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Takaful International Company BSC: QAR728,000 Fine

September 27, 2020 - Press Release by the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority announcing that it has imposed a fine of QAR 728,000 on Takaful International Company B.S.C., a licensed insurer, for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Qatar Financial Centre Companies Registration Office showed that Takaful International Company B.S.C. was incorporated in Bahrain on April 11th, 1989, its branch was authorized in Qatar on February 15th, 2011, and its "Principal Representative" in Qatar is Stephen Jijan.

Century Banking Corporation Ltd.: License Revocation

September 01, 2020 - Public Notice by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission that it has revoked the Islamic Banking License of Century Banking Corporation Ltd. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Corporate and Business Registration Department for Mauritius showed that Century Banking Corporation Ltd. was incorporated on May 21st, 2008, its directors are Charles Mark Broadley, of Hong Kong; Waleed Qassim Bangash, of Bahrain; Shakil Ibrahim Moollan, Rajendra Kumar Ujoodha, and Muhammad Houmayd Sulleman Rawat, all of Mauritius, and its shareholder is CBC Capital Limited, of Hong Kong. Research in the Hong Kong Companies Registry showed that the sole director of CBC Capital Limited is Charles Mark Broadley and its sole shareholder is Oryx Investment Limited, of Hong Kong, and that the sole director of Oryx Investment Limited is Kenneth Richard Wyness, a citizen of South Africa residing in Mauritius, and its sole shareholder is Ghanim Saad M. Alsaad Al-Kuwari, of Qatar. Charles Broadley ceased being a director of Oryx Investment Limited on July 31st, 2019.

InvestBank PSC v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

July 24, 2020 - Application by InvestBank PSC to take discovery from Citibank N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Standard Chartered Bank,  The Bank of New York Mellon, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Bank of America, N.A., HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Société Générale, BNP Paribas USA, The Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, Commerzbank AG, Bank of China, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "contemplated proceedings" in Dubai "against Greenline Interiors FZCO, Greenline Yacht Interiors FZCO, Samir Michael Badro, Nabila Iskandar Samir Abboud Badro, Lea Samir Badro Hamadeh, Roy Samir Badro, and Fay Badro Zakhem" involving, inter alia, companies in Bahrain, British Virgin Islands, Dubai, Germany, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Kingdom, and the USA, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Andrew Black et al v. Phoenix Cayman Ltd. et al: Complaint

June 12, 2020 - Complaint alleging "a fraudulent investment opportunity in the first quarter of 2011 involving $5.6 billion of risky, underperforming residential mortgage backed securities" in Andrew Black, a resident of the United Kingdom; Hans Erik Molberg, a resident of Bahrain; Celestino Amore, a resident of the United Kingdom, and Dr. Henry Balboa, a resident of Melville, New York, individually and on behalf of Phoenix Holdco LP v. Phoenix Cayman Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Vishal Garg, of New York, NY; Raja Visweswaran, of Reading, England; Nicholas Calamari, of New York, NY, and Triaxx Holdco LLC, of New York, NY, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

State of Qatar v. First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC et al: First Amended Complaint

January 17, 2020 - First Amended Complaint alleging fraud regarding "brazen schemes to manipulate the markets of Qatari currency. bonds, and other financial instruments" that "arise out of an illicit blockade of Qatar by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain, which seeks to isolate Qatar by land, air, and sea" in State of Qatar v. First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC, of Abu Dhabi, and Samba Financial Group SJSC at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Equity Power Fund: Shareholder Letter (January 17, 2020)

January 17, 2020 - Shareholder Letter by the Board of Directors of LFP I SICAV SIF S.A., of Luxembourg, providing an update into an investigation into Equity Power Fund for suspected fraud.

Arab nations claim 'hundreds of millions of dollars are missing' from Cayman Islands fund

December 30, 2019 - In an application to take discovery from 12 US banks, a financial institution owned by six Arab nations claims that "hundreds of millions of dollars are missing" from a Cayman Islands investment fund that was set up to invest in "port-related assets around the world".

Gulf Investment Corp. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

December 26, 2019 - Application by Gulf Investment Corporation, of Kuwait, described as "a supranational financial institution owned equally by the six Gulf Cooperation Council states: The Kingdom of Bahrain; The State of Kuwait; The Sultanate of Oman; The State of Qatar; The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and The United Arab Emirates", to take discovery from Bank of America, NA, The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank, NA, Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company USA, Goldman Sachs and Co., HSBC Bank USA, NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, Mashreqbank PSC, New York Branch; National Australia Bank Limited, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; and Wells Fargo Bank NA for use in "contemplated litigation in the Cayman Islands" regarding "hundreds of millions of dollars that have gone missing", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi: Plea Agreement

October 22, 2019 - Plea Agreement in USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi: Criminal Information

October 22, 2019 - Criminal Information alleging Violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Tax Evasion, and Foreign, Conduit, and Other Illegal Campaign Contributions in USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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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.