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USA v. Deutsche Bank AG: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

January 08, 2021 - Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding allegations of bribery and fraud activity involving, inter alia, entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, Italy, and Saudi Arabia in USA v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Deutsche Bank AG: $43M Penalty

January 08, 2021 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a penalty of $43.3 million on Deutsche Bank AG for regulatory breaches involving, inter alia, entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, China, Italy, and Saudi Arabia.

USA v. Deutsche Bank AG: Criminal Information

December 22, 2020 - Criminal Information for Conspiracy to Violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and fraud involving entities in Abu Dhabi, British Virgin Islands, Italy, and Saudi Arabia in USA v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Real Exchange (REX) Ltd.: 'No New Clients' Order

December 18, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it was directed Real Exchange (REX) Limited "to cease the on-boarding of new clients with immediate effect". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Real Exchange (REX) Limited was incorporated in Malta on September 3rd, 2018, its directors are Adriano Cefai, of Malta; Viktor Kochetov, and Alexander Yelsky, both citizens of Ukraine, and its sole shareholder is K-Worldwide Group 18 Ltd., which was incorporated in Malta on September 25th, 2019, whose directors are Adriano Cefai, Viktor Kochetov, and Alexander Yelsky, and whose shareholders are Kyrrex Holding Limited, of Cyprus; Peter's Lab Spolka z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia, of Poland; RV70 Holding Limited, of England; Adriano Cefai, Darko Perovic, of Marbella, Spain; Yermek Tursunov, of Kazakhstan, and Clarissa Zammit Maempel, of Malta. According to records maintained by the Cyprus Registrar of Companies, Kyrrex Holding Limited was incorporated on October 2nd, 2018 and its directors are Viktor Kochetov and Lazarus Ioannou. According to Companies House for England and Wales, RV70 Holding Limited was incorporated on November 20th, 2014 and its sole director and controlling person is Ruggero Venturini, described as a citizen of Italy residing in Malta. On the website of Real Exchange (REX) Limited at kyrrex.com, it is stated: "Founded in June 2016, Kyrrex is a digital wallet and professional platform where traders and consumers can trade in new digital assets - cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, NEO, Monero and many others."

Ape Group SpA et al v. The Republic of Argentina: Complaint

December 10, 2020 - Complaint alleging "defaulted" bonds in Ape Group SpA, Romano Consulting SpA, Icaro SRL, and Elazar Romano, all of Italy v. The Republic of Argentina at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Banoka Sarl et al v. Westmont International Development Inc.: Discovery Application

December 04, 2020 - Application by Banoka Sarl, of Luxembourg; ATYS S.A., of Luxembourg; Renato Picciotto, a citizen of Italy; Jacques Champy, and Jean Bissonnet, both citizens of France, from Westmont International Development Inc. "for use in a contemplated foreign proceeding" in England, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal SA et al v. Autoridad del Canal de Panama: Petition to Vacate Arbitration Award

November 25, 2020 - Petition to Vacate Arbitration Award in Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A., of Panama; Sacyr S.A., of Spain; Webuild S.p.A., formerly Salini-Impregilo S.p.A., of Italy, and Jan De Nul N.V., of Belgium v. Autoridad del Canal de Panama, of Panama, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Natalino D'Amato: Indictment

November 25, 2020 - Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering regarding Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, "the state-owned and state-controlled oil company of Venezuela" in USA v. Natalino D'Amato, described by the U.S. Department of Justice as a dual citizen of Venezuela and Italy who, inter alia, "owned and controlled a Nevis-based corporation called Kronos Enterprises Corp.", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Mistral Pay Ltd.: €32K Fine

October 22, 2020 - Public Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €32,400 on Mistral Pay Ltd. "and has allowed the Institution to start the process for the voluntary surrender of their licence under the Financial Institutions Act". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Mistral Pay Ltd. was incorporated in Malta on January 27th, 2014, its directors are Joseph Mary Formosa, a citizen of Malta; Conrad Micallef, a citizen of Malta, and David Axel Trincia, a citizen and resident of Italy, its previous directors include David Marinelli, who resigned effective October 28th, 2019, and its shareholders are DM Capital Ltd. and MPHOL International Limited, both of Malta. DM Capital Ltd.'s directors are David Marinelli and its shareholders are SAFI Holdings, of Malta, and David Marinelli, while MPHOL International Limited's sole director is Ivano Luigi Porretiello, of Italy, and its shareholders are Easy Network SRL, of Italy; Sofia Inaudi, a citizen of Argentina with an address in Italy; David Marinelli, and Ivano Luigi Porretiello.

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.

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