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Cayman fund liquidators sue Deutsche Bank for $200M for 'turning a blind eye to fraud'

October 14, 2020 - The liquidators of Cayman Islands investment fund Madison Asset LLC, which was allegedly swindled out of $200 million by its US-based principals, have sued Deutsche Bank for the entire amount, alleging it "turned a blind eye" to the alleged fraud.

Madison Asset LLC v. Deutsche Bank AG: Complaint (Redacted)

October 14, 2020 - Redacted Complaint "against Deutsche for its role in a fraudulent trading scheme orchestrated by Madison's former principals and principals of related entities between 2014 and 2017 that caused Madison to suffer more than $200 million in damages" in Martin Trott and Christopher Smith, of RHSW (Cayman) Limited, as Joint Official Liquidators of Madison Asset LLC (in Official Liquidation), described as "a Cayman investment fund that is now in official liquidation proceedings before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands" v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ecuador: Esteban Sachs Lizarzaburo et al

September 25, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Esteban Sachs Lizarzaburo, Marina Vedani de la Torre, Juan Xavier Ribas Domenech, Jose Luis Romo Rosales Castillo, Veronica Priscila Haro Herrera, Felipe Moncaleano Botero, CONTROLASEG S.A., a.k.a. Seguros Sucre S.A., and Casa Mobeloft S.A. for suspected money laundering.

USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc.: Plea Agreement

September 23, 2020 - Plea Agreement regarding alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving, inter alia, Asphalt Trading, of the Bahamas; Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., a.k.a. Petrobras, of Brazil; Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., a.k.a. PDVSA, of Brazil; Empresa Publica de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador, of Ecuador, and Daniel Sargeant in USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc., described as "an asphalt company" based in Boca Raton, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc.: Criminal Information

September 23, 2020 - Criminal Information alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving, inter alia, Asphalt Trading, of the Bahamas; Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., a.k.a. Petrobras, of Brazil; Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., a.k.a. PDVSA, of Brazil; Empresa Publica de Hidrocarburos del Ecuador, of Ecuador, and Daniel Sargeant in USA v. Sargeant Marine Inc., described as "an asphalt company" based in Boca Raton, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Roberto Heinert: Criminal Information

August 27, 2020 - Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering regarding an alleged bribery scheme involving Ecuador and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in USA v. Roberto Heinert, a dual citizen of Ecuador and the USA, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Aleksandr Spitsyn: Criminal Complaint

August 24, 2020 - Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering regarding "work-from-home fraud schemes" in USA v. Aleksandr Vladimirovich Spitsyn, a citizen of Russia, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Maria Cristina Abud Valech v. Jeffrey Himmel et al: Discovery Application

August 17, 2020 - Application by Maria Cristina Abud Valech, described as "the widow of José Alfredo Antón Díaz ... one of Ecuador's richest and most powerful men", to take discovery from Jeffrey Himmel, Francisco Larenas, María De la Torre, Jean Carlo Proaño, Georgina V. Zegarra, Lourdes Taylor, Aida Valdez, Carlos Valdez, Niurka Rodríguez, Varko International Inc, Canfiel Development Inc., Contadina Inc., Ecuplas S.A., Pan International Inc. S.A., Diplast S.A., Ecuplas, Salimar, LLC, Windsky Corporation, Ruthlyn Holdings Inc., Orangegrove Property Inc., Rozencwaig & Nadel, LLP, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., U.S. Trust, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Banco Santander Internacional, Santander Private Banking, Banco Sabadell, S.A., Sabadell Bank & Trust, Morgan Stanley, Miller-Miller Group, JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Interaudi Bank, Citibank, N.A., Merrill Lynch, and Bank of America "to give testimony and/or to produce documents for use in reasonable probate proceeding to be filed by Applicant in Ecuador before the Ecuadorian Court", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Contrarian Emerging Markets LP et al v. The Republic of Ecuador: Class Action Complaint

July 29, 2020 - Complaint "for violations of the federal securities laws arising from a coercive exchange, or tender offer for $17.4 billion of the Republic's outstanding bonds, based on materially false and misleading statements" in Contrarian Emerging Markets LP, of Delaware; GMO Emerging Country Debt Fund, of Massachusetts; GMO Emerging Country Debt Investment Fund Plc, of Ireland, and GMO Emerging Country Debt (UCITS) Fund, of Ireland v. The Republic of Ecuador at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Avianca Holdings SA v. G4S Facility Management Cia. Ltda. et al: Complaint

July 14, 2020 - Complaint in Avianca Holdings S.A., 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. (N/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 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., and Technical and Training Services, S.A. de C.V., which are all "part of the second largest airline group in Latin America and the largest airline in the Republic of Colombia" v. G4S Facility Management Cia. Ltda., of Ecuador, and G4S Secure Solutions International Inc., of Florida, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Cayman Court Secrecy: A Huge Red Flag for Foreign Investors & Clients
David Marchant
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.