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Bagir Group Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

April 26, 2021 - Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Israel by Ilan Shavit-Stricks, as the Foreign Representative of Bagir Group Limited, described as am Israeli apparent company that "had interests in five companies in foreign countries - Egypt, Ethiopia, the United States, England and the British Virgin Islands as well as a representative regional office in Vietnam" and whose shares are listed "on the Alternative Investment Market, a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Greensill Bank AG: Chapter 15 Petition

April 20, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Germany by Dr. Michael C. Frege, as the Foreign Representative of Greensill Bank AG, of Germany, described as "a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian company Greensill Capital Pty Limited" that has wholly-owned subsidiaries in Australia, Cayman Islands, and United Kingdom, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Samarco Mineração SA: Chapter 15 Petition

April 19, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Cristina Morgan Cavalcanti, as the Foreign Representation of Samarco Mineração S.A., of Belo Horizonte, described as "a privately held Brazilian mining company that started its operations in 1977", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

DTEK Finance Plc: Chapter 15 Petition (2021)

April 16, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Johan Bastin, as the Foreign Representative of DTEK Finance Plc, of England, described as being part of a group that "operates the largest privately-owned energy business in Ukraine, as measured by metric tons of coal produced and net output of electricity", for use in legal proceedings in England, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

VL Assurance (Bermuda) Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

April 12, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Michael Morrison and Mark Allitt, of KPMG Advisory, as the Foreign Representatives of VL Assurance (Bermuda) Ltd., Valor Group Ltd., and Valor Management Ltd., described as Bermuda companies that are part of a group that also includes companies in Barbados, Ireland, Liechtenstein, and the United States and which are "victims of activity perpetrated between 2013 and 2016 by Jason Sugarman - a former director of the VL Bermuda Debtor - and others, including Jason Galanis, that ultimately led to the insolvency of the VL Bermuda Debtors", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Wirecard AG: Chapter 15 Petition

April 08, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Germany by Dr. Michael Jaffé, as the Foreign Representative of Wirecard AG, a former "multinational payment processor and financial services provider specializing in digital payment solutions for both business and retail customers around the globe" that collapsed after allegations of "material misstatements in its financial reports and other accounting improprieties", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

PB Investment Holdings Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

April 02, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Rachelle Frisby and John Johnston, both of Deloitte (Bermuda), as the Foreign Representatives of PB Investment Holdings Ltd., whose owner Greg Lindberg was convicted of "conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds" last year in the United States, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Banco Privado Portugues (Cayman) Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

March 30, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Simon Conway and Jess Shakespeare, as the Foreign Representatives of Banco Privado Portugues (Cayman) Ltd., filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Talal Al Zawawi: Chapter 15 Petition

March 24, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the United Kingdom by Colin Diss, Hannah Davie, and Michael Leeds, of Grant Thornton, as the Foreign Representatives of Talal Qais Abdulmunem Al Zawawi, described as a citizen of Oman residing in the U.K. who was ordered to pay £24 million in spousal and child support to his former wife in 2019 and "was adjudicated bankrupt on June 29, 2020", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Performance Insurance Company SPC: Chapter 15 Petition

March 19, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Kenneth Krys and Neil Dempsey, of KRyS Global, as the Foreign Representatives of Performance Insurance Company SPC, described as a Special Portfolio Company that "operates in the captive insurance industry through 12 segregated portfolios" which were identified as Bottini Insurance LP, Gen 1 Insurance Company LP, Goldenstar Holdings Company SP, Greystone Insurance SP, Hudson York Insurance Company, Omega Insurance Company LP, Performance 5 SP, Prewett Insurance Company LP, Smart Insure LP, SSS Insurance LP, Sustainable Insurance Company SP, and Triangle RGK SP, and which has been accused of participating in a scheme involving "counterfeit insurance policies", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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