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Bank of Valletta notifies Argentarius Group of 'fraud liability'

July 16, 2019 - The closure of the Malta operations of Argentarius Group, which now operates in the Cayman Islands as iMaps Capital, coincided with preliminary legal action against it by the Bank of Valletta regarding an alleged investment fraud that resulted in losses of at least €79 million, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

Scandal-plagued Argentarius Group closes in Malta, moves to Cayman

July 12, 2019 - Amid legal and regulatory issues, Argentarius Group - which provides low-cost, regulation-free investment funds to asset managers, particularly fraudsters - has closed down in Malta, having moved its headquarters to the Cayman Islands, where it operates as iMaps Capital.

Antaros AG: Public Warning

May 02, 2019 - Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding Antaros AG.

CFTC v. 1Pool Ltd. et al: Consent Order

March 04, 2019 - Consent Order in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. 1Pool Ltd., of the Marshall Islands, and Patrick Brunner, of Austria, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Norske Skogindustrier ASA: Chapter 15 Petition

November 16, 2018 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Norway by Tom Hugo Ottesen, as the Foreign Representative of Norske Skogindustrier ASA, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. 1Pool Ltd. et al: Complaint

September 27, 2018 - Complaint in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. 1Pool Ltd., of the Marshall Islands, and Patrick Brunner, of Austria, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Fenja Fund Multi Strategy Ltd.: License Cancellation

August 31, 2018 - Notice of Cancellation of License of Fenja Fund Multi Strategy Limited by the Financial Services Authority of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Petro Welt Trading GmbH v. Larry Difloe: Discovery Application

April 13, 2018 - Ex Parte Application of Petro Welt Trading Ges.m.b.H, formerly CAT Trading GmbH, to take discovery from Larry Difloe for use in a foreign proceeding in Cyprus, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Argentarius Group 'removes' PwC as auditor

April 12, 2018 - OffshoreAlert has uncovered more red flags concerning the Argentarius Group, which operates investment platforms in Malta, Gibraltar and the Cayman Islands. PwC has become the second auditor to be 'removed' in less than three years, while Argentarius' predecessor firm - Minerva Investments - collapsed amid a fraud investigation by the financial regulator in Liechtenstein.

SPV OSUS Ltd. v. HSBC Holdings Plc et al: Amended Complaint

March 28, 2018 - Amended Complaint in SPV OSUS Ltd. v. HSBC Holdings Plc, HSBC Bank Plc, HSBC Bank USA, NA, HSBC Securities Services (Bermuda) Limited, HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Bermuda) Limited, HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited, HSBC Securities Services (Luxembourg) SA, HSBC Bank (Cayman) Limited, HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA, HSBC Private Ban (Suisse) SA, HSBC Fund Services (Luxembourg) SA, Sonja Kohn, Mario Benbassat, Alberto Benbassat, Stephane Benbassat, 20:20 Medici AG, UniCredit Bank Austria AG, BA Worldwide Fund Management Ltd., UniCredit SpA, Herald Asset Management Limited, Eurovaleur, Inc., Pioneer Alternative Investment Management Limited, Alpha Prime Asset Management Ltd., Regulus Asset Management Limited, Carruba Asset Management Limited, Tereo Trust Company Limited, Genevalor Benbassat et Cie, Hermes Asset Management Limited, Thema Asset Management (Bermuda) Ltd., Thema Asset Management Limited, Equus Asset Management Limited, Equus Asset Management Partners, LP, Aurelia Fund Management Limited, Inter Asset Management Inc., T&M Trusteeship & Management Services SA, GTM Management Services Corp. NV, Aurelia Asset Management Partners, Cape Investment Advisors Limited, Erwin Kohn, and HSBC USA Inc. at The Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

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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.