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Andes Petroleum Ecuador Ltd. v. Occidental Exploration and Production Company: Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award

May 03, 2021 - Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award of $391 million in Andes Petroleum Ecuador Ltd., a Barbados company based in Ecuador v. Occidental Exploration and Production Company, of California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Michael Pearson et al v. Ernesto Weisson et al: Complaint

January 11, 2021 - Complaint alleging "a scheme to loot the accounts of investors in the Biscayne Capital group of companies, by stuffing these accounts with purported investments in various structured note offerings made by the Note Issuers" involving entities in Argentina, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Uruguay, USA, and Venezuela in Michael Pearson, Stephen Briscoe, Andrew Childe, and Anna Silver, solely in their capacities as joint official liquidators and foreign representatives, Preferred Income Collateralized Interest Ltd., Diversified Real Estate Development Ltd. (f.k,a. ORC Senior Secured Limited), GMS Global Market Step Up Note Ltd., SG Strategic Income Ltd., Sentinel Investment Fund SPC, and Biscayne Capital Holdings Ltd., Biscayne Capital (BVI) Ltd., Sentinel Mandate & Escrow Ltd., and Vanguardia Group, Inc. v. Ernesto Weisson, Weisson Holding, LLC, Inmobilaria del Norte INORSA LLC, Empacadora Grupo Granmar SA, CVNet Distribution LLC, Latitude Foods and Bakery, LLC, Tucson Securities, Corp., Fernando Haberer, Gliker Trading Ltd., Dario Epstein, WinWer S.A., Domingo L. Bustillos, Galileoenergy S.A., Nicolas Barcia, Atanasio Mattheou, Yiwu Passion Import and Export, EGL Income Properties LLC, Diego Mussio, Ernesto Liurner, Miguel Verdias, Christoph Schaer, Arca International Bank, Inc., Jorge Chacin Landaeta, Marco Eduardo Vanzini, Afa Legal Resources (Cayman) Ltd., Cono Sur Logistics Corp., Catalina Guevara, EPC Multi Family Partners, Joyas Le Yaku, C.A., Solu Capital LLC, Havan Chang Holdings Limited, Promotora HTO C.A., Properties Investment Fund III, Servicios Petroleros, Select Industries PLC, Mercedes Cepeda Rivera, Marcelo Jorcin, Forum Globe LLC, Fresh Organics LLC, Yellow Stone Park Ltd., Patricia Aviles, ACA Ventures Ltd., John Doe 1, Importaciones y Servicios Ruso, Silmar C.A., Pablo Perrotta, Falcon Group Asset Management, Goban Trading Inc., Aceros y Metales Dos Mil, S.A., Alvaro Muscio, Globaldeg Logistic LLC, Voitto Corp., John Doe 2, Gevabra S.A., Agricola Nuova Terra Guatemala, S.A., Kingdom Trust Company, Columbus Exploration Corporation, Global Retail Information Ltd., Galier Partners, Atlantic Sky Consulting Group Ltd., John Doe 3, John Doe 4, Societe Generale R&S Business Center S.A., Atis Strategic, Federico Gil, Autogil Puerto Ordaz C.A., Juan Xavier Ribas, Avior Airlines CA, Sidor C.A., Diego Young, LGT Bank (Schweiz) AG, Faroy S.A., Pritt Investments Co., AD Markets Ltd., Agropecuaria Sanfiz C.A., Full Piscinas Corp., Gems Limited, J.I.K. S.A., John Doe 5, Pixelart Cocinas, C.A., Fredy Roberto Sandoval Cerda, Wendy Maria Vera, Advanced Fund Administration, Pablo Costabile, Edificio Mendoza LLC, Cauchos Del Sur, C.A., Asia Latina Trading Co., Ltd., Girbra S.A., Dilo Administracao de Bens Proprios Ltda., Emporio Group Entertainment, and Arkdale Investments Limited at the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Deposito Centralizado de Compensacion y Liquidacion de Valores Decevale, SA v. Ecuador High Yield Bond Fund LLC et al: Discovery Application

December 22, 2020 - Application by Deposito Centralizado de Compensacion y Liquidacion de Valores Decevale, S.A. to take discovery from Ecuador High Yield Bond Fund LLC, Argonaut FL LLC, Penderton Management LLC, Jorge Cherrez Miño, Lafise Securities Corporation, IBCorp Asset Management Inc., ICS Institutional Custody Services LLC, and Citigroup Inc. "for use in reasonably contemplated civil and/or criminal proceedings in Ecuador to be filed against Mr. Luis Alvarez Villamar, Decevale's former Operations Manager, for fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, and/or indemnification", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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.

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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.