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

April 04, 2020 - The cryptocurrency industry experienced its own 'Red Wedding' on April 3rd when 11 class action complaints alleging the sale of unregistered securities were filed at federal court in Manhattan against 42 parties 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.

Malta FSA cancels AIS Capital's investment license

March 31, 2020 - The Malta Financial Services Authority has cancelled the investment license of AIS Capital Management Investment Fund SICAV PLC, whose directors are Briton Paul Chandler and American/Maltese Richard Wight.

deVere & Partners Holding Ltd.: Fine

March 30, 2020 - Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed an administrative penalty of €23,000 against deVere & Partners Holding Limited for providing "insurance distribution activities" without a license. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Malta Business Registry, the sole director of deVere & Partners Holding Limited is identified as Beverley Yeomans, described in filings as a citizen of Malta, and the shareholders are identified as deVere Group Limited, of Dubai, and Nigel James Green, also described as a citizen of Malta.

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.

Steven Reynolds v. Binance Holdings Ltd.: Complaint

March 27, 2020 - Complaint in Steven Cody Reynolds, a resident of Oregon described as "an experienced investor in cryptocurrencies" v. Binance Holdings Ltd., described as "a Cayman Islands limited company with headquarters in the Republic of Malta", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

AIS Capital Management Investment Fund SICAV Plc: License Cancellation

March 23, 2020 - Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has cancelled the collective investment scheme license of AIS Capital Management Investment Fund SICAV Plc. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Malta Business Registry, the company's directors are identified as Paul Simon Chandler, a citizen of the United Kingdom, and Richard Thomson Wight, a dual citizen of the United States and Malta, while previous directors were Timothy Andrew Sharman, a citizen of the United Kingdom; Noel Vella, and Benjamin Muscat, both of Malta.

IIG Trade Opportunities Fund NV: Chapter 15 Petition

March 02, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Curaçao by Valerie P. Maria, as the Foreign Representative of IIG Trade Opportunities Fund NV, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Altarius Asset Management Ltd. et al: Reprimand

February 27, 2020 - Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has reprimanded Altarius Asset Management Limited and its directors "at the time of the deficiencies identified by the Authority", Heinz Daxl, a citizen of Austria; Pierre Maliczak, a citizen of France, and Peter Mitterlehner, a citizen of Austria.

Hollingsworth International Financial Services Ltd. et al: Penalties

February 18, 2020 - Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority regarding penalties against Hollingsworth International Financial Services Limited and Mark Hollingsworth. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Malta Business Registry, the sole shareholder of Hollingsworth International Financial Services Limited was identified as Dominion Fiduciary Trust Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, on behalf of the Ultimate Beneficial Owner, Mark Hollingsworth, 51, a citizen of the United Kingdom.

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