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The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

July 28, 2020 - Application by The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited to take discovery from Bank of America N.A., Bank of Baroda, Bank of China, New York Branch; The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas, New York Branch; Citibank N.A. Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank (USA) N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreq Bank, New York Branch; National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Societe Generale, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; UBS AG, New York Branch, and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. for use in legal proceedings in South Africa involving Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited and allegations of "money laundering, common law fraud, and securities fraud", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Griffin Line General Trading LLC v. Centaur Ventures Ltd.: Ruling

July 24, 2020 - Ruling in Griffin Line General Trading LLC, of Dubai, v. Centaur Ventures Ltd. at Bermuda Supreme Court.

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.

USA v. Essentra FZE Company Ltd.: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

July 16, 2020 - Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding a scheme to violate the North Korea Sanctions Regulations in USA v. Essentra FZE Company Limited, of the United Arab Emirates, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Essentra FZE Company Ltd.: Criminal Information

July 15, 2020 - Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Defraud the United States regarding North Korea in USA v. Essentra FZE Company Limited, of the United Arab Emirates, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Aaron Sears v. China XD Plastics Company Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

July 07, 2020 - Class Action Complaint regarding "efforts to sell the Company" to Faith Dawn Limited, of the Cayman Islands, and Faith Horizon Inc., of Nevada, in Aaron Sears v. China XD Plastics Company Ltd., described as a Nevada-domiciled, China-based company that "engages in the research, development, manufacture, and sale of modified plastics primarily for automotive applications in the People's Republic of China, and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates"; Jie Han, Taylor Zhang, Linyuan Zhai, Huiyi Chen, Guanbao Huang, and Qingwei Ma at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Rescom Mineral Trading FZE v. Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC: Complaint

July 06, 2020 - Complaint in Rescom Mineral Trading FZE, of Dubai v. Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC at the District Court of Harris County, Texas.

USA v. Ramon Abbas: Criminal Complaint

June 25, 2020 - Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to engage in money laundering in USA v. Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a. Ray Hushpuppi, described as "a Nigerian national living in the United Arab Emirates" and a holder of a passport issued by Saint Kitts and Nevis and "one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC [business email compromise] schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Griffin Line Trading LLC v. Centaur Ventures Ltd. et al: Judgment

June 22, 2020 - Ruling regarding an application for a worldwide freezing order in Griffin Line Trading LLC, of Dubai v. Centaur Ventures Ltd., a Bermuda company that "acted as a commodities trader of coal in South Africa", and Daniel James McGowan at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Digilytic International FZE et al v. Alchemy Finance Inc. et al: Complaint

June 17, 2020 - Complaint alleging racketeering and fraud involving cryptocurrency in Digilytic International FZE, d.b.a. Sublime Group, of Dubai, and Rishan Bhagowat, a citizen of South Africa residing in the United Arab Emirates v. Alchemy Finance Inc., d.b.a. Alchemy Lending, d.b.a. Alchemy Marketplace, of Delaware; Alchemy Company Limited, of Hong Kong; Alchemy Coin Technology Limited, of Hong Kong; Alchemyze Capital LLC, of New York; Sheng-Wen Cheng, a.k.a. Justin Jung, a.k.a. Justin Chang, a.k.a. Justin Cheng, and Jahril Tafari Bell at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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