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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.

Automotores Gildemeister SpA et al: Chapter 11 Petition

April 12, 2021 - Chapter 11 Petition by Automotores Gildemeister SpA, Marc Leasing S.A., Comercial Gildemeister S.A., Maquinarias Gildemeister S.A., Fortaleza S.A., RTC S.A., Maquinaria Nacional S.A., Carmeister S.A., AG Créditos SpA, Fonedar S.A., all of Chile; Lodinem S.A., Camur S.A., both of Uruguay, and Bramont Montadora Industrial e Comercial de Veículos S.A., of Brazil, collectively described as "a vehicle importer and distributor primarily operating in Chile and Peru, as well as in Uruguay, Costa Rica and Brazil", 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 applies for Chapter 15 recognition in U.S. to stay class action fraud lawsuit

April 09, 2021 - Insolvent payment processor Wirecard AG has applied for U.S. recognition of its German insolvency proceeding in an attempt to stay a class action complaint against it in Pennsylvania.

Direct Lending Investments et al v. Duff & Phelps: Complaint

April 08, 2021 - Complaint alleging professional negligence, gross negligence, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract in Bradley Sharp, as the Permanent Receiver for the Estate of Direct Lending Investments LLC, Direct Lending Income Fund LP, Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund Ltd., DLI Capital Inc., DLI Lending Agent LLC, and DLI Assets Bravo LLC and their Successors, Subsidiaries, and Affiliated Entities, and Bradley Sharp and Christopher Johnson, as Joint Official Liquidators of Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), of the Cayman Islands v. Duff & Phelps LLC at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County 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.

Bank Leumi USA v. Trade Finance Trust et al: Complaint

April 05, 2021 - Complaint for Interpleader regarding "the remainder of what was at one time several dozen accounts at the Bank opened by an affiliate of International Investment Group, LLC, a now defunct investment advisor accused by the Securities and Exchange Committee of perpetrating a fraud akin to a Ponzi scheme" in Bank Leumi USA v. Trade Finance Trust, described as "a Delaware Statutory Trust"; IIG Trade Finance LLC, of New York, as Administrator of Trade Finance Trust; IIG Bank (Malta) Ltd., of Malta; Girobank International N.V., of Curaçao; Girobank N.V., of Curaçao; Valerie P. Maria, of Curaçao, as the Foreign Representative of IIG Trade Opportunities Fund Ltd.; Christopher Kennedy and Alexander Lawson, both of the Cayman Islands, as Joint Liquidators of IIG Global Trade Finance Fund Ltd. and IIG Structured Trade Finance Fund Ltd.; TriLinc Global Impact Fund LLC, of Delaware, and TriLinc Global Impact Fund - Trade Finance Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Obelisk Capital Management Ltd, v. Obelisk Global Gold Focus Fund: Receivership Petition

April 01, 2021 - Petition for the appointment of Receivers for Obelisk Global Gold Focus Fund in Obelisk Capital Management Limited (in Official Liquidation) v. Obelisk Global Fund SPC and Obelisk Global Gold Focus Fund at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

China Oil Gangran Energy Group Holdings Ltd.: 'Scheme of Arrangement' Petition

April 01, 2021 - Petition for Court sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement in the matter of China Oil Gangran Energy Group Holdings Limited (in Provisional Liquidation), described as "an investment holding company of a group of subsidiaries which are principally located in Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China, and the British Virgin Islands", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

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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.