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SEC v. Telegram Group Inc. et al: TRO Motion

October 11, 2019 - Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Telegram Group Inc., domiciled in the British Virgin Islands, based in Dubai, and TON Issuer Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, whose "principals and owners are citizens of Russia and St. Kitts and Nevis", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Telegram Group Inc. et al: Complaint

October 11, 2019 - Complaint to stop an "illegal offering of digital-asset securities" involving entities and parties in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Dubai in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Telegram Group Inc., described as a British Virgin Islands-domiciled, Dubai-based company owned by Pavel Durov, "a Russian and St. Kitts and Nevis citizen", and TON Issuer Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

'Stop distributing misinformation about Cryptotrustconsulting,' writes Marc Bendrat

October 09, 2019 - Letter to OffshoreAlert from Marc Bendrat, a citizen of Germany residing in Austria, requesting that we "cease to distribute misinformation" about his British firm, Cryptotrustconsulting Ltd., which was the target of an "Investor Warning" by the Austrian Financial Market Authority.

Austrian regulator issues 'investor warning' against British firm Cryptotrustconsulting Ltd.

October 07, 2019 - The Austrian Financial Market Authority has issued an "Investor Warning" against British cryptocurrency management firm Cryptotrustconsulting Ltd., which is owned and operated by Marc Bendrat, a citizen of Germany residing in Austria.

Cryptotrustconsulting Ltd.: Investor Warning

October 04, 2019 - Investor Warning by the Austrian Financial Market Authority regarding Cryptotrustconsulting Ltd., a British company owned and operated by Marc Bendrat, 34, a citizen of Germany residing in Austria.

Block.one: $24M Fine

September 30, 2019 - Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings, Making Findings and Imposing a $24 million penalty for conducting an unregistered Initial Coin Offering "worth several billion dollars" against Block.one, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled "technology company" with "offices in Hong Kong and Blacksburg, Virginia", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Editor's Note: On its website at www.block.one, Block.one's "Executive Team" is identified as Brendan Blumer, Daniel Larimer, Andrew Bliss, Steve Ellis, Alex Erasmus, Abby Blumer, James Mendes, Eddie Schwartz, Michael Alexander, Kokuei (Guo) Yuan, and Rob Jesudason. News reports have stated that Block.one's ICO raised $4 billion.

Cayman crypto firm ICOBox sued by US regulator for 'unregistered' activity

September 18, 2019 - Cayman Islands cryptocurrency "incubator" ICOBox and its founder, Nikolay Evdokimov, have been sued by the U.S. SEC for alleged illegal involvement in digital token offerings that raised $665 million. In a separate lawsuit last year, a former CEO of an ICOBox subsidiary claimed the group's "main shareholders" were "all funded by Russian money laundered through bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies".

SEC v. ICOBox et al: Complaint

September 18, 2019 - Complaint alleging the "unregistered offering and unregistered broker activities of securities through so-called "token sales" or "initial coin offerings" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. ICOBox, of the Cayman Islands, and Nikolay Evdokimov, of Beverly Hills, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Vista Holding Group AG targeted by Swiss regulator

September 18, 2019 - The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority has warned the public that Vista Holding Group AG is suspected of conducting unauthorized financial activity.

Vista Holding Group AG: Warning

September 16, 2019 - Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding Vista Holding Group AG, which is headed by Karl Heinrich Gasser, of Zurich.

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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.