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Benjamin Alderson: Industry Ban

July 09, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing an industry ban on Benjamin Alderson, a resident of the United Kingdom and a former CEO of deVere USA Inc., before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

USA v. Luis Martinelli et al: Criminal Complaint

June 27, 2020 - Criminal Complaint against the sons of former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli alleging participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme involving Brazil's Odebrecht SA and other companies, including those in the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, and Switzerland, in USA v. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, described as citizens of Italy and Panama, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Chang Myung Shipping Co. Ltd. v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

June 24, 2020 - Application by Chang Myung Shipping Co. Ltd., of South Korea, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Citibank, N.A., Bank of New York Mellon, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, China Merchants Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Bank of Communications, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Bank of China "for use in a foreign proceeding filed by Hebei Ocean Shipping Company Ltd.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Nelson Gomes et al: TRO Motion

June 09, 2020 - Emergency Ex Parte Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order regarding accounts in Canada, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Malta, and the USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Nelson Gomes, described as a citizen of Canada who "resides at various times in the Bahamas and Hong Kong"; Michael Luckhoo-Bouche, a citizen of Canada residing in Mississauga, Ontario; Shane Schmidt, a citizen of Canada residing in Vancouver, British Columbia; Douglas Roe, a citizen of Canada residing in Vancouver, British Columbia; Kelly Warawa, a citizen of Canada residing in Vancouver, British Columbia; FFS Capital Limited, of Hong Kong; Paifang Trading Limited, of Hong Kong; Atlantean Management Corporation, of Canada; Meadow Asia Limited, of Hong Kong, and Thyme International Limited, of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

SEC v. Nelson Gomes et al: Complaint

June 09, 2020 - Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Nelson Gomes, described as a citizen of Canada who "resides at various times in the Bahamas and Hong Kong"; Michael Luckhoo-Bouche, a citizen of Canada residing in Mississauga, Ontario; Shane Schmidt, a citizen of Canada residing in Vancouver, British Columbia; Douglas Roe, a citizen of Canada residing in Vancouver, British Columbia; Kelly Warawa, a citizen of Canada residing in Vancouver, British Columbia; FFS Capital Limited, of Hong Kong; Paifang Trading Limited, of Hong Kong; Atlantean Management Corporation, of Canada; Meadow Asia Limited, of Hong Kong, and Thyme International Limited, of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Leif-Erik Hvide v. Holt Financial Ltd. et al: Complaint

June 01, 2020 - Complaint alleging breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent inducement, and conspiracy to defraud in Leif-Erik Hvide, of Brazil v. Holt Financial Ltd., of the Bahamas; Holdun Family Office (Bahamas) Limited, of the Bahamas; Holt Accelerator Inc., of Canada; Holt Accelerator LP, of Canada; Brendan Holt Dunn, of the Bahamas; Margaret 'Maggie' Dunphy, Jan Christopher Arp, and Gordon Dempsey, all of Canada, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Gibraltar Global Securities, Inc.: Administrative Proceedings

May 28, 2020 - Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings against  Gibraltar Global Securities, Inc., described as "a Bahamian broker-dealer", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Warren Davis: Administrative Proceedings

May 27, 2020 - Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings against Warren Anthony Davis, described as a citizen of the Bahamas and founder and president of Gibraltar Global Securities Inc., "a Bahamian broker-dealer", regarding the sale of shares of Magnum d'Or, "a penny stock".

Jean-Louis Danis v. Peter Maxwell Dickson et al: Judgment

May 25, 2020 - Judgment on cross-applications in Jean-Louis Robert Walter Danis, a resident of the Bahamas v. Peter Maxwell Dickson, a resident of Bermuda, and Sports Properties International Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, at the British Virgin Islands High Court. Editor's Note: A notable part of this judgment is the judge noting that Peter Maxwell Dickson admitted to participating in seemingly sham transactions "to ensure that his assets were placed outside the reach of his potential creditors" in "unrelated litigation", causing the BVI judge to state that "this does not reflect well on his commercial morality".

Avianca Holdings SA et al: Chapter 11 Petition

May 10, 2020 - Chapter 11 Petition by Avianca Holdings SA, Aero Transporte de Carga Unión, S.A. de C.V., Aeroinversiones de Honduras, S.A., Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A., Avianca Airlease Holdings One Ltd., America Central (Canada) Corp., America Central Corp., AV International Holdco S.A., AV International Holdings S.A., AV International Investments S.A., AV International Ventures S.A., AV Investments One Colombia S.A.S., AV Investments Two Colombia S.A.S., AV Taca International Holdco S.A., Avianca Costa Rica S.A., Avianca Holdings S.A., Avianca Leasing, LLC, Avianca, Inc., Avianca-Ecuador S.A., Aviaservicios, S.A., Aviateca, S.A., Avifreight Holding Mexico, S.A.P.I. de C.V., C.R. Int'l Enterprises, Inc., Grupo Taca Holdings Limited, International Trade Marks Agency Inc., Inversiones del Caribe, S.A., Isleña de Inversiones, S.A. de C.V., Latin Airways Corp., Latin Logistics, LLC, Nicaraguense de Aviación, Sociedad Anónima (Nica, S.A.), Regional Express Américas S.A.S., Ronair N.V., Servicio Terrestre, Aereo y Rampa S.A., Servicios Aeroportuarios Integrados SAI S.A.S., Taca de Honduras, S.A. de C.V., Taca de México, S.A., Taca International Airlines S.A., Taca S.A., Tampa Cargo S.A.S., Technical and Training Services, S.A. de C.V., collectively described as "the second-largest airline group in Latin America", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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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.