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PB Life and Annuity Co. Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

December 03, 2020 - 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 Life and Annuity Co. Ltd., Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Ltd., and Omnia Ltd., whose owner Greg Lindberg was convicted of "conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds" earlier this year in the United States, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Lake Holding & Finance S.A. v. UBS AG et al: Discovery Application

December 02, 2020 - Application by Lake Holding & Finance S.A., described as a British Virgin Islands company beneficially owned by Vladimir Vasilyevich Melnichenko, of Russia, to take discovery from UBS AG, Societe Generale/SG Private Bank, Banque Lombard Odier & Cie AG, a.k.a. Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie; CIM Banque SA, Kookmin Bank (Korea), Credit Suisse, PJSC Sberbank, Bank of America N.A., Citibank, N.A., Merrill Lynch Capital Corporation, Union Bancaire Privee CBI-TDB, Geneva, and BSI SA, Lugano for use in legal proceedings in Cyprus, France, Monaco, Russia, and Switzerland regarding alleged fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Seadrill Polaris Ltd. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

December 01, 2020 - Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Petition by Seadrill Polaris Ltd., of Bermuda; Seadrill Partners LLC, of England; Seadrill OPCO Sub LLC, of England; Seabras Rig Holdco Kft., of Hungary; Seadrill Operating GP LLC, of England; Seadrill Auriga Hungary Kft., of Hungary; Seadrill Operating LP, of the Marshall Islands; Seadrill Canada Ltd., of Canada; Seadrill Partners B.V., of the Netherlands; Seadrill Capricorn Holdings LLC, of the Marshall Islands; Seadrill Partners Finco LLC, of England; Seadrill China Operations Ltd., of Luxembourg; Seadrill Partners Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., of Malaysia; Seadrill Deepwater Drillship Ltd., of England; Seadrill Partners Operating LLC, of the Marshall Islands; Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd., of England; Seadrill Mobile Units (Nigeria) Ltd., of Nigeria; Seadrill T-15 Ltd., of Bermuda; Seadrill Gulf Operations Auriga LLC, of England; Seadrill T-16 Ltd., of Bermuda; Seadrill Gulf Operations Sirius LLC, of England; Seadrill Texas LLC, of England; Seadrill Gulf Operations Vela LLC, of England; Seadrill US Gulf LLC, of England; Seadrill Hungary Kft., of Hungary; Seadrill Vela Hungary Kft., of Hungary; Seadrill International Ltd., of England; Seadrill Vencedor Ltd., of Bermuda, and Seadrill Leo Ltd., of England, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

SEC v. Raquel Moura Borges et al: Complaint

December 01, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud and misappropriation involving, inter alia, companies in the British Virgin Islands, Brazil, and the USA in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Raquel Moura Borges, a citizen of Brazil, and Global Access Investment Advisor, LLC, described as a New York-based company that "provides investment advisory services to clients who are primarily from Brazil", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jerome Wilson-Chalkley v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

November 30, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrency in Jerome Wilson-Chalkley, of London, England v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, described as a Seychelles-domiciled "cryptocurrency/derivatives exchange"; ABS Global Trading Limited, of San Francisco, California, and Arthur Hayes at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

After indicted owner's 'exoneration', Malta's Pilatus Bank to sue European Central Bank for license revocation

November 30, 2020 - Following the recent collapse of criminal charges in New York against its beneficial owner, Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, Malta-based Pilatus Bank Plc intends to sue the Germany-based European Central Bank for damages for revoking its license.

David Neil Gerrard et al v. ENRC et al: Judgment on Strike-Out Applications

November 27, 2020 - Judgment on Strike-Out Applications in David Neil Gerrard and Elizabeth Ann Gerrard v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited and Diligence International LLC at the High Court of Justice, in London.

Ramona Ang v. Reliantco Investments Ltd.: Judgment

November 27, 2020 - Approved Judgment regarding the termination of an account that was used to invest in Bitcoin futures in Ramona Ang, who is "married to Dr Craig Wright, a specialist computer scientist and researcher with cybersecurity and blockchain expertise, who claims to be the or a principal inventor of Bitcoin" v. Reliantco Investments Ltd., of Cyprus, at the High Court of Justice, in London.

Torgovy Dom KAToil OOO v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

November 27, 2020 - Application by Torgovy Dom KAToil OOO, described as a Russian company that is "a wholly owned subsidiary of C.A.T. oil AG, a publicly-traded Austrian company", to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Bank of New York Mellon, N.A., Bank of America, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank N.A., and The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C. for use in "contemplated legal proceedings" in Russia against Victoria Sokolova for suspected fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal SA et al v. Autoridad del Canal de Panama: Petition to Vacate Arbitration Award

November 25, 2020 - Petition to Vacate Arbitration Award in Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A., of Panama; Sacyr S.A., of Spain; Webuild S.p.A., formerly Salini-Impregilo S.p.A., of Italy, and Jan De Nul N.V., of Belgium v. Autoridad del Canal de Panama, of Panama, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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