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Piraeus Bank SA v. NASDAQ et al: Discovery Application

September 23, 2020 - Application by Piraeus Bank SA, of Greece, to take discovery from The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC and OTC Markets Group for use in "an anticipated foreign judicial proceeding that will be commenced by Piraeus against Newlead Holdings, Ltd. [of Bermuda] before the High Court of Justice, Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, Commercial Court pursuant to a Guarantee and Indemnity agreement", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Speedcast Cyprus Ltd. v. M/V Contship Air et al: Complaint

August 20, 2020 - Complaint in Speedcast Cyprus Ltd., of Cyprus v. M/V Contship Air, of Liberia, formerly M/V Vega Luna; Verona Shiptrading Inc., of Liberia, and Contships Management Inc., of Greece, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Novartis AG: $112M Penalties

June 25, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing penalties against Novartis AG, described as a Switzerland-based "global provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare products", for "improper activities", including "improper payments", "forged contracts", and "false books and records", involving its subsidiaries and affiliates in Greece, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

SEC v. Vassilios Trikantzopoulos et al: Complaint

June 18, 2020 - Complaint alleging investment fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Vassilios Trikantzopoulos, a citizen of Greece and resident of Boston who "posed as the scion of a wealthy Greek shipping family", and Navis Ventures LLC, of Delaware, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Piraeus Bank v. The Bank of New York Mellon et al: Discovery Application

May 13, 2020 - Application by Piraeus Bank, of Greece, to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank NA, HSBC Bank (USA) NA, and JPMorgan Chase Bank NA for use in legal proceedings in England filed by Piraeus Bank against Grand Anemi Limited, of Malta; Grandunion Inc., of the Marshall Islands, and Michail (Michael) Zolotas, described as a Greek national with a last known address in Monaco, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

World Fuel Services Europe Ltd. v. Hermes Maritime Co. Ltd.: Complaint

May 06, 2020 - Complaint alleging breach of contract in World Fuel Services Europe Ltd., of England v. Hermes Maritime Co. Ltd., described as Malta-domiciled company based in Greece, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Riad Zein v. BVI Registrar of Corporate Affairs: Restoration Application

April 30, 2020 - Fixed Date Claim Form regarding Hull Holding Services Limited in Riad Zein, of Greece v. The Registrar of Corporate Affairs at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

USA v. Amir Abdolaziz Dianat et al: Arrest Warrant Affidavit

April 30, 2020 - Affidavit in support of application for arrest warrant alleging "knowingly and willfully conspiring with each other and persons in Iran to use the U.S. financial system to procure a petroleum tanker named Nautic, and later renamed to the Gulf Sky, in violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations" in USA v. Amir Abdolaziz Dianat, a.k.a. Ameer Abdulaazeez Jaafar, and Kamran Ali Lajmiry, a.k.a. Kamran Ali Lajmiri, at the U. S. District Curt for the District of Columbia.

Netherlands: Olnta Lenakou

April 13, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for use in a criminal investigation into Greek national Olnta Lenakou for suspected narcotics offenses and money laundering.

Katy Taveira v. Celebrity Cruises Inc.: Discovery Application

December 04, 2019 - Application on behalf of Katy Taveira to take discovery from Celebrity Cruises Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Greece against her former husband, Dimitrios Petras, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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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.