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Switzerland: Capital One Bank

July 10, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Capital One Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s) for fraud".

Deutsche Bank AG et al: $150M Fine

July 06, 2020 - Consent Order regarding "the Bank's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein" in New York Department of Financial Services v. Deutsche Bank AG, of Germany; Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch, and Deutsche Bank Trust Company of the Americas.

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.

USA v. Vasco Investments SA 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. Funds allegedly associated with Khadem Abdulla Al Qubais, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, held in the names of Vasco Investments Services SA, of the British Virgin Islands, and Eagle Strategic Investment Fund at Bank Privée Edmond de Rothschild, in Luxembourg, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Sint Maarten: Edward O’Neal Arrindell

June 25, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Federal Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Sint Maarten - for a criminal investigation into Edward O’Neal Arrindell and others for suspected bribery, forgery, money laundering, and tax fraud, including participation in "a criminal scheme to bribe a Member of the Sint Maarten Parliament".

iFinex Inc. v. Enterprise Bank & Trust: Discovery Application

June 25, 2020 - Application by iFinex Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, which operates a cryptocurrency exchange known as Bitfinex, to take discovery from Enterprise Bank & Trust "for use in proceedings in foreign tribunals in Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom" involving alleged fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Chang Myung Shipping Co. Ltd. v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

June 24, 2020 - Application by Chang Myung Shipping Co. Ltd., of South Korea, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Citibank, N.A., Bank of New York Mellon, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, China Merchants Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Bank of Communications, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Bank of China "for use in a foreign proceeding filed by Hebei Ocean Shipping Company Ltd.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ana Degens v. JPMorgan Chase Bank et al: Discovery Application

June 23, 2020 - Application by Ana Christina Degens, of São Paulo, Brazil, to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, JPMorgan Securities LLC, Wells Fargo Bank, NA, HSBC Bank USA, NA, Safra National Bank of New York, Favil LLC, Tavil Group, Ltd., Arvil International Corp., Kavil Investments Limited, Vilvil Group Limited, Grant, Herman, Schwartz & Klinger LLP, and Loeb, Block & Partners LLP for divorce proceedings in Brazil between Ana Degens and Pedro Weil, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Grand Harbour Trustees Ltd.: €15,000 Fine

June 19, 2020 - Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a €15,000 fine on Grand Harbour Trustees Limited for several regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that the directors of Grand Harbour Trustees Limited are Rodney Lee Berger, a citizen of the United Kingdom with an address in Middlesex, England; Matthew Paris, a citizen of Malta residing in Malta, and Suzanne Wolfe Martin, a citizen of Switzerland with an address in Malta, and its shareholders are Pelican Management Limited, of Malta, and Rodney Berger. Pelican Management Limited's directors and shareholders are Rodney Berger and Corinne Hilary Berger, the latter of whom is also a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Öhman Bank SA: €41,050 Fine

June 18, 2020 - Announcement by the Luxembourg CSSF that it has imposed a €41,050 fine on Öhman Bank S.A. for violations of the Market Abuse Regulation.

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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.