UGS S.L. to take discovery from Ruben Juanes and Bradford H. Hager for use in legal proceedings in Spain regarding the Castor Natural Gas Submarine Storage Project, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

HES (Caribbean) International Holdings SRL v. Northern Trust International Banking Corp.: Discovery Application

January 15, 2020 - Application by HES (Caribbean) International Holdings SRL, of Barbados, to take discovery from The Northern Trust International Banking Corporation regarding Henrique Rodriguez Guillén, a citizen of Venezuela, for use in "contemplated civil and criminal proceedings in the Dominican Republic and Barbados", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Christof Pfaff v. Deutsche Bank AG et al: Discovery Application

January 14, 2020 - Supplemental Petition by Christof Pfaff, of Germany, to take discovery from Deutsche Bank AG, of Germany; DZ Bank AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, of Germany, and Commodity Exchange, Inc., d.b.a. COMEX, of New York, for use in legal proceedings in Germany alleging fraud against Deutsche Bank, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

XiO Fund LLP v. Silicon Valley Bank: Discovery Application

January 14, 2020 - Application by Gwynn Hopkins, of Perun Consultants Limited, in Hong Kong, and Gordon MacRae, of Kalo (Cayman) Limited, of the Cayman Islands, as Joint and Several Interim Receivers of XiO Fund LLP, of the Cayman Islands, to take discovery from Silicon Valley Bank for use in legal proceedings in the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Editor's Note: This discovery application includes, as an exhibit, a copy of the underlying complaint alleging fraud involving hundreds of millions of dollars that was filed under seal at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on May 8th, 2019 and, eight months later, remains sealed as part of the Cayman Court's secretly-imposed mass-sealing policy - implemented by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie - that conceals from public view even the existence of many cases involving allegations of impropriety and insolvency against the jurisdiction's hedge funds.

Azattyk Media Institution v. Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas: Discovery Application

January 09, 2020 - Application by Azattyk Media Institution to take discovery from Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas for use defending a libel action filed in Kyrgyzstan by Iskender Ismailovich Matraimov, Raimbek Ismailovich Matraimov, Minovar Shabyevna Jumaeva, Uulkan Sulaymanovna Turgunova, and Ismail Matraimov Foundation, all of Kyrgyzstan, against Ali Toktakunov, of the Czech Republic; Azattyk Media Institution, Kloop Media Public Foundation, and 24 kg Information Agency, all of Kyrgyzstan, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Proyecto Alimente et al v. The Coca-Cola Company: Discovery Application

January 08, 2020 - Application by Proyecto Alimente and Alejandro Calvillo Unna, collectively described as "a consumer rights organization and a sociologist/consumer based in Mexico City", to take discovery from The Coca-Cola Company for use in legal proceedings in Mexico against the Mexican Government, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Shigekazu Torikai v. Google LLC: Discovery Application

January 07, 2020 - Application by Shigekazu Torikai, a lawyer in Japan, to take discovery from Google LLC for use in contemplated legal proceedings in Japan "for trespass, privacy invasion, unlawful business interference under Japanese civil law, related torts, and to prevent harm to Mr. Torikai, his staff or clients", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Mariana Marchesini v. Mauricio Javier Lotito Monteys: Judicial Assistance

January 06, 2020 - Application by the USA for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Siemens Financial Services Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from a court in Marbella, Spain - for use in a "contentious divorce" styled as 'Mariana Marchesini v. Mauricio Javier Lotito Monteys', filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Mauricio Mota v. Colorado Investment Holdings LLC: Discovery Application

December 27, 2019 - Application by Mauricio Mota to take discovery from Colorado Investment Holdings LLC, formerly known as Blessed Holdings LLC, for use in legal proceedings in Brazil styled as 'Maurício Jorge Pereira de Mota v. Joesley Mendonça Batista, et al' regarding "a massive and widely-reported corruption and bribery scandal", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Gulf Investment Corp. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

December 26, 2019 - Application by Gulf Investment Corporation, of Kuwait, described as "a supranational financial institution owned equally by the six Gulf Cooperation Council states: The Kingdom of Bahrain; The State of Kuwait; The Sultanate of Oman; The State of Qatar; The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and The United Arab Emirates", to take discovery from Bank of America, NA, The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank, NA, Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company USA, Goldman Sachs and Co., HSBC Bank USA, NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, Mashreqbank PSC, New York Branch; National Australia Bank Limited, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; and Wells Fargo Bank NA for use in "contemplated litigation in the Cayman Islands" regarding "hundreds of millions of dollars that have gone missing", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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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.