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Vicki Willard v. UP Fintech Holding Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

November 06, 2019 - Complaint alleging securities fraud in Vicki Rongey Willard v. UP Fintech Holding Limited, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based "online brokerage"; Tianhua Wu, John Fei Zeng, Yonggang Liu, Lei Fang, David Eric Friedland, and Vincent Chun Hung Cheung at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

$150M lawsuit alleges crypto fraud by parties in Antigua, BVI, Hong Kong & US

November 04, 2019 - A complaint for damages of $150M for alleged cryptocurrency futures trading fraud and the operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business has been filed against individuals and companies in Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, and the United States, including Alameda Research and FTX Trading.

Bitcoin Manipulation Abatement LLC v. FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Complaint

November 02, 2019 - Complaint alleging cryptocurrency market manipulation, RICO, and fraud in Bitcoin Manipulation Abatement LLC, of Puerto Rico v. FTX Trading Ltd., of Antigua and Barbuda; Alameda Research LLC, of Delaware; Alameda Research Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Samuel Bankman-Fried, of California; Gary Wang, of California; Andy Croghan, of California; Constance Wang, described as a citizen and resident of Hong Kong; Darren Wong, of California, and Caroline Ellison, of California, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Xiaohai Yan v. Ruhnn Holding Ltd. et al: Complaint

October 31, 2019 - Complaint alleging securities fraud in Xiaohai Yan v. Ruhnn Holding Limited, of China; Min Feng, Lei Ray Sun, Chao Eric Shen, Zhenbo Nick Chi, Ke Cheng, Shek Yuen Ting, Fengchun Jin, Shangzhen Li, Zhenxing Shao, Pen Hung Tung, Junhong Qi, and Xiaocao Cecilia Xu at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Briton Simon Hooper charged with fraud - 4 years after being exposed by OffshoreAlert

October 30, 2019 - Briton Simon Hooper, who was exposed as a fraudster by OffshoreAlert four years ago, has been charged with fraud in England regarding his latest firms, Rationale Asset Management Plc and Rationale Investment Ltd.

Mark Graham: Director Cancellation

October 29, 2019 - Decision Notice by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority announcing the cancellation of the director registration of Mark R. Graham, of New York, NY, for not being "a fit and proper person". Graham was the majority equity owner of Cayman Islands-domiciled Alpha Re Limited, which has been accused of fraud.

John Geraci: Director Cancellation

October 29, 2019 - Decision Notice by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority announcing the cancellation of the director registration of John David Geraci, of Pinecrest, Florida, for not being "a fit and proper person".

Roland Kaehler: Director Cancellation

October 29, 2019 - Decision Notice by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority announcing the cancellation of the director registration of Roland Frederick Kaehler, of Beverstone Fund Management, with an address in the Czech Republic, for not being "a fit and proper person"

SEC v. Benjamin Alderson et al: Motion to Serve Nigel Green et al

October 28, 2019 - Motion by Defendant Benjamin Alderson for an Order Authorizing Alternative Service of Subpoenas on non-parties Nigel Green, deVere Group Ltd., and Beverley Yeomans in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Benjamin Alderson and Bradley Hamilton at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Kristofer Riklis v. Eran Penini et al: Complaint

October 25, 2019 - Complaint for $485,000 alleging fraud in Kristofer Riklis, individually and as Trustee of the Kristofer Zadora Riklis 2011 Trust v. Eran Penini, of Los Angeles, CA; Inle Capital Fund LP, of Delaware; Inle Capital Partners GP LLC, of Delaware; Inle Capital Management LP, of Delaware; and Inle Capital International Fund Ltd., a Cayman Islands fund allegedly managed by non-party DMS Management Ltd., at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

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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.