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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.

Pacific Drilling LLC et al: Chapter 11 Petition

October 30, 2020 - Chapter 11 Petition by Pacific Drilling LLC, Pacific Drilling Operations Inc., Pacific Drilling Inc., and Pacific Drilling Company Limited, all of Houston, Texas; Pacific Drilling SA, Pacific Drilling Finance S.À.R.L., Pacific Sharav S.À.R.L., and Pacific Drillship S.À.R.L., all of Luxembourg; Pacific Drilling Limited, Pacific Scirocco Ltd., Pacific Mistral Ltd., and Pacific Bora Ltd., all of Liberia; Pacific Drilling Operations Limited, Pacific Drilling V Limited, Pacific Drilling VII Limited, Pacific Drillship Nigeria Limited, and Pacific Santa Ana Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands; Pacific Sharav Korlátolt Felelosségu Társaság, of Hungary, and Pacific Drilling Holding (Gibraltar) Limited, of Gibraltar, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Ronald Popely et al v. Kristina Phelan et al: Judgment

October 16, 2020 - Judgment in Ronald Popely and Paul Gould v. Kristina Phelan, described as a lawyer in Gibraltar; Edward John Barnard, and Duane Daniel, of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, at Supreme Court of Gibraltar.

Valaris Plc et al: Chapter 11 Petition

August 19, 2020 - Chapter 11 Petition by companies in Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, England, France, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States, namely Valaris Plc, described as "a leading provider of offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry"; Alpha Achiever Company, Alpha Admiral Company, Alpha Archer Company, Alpha Offshore Drilling Services Company, Alpha Orca Company, Atlantic Maritime Services LLC, Atwood Australian Waters Drilling Pty Ltd., Atwood Deep Seas Ltd., Atwood Oceanics Australia Pty. Limited, Atwood Oceanics LLC, Atwood Oceanics Pacific Limited, Atwood Offshore Drilling Limited, Atwood Offshore Worldwide Limited, ENSCO (Thailand) Limited, ENSCO Asia Pacific Pte. Limited, ENSCO Associates Company, ENSCO Australia Pty. Limited, ENSCO Capital Limited, ENSCO Corporate Resources LLC, ENSCO Development Limited, ENSCO do Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda., ENSCO Drilling I Ltd., ENSCO Drilling Mexico LLC, ENSCO Endeavors Limited, ENSCO Global GmbH, ENSCO Global Investments LP, ENSCO Global IV Ltd., ENSCO Global Resources Limited, ENSCO Holding Company, ENSCO Holdings I Ltd., ENSCO Holland BV, ENSCO Incorporated, ENSCO Intercontinental GmbH, ENSCO International Incorporated, ENSCO International Ltd., ENSCO Investments LLC, ENSCO Jersey Finance Limited, ENSCO Limited, ENSCO Management Corp., ENSCO Maritime Limited, ENSCO Mexico Services, S. de RL de CV, ENSCO Ocean 2 Company, ENSCO Oceanics Company LLC, ENSCO Oceanics International Company, ENSCO Offshore Company, ENSCO Offshore International Company, ENSCO Offshore International Holdings Limited, ENSCO Offshore International Inc., ENSCO Offshore U.K. Limited, ENSCO Overseas Limited, ENSCO Transcontinental II LP, ENSCO Transnational I Ltd., ENSCO UK Drilling Limited, ENSCO United Incorporated, ENSCO Universal Limited, ENSCO Vistas Limited, ENSCO Worldwide GmbH, Great White Shark Limited, Green Turtle Limited, Offshore Drilling Services LLC, Pride Foramer SAS, Pride Forasol SAS, Pride Global II Ltd., Pride International LLC, Pride International Management Company LP, Ralph Coffman Limited, Ralph Coffman Luxembourg SA RL, RCI International Inc., RD International Services Pte. Ltd., RDC Arabia Drilling Inc., RDC Holdings Luxembourg SA RL, Rocal Cayman Limited, Rowan Companies Limited, Rowan Companies LLC, Rowan Drilling (Trinidad) Limited, Rowan Drilling (U.K.) Limited, Rowan Drilling, S. de RL de CV; Rowan International Rig Holdings Sarl, Rowan Marine Services LLC, Rowan N-Class (Gibraltar) Limited, Rowan No. 1 Limited, Rowan Norway Limited, Rowan Offshore (Gibraltar) Limited, Rowan Offshore Luxembourg Sarl, Rowan Rex Limited, Rowan Rigs Sarl, Rowan Services LLC, Rowan, S. de RL de CV, and Rowandrill LLC, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

STM Fidecs: Regulatory Settlement Agreement

August 06, 2020 - Statement by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission regarding a "Regulatory Settlement Agreement" with STM Fidecs.

Blockchain Optimization SA et al v. LFE Market Ltd.: Approved Judgment

July 28, 2020 - Approved Judgment continuing a Worldwide Freezing Injunction in a case regarding allegations of fraud involving "a start-up project to set up a cryptocurrency platform called the 'London Football Exchange'"in Blockchain Optimization SA, of Switzerland, and Petrochemical Logistics Ltd., of Gibraltar v. LFE Market Ltd., of Wales; LFE Group Holdings Limited, of England; James Aylward, a.k.a. Jim Aylward, of Wales; Benjamin Leigh Hunt, White Tiger Global Opportunities Fund SP, of the Cayman Islands, and White Tiger Asset Management Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, at the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.

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