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Weilin Xu et al v. Opus Capital LLC et al: Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Complaint alleging "misappropriation of millions of dollars invested by innocent and naïve investors ... in an illegal, fake and fraudulent 'real estate development' scheme" in Weilin Xu, Zhongyang Jiang, and Grand Vision Overseas Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands v. Opus Capital LLC, of California, and Kevin H. Zhang at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

USA v. Jean-Michel Basquiat's 'Self-Portrait' Drawing: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Drawing Entitled 'Self-Portrait' by Jean-Michel Basquiat, "previously owned by Christopher Joey McFarland", a co-producer of 'The Wolf of Wall Street' movie, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Andy Warhol's 'Campbell's Soup' Painting et al: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Painting Entitled 'Colored Campbell's Soup Can (Emerald Green), 1965' by Andy Warhol and One Painting entitled 'Vétheuil au Soleil' by Claude Monet, both "currently located n Switzerland", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Andy Warhol's 'Round Jackie' Portrait: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. One Portrait Entitled 'Round Jackie' By Andy Warhol, "previously owned" by Kasseem Dean, a.k.a. Swiss Beatz, a hip hop musician residing in New Jersey, that is "currently in the custody of the United States Marshals Service" at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. River Dee International SA: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia" in USA v. Funds associated with Jasmine Loo Ai Swan, a citizen of Malaysia, in the name of River Dee International SA, of the British Virgin Islands, at Falcon Private Bank Ltd., in Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Robert Stone v. NPLH (NZ) Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

June 19, 2020 - Winding Up Petition in Robert Devon Stone v. NPLH (NZ) Limited at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

ABRAAJ liquidators seek discovery from US banks for Cayman proceedings to recover $385M in alleged fraud proceeds

June 12, 2020 - The liquidators of ABRAAJ Investment Management Ltd. have applied to take discovery from 17 banks and a clearing house in the U.S. for "contemplated litigation" in the Cayman Islands to recover more than $385 million allegedly misappropriated by the Dubai-based ABRAAJ Group's founder, Arif Naqvi.

ABRAAJ Investment Management Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

June 12, 2020 - Application by the Joint Official Liquidators of ABRAAJ Investment Management Limited, of the Cayman Islands, to take discovery from Bank of America, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Goldman Sachs and Co., HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreqbank PSC, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank US, a.k.a. Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, New York Branch; Société Generale North America; BNP Paribas USA Inc.; Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, New York Branch, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "contemplated proceedings" regarding an alleged $385 million fraud by Pakistan citizen Asif Masood Naqvi at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Intelligence firm Diligence accuses ex-CEO Nick Day of 'outrageous legal spending'

May 21, 2020 - Intelligence and investigations firm Diligence has accused its former CEO, Nick Day, of trying to "sink the business with his outrageous legal spending" after it was forced to advance him $788,377 to satisfy legal bills that he incurred at a rate of approximately $12,500 per day in the first two months of defending a lawsuit that the company brought against him for allegedly swindling it out of "millions of dollars".

Diligence Inc. v. Nicolas Day: Amended Complaint Stipulation

May 19, 2020 - Stipulation to file Amended Complaint regarding allegations of "corporate looting" involving Switzerland-domiciled Diligence Global Business Intelligence SA in Diligence Inc., a Delaware company majority owned by Cayman Islands-domiciled Information Security Investments Company v. Nicholas Day, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Chamonix, France, at the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.

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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.