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European Lithium Ltd.: €160K Fine

June 15, 2021 - Public Notice by the Austrian Financial Market Authority that it has imposed a fine of €160,000 on European Lithium Limited "for the dissemination of information and messages that sent out false and misleading signals to the market in relation to a financial instrument". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, on its website at https://europeanlithium.com/, European Lithium's "Directors and Senior Management" are described as Tony Sage – Non-Executive Chairman; Dietrich Wanke – Chief Executive Officer; Kimon Gkomozias – Executive Director; Malcolm Day – Non-Executive Director; and Melissa Chapman – CFO & Company Secretary.

Whitewater Capital Ltd. v. Google LLC et al: Discovery Application

June 14, 2021 - Application by Whitewater Capital Limited, described as a United Kingdom-domiciled company that "holds the assets of the online comparison shopping business known as Ciao", to take discovery from Google LLC and Alphabet, Inc. for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom regarding "anti-competitive conduct and breaches of competition law by Google", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Gil Beserglik et al: Industry Bans

May 19, 2021 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing industry bans on Gil Beserglik, 64, a citizen of Israel; Raz Beserglik, 35, a citizen of Israel, and Kai Christian Petersen, 53, a citizen of Germany, regarding their involvement in binary options brokers.

Lansdale Capital Ltd. v. Leslie Wulf et al: Motion to Quash Subpoena

May 18, 2021 - Motion to Quash Subpoena asking PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP "to produce the privileged and confidential documents of non-party movant Lansdale Capital Ltd., a BVI company" in Lansdale Capital Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Leslie A. Wulf, Bruce A. Hall, John E. Rea, and James Rea at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Frazer Solar GmbH v. Kingdom of Lesotho: Petition to Enforce Foreign Arbitral Award

May 17, 2021 - Petition to Enforce Foreign Arbitral Award in the amount of €50 million, plus interest, costs and fees, in Frazer Solar GmbH, described as a German company that "designs, constructs and facilitates the financing of renewable energy projects in multiple countries around the world" v. The Kingdom of Lesotho at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Merkanti Bank Ltd.: €259K Fine

May 14, 2021 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €259,927 on Merkanti Bank Limited, formerly MFC Merchant Bank Limited, for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that Merkanti Bank Limited was incorporated on June 17th 2003, its directors are Christian Farrugia, a citizen of Malta; Friedrich Hondl, a citizen of Austria; Otto Karasek, a citizen of Austria; Samuel Morrow, a citizen of the United States, and George Portanier, a citizen of Malta, and its shareholders are Merkanti Holding Plc, of Malta, and Scully Royalty Ltd., of the Cayman Islands. Merkanti Holding Plc was incorporated on May 28th, 2015, its directors are Mario P. Galea, a citizen of Malta; Samuel Morrow, Benjamin Muscat, a citizen of Malta; Silke Stenger, a citizen of Germany, and Martin Ware, a citizen of the United Kingdom, and its shareholders are Merchants Employees Incentive Corp., of the Marshall Islands; Scully Royalty Ltd., and MFC 2017 II Ltd., of the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands General Registry showed that Scully Royalty Ltd.'s directors are Dr. Shuming Zhao, Friedrich Hondl, Indrajit Chatterjee, Jochen Dümler, Michael J. Smith, and Silke S. Stenger. There was no record of any company with the name MFC 2017 II Ltd. when OffshoreAlert searched the Cayman companies register.

betapharm Arzneimittel GmbH v. Amgen Inc.: Discovery Application

May 06, 2021 - Application by betapharm Arzneimittel GmbH, of Germany, to take discovery from Amgen Inc., of Delaware, "for use in German patent infringement actions and opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Hapag-Lloyd AG v. M/V ONE APUS: Discovery Application (April 30, 2021)

April 30, 2021 - Ex Parte Application by Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft, of Germany, to take discovery from the Master of M/V ONE APUS, a "Japanese-flagged containership" that "was en route from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California when something went wrong and the ship lost at least 843 containers overboard", for use in legal proceedings in Germany, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Cayman hedge fund VR Global fights for share of 'Pakistan claims proceeds'

April 23, 2021 - Cayman Islands hedge fund VR Global Partners is seeking evidence from U.S. lawyer Stuart Newberger for litigation in the Isle of Man in which it claims to have not received its share of $28.7 million of alleged proceeds from legal claims against the Pakistan Government.

Greensill Bank AG: Chapter 15 Petition

April 20, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Germany by Dr. Michael C. Frege, as the Foreign Representative of Greensill Bank AG, of Germany, described as "a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian company Greensill Capital Pty Limited" that has wholly-owned subsidiaries in Australia, Cayman Islands, and United Kingdom, filed 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.