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Presidio Inc. v. Google LLC: Discovery Application

June 25, 2020 - Application by Presidio Inc. to take discovery from Google LLC "in connection with an anticipated lawsuit and criminal investigation in Japan against those who unlawfully uploaded YouTube videos", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Robert Stone v. NPLH (NZ) Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

June 19, 2020 - Winding Up Petition in Robert Devon Stone v. NPLH (NZ) Limited at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Atvos Agroindustrial Investimentos SA v. BBVA et al: Discovery Application

May 20, 2020 - Application by Atvos Agroindustrial Investimentos SA, described as "an indirect subsidiary of the Odebrecht Group", to take discovery from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, New York Branch; Lone Star Global Acquisitions Ltd., Lone Star Global Acquisitions LLC, Lone Star North America Acquisitions LP, Lone Star Global Acquisitions (NY) LLC, Lone Star North America Acquisitions LLC, LSF10 Brazil U.S. Holdings LLC, MUFG Bank Ltd., Natixis S.A., New York Branch, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil, regarding "an illegal hostile takeover attempt in Brazil of Applicant's subsidiary Atvos Agroindustrial S.A. – Em Recuperação Judicial", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Zhuobin Hong et al: Complaint

May 04, 2020 - Complaint alleging insider trading in the securities of Delaware-domiciled Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. using "Hong Kong-based trading accounts held in the names of China-based relatives" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Zhuobin Hong, a.k.a. Ben Hong, and Caixia Jiang, both described as former residents of California currently residing in China, as Defendants, and Zhuoyan Hong and Haotao Jiang, both of China, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Petroleum Tanker Nautic: Forfeiture Complaint

May 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "the unlawful use of the U.S. financial system to support and finance Iran's transport and sale of oil products to benefit sanctioned Iranian entities" in USA v. $12,3 million fo funds "associated with petroleum tanker Nautic", a.k.a. Gulf Sky, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Amir Abdolaziz Dianat et al: Arrest Warrant Affidavit

April 30, 2020 - Affidavit in support of application for arrest warrant alleging "knowingly and willfully conspiring with each other and persons in Iran to use the U.S. financial system to procure a petroleum tanker named Nautic, and later renamed to the Gulf Sky, in violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations" in USA v. Amir Abdolaziz Dianat, a.k.a. Ameer Abdulaazeez Jaafar, and Kamran Ali Lajmiry, a.k.a. Kamran Ali Lajmiri, at the U. S. District Curt for the District of Columbia.

11 class actions against 42 defendants in 16 countries alleging sale of unregistered cryptocurrencies

April 04, 2020 - The cryptocurrency industry had its own 'Red Wedding' at federal court in Manhattan yesterday when 11 class action complaints alleging the sale of unregistered securities were filed against 42 defendants in the BVI, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Estonia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Malta, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, and Vietnam.

Eric Lee et al v. Binance et al: Class Action Complaint

April 03, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered securities involving digital tokens known as EOS, BNT, SNT, QSP, KNC, TRX, FUN, ICX, OMG, LEND, ELF, and CVC in Eric Lee and Chase Williams v. Binance, described as the Malta-domiciled "largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world, with a market capitalization of $1.3 billion"; Changpeng Zhao, described as a resident of Taiwan; Yi He, described as a resident of Malta, and Roger Wang, described as a resident of Malta, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Chase Williams v. Quantstamp Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

April 03, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered securities involving digital tokens known as QSP in Chase Williams v. Quantstamp Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled "blockchain-focused software development company ... with offices in San Francisco, Toronto, Taipei, and Tokyo"; Richard Ma, described as a resident of San Francisco, California, and Steven Stewart, described as a resident of Toronto, Canada, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

OneWeb Global Ltd. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

March 27, 2020 - Chapter 11 Petition by OneWeb Global Limited, of England; 1021823 B.C. Ltd., of Canada; Network Access Associates Limited, of England; OneWeb ApS, of Greenland; OneWeb Chile SpA, of Chile; OneWeb Communications Limited, of England; OneWeb G.K., of Japan; OneWeb Global Limited, of England; OneWeb Holdings LLC, of New York; OneWeb Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; OneWeb Ltd., of Malta; OneWeb Network Access Holdings Limited, of England; OneWeb Norway AS, of Norway; WorldVu Australia Pty Ltd., of Australia; WorldVu Development LLC, of Nevada; WorldVu JV Holdings LLC, of Delaware; WorldVu Mexico, S. DE R. L. DE C.V., of Mexico; WorldVu Satellites Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; WorldVu South Africa (Pty) Ltd., of South Africa, and WorldVu Unipessoal Lda, of Portugal, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Cayman Court Secrecy: A Huge Red Flag for Foreign Investors & Clients
David Marchant
As any fule kno, the biggest enemy of fraud, corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial crime is transparency, while their best friend is secrecy. That's why the unprecedented mass sealing of cases that's taking place at the Financial Services Division of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands is repugnant to anyone with a genuine concern for financial crime.