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BT International Ltd.: Cease New Business

September 24, 2020 - Public Statement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has ordered fiduciary services provider BT International Limited to "refrain from onboarding new clients and refrain from providing existing clients with any new or additional services". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that BT International Limited was incorporated on January 24th, 2007 and that its directors are Manuel Castagna, Karl Cini, and Brian Tonna, all citizens and residents of Malta, and its sole shareholder is Nexia BT Holdings Limited, of Malta. Previous directors include Oliver Zammit, who resigned effective May 14th, 2020, while Pierre Fiorentino was "removed" as the company's auditor effective April 9th, 2020. Nexia BT Holdings Limited was incorporated on January 27th, 2012 and its directors are Manuel Castagna, Karl Cini, and Brian Tonna and its shareholders are Nexia BT, of Malta, and Brian Tonna.

BTI Management Ltd.: Cease New Business

September 24, 2020 - Public Statement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has ordered corporate services provider BTI Management Limited to "refrain from onboarding new clients and refrain from providing existing clients with any new or additional services". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that BTI Management Limited was incorporated on June 11th, 2010 and that its directors are Manuel Castagna, Karl Cini, and Brian Tonna, all citizens and residents of Malta, and its shareholders are Nexia BT Holdings Limited, of Malta, and Brian Tonna, of Malta. Previous directors include Oliver Zammit, who resigned effective May 14th, 2020, while Pierre Fiorentino was "removed" as the company's auditor effective April 9th, 2020. Nexia BT Holdings Limited was incorporated on January 27th, 2012 and its directors are Manuel Castagna, Karl Cini, and Brian Tonna and its shareholders are Nexia BT, of Malta, and Brian Tonna.

Northern Trust Global Fund Services Cayman Ltd. et al: $167K Penalties

September 18, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing financial penalties totaling $167,629 on Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services LLC and Northern Trust Global Fund Services Cayman Limited, of the Cayman Islands, "as the fund administrators for the LR Global Frontier Master Fund, Ltd. and two feeder funds, the LR Global Frontier Fund, Ltd. (offshore) and the LR Global Frontier Fund LP (onshore)", for regulatory breaches regarding an alleged fraud by Donald S. LaGuardia, Jr.

Lumiere Wealth Ltd.: Investigation Findings

September 09, 2020 - Public Statement by the Jersey Financial Services Commission regarding the conclusions of its investigation into Lumiere Wealth Limited (in liquidation).

'Remove our names from report about license revocation,' asks Malta's Adrian Sciberras

September 01, 2020 - Letter from Adrian Sciberras, of Business Concept International Plc, in Malta, complaining about OffshoreAlert's reporting of a regulatory notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority announcing the revocation of the Financial Institutions license of Corporate & Commercial FX Services Limited, in which his company was a shareholder.

Deborah Anne Ellis: Disqualification

August 27, 2020 - Disqualification of Deborah Anne Ellis by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

Paul Deighton: Disqualified Director

August 11, 2020 - Notice by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that Paul Deighton has received a 12-year Disqualification. Editor's Note: In December, 2019, Deighton was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after being convicted of swindling his clients out of nearly £700,000 in a fraudulent investment scheme via his company, Haven Administration Limited, according to a news article by the Isle of Man Examiner.

Corporate & Commercial FX Services Ltd.: License Revocation

August 07, 2020 - Public Statement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has revoked the Financial Institutions license of Corporate & Commercial FX Services Limited, described as a "payment services" firm. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that the sole director of Corporate & Commercial FX Services Limited is identified as Jorge Pio Celemin Gomez, a citizen of Spain residing in Portugal, and its shareholders as Business Concept International Plc, of Malta; Jorge Pio Celemin Gomez, Josefa Malave Gonzalez, a citizen of Spain, and Benjamin Rayner Harrison, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Malta. Previous directors include Joseph Mary Formosa and Frank Chetcuti Dimech, both of Malta, who both resigned effective September 30th, 2018. The directors of Business Concept International Plc are identified as Adrian Sciberras, Charlene Sciberras, and William Van Buren, all of Malta, and its shareholders as Joceline Caruana, Adrian Sciberras, Daryl Azzopardi,Angela Maria Camilleri, Daryl Caruana, Anna Lee Debattista, Richard Falzon, Olga Mifsud, Christian Mizzi, Conrad Meli, Dona-Marie Rapinett, Charlene Sciberras, Marika Sciberras, William Van Buren, and Nicholas Vella, all of Malta.

ARQ Fiduciaries Ltd.: €15,000 Fine

August 07, 2020 - Public Statement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €15,000 on ARQ Fiduciaries Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that the directors and shareholders of ARQ Fiduciaries Limited are identified as Christian Farrugia and Tonio Fenech, both of Malta. Previous directors include Nicholas Gouder, of Malta, who resigned effective December 18th, 2019.

STM Fidecs: Regulatory Settlement Agreement

August 06, 2020 - Statement by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission regarding a "Regulatory Settlement Agreement" with STM Fidecs.

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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.