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Harinath Nampally v. Baidu Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

September 21, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud in Harinath Nampally v. Baidu Inc., a Cayman Islands company based in China; Robin Yanhong Li, Herman Cheng-Chun Yu, and Jennifer Xinzhe Li at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Commercial Bank of Dubai v. CB Title Management Corp.: Discovery Application

September 21, 2020 - Application by Commercial Bank of Dubai to take discovery from CB Title Management Corp. for use in contemplated legal proceedings in Dubai regarding the alleged default of a AED 37.5 million loan to Chalmers Engineering Company LLC, of Dubai, and "a personal guarantee from Stuart Allan Macdonald Chalmers, a UK national and Dubai, UAE resident", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

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.

Tatiana Akhmedova v. Google LLC: Discovery Application

September 16, 2020 - Application by Tatiana Akhmedova to take discovery from Google LLC for use in legal proceedings in England involving, inter alia, her husband, Farkhad Akhmedov, a Russian businessman; their son, Temur Akhmedov, and "Liechtenstein trustee entities Counselor Trust Reg and Sobaldo Establishment" regarding judgment collection and alleged "fraudulent evasion", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Danil Potekhin et al: Forfeiture Complaint

September 16, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Cryptocurrency and Cash allegedly derived from "a large scale, sophisticated 'phishing' campaign" by Russian nationals Danil Potekhin and Dimitrii Karasavidi that targeted cryptocurrency exchanges, including Poloniex, based in San Francisco, domiciled in Delaware; Binance, based in Hong Kong, domiciled in the Cayman Islands, and Gemini Trust Company LLC, based in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Simon Hooper pleads guilty to fraud in England

September 16, 2020 - United Kingdom national Simon Hooper has pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud involving British firm Rationale Investments Limited, which purports to be a property investment firm.

Poland: Witold Grzebicki et al

September 14, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into Witold Antoni Grzebicki and Marek Glogowski for suspected forgery and fraud.

Cayman crypto exchange Binance sued for 'laundering $9M Japan theft proceeds'

September 14, 2020 - Cayman Islands-domiciled cryptocurrency exchange Binance Holdings Limited is being sued in California for allegedly laundering more than $9 million of cryptocurrency stolen from a Japanese exchange.

Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange Inc. v. Binance Holdings Ltd.: Complaint

September 14, 2020 - Complaint alleging "the laundering of stolen cryptocurrency" in Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange Inc., described as "a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange" v. Binance Holdings Limited, a Cayman Islands cryptocurrency exchange described as "a 'go-to' location for cybercriminals to convert purloined cryptocurrency to other cryptocurrency or cash", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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.

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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.