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BVI operator of Bitfinex crypto exchange seeks discovery in 'hunt for missing $880M of client funds'

October 20, 2019 - The BVI operator of Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange, which was sued 12 days earlier for allegedly perpetrating a multi-billion dollar fraud, has applied to take discovery in California for a purported attempt to recover $880 million of client funds that its Swiss payments processor has allegedly failed to remit.

iFinex Inc. v. Citibank: Discovery Application

October 18, 2019 - Application by iFinex Inc., a British Virgin Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based company that operates the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange from Citibank NA for use in legal proceedings in Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom regarding an attempt to recover $880 million, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

iFinex Inc. v. Rondell Monroe: Discovery Application

October 18, 2019 - Application by iFinex Inc., a British Virgin Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based company that operates the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange from Rondell Clyde Monroe, a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, for use in legal proceedings in Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom regarding an attempt to recover $880 million, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

$15M deferred judgment order against Irish litigation funder Garrett Kelleher

August 14, 2019 - Judgment for $15 million will be entered against Irish litigation funder Garrett Kelleher if he has not settled his asset recovery-related, contempt of court liabilities with Cigna Worldwide Insurance Company by the end of next month, a U.S. federal judge has ordered.

Cigna Worldwide Insurance Co. v. Garrett Kelleher: Deferred Judgment Order

August 12, 2019 - Deferred $15 million Judgment Order in Cigna Worldwide Insurance Co. v. Garrett Kelleher, an Irish litigation funder, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

ED&F Man Capital Markets Ltd. v. Matthew Olivo et al: Discovery Application

August 06, 2019 - Application by ED&F Man Capital Markets Limited, of England, described as "the victim of a large fraud arising out of its purported purchase of nickel for trading purposes", to take discovery from Matthew Ryan Olivo and Ian McGuinn for legal proceedings in England against Come Harvest Holdings Limited, of Hong Kong; Mega Wealth International Trading Limited, of Hong Kong; Steven Kai Shing Kao, of California; Genesis Resources Inc., of California; Genesis Properties Holding LLC, of California; Genesis KingHwa LLC, of California; Transcendent Global Finance, Inc., of California; Transcendent (SG) Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Sampo International Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, and Straits (Singapore) Pte Ltd., of Singapore, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Duff & Phelps MD sues ABRAAJ Investment Management in Cayman

June 20, 2019 - Duff & Phelps officer Mark Skelton, who has apparently been hired to recover assets by investors in a fund managed by $956 million-insolvent ABRAAJ Investment Management, has taken legal action in the Cayman Islands in an attempt to gain access to corporate records.

Douglas Italia SpA v. Piofrancesco Borghetti et al: Complaint

June 17, 2019 - Complaint alleging "a pattern of creating and using sham companies to steal millions of dollars worth of assets from the plaintiff, to conceal the criminal proceeds and to frustrate plaintiff's ability to recover on civil money judgments rendered against him" in Douglas Italia SpA, formerly Limoni SpA, of Milan, Italy v. Piofrancesco Borghetti, a convicted embezzler, of Italy; Anacod Real Estate  LLC, of Delaware; Kellerton Group Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, allegedly controlled by Borghetti through "his Hong Kong-based facilitator and nominee, Nilesh Sajnanivia", and Briguglio & Associates LLP, of New York, NY, at the State of New York Supreme Court, County of New York.

Daniel Hall et al v. Harry Sargeant III: Motion to Quash

April 25, 2019 - Defendant's and Non-Party Foley & Lardner LLP's Motion to Quash/Motion for Protective Order Related to Subpoenas for Deposition and Documents in Daniel Hall, Burford Capital LLC, and Dundrod Investments Ltd. v. Harry Sargeant III at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

Abi Jaoudi and Azar Trading Corp. v. CIGNA Worldwide Insurance Co.: Order Denying Kelleher Motion

March 22, 2019 - Order & Judgment denying Garrett Kelleher's motion to file a third-party complaint against Deloitte Ireland, Deloitte Malta, and others, reopen contempt proceedings, and re-assess damages in The Abi Jaoudi and Azar Trading Corp. v. CIGNA Worldwide Insurance Co. at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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