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Stream TV Networks Inc.: Chapter 11 Petition

February 25, 2021 - Chapter 11 Petition by Stream TV Networks Inc., which "was founded in 2009 as a "new media" company to pursue new technologies that enhance user entertainment and communications experiences", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Creditors include those from Bermuda, Dubai, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, India, Ireland, Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Italy, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

Jing Zhang et al v. Xueyuan Han et al: First Amended Complaint

February 25, 2021 - First Amended Complaint alleging fraud in Jing Zhang, Wei Fan, Minglian Zhang, and Jun Zhou, all of China v. Xueyuan Han, a.k.a. Hank Han, described as a citizen of China with an address in New York; Hanfor Holdings Co., Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; HF Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Hanfor Capital Management Co., Ltd., of China; Nuoyuan Capital Management Company Ltd., of China; George Xu, of New York; Junjun Feng, described as a citizen of China with an address in New York; Wennan Ao, described as a citizen of China with an address in New York; BZ Industrial (China), BZ Industrial (BVI), BZ Industrial (Cayman Islands), Hanfor (Cayman) Limited, of the Cayman Islands; HFRE LLC, of New York; HF Capital Management Cay Inc., of the Cayman Islands; HF Cosmopolitan Beta L.P., of the Cayman Islands, and Hengtai Securities Co., Ltd., described as "a Chinese company publicly traded in Hong Kong", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oak Trust et al v. Patrick Parham: Discovery Application

February 25, 2021 - Application by Oak Trust, Acorn Trust, Eagle Trust, Duffy Trust, Robert J. Parfet Living Trust, Geluk Global Fund Limited SAC, of the Bahamas; Migration Investments, LLC, of Colorado; Boustrophedon International Ltd., of Hong Kong; Michael R. Shea, Erin Shea, Angela Ling, Fuhua Ling, Philip Bullock, Lifang Liu, Justin Payne, Michael Dietzen, Kimberly J. Dietzen, Brian Sly, David K. Sly, Gregory Sly, Karen Sly, Nelson Sly, Helen S. Sly, Sly Family Trust, and Tamara A. Sly Separate Property Trust to take discovery from Patrick Parham, of Garland, Texas, for use in an "anticipated proceeding" in England regarding allegations of "a fraudulent Forex trading scheme" involving Equiti Capital UK Limited, Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc., and Blue Isle Markets Ltd. and several jurisdictions, including the Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Bitfinex & Tether to pay $18.5M to settle criminal investigation

February 25, 2021 - Seven cryptocurrency firms, six of which are domiciled in the British Virgin Islands, including Bitfinex and Tether, have agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle a criminal investigation by the New York State Attorney General, Letitia James.

New York AG v. Bitfinex et al: Settlement Agreement

February 25, 2021 - Settlement Agreement between the New York State Attorney General and seven cryptocurrency firms, namely iFinex Inc., the operator of a cryptocurrency exchange known as Bitfinex; BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether International Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands, and Tether Limited, of Hong Kong. A copy of the agreement was attached to a letter filed by class action plaintiffs in a separate but related civil action alleging fraud.

Novasigma Limited: Unlicensed Activity

February 25, 2021 - Public Warning by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission that Novasigma Limited "appears to be purporting to offer company management services in Gibraltar" without a license. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at Companies House Gibraltar showed that Novasigma Limited was incorporated in Gibraltar on May 21st, 2015 and, in its most recent annual return dated May 4th, 2018, the company's sole director was identified as Jussi Olavi Hallikas, described as a Finnish "tax advisor" residing in Tbilisi, Georgia, and its sole shareholder as Novasigma Limited, of the Seychelles. The company's website at www.novasigma.com is no longer operational. In his LinkedIn profile, Hallikas is currently described as "Managing Director" of "Fidelcrest", a company purportedly domiciled in Hungary that offers "forex trading" products and services at www.fidelcrest.com.

Jing Zhang et al v. Xueyuan Han et al: TRO Motion

February 24, 2021 - Proposed Ex Parte Order to Show Cause for Temporary Restraining Order in Jing Zhang, Wei Fan, Minglian Zhang, and Jun Zhou, all of China v. Xueyuan Han, a.k.a. Hank Han, described as a citizen of China with an address in New York; Hanfor Holdings Co., Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; HF Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Hanfor Capital Management Co., Ltd., of China; Nuoyuan Capital Management Company Ltd., of China; George Xu, of New York; Junjun Feng, described as a citizen of China with an address in New York; Wennan Ao, described as a citizen of China with an address in New York; BZ Industrial (China), BZ Industrial (BVI), BZ Industrial (Cayman Islands), Hanfor (Cayman) Limited, of the Cayman Islands; HFRE LLC, of New York; HF Capital Management Cay Inc., of the Cayman Islands; HF Cosmopolitan Beta L.P., of the Cayman Islands, and Hengtai Securities Co., Ltd., described as "a Chinese company publicly traded in Hong Kong", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Leroy King: Sentencing Minutes

February 24, 2021 - Sentencing Minutes regarding a 10-year prison term for involvement in a $7 billion investment fraud masterminded by Allen Stanford in USA v. Leroy King, a former CEO of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission, of Antigua and Barbuda, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

SEC v. Paragon Coin Inc.: Application to Enforce Settlement

February 24, 2021 - Application for a judgment enforcing compliance with an SEC Order regarding the alleged sale of digital tokens without being registered as securities in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Paragon Coin Inc., of Delaware, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Huy Vietnam Group Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

February 24, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Cosimo Borrelli and Mitchell Mansfield, as the Foreign Representatives of Huy Vietnam Group Limited (in Official Liquidation), whose Founder, Nhat Huy, "may have misappropriated approximately $59 million", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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