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Crypto firm Global Trade Solutions taken over by Swiss regulator

September 15, 2019 - Cryptocurrency firm Global Trade Solutions AG, which appears to be caught up in the suspected theft of $850 million from BVI-owned crypto exchange Bitfinex, has been placed under regulatory supervision in Switzerland.

CFTC v. Yukom Communications Ltd. et al: Complaint

August 12, 2019 - Complaint for "an illegal and fraudulent 'binary options' trading scheme" involving companies in Anguilla, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Israel, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Yukom Communications Ltd., of Israel; Linkopia Mauritius Ltd., of Mauritius; Wirestech Limited, d.b.a. BigOption, of the Marshall Islands; WSB Investments Ltd., d.b.a. BinaryBrook, of Anguilla, Gibraltar, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom; Zolarex Ltd., d.b.a. BinaryOnline, of the Marshall Islands; Yakov Cohen, an Israeli residing in Israel and Mauritius; Yossi Herzog, of Israel; Lee Elbaz, of Israel, currently incarcerated in the USA, and Shalom Peretz, of Israel, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A. et al v. Crowe LP: Notice of Removal

July 25, 2019 - Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint, in Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A., New York Branch; Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., of New York; Bank Hapoalim B.M., of Israel; Mitsubishi International Corporation, of New York; ICBC Standard Bank Plc, of England and Wales; Techemet Metal Trading LLC, of Texas; Woodforest National Bank, of Texas, and Hain Capital Investors Master Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands v. Crowe LP, an accounting firm in Florida and a member of Switzerland-based Crowe Global, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Alejandro Toledo Manrique: Extradition Complaint

July 17, 2019 - Complaint to extradite Alejandro Toledo Manrique, a former president of Peru, from the USA to Peru to face allegations of soliciting and receiving a $20 million bribe from Constructora Norberto Odebrecht SA regarding the Peru-Brazil Southern lnteroceanic Highway Project and laundering it "through various companies and offshore accounts", including those in Costa Rica, England, Israel, and Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Ching-Yi Lin v. TipRanks Ltd.: Notice of Removal

July 11, 2019 - Notice of removal, including a copy of a complaint alleging defamation over the ranking of stock analysts, in Ching-Yi Lin, of New York v. TipRanks Ltd., of Israel, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

US VC Partners GP LLC et al v. U.S. Department of the Treasury et al: Complaint

July 01, 2019 - Complaint alleging "warrantless seizure and ongoing interference with property interests of United States citizens by the Government through the operation of economic sanctions programs directed at foreign nationals" regarding Ukraine-born Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg in Israeli VC Partners Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Israeli VC Partners Management, LLC, US VC Partners GP LLC, US VC Partners Management, LLC, CN Odyssey GP LLC, CN MapAnything GP LLC, Sparrow Capital Holdings LLC, Audubon Loan Funding GP LLC, and CN Partners LLC, all of Delaware, and Andrew Intrater, of New York, v. United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Steven Mnuchin, in his official capacity as the Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury, and Andrea Gacki, in her official capacity as the Director of the United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mundo Media Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

June 18, 2019 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Canada by Ernst & Young, as the Foreign Representative of Mundo Media Ltd., 2538853 Ontario Ltd., M Zone Marketing Inc., and AppThis Holdings, Inc., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Migdal Mutual Funds Ltd. v. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. et al: Complaint

June 13, 2019 - Complaint in Migdal Mutual Funds Ltd., of Israel v. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., of Israel; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., of Pennsylvania; Eerez Vigodman, Eyal Desheh, Allan Oberman, Sigurdur Olafsson, Deborah Griffin, Yaacov Altman, Yitzhak Peterburg, Dipankar Bhattacharjee, Michael McClellan, Kare Schultz, and Maureen Cavanaugh at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Global Trade Solutions AG: Public Warning

May 27, 2019 - Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding Global Trade Solutions AG.

ALROSA v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

April 10, 2019 - Application by ALROSA, a Russian diamond-mining company, to take discovery from Bank of America, Bank of New York Mellon, Capital One NA, Capital One Bank (USA) NA, Citibank NA, Commerzbank NA, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank USA NA, JPMorgan Chase NA, Wells Fargo NA, PNC Bank NA, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas SA, and UBS AG for use in contemplated legal proceedings in Angola or the United Kingdom against former or current executives of Catoca Ltd., a diamond-mining company in Angola, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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