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AYN Ltd.: License Revocation

August 12, 2020 - Public Statement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has revoked the Financial Institution license of AYN Limited, described as a provider of "payment services". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that AYN Ltd. was incorporated on July 18th, 2017, its directors are Paolo Gatti and Paolo Musumeci, both citizens of Italy, and its sole shareholder is AYN Holding Ltd., of Malta. The directors of AYN Holding Ltd. are Gatti and Musumeci and its shareholder is Artio Trustees Limited.

BlueBay Asset Management LLP et al v. Etihad Airways PJSC: Discovery Application

August 06, 2020 - Application by BlueBay Asset Management LLP, GML Capital LLP, IVO Capital LLP, RAI Investments PTE LTD., Sancta Capital Partners LP, Sandglass Opportunity Fund, LP, Sandglass Petrus Opportunity Fund, LP, and VR Global Partners, L.P. to take discovery from Etihad Airways PJSC, of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, for use in "an administrative (restructuring) proceeding currently pending before a foreign tribunal in the Republic of Italy", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

GlobalCapital Life Insurance Ltd.: Fine

July 31, 2020 - Public Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €20,760 on GlobalCapital Life Insurance Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Malta Business Registry, the directors of GlobalCapital Life Limited are identified as Cristina Casingena, Paolo Catalfamo, Joseph C. Schembri, all of Malta, and Nicholas Hornby Taylor, a citizen of the United Kingdom, of Dorset, England and its shareholders are identified as GlobalCapital Holdings Limited, of Malta, and Ian Zammit, of Malta. The directors of GlobalCapital Holdings Limited are identified as Paolo Catalfamo and Joseph Schembri and its sole shareholder is identified as GlobalCapital Plc, of Malta. The directors of GlobalCapital Plc, whose shares are listed on the Malta Stock Exchange, are identified as Cinzia Catalfamo, of Italy; Paolo Catalfamo, Joseph Del Raso, of Devon, Pennsylvania, USA; Gregory Eugene McGowan, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, and Joseph Schembri.

USA v. Luis Martinelli et al: Criminal Complaint

June 27, 2020 - Criminal Complaint against the sons of former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli alleging participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme involving Brazil's Odebrecht SA and other companies, including those in the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, and Switzerland, in USA v. Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, described as citizens of Italy and Panama, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Bittrex & Poloniex crypto exchanges added as defendants to 'multi-billion dollar fraud' lawsuit

June 04, 2020 - Two major U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchanges - Bittrex and Poloniex - have been added as defendants to a class action complaint that alleges crypto buyers around the world were collectively swindled out of billions of dollars in an unprecedented "criminal" price manipulation scheme.

Matthew Script et al v. iFinex Inc. et al: Amended Class Action Complaint

June 03, 2020 - Consolidated Class Action Amended Complaint alleging "a sophisticated scheme to fraudulently inflate the price of cryptocurrencies ..., causing the price of these cryptocommodities to spike far above their legitimate value in the largest bubble in human history, and ultimately resulting in billions of dollars of damage to innocent cryptocommodity purchasers" in Matthew Script, Benjamin Leibowitz, Jason Leibowitz, Aaron Leibowitz, and Pinchas Goldshtein v. iFinex Inc., a.k.a. Bitfinex; BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether International Limited, DigFinex Inc., all of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Limited, of Hong Kong; Philip G. Potter, of New York; Giancarlo Devasini, described as a citizen of Italy; Ludovicus Jan van der Velde, described as a citizen of the Netherlands; Reginald Fowler, of Arizona; Crypto Capital Corp., of Panama; Bittrex, Inc., described as a Delaware company based in Seattle, Washington, and Poloniex, LLC, described as a Delaware company based in Boston, Massachusetts, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Massimiliano Turi et al: Indictment

May 20, 2020 - Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering in USA v. Massimiliano 'Max' Turi, a citizen of Italy; Alexander Landa, and Layne Gerstel at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc: License Cancellation

May 19, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has cancelled the Collective Investment Scheme Licence of Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc, a license that was suspended, on regulatory grounds nearly six years ago, on July 15th, 2014, "following the resignation of key officials and service providers". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc has not had any directors or a secretary since they resigned in May, 2014. The company was originally incorporated in the British Virgin Islands on May 18th, 2006 as Brightwell Portfolio Fund Ltd. and continued to Malta on May 10th, 2011, changing its name at the same time. In its most recent annual return, dated May 10th, 2013, the company's shareholders were identified as Paolo Faldini, a citizen of Italy residing in Monaco, and Conseulo Nardon, a citizen of Italy with addresses in the Netherlands and Luxembourg; its directors as Faldini, Nardon, and Stephen Muscat, of Malta, and its Secretary as Valetta Fund Services Limited. Faldini committed suicide on his luxury yacht - apparently bought with investors' funds - in Monte Carlo on December 31st, 2013, shortly after which Nardon, Muscat, and Valetta Fund Services all resigned their positions and the company's auditor, KPMG (Malta), represented by partner Ray Azzopardi, withdrew its audit opinions for 2011 and 2012 due to "fraudulent misrepresentations", evidently by Faldini, regarding the company and its subsidiaries, Beaumont Cash Management Limited, Beaumont Systematic Trading Limited, Beaumont Discretionary Trading Limited, Beaumont Equity Trading Limited, and Beaumont Homeland Security Limited. Brightwell Portfolio Fund's professional services providers included Princes Gate Investment Management Ltd., of the BVI, as Investment Manager; Arcari Fund Solutions BV, of the Netherlands, as Administrator; Credit Suisse, of Switzerland, as Custodian, and Ganado & Associates, Advocates, of Malta, as Legal Adviser. In the BVI, the company's directors were Curado Trust (Tortola) Limited, represented by Yuck Leen Sprock-Chang and Mavis Reed-Castro, and GM General Management Limited, represented by Mario Bottiroli, c/o Trust Company Complex, in the Marshall Islands, with Harneys Corporate Services Ltd., represented by Kimberly Crabbe-Adams, serving as registered agent. Corporate records show that the company authorized the following lawyers to obtain its Collective Investment Scheme license in Malta: James Farrugia, Andre Zerafa, Henry Saydon, and Stephanie Micallef, now known as Stephanie Farrugia, all of Ganado & Associates.

Meril GmbH et al v. Edwards Lifesciences Corp. et al: Discovery Application

April 27, 2020 - Application by Meril GmbH, of Germany, and Meril Life Sciences Private Limited, of India, to take discovery from Edwards Lifesciences Corp., Edwards Lifesciences LLC, and Edwards Lifesciences Pvt Inc., all of Delaware, for use in legal proceedings in Italy, France, and the United Kingdom against Meril by Edwards Lifesciences Corporation and its subsidiary Edwards Lifesciences Limited, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Eni SpA: Penalties

April 17, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing disgorgement and interest totaling $24.5 million against Eni SpA, described as "an Italian multinational oil and gas company", before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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