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Mauritius bans British accountant & local lawyer whose firm provided services to drug trafficker

October 04, 2019 - British chartered accountant David Gaskell and Mauritian lawyer Penny Hack, whose management firm provided services to British drug trafficker James Mulvey, have been banned as corporate officers in Mauritius.

'MLAT publication is breach of Europe's GDPR,' claims Spanish citizen

September 19, 2019 - 'Legal Statement' sent to OffshoreAlert by Juan Carlos Escrucería Gutierrez, "a Spanish citizen", requesting the removal of a publicly-available MLAT document that OffshoreAlert obtained from federal court in Miami, claiming that its publication amounts to a breach of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation and is punishable by a fine of up to €20 million.

Juan Carlos Escruceria Gutierrez: 'Exoneration' Documents

September 10, 2019 - Documents supplied by a reputation manager that 'exonerate' Juan Carlos Escruceria Gutierrez, of Colombia.

'Remove MLAT or we report you to 'black servers' for blocking,' writes Colombian reputation manager

September 10, 2019 - Letter to the Editor from Angélica Coava Lopera, on behalf of Juan Carlos Escruceria Gutierrez, requesting the removal from OffshoreAlert's website of an application for judicial assistance to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Spain into suspected narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

€43M superyacht builder seeks liquidation of Cayman firm 'owned by Venezuelan narco-trafficker'

August 21, 2019 - Italian luxury yacht manufacturer Azimut Bennetti SpA has applied to wind up a Cayman Islands firm allegedly owned by Venezuelan suspected narcotics trafficking-related money launderer Samark Lopez Bello regarding an alleged €500,000 debt owed on a €43 million motor yacht.

Azimut Bennetti SpA v. Nautical Corp: Winding Up Petition

August 19, 2019 - Winding Up Petition in Azimut Bennetti SpA, of Italy v. Nautical Corp, whose beneficial owner is identified as Samark Jose Lopez Bello, a Venezuelan who was "designated by the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Romania: Gabriel Sain

April 10, 2019 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Romania - for a criminal investigation into Gabriel Sain for suspected narcotics trafficking.

USA v. Alexandre Cazes et al: Forfeiture Complaint

February 13, 2019 - Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Assets held at Loyal Bank Limited, of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Siam Commercial Bank, of Thailand, in the names of ACE Guide Holdings Limited and/or Alexandre Cazes, a.k.a. Alexander Cazes, a Canadian who allegedly operated an "illegal marketplace" known as AlphaBay, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Antonio Miguel Spinola: Regulatory Ban

October 12, 2018 - Public Statement by Jersey Financial Services Commission regarding Antonio Miguel Spinola.

Netherlands: Johan Hoogezand et al

May 09, 2018 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to an application for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for a criminal investigation into Johan Hoogezand, Kah Hin Khoo, Cliff Maijer, Jan Westeneng, and others for suspected narcotics trafficking, participation in a criminal organization, and money laundering, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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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.