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HSBC agrees to pay $192M & admits tax fraud after being criminally charged by US

December 10, 2019 - Switzerland-based HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA has agreed to pay $192 million and cooperate with tax investigations under a deferred prosecution agreement with the USA after being criminally charged with conspiracy to commit tax fraud.

USA v. HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA: Motion to Defer Prosecution

December 10, 2019 - Joint Motion for Deferral of Prosecution in USA v. HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Poland: Miami Perfume Inc.

December 10, 2019 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from witness Todd Roundtree, of Miami Perfume Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into "unknown persons" for suspected fraud.

'Discovery application must be removed', writes lawyer for Singapore's Golden Root Investments

December 10, 2019 - 'Notice to Take Down' from Eugene Tan, of Singapore law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, requesting the removal from OffshoreAlert's website of a copy of a discovery application that was filed by his client, Golden Root Investments Pte Ltd., at federal court in California.

Bulgaria: Theolin Jacobs

December 09, 2019 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from SunTrust Bank regarding an account in the name of Theolin Jacobs, of Lawrenceville, Georgia - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Bulgaria - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects" for suspected H1B visa fraud against a citizen of Bulgaria who was allegedly fraudulently induced into paying funds into an account at the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Paul Benjamin: Chapter 15 Petition

December 09, 2019 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Canada by Mathieu Roy, of Houle Roy SA, as the Foreign Representative of Paul Harris Benjamin, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York.

Acres Loan Origination LLC et al v. TI Project LP et al: Complaint

December 06, 2019 - Complaint in Acres Loan Origination LLC and Acres Capital Debt Opportunity Fund, LP, both of Delaware, v. TI Project LP, of Florida; Sunny Shore Project LP, of Florida; Charles R. Adams & Associates Inc., of Florida; Fabrizio Lucchese, of Ontario, Canada; Nelco Architecture, Inc., of Pennsylvania; James Stapleton, of Ohio; RAIT CRE CDO I, Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Peck & Associates Construction, Inc., of Florida, and Hydro Rents, Inc., of Delaware, at the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, in and for Volusia County, Florida.

ENRC v. Glenn Simpson: Discovery Application

December 06, 2019 - Ex Parte Application by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited, of England, to conduct discovery from Glenn Simpson, of Fusion GPS, for use in legal proceedings at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales against Mark Hollingsworth for "breach of confidence", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

SEC v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson: Complaint

December 06, 2019 - Complaint arising from "violations of the anti-bribery, recordkeeping, and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, of Sweden, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Motransa SA v. Navistar, Inc.: Discovery Application

December 06, 2019 - Application by Motransa SA to take discovery from Navistar, Inc. for use in "contemplated" legal proceedings in Ecuador against Austral Cia. Ltda., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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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.