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Benjamin Steinmetz v. Vale SA et al: Discovery Application

May 21, 2020 - Application by Benjamin Steinmetz, of Israel, described as an "adviser" to BSG Resources Limited, "a Guernsey-based international mining and natural resources company", to take discovery from Vale SA, described as a Brazil company that is "one of the largest mining companies in the world"; Vale Americas Inc., Rio Tinto Plc, and Rio Tinto Limited for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom involving Vale S.A., of Brazil; Vale Holdings B.V., of the Netherlands, and Vale International S.A., of Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Osprey Insurance Brokers Co. Ltd.: Fine

May 07, 2020 - Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €29,675 against Osprey Insurance Brokers Co. Limited for failure "to submit the audited financial statements within the regulatory deadline". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in filings with the Malta Business Registry, Osprey Insurance Brokers Co. Limited identifies its directors as Martin Azzopardi, Suzanne Marie Chambers, Stuart Ciappara, all of Malta, and Martin Thomas Le Pelley, of Guernsey; its sole shareholder as Artex Holdings (Malta) Limited, and its auditor as Ernst & Young Malta Limited.

Artex Risk Solutions (Malta) Ltd.: Fine

May 07, 2020 - Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €25,700 against Artex Risk Solutions (Malta) Limited for failure "to submit the audited financial statements within the regulatory deadline". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in filings with the Malta Business Registry, Artex Risk Solutions (Malta) Limited identifies its directors as Evander Borg, of Malta; Stuart Ciappara, of Malta; Nicholas Peter Heys, of Guernsey, and Martin Thomas Le Pelley, of Guernsey; its shareholders as Artex Risk Solutions (Guernsey) Limited and Artex Risk Solutions (Holdings) Limited, both of Guernsey, and its auditor as Ernst & Young Malta Limited.

Marc Adam Roxby: Corporate Disqualification

May 05, 2020 - Disqualification of Marc Adam Roxby by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

Mark Peter Penney: Corporate Disqualification

May 05, 2020 - Disqualification of Mark Peter Penney by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

Nigeria, Jersey, & USA: $311M Repatriation Agreement

May 04, 2020 - News Release, and a copy of a "trilateral agreement among the governments of the United States, Nigeria and the Bailiwick of Jersey", by the U. S. Department of Justice announcing the repatriation to Nigeria of $311 million that were allegedly the proceeds of corruption involving General Sani Abacha, Ibrahim Sani Abacha, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, lsmaila Gwarzo, Alhaji Ahmadu Daura, Chief Anthony Ani, David Umaru, Doraville Properties Corporation, Eagle Alliance International Limited, Harbour Engineering and Construction Limited, Mecosta Securities Inc., Morgan Procurement Corporation, Rayville International SA, The Ridley Trust, Ridley Group Limited, and Standard Alliance Financial Services Limited.

Guernsey regulator bans wealth managers Mark Penney and Marc Roxby

May 04, 2020 - The Guernsey Financial Services Commission has fined and disqualified Mark Penney and Marc Roxby over self-dealing and misleading clients while operating failed financial services firm Criteria Wealth Management Ltd.

Mark Penney et al: Penalties

May 04, 2020 - Public Statement by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission announcing financial penalties and corporate disqualifications against Mark Peter Penney and Marc Adam Roxby after finding that each "was not a fit and proper person" regarding their involvement with Criteria Wealth Management Limited, which went into compulsory liquidation.

USA v. Bank Hapoalim BM et al: Plea Agreement

April 30, 2020 - Plea Agreement in USA v. Bank Hapoalim BM, of Israel, and Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd., of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Guardian Global Capital (Suisse) SA v. Jersey FSC: Judgment

April 29, 2020 - Judgment in Guardian Global Capital (Suisse) SA, of Switzerland v. Jersey Financial Services Commission at the Royal Court of Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

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