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Eni SpA v. Poplar Falls, LLC et al: Discovery Application

October 06, 2020 - Application by Eni S.p.A., of Italy, to take discovery from Poplar Falls, LLC, Drumcliffe Partners I LLC, Drumcliffe Partners II LLC, Drumcliffe Partners III LLC, Drumcliffe Partners III SMA I, LLC, Drumcliffe Partners IV LLC, and Drumcliffe Partners IV SMA1, LLC "for use in civil and criminal actions brought by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Milan Public Prosecutor, respectively, against Eni in Milan, Italy and an international arbitration claim brought by certain Eni subsidiaries against the FRN" regarding "the 2011 purchase by Eni and Royal Dutch Shell PLC of a Nigerian oil prospecting license known as OPL 245", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Public Private Real Estate Fund SICAV Plc: License Revocation

October 06, 2020 - Public Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has cancelled the Collective Investment Scheme License of Public Private Real Estate Fund SICAV Plc for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Public Private Real Estate Fund SICAV Plc was incorporated on June 1st, 2007, its directors are Paolo Bruckner, a citizen of Switzerland; Jonathan de Giovanni, a citizen of Malta, and Charles Ingham, a citizen of the United Kingdom, and its shareholders are Novium AG, of Switzerland and Paolo Bruckner, while previous directors include Anthony O'Driscoll, a citizen of Ireland who resigned effective December 14th, 2016, and Mark Meyer, a resident of Switzerland who resigned effective October 30th, 2015. The Swiss Commercial Register showed that the sole director of Novium AG (in Liquidation) is Paolo Brückner, whose nationality is listed as Italian, while previous directors include Marc Stefan Dätwyler, Raul Cortes Moreno, Michael Cohen, of Switzerland; Markus Meyer, Michele Mugnai, and Werner Mathys.

USA v. Nika Nazarovi et al: Indictment

September 29, 2020 - Criminal Indictment against "citizens of multiple countries, including Georgia, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Belgium" who were described as being "members of a transnational organized crime network known as 'QQAAZZ'" that "provided money laundering services to significant cybercriminal organizations that stole money from unwitting victims in the United States and abroad" involving accounts at financial institutions in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom in USA v. Nika Nazarovi, a.k.a. Nika Utiashvili, a.k.a. Mihail Atansov, a.k.a. Stefan Trifonov Zhelyazkov; Martins Ignatjevs, a.k.a. Yordan Angelov Stoyanov, a.k.a. Aleksander Tihomirov, a.k.a. Svetlin Iliyanov Asenov; Aleksandre Kobiashvili, a.k.a. Antonios Nastas, a.k.a. Ognyan Krasimirov Trifonov; Dmitrijs Kuzminovs, a.k.a. Parush Gospodinov Genchev; Valentins Sevecs, a.k.a. Marek Jaswilko, a.k.a. Rafal Szczytko; Dmitrijs Slapins, Armens Vecels, Artiom Capacli, Ion Cebanu, Tomass Trescinkas, Ruslans Sarapovs, Silvestrs Tamenieks, Andelhak Hamdaoui, and Petar Iliev at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV: $9.5M Fine

September 28, 2020 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a fine of $9.5 million on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. , described as "a Dutch public company headquartered in London, United Kingdom", for the "VW 'dieselgate' scandal".

Garrett Motion Inc. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

September 20, 2020 - Chapter 11 Petition by Garrett Motion Inc., of Switzerland, which "designs, manufactures and sells highly engineered turbocharger, electric-boosting and connected vehicle technologies for original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket"; BRH LLC, of Switzerland; Calvari Limited, of Ireland; Friction Materials LLC, of Michigan; Garrett ASASCO Inc., of Michigan; Garrett Borrowing LLC, of Michigan; Garrett Holding Company Sàrl, of Switzerland; Garrett LX I Sàrl, of Luxembourg; Garrett LX II Sàrl, of Luxembourg; Garrett LX III Sàrl, of Luxembourg; Garrett Motion Australia Pty Limited, of Australia; Garrett Motion Automotive Research Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V., of Mexico; Garrett Motion Holdings Inc., of Michigan; Garrett Motion Holdings II Inc., of Michigan; Garrett Motion International Services S.R.L., of Romania; Garrett Motion Ireland A Limited, of Ireland; Garrett Motion Ireland B Limited, of Ireland; Garrett Motion Ireland C Limited, of Ireland; Garrett Motion Ireland Limited, of Ireland; Garrett Motion Italia S.r.l., of Italy; Garrett Motion Japan Inc., of Japan; Garrett Motion LLC, of Michigan; Garrett Motion México, Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable, of Mexico; Garrett Motion Romania S.R.L., of Romania; Garrett Motion Sàrl, of Switzerland; Garrett Motion Slovakia s.r.o., of Slovakia; Garrett Motion Switzerland Holdings Sàrl, of Switzerland; Garrett Motion UK A Limited, of England; Garrett Motion UK B Limited, of England; Garrett Motion UK C Limited, of England; Garrett Motion UK D Limited, of England; Garrett Motion UK Limited, of England; Garrett Transportation I Inc., of Michigan; Garrett Transportation Systems Ltd., of England; Garrett Transportation Systems UK II Ltd., of England; Garrett TS Ltd., of England, and Garrett Turbo Ltd., of England, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Excellence Investment Umbrella SICAV Plc: License Revocation

September 17, 2020 - Public Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has revoked the Collective Investment Scheme License of Excellence Investment Umbrella SICAV Plc, "including the licence granted to its four sub-funds, namely Innovative Investment Fund; Perfectum Fund; Exclusive Gold and Precious Metals Fund; and Omega Investment Fund", for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Excellence Investment Umbrella SICAV Plc was incorporated on October 24th, 2011, its directors are Paolo Bruckner, of Switzerland; Jonathan de Giovanni, a citizen of Malta, and Charles Ingham, a citizen of the United Kingdom and resident of Malta, and its shareholders are Novium AG, of Switzerland, and Raul Cortes Moreno, a citizen of Spain. The Swiss Commercial Register showed that the sole director of Novium AG (in Liquidation) is Paolo Brückner, whose nationality is listed as Italian, while previous directors include Marc Stefan Dätwyler, Raul Cortes Moreno, Michael Cohen, of Switzerland; Markus Meyer, Michele Mugnai, and Werner Mathys.

Novium Opportunity Umbrella SICAV Plc: License Revocation

September 11, 2020 - Public Statement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it was cancelled the collective investment services license of Novium Opportunity Umbrella SICAV Plc, "including the licence granted to its six sub-funds, namely Personal Care Fund; Special Situations Fund; Vintage Watches Fund; Primatist Multi Strategy Fund; Quality Investment Fund; and Bull Bear Opportunities Fund". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Novium Opportunity Umbrella SICAV Plc was incorporated on December 27th, 2007, that its directors are Paolo Bruckner, a citizen of Switzerland; Jonathan de Giovanni, a citizen of Malta; and Charles Ingham, a citizen of the United Kingdom, and that its shareholders are Raul Cortes Moreno, a citizen of Spain, and Novium AG, of Switzerland, while previous directors include Alessandro Bartoli, a.k.a Sandro Bartoli, who resigned effective December 1st, 2017; Joseph Bortelli, who resigned effective May 25th, 2016; Mark Meyer, who resigned effective June 1st, 2015; Frank Chetcuti Dimech, Marise Muscat, and Guido Mizzi, who all resigned effective January 5th, 2015. The Swiss Commercial Register showed that the sole director of Novium AG (in Liquidation) is Paolo Brückner, whose nationality is listed as Italian, while previous directors include Marc Stefan Dätwyler, Raul Cortes Moreno, Michael Cohen, of Switzerland; Markus Meyer, Michele Mugnai, and Werner Mathys.

Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation: Bitfinex et al's Motion to Dismiss Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint

September 03, 2020 - Motion to Dismiss Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint styled as 'Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation' by iFinex Inc., a.k.a. Bitfinex; DigFinex Inc., BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Tether International Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether Holdings Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Limited, of Hong Kong; Ludovicus Jan van der Velde, a citizen of the Netherlands, and Giancarlo Devasini, a citizen of Italy, in David Leibowitz et al v. iFinex Inc. et al at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Aleksandr Spitsyn: Criminal Complaint

August 24, 2020 - Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering regarding "work-from-home fraud schemes" in USA v. Aleksandr Vladimirovich Spitsyn, a citizen of Russia, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

USA v. Strachans SA: Criminal Information

August 19, 2020 - Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to defraud the United States in USA v. Strachans SA (in Liquidation), described as "a Jersey-based accounting and financial services company that assisted U.S. taxpayer-clients and others in evading taxes through the use of offshore trusts and entities and offshore bank accounts" that later moved to Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California. Editor's Note: In the Criminal Information, the USA stated that Strachans moved from Jersey to Switzerland in 1999 and, in 2009, "began doing business as Elston Management". Research by OffshoreAlert in the Swiss Commercial Registry showed that directors, past and present, of Elston Management SA have included Richard Jepson Egglishaw, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Monaco; Dino Ferro, a citizen of Italy; Rachel Laure Dupanloup, Henri Bressoud, and Dominique de Weck, of Switzerland.

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