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MC Trustees (Malta) Ltd.: €160K Fine

April 16, 2021 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €160,000 on MC Trustees (Malta) Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that MC Trustees (Malta) Limited was incorporated in Malta on December 11th, 2009, its directors are Noel Buttigieg Scicluna, of Malta; William Daniel Dane, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Portugal, and Edward Thorpe, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Malta; its former directors include Martin Cadman, a citizen of the United Kingdom who resigned effective December 24th, 2019, and its shareholders are Christine Rhoda Grace Dane, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Portugal; William Dane, and MC Holdings (Malta) Limited, a Maltese company incorporated on March 14th, 2011 whose sole director is Martin Cadman and whose shareholders are Martin Cadman and Basi & Basi Financial Planning Limited, a British firm whose sole director is Michael Sudagar Basi, a citizen of the United Kingdom, and whose "persons with significant control" are Basi and Brite Advisory Group Limited, of Hong Kong.

Guernsey regulator suspends investment fund Remus Horizons

April 15, 2021 - The registration of investment fund Remus Horizons PCC Limited, which is part of a group that includes individuals and companies in or from Australia, England, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Texas, and the United Arab Emirates, has been suspended by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission less than five months after it was granted.

La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company et al v. Zhang Lan et al: Petition to Confirm Arbitral Awards (April 13, 2021)

April 13, 2021 - Petition to Confirm Arbitral Awards in Hong Kong and Singapore totaling $142 million in La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company Limited and La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Group Holdings Limited, both of the Cayman Islands v. Zhang Lan, described as a citizen and resident of China; Grand Lan Holding Group (BVI) Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Qiao Jiang Lan Development Limited, formerly South Beauty Development Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Apex Lead Investment Holdings Limited, of the Seychelles, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

VL Assurance (Bermuda) Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

April 12, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Michael Morrison and Mark Allitt, of KPMG Advisory, as the Foreign Representatives of VL Assurance (Bermuda) Ltd., Valor Group Ltd., and Valor Management Ltd., described as Bermuda companies that are part of a group that also includes companies in Barbados, Ireland, Liechtenstein, and the United States and which are "victims of activity perpetrated between 2013 and 2016 by Jason Sugarman - a former director of the VL Bermuda Debtor - and others, including Jason Galanis, that ultimately led to the insolvency of the VL Bermuda Debtors", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Xiezhong International Holdings Ltd.: 'Scheme of Arrangement' Petition

April 09, 2021 - Petition for the Court's sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement in Xiezhong International Holdings Limited, a Cayman Islands "investment holding company" that is based in Hong Kong and China, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company et al v. Zhang Lan et al: Petition to Confirm Arbitral Awards (April 9, 2021)

April 09, 2021 - Petition to Confirm Arbitral Awards in Hong Kong and Singapore totaling $142 million in La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company Limited and La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Group Holdings Limited, both of the Cayman Islands v. Zhang Lan, described as a citizen and resident of China; Grand Lan Holding Group (BVI) Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Qiao Jiang Lan Development Limited, formerly South Beauty Development Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Metro Joy International LLC, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Winston Wen-Young Wong v. Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A.: Discovery Application

April 08, 2021 - Application by Winston Wen-Young Wong, of Taiwan, as administrator of the Estate of Yung-Ching Wang, to take discovery from Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. for use in legal proceedings in Bermuda involving "billions of dollars in assets" and styled as "Wen-Young Wong v. Grand View Private Trust Company Limited, et al", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Oak Trust et al v. Douglas Bassett: Discovery Application

April 08, 2021 - Application by Oak Trust, Acorn Trust, Eagle Trust, Duffy Trust, Robert J. Parfet Living Trust, Geluk Global Fund Limited SAC, of the Bahamas; Migration Investments, LLC, of Colorado; Boustrophedon International Ltd., of Hong Kong; Michael R. Shea, Erin Shea, Angela Ling, Fuhua Ling, Philip Bullock, Lifang Liu, Justin Payne, Michael Dietzen, Kimberly J. Dietzen, Brian Sly, David K. Sly, Gregory Sly, Karen Sly, Nelson Sly, Helen S. Sly, Sly Family Trust, and Tamara A. Sly Separate Property Trust to take discovery from Douglas M. Bassett, for use in legal proceedings in England regarding allegations of "a multi-million dollar fraudulent Forex trading and investment scheme" involving Equiti Capital UK Limited, Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc., and Blue Isle Markets Ltd., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Oak Trust et al v. Hayden Wertz: Discovery Application

April 08, 2021 - Application by Oak Trust, Acorn Trust, Eagle Trust, Duffy Trust, Robert J. Parfet Living Trust, Geluk Global Fund Limited SAC, of the Bahamas; Migration Investments, LLC, of Colorado; Boustrophedon International Ltd., of Hong Kong; Michael R. Shea, Erin Shea, Angela Ling, Fuhua Ling, Philip Bullock, Lifang Liu, Justin Payne, Michael Dietzen, Kimberly J. Dietzen, Brian Sly, David K. Sly, Gregory Sly, Karen Sly, Nelson Sly, Helen S. Sly, Sly Family Trust, and Tamara A. Sly Separate Property Trust to take discovery from Hayden Wertz, of Austin, Texas, for use in legal proceedings in England regarding allegations of "a multi-million dollar fraudulent Forex trading and investment scheme" involving Equiti Capital UK Limited, Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc., and Blue Isle Markets Ltd., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Tommie Zaker v. Ebang International Holdings Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

April 08, 2021 - Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Tommie Zaker v. Ebang International Holdings Inc., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based company that "purports to be a leading application-specific integrated circuit chip design company and a leading manufacturer of Bitcoin mining machines"; Dong Hu, and Lei Chen at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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