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IDT Financial Services Ltd.: £298K Settlement

July 22, 2021 - Public Notice by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission that IDT Financial Services Limited has agreed to pay £298,387 to settle a regulatory investigation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at Gibraltar's Companies House showed that the directors of IDT Financial Services Limited, as disclosed in its 2021 annual return, were Timothy Streatfeild-James, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar; James Robert Raanan, a citizen and resident of Israel; Marcelo Fischer, a citizen and resident of the United States; Damian Asquez, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar, and Gareth Meredith Williams, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar.

Nicholas Cruz & Gibraltar FSC: Joint Statement on Defamation Claim

July 13, 2021 - Joint Statement by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and Nicholas Cruz regarding a defamation claim by Cruz against the GFSC regarding the regulator's news release on October 26th, 2016 regarding Enterprise Insurance Company Plc, of which Cruz was a non-executive director.

Nicholas Cruz: Regulatory Settlement Agreement

July 13, 2021 - News Release by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission announcing it has entered into a "Regulatory Settlement Agreement" with Nicholas Cruz, who was a non-executive director of Enterprise Insurance Company Plc. "The GFSC has not made any adverse findings in relation to Mr Cruz's integrity," stated the regulator.

Kumtor Gold Company CJSC et al: Chapter 11 Petition

May 31, 2021 - Chapter 11 Petition by Kumtor Gold Company CJSC and Kumtor Operating Company CSJC, both of the Kyrgyz Republic and owned by Centerra Gold Inc., of Toronto, Canada, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Creditors include companies in Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Finland, Gibraltar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, and Switzerland.

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.

Malta v. Keith Schembri et al: Criminal Complaint

March 20, 2021 - Criminal Complaint alleging corruption, fraud, and money laundering in Republic of Malta v. Alfio Schembri, Malcolm Scerri, Keith Schembri, who is a former chief of staff of former Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat; Robert Zammit, Kasco Holdings Limited, of Malta; Kasco Limited, of Malta; Kasco Engineering Company Limited, of Malta; GSV Co Limited, of Malta; Holdforth Limited, of Cyprus; Malmos Limited, of Gibraltar; It’s Good Limited, of Malta; Colson Services Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Selson Holding Corporation, of the British Virgin Islands; Tekhne Industrial Limited, of Malta; Berner Malta Limited, of Malta, and Thoughtzone Limited, of Malta, at Malta Magistrates Court.

VoIP Guardian Partners I LLC v. VoIP Guardian LLC et al: Complaint

March 10, 2021 - Complaint for damages of at least $172 million alleging fraudulent transfers, breach of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment in VoIP Guardian Partners I LLC, described as "a telecom factoring company" v. VoIP Guardian LLC, of Delaware; Rodney Omanoff, of California; Omanoff America LLC, of Delaware; Omanoff America Telecom LLC, of Delaware; Contacts & Contracts Inc., of Delaware; Mudmonth LLC, of Nevada; Philipson International LLC, of Delaware; Richard Omanoff, Owl America Inc., of Delaware; Mark Proto, of California; Joseph Rahman, of New Jersey; Youssef Rahman, Zoom Telecom Inc., of Nevada; John O. Philipson, of California; DealDefenders LLC, of Delaware; Ikarim Business Services Ltd., of the United Kingdom; I Karim Business Services LLC, of Delaware; IKB Services Ltd., of the United Kingdom; IKBS LLC, of Delaware; Mohammed Shakeel Mughal, of England; Najd Technologies Limited, of Dubai; Indigo11 Services Limited, of the United Kingdom; Indigo 11 Services LLC, of Delaware; Nazmul Hoque, of England; Telacme Limited, of Hong Kong; Balaji Mahadevan, of India; Colin Bernard Eccles, of Ireland; LtdTel SL, of Spain; Inter-Switch Ltd., of Hong Kong; Vineet Singh Notwal, of Hong Kong; Shirley Sabia Therese van Kerkhove, of Hong Kong; Arco Telecom Limited, of Gibraltar; Tee Telecommunications Inc., of New Jersey; 2365 Azure LLC, of Florida, and Tarek Katis, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Novasigma Limited: Unlicensed Activity

February 25, 2021 - Public Warning by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission that Novasigma Limited "appears to be purporting to offer company management services in Gibraltar" without a license. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at Companies House Gibraltar showed that Novasigma Limited was incorporated in Gibraltar on May 21st, 2015 and, in its most recent annual return dated May 4th, 2018, the company's sole director was identified as Jussi Olavi Hallikas, described as a Finnish "tax advisor" residing in Tbilisi, Georgia, and its sole shareholder as Novasigma Limited, of the Seychelles. The company's website at www.novasigma.com is no longer operational. In his LinkedIn profile, Hallikas is currently described as "Managing Director" of "Fidelcrest", a company purportedly domiciled in Hungary that offers "forex trading" products and services at www.fidelcrest.com.

InterTrader Ltd.: Fine

December 11, 2020 - Public  Statement by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that InterTrader Limited, of Gibraltar, "has agreed to pay a financial penalty" of an undisclosed amount to settle a regulatory investigation.

Insignia 88 Ltd. et al v. M/Y Arena: Complaint

November 14, 2020 - Complaint for damages of £4.8 million alleging negligence from an "allision" in the Bay of Cannes, France, that resulted in "death and injuries" to "crew and guests" of a motor yacht called Minx in Insignia 88 Limited, of the Isle of Man, and American International Group UK Limited, of the United Kingdom v. M/Y Arena, described as a 92-foot motor yacht registered in Gibraltar, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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