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Kingstown Partners Master Ltd. et al v. DXC Technology Company et al: Complaint

March 31, 2020 - Complaint alleging securities fraud in Kingstown Partners Master Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Kingstown Partners II LP, Ktown LP, and Kingfishers LP, all of Delaware v. DXC Technology Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, Rishi Varna, Timothy C. Stonesifer, Jeremy K. Cox, Mukesh Aghi, Amy E. Alving, David Herzog, Sachin Lawande, J. Michael Lawrie, Julio A. Portalatin, Peter Rutland, Manoj P. Singh, Margaret C. Whitman, Robert F. Woods, and Paul N. Saleh at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Malta FSA cancels AIS Capital's investment license

March 31, 2020 - The Malta Financial Services Authority has cancelled the investment license of AIS Capital Management Investment Fund SICAV PLC, whose directors are Briton Paul Chandler and American/Maltese Richard Wight.

deVere & Partners Holding Ltd.: Fine

March 30, 2020 - Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed an administrative penalty of €23,000 against deVere & Partners Holding Limited for providing "insurance distribution activities" without a license. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Malta Business Registry, the sole director of deVere & Partners Holding Limited is identified as Beverley Yeomans, described in filings as a citizen of Malta, and the shareholders are identified as deVere Group Limited, of Dubai, and Nigel James Green, also described as a citizen of Malta.

Dario Item et al: Regulatory Update

March 24, 2020 - Update by the Labuan Financial Services Authority regarding a lessening of previously-imposed penalties against Dario Item, a London-based, Swiss attorney who serves as Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to Spain, Monaco, and Liechtenstein; Andrea Mezzi, a citizen of Italy; Mauro Giacomo Silva, a citizen of Italy; Blue Investment Bank Inc., and Blue Wealth Management Ltd., including the cessation of corporation disqualifications.

'Virtual casino' firm Crypto Meca has registration revoked in Isle of Man

March 24, 2020 - The Isle of Man Financial Services Authority has revoked the registration of South Korea-based Crypto Meca Ltd., which solicited investors' funds last year purportedly to finance the development of a virtual casino platform that has not been launched.

AIS Capital Management Investment Fund SICAV Plc: License Cancellation

March 23, 2020 - Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has cancelled the collective investment scheme license of AIS Capital Management Investment Fund SICAV Plc. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Malta Business Registry, the company's directors are identified as Paul Simon Chandler, a citizen of the United Kingdom, and Richard Thomson Wight, a dual citizen of the United States and Malta, while previous directors were Timothy Andrew Sharman, a citizen of the United Kingdom; Noel Vella, and Benjamin Muscat, both of Malta.

SEC v. Todd Lahr et al: Complaint

March 23, 2020 - Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Todd Lahr, of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Megas, described as "a British national and resident of Verbier, Switzerland", at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Joseph Acerno v. XP Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

March 21, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging securities law violations in Joseph Acerno v. XP Inc., described as a NASDAQ-listed, Cayman Islands-domiciled company that "purports to be a leading, technology-driven financial services platform and a trusted provider of low-fee financial products and services in Brazil"; Guilherme Dias Fernandes Benchimol, Bruno Constantino Alexandre dos Santos, Bernardo Amaral Botelho, Carlos Alberto Ferreira Filho, Gabriel Klas da Rocha Leal, Fabricio Cunha de Almeida, Guilherme Sant'Anna Monteiro da Silva, Julio Capua Ramos da Silva, Martin Emiliano Escobari Lifchitz, Geraldo José Carbone, Francisco Eduardo de Almeida Pinto, Maria Helena dos Santos Fernandes de Santana, Jared Wilson, Goldman Sachs & Co.. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, XP Investments US LLC, Itau BBA USA Securities Inc., BofA Securities Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, and UBS Securities LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Germany: Trimed Technology AG

March 19, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from City National Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for fraud" regarding the sale of shares in Trimed Technology AG, of Switzerland. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Swiss Commercial Registry, the company currently has no managers and that previous managers have included Manuel Bernert, a citizen of Germany; Anastasia Anderson, a citizen of Russia, and Anton Josef Niederberger.

SEC v. Scott Hirsch et al: Complaint

March 17, 2020 - Complaint alleging insider trading involving PedMed Express, Inc., a.k.a. 1800-PedMeds, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Scott O. Hirsch and Kenneth L. Friedman, both of Delray Beach, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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