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Germany: Hamdi Kocoktepe et al

January 26, 2021 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Citizens Bank and Trust Co. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Hamdi Kocoktepe, described as a "German attorney"; Afnan Qovanaj, and Wincash AG for suspected money laundering.

Universal-Investment-Luxembourg SA: €45K Fine

January 18, 2021 - Public Notice by the Luxembourg CSSF that it has imposed a fine of €45,000 on Universal-Investment-Luxembourg S.A., described as an "investment fund manager", for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Luxembourg Business Registry, Universal-Investment-Luxembourg S.A.'s principals are identified as Frank Eggloff, Markus Neubauer, Michael Reinhard, Matthias Muller, and Sean O'Driscoll, and on the website of Universal-Investment-Luxembourg S.A. at https://www.universal-investment.com/, it is stated that the company is "a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH, Frankfurt am Main" and that the "Management Board of Universal-Investment Group" comprises Michael Reinhard, "Chief Executive Officer"; Stephan Scholl, "Chief Operational Officer"; Ian Lees, "Chief Financial Officer"; Frank Eggloff, "Chief Regulatory Officer", and Katja Müller, "Chief Customer Officer".

FB Marine Group v. 'Roberto Geissini' Yacht et al: Complaint

January 13, 2021 - Complaint in FastBoats.com Sales Company LLC, d.b.a. FB Marine Group, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida v. "Roberto Geissini", described as a "2009 38' Donzi Marine "Donzi 38 ZFX" cuddy outboard powered center console yacht"; Ghost Shipping Company Incorporated S.A., of Luxembourg, and Geiss TV GmbH, of Germany, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Deutsche Bank AG: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

January 08, 2021 - Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding allegations of bribery and fraud activity involving, inter alia, entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, Italy, and Saudi Arabia in USA v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Deutsche Bank AG: $43M Penalty

January 08, 2021 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a penalty of $43.3 million on Deutsche Bank AG for regulatory breaches involving, inter alia, entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, China, Italy, and Saudi Arabia.

Satabank Plc: €851K Fine

December 23, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it imposed a fine of €3.7 million on Satabank Plc for regulatory breaches, which was reduced to €851,792 by the Court of Appeal. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Satabank Plc was incorporated in Malta on October 7th, 2014 and its shareholders are Signia Holding Ltd., of Malta, and Christo Georgiev Georgiev, a citizen of Bulgaria with an address in Zurich, Switzerland. No directors are listed. Previous directors include Christo Georgiev Georgiev, who resigned effective October 11th, 2018; Anthony Paris, who resigned effective October 12th, 2018; Christoph Boeckle, who resigned effective October 21st, 2018; Mario Gauci, who resigned effective October 30th, 2018; Herbert Weininger, a citizen of Germany, who resigned effective October 21st, 2018, and Susanne Lehmann, who resigned effective April 8th, 2015. Signia Holding Ltd. was incorporated in Malta on December 5th, 2013, its directors are Eugene M. Alexander, a citizen of the United States with an address in Marathon, Florida, USA, and Christo Georgiev Georgiev, and its shareholders are E E Capital Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Net-M Privatbank 1891 AG, of Germany; Signia Group AG, of Zurich, Switzerland, and Eugene Alexander.

USA v. Deutsche Bank AG: Criminal Information

December 22, 2020 - Criminal Information for Conspiracy to Violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and fraud involving entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, Italy, and Saudi Arabia in USA v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

ACE Property and Casualty Insurance Company v. McKesson Corporation et al: Notice of Removal

December 02, 2020 - Defendant McKesson Corporation's Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint in which ACE Property and Casualty Insurance Company "seeks a declaration that it has no obligation to defend or indemnify Defendant McKesson Corporation" in "thousands of lawsuits attempting to hold it responsible for contributing to, and profiting from, the epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse that has plagued the nation" in ACE Property and Casualty Insurance Company, of Pennsylvania v. McKesson Corporation, of Delaware, described in the complaint as "one of the largest wholesale pharmaceutical distributors in the world" and "the largest distributor of prescription opioids in the United States"; AIU Insurance Company, of New York; Arch Reinsurance Limited, of Bermuda; Argo Re Limited, of Bermuda; Aspen Insurance UK Limited, of the United Kingdom; Canopius Underwriting Bermuda Limited, of Bermuda; Endurance Specialty Insurance Limited, of Bermuda; Golden State Insurance Co. Ltd., of Bermuda; Great Lakes Insurance Company SE, of Germany; Ironshore Specialty Insurance Company, of New York; Lexington Insurance Company, of Delaware; Liberty Special Markets Agency, of Bermuda; Lloyd's of London Underwriters, of the United Kingdom; Markel American Insurance Company, of Virginia; Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., of New Jersey; National Fire & Marine Insurance Company, of Nebraska; National Union Fire Insurance Company, of New York; North American Capacity Insurance Company, of Missouri; Swiss Re International SE, of Switzerland, and XL Insurance America, Inc., of Connecticut, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

After indicted owner's 'exoneration', Malta's Pilatus Bank to sue European Central Bank for license revocation

November 30, 2020 - Following the recent collapse of criminal charges in New York against its beneficial owner, Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, Malta-based Pilatus Bank Plc intends to sue the Germany-based European Central Bank for damages for revoking its license.

Poland: Wells Fargo Bank ($5,500 Fraud)

November 23, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for use in a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s) for fraud".

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