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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.

Barry Dickinson et al v. Quilter International Isle of Man Ltd.: Defendant's Strike Out Application

October 30, 2020 - Defendant's Application to Strike Out Claims in Barry Dickinson, of Thailand, et al v. Quilter International Isle of Man Limited, f.k.a. Old Mutual International Isle of Man Limited, f.k.a. Nel Britannia International Assurance Limited, f.k.a. Royal Skandia Life Assurance Limited, of the Isle of Man, at the Isle of Man High Court.

Stephen Cryer: Disqualification

October 22, 2020 - Public Statement by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that it has disqualified Stephen David Cryer, described as "a senior financial advisor", for not being "fit and proper", a penalty that the regulator stated "reflects the serious nature of the lack of integrity of Mr Cryer".

Peter Kells et al v. Friends Provident International Ltd.: Defense

October 20, 2020 - Defense in Peter Kells, of Thailand, and other investors v. Friends Provident International Ltd., of the Isle of Man, at the Isle of Man High Court.

Big Time Holdings Inc.: Securities Registration Revocation

October 19, 2020 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission revoking the registration of securities issued by Big Time Holdings, Inc., described as a "forfeited Delaware corporation located in Douglas, Isle of Man". Editor's Note: In a filing with the SEC on October 29th, 2018, Big Time Holdings Inc. identified its CEO and sole director as David Smeed, its former directors and officers as Thomas DeNunzio, Brian Kistler, and Mandla Gwadiso, and its principal shareholders as Ascot Group Plc, of the Isle of Man, and Palewater Global Management, Inc., of New York, NY. Records filed with the Isle of Man's Companies Registry show that the directors of Ascot Group Plc are David Gordon Smeed, of Dublin, Ireland, and Lee John Bernard Murphy, of the Isle of Man.

Island Financial Solutions Ltd.: £63K Fine

September 28, 2020 - Public Statement by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority imposing a fine of £62,996 on Island Financial Solutions Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Isle of Man Companies Registry showed that Island Financial Solutions Limited was formed on October 12th, 2002 and, in the company's annual return for 2019, its directors and shareholders were identified as Michael Shane Twist, a.k.a. Mike Twist, and Stephen John Groom, a.k.a. Steve Groom, each described as a "Financial Advisor" who is a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Greg Taylor: Disqualification

September 25, 2020 - Public Statement by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that it has disqualified Greg Nicholas Taylor, who worked as an insurance administrator.

ASW Law Ltd. v. Stavanger Ltd.: Writ of Summons

August 28, 2020 - Specially Indorsed Writ of Summons for $175,000 in allegedly unpaid legal fees, plus interest, in ASW Law Limited, a Bermuda law firm v. Stavanger Limited, of the Isle of Man, at Bermuda Supreme Court. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Isle of Man Companies Registry showed that Stavanger Limited was incorporated in the Isle of Man on March 10th, 2014 and that its sole director is Kleino Limited, also of the Isle of Man. Kleino Limited was incorporated in the Isle of Man on December 30th, 2010 and its directors are Mark Jonathan Lewin, Christopher James Tushingham, and John Craig Brown, all of the Isle of Man.

Nkwe Platinum Ltd. v. Glendina Ltd. et al: Originating Summons

August 21, 2020 - Originating Summons in Nkwe Platinum Limited, of Bermuda v. Glendina Limited, of Australia, as Trustee of the Sunset Superannuation Fund; Genorah Resources Proprietary Limited, of South Africa, and 456 individual defendants from Australia, Germany, Isle of Man, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Legion N.A. Investments Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

August 21, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Isle of Man by Carl Jackson, Simon Bonney, and Amy Louise Slee, as the Foreign Representatives of Legion N.A. Investments Ltd., described as being "part of a larger group of companies called the 'Arena Group', which also includes, among others, Sulby Alternatives Limited, Square Mile Services, Limited, Misprint Limited, Land Consultants Limited, and Local Protectors Limited", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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