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Strachans SA: Guilty Plea

October 06, 2020 - News Release by the U.S. Department of Justice entitled 'Jersey/Swiss Financial Services Firm Admits to Conspiring with U.S. Taxpayers to Hide Assets and Income in Offshore Accounts - Strachans SA in Liquidation Pleads Guilty'.

Katherine Hitchins v. Babbé LLP: Guernsey Tribunal Decision

October 05, 2020 - Decision by the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal, in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, finding that a partner in Babbé law firm was "constructively dismissed and that it was an unfair dismissal" following a "false" and "maliciously motivated" allegation by another partner, Robert Varley, in Katherine D. Hitchins v. Babbé LLP. Editor's Note: In an action that indicates either preferential treatment or a legal challenge, the 'Extended Reasons' for this 'Decision' were published on the 'Tribunal Decisions 2020' part of the Government of Guernsey's website and then removed, meaning it is the only published Decision for 2020 that does not include this information. When asked why this had been done, a Tribunal spokesperson told OffshoreAlert today: "I am not in a position to comment on the reasons the Tribunal's full decision was taken down. I will advise you when they are back up on the site." OffshoreAlert obtained the 'Extended Reasons' separately, from a 'concerned individual'. Meanwhile, Robert Varley, a funds and corporate lawyer whose "false" allegation was determined to have been "motivated by frustration, revenge, or possibly anger", left Babbé in 2018 and became a partner of Appleby law firm, in the British Virgin Islands.

USA v. Strachans SA: Criminal Judgment

October 05, 2020 - Criminal Judgment imposing a fine of $500,000 for conspiracy to defraud the United States in USA v. Strachans SA (in Liquidation), of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SIC Holdings LLC v. Frank Yao: Discovery Application

October 01, 2020 - Application by SIC Holdings LLC, of Nevada, to take discovery from Frank Yao, described as "Operating Partner" of Bain Capital LP, for use in legal proceedings in New York alleging fraud brought by VXI Lux Holdco Sarl, of Luxembourg, against SIC Holdings LLC, Symbio Investment Corp., of the British Virgin Islands; Flanderit Holding AB, of Sweden; CapMan Equity VII A LP, CapMan Equity VII C LP, CapMan Equity Sweden KB, Maneq 2005 AB, all of Finland; Financial Technology Ventures II (Q) LP, Financial Technology Ventures II LP, both of Delaware; Actua Holdings Inc., formerly known as ICG Holdings Inc., of Delaware; Landtek Corporation, of the British Virgin Islands; Treasure High Holdings, of the British Virgin Islands; Waterton Resources Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; University Ventures Inc., of Taiwan; Randy Lee, of California; Ethos Technologies Holding Ltd., of Delaware; Joning Ta, South China (Jersey) Holdings Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Graham Bolton, of China; Michael Keating, of North Carolina; Jean Cholka, of Maine; James Reesing, of Ohio; Paul Machle, of California; Bo Huang, of China; Gagandeep Singh, John Wagster, of Tennessee; Big Bend XI Investments LP, of Texas; Anthony Massa, Deborah Baldini, of California; Susan Kirchhoff, Jacob Hsu, of California, and Qing Lu, of California, filed at the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.

SIC Holdings LLC v. Bain Capital LP: Discovery Application

October 01, 2020 - Application by SIC Holdings LLC, of Nevada, to take discovery from Bain Capital LP for use in legal proceedings in New York alleging fraud brought by VXI Lux Holdco Sarl, of Luxembourg, against SIC Holdings LLC, Symbio Investment Corp., of the British Virgin Islands; Flanderit Holding AB, of Sweden; CapMan Equity VII A LP, CapMan Equity VII C LP, CapMan Equity Sweden KB, Maneq 2005 AB, all of Finland; Financial Technology Ventures II (Q) LP, Financial Technology Ventures II LP, both of Delaware; Actua Holdings Inc., formerly known as ICG Holdings Inc., of Delaware; Landtek Corporation, of the British Virgin Islands; Treasure High Holdings, of the British Virgin Islands; Waterton Resources Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; University Ventures Inc., of Taiwan; Randy Lee, of California; Ethos Technologies Holding Ltd., of Delaware; Joning Ta, South China (Jersey) Holdings Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Graham Bolton, of China; Michael Keating, of North Carolina; Jean Cholka, of Maine; James Reesing, of Ohio; Paul Machle, of California; Bo Huang, of China; Gagandeep Singh, John Wagster, of Tennessee; Big Bend XI Investments LP, of Texas; Anthony Massa, Deborah Baldini, of California; Susan Kirchhoff, Jacob Hsu, of California, and Qing Lu, of California, filed at the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.

New Look Financing Plc: Chapter 15 Petition

September 28, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Richard Collyer, as the Foreign Representative of New Look Financing Plc, of Weymouth, Dorset, England, which is owned by New Look Bonds Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and is part of a group that "operates a British fashion retail business", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Lumiere Wealth Ltd.: Investigation Findings

September 09, 2020 - Public Statement by the Jersey Financial Services Commission regarding the conclusions of its investigation into Lumiere Wealth Limited (in liquidation).

Deborah Anne Ellis: Disqualification

August 27, 2020 - Disqualification of Deborah Anne Ellis by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

Grandview Holdings Ltd. v. Tyche Investment Holdings Ltd. et al: Writ of Summons

August 25, 2020 - Generally Indorsed Writ of Summons seeking to void the sale of Hong Kong-domiciled Colour Zone Limited in Grandview Holdings Limited v. Tyche Investment Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Christopher Kennedy, of the Cayman Islands, and Matthew Wright, of Guernsey, as former Joint Official Liquidators of Blue Ridge China DFSS Holdings, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

LyonRoss Partners Master Fund LP et al v. Prophecy Trading Advisors International Ltd. et al: Complaint

August 24, 2020 - Civil Cover Sheet, Order Sealing Complaint, and Order Staying Action Pending Arbitration in LyonRoss Partners Master Fund LP, of New York; Sussex Directories SEZC, of the Cayman Islands; Timberdale Limited, of Guernsey, in the Channel Islands; Vladimir Kuznetsov, of Switzerland, and The Piers Playfair Retirement Plan & Trust, of New York v. Prophecy Trading Advisors International Ltd., Prophecy Trading Advisors Master Fund LP, Prophecy Asset Management LP, Prophecy Trading Advisors GP LLC, Jeffrey Spotts, John Hughes, all of New York; John Caruso, of Johns Island, South Carolina, and Brian Khan, of Orlando, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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