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Satabank Plc: €851K Fine

December 23, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it imposed a fine of €3.7 million on Satabank Plc for regulatory breaches, which was reduced to €851,792 by the Court of Appeal. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Satabank Plc was incorporated in Malta on October 7th, 2014 and its shareholders are Signia Holding Ltd., of Malta, and Christo Georgiev Georgiev, a citizen of Bulgaria with an address in Zurich, Switzerland. No directors are listed. Previous directors include Christo Georgiev Georgiev, who resigned effective October 11th, 2018; Anthony Paris, who resigned effective October 12th, 2018; Christoph Boeckle, who resigned effective October 21st, 2018; Mario Gauci, who resigned effective October 30th, 2018; Herbert Weininger, a citizen of Germany, who resigned effective October 21st, 2018, and Susanne Lehmann, who resigned effective April 8th, 2015. Signia Holding Ltd. was incorporated in Malta on December 5th, 2013, its directors are Eugene M. Alexander, a citizen of the United States with an address in Marathon, Florida, USA, and Christo Georgiev Georgiev, and its shareholders are E E Capital Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Net-M Privatbank 1891 AG, of Germany; Signia Group AG, of Zurich, Switzerland, and Eugene Alexander.

CCGM Pension Administrators Ltd.: €30K Fine

December 21, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €30,000 on CCGM Pension Administrators Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that CCGM Pension Administrators Limited was incorporated in Malta on August 31st, 2016, its directors are Nicholas Calamatta, Michael Galea, Julian Mamo, and Mark Mamo, all of Malta, and its shareholders are Calamatta Cuschieri Group Plc and Gasanmamo Insurance Limited, both of Malta.

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."

Insignia Cards Ltd.: €373K Fine

December 03, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €373.670 on Insignia Cards Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Insignia Cards Limited was incorporated on November 17th, 2011, its sole director is George Kesidy, a citizen of the United Kingdom, with an address in London, England; previous directors include Joseph Zammit Tabona and Charles Rapa, citizens of Malta who both resigned effective July 31st, 2020, and its shareholders are George Kesidy and Insignia Malta Holding Limited, which was incorporated in Malta on November 17th, 2011, whose directors are George Kesidy and Nada Tucakov, a citizen of Serbia with an address in London, England, and whose shareholders are George Kesidy and Insignia International Limited, which, according to the Cyprus Registrar of Companies, was incorporated in Cyprus on November 11th, 2011 and whose sole director is Irodotos Kasapis. The Malta Business Registry shows that PricewaterhouseCoopers resigned as auditor of Insignia Cards Limited effective October 28th, 2020.

After indicted owner's 'exoneration', Malta's Pilatus Bank to sue European Central Bank for license revocation

November 30, 2020 - Following the recent collapse of criminal charges in New York against its beneficial owner, Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, Malta-based Pilatus Bank Plc intends to sue the Germany-based European Central Bank for damages for revoking its license.

Credence Corporate and Advisory Services Ltd.: €143K Fine

November 23, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €143,119 on Credence Corporate and Advisory Services Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Credence Corporate and Advisory Services Limited was incorporated on December 7th, 2006, its directors are Clayton Fenech, James Muscat Azzopardi, and Ivan Vella, all of Malta, and its sole shareholder is Credence Holdings Limited, which was formed on October 31st, 2018, which has the same five directors and whose shareholders are Andrew Cefai, Adrian Azzopardi, James Azzopardi, and Ivan Vella.

Credence Fiduciary Ltd.: €118K Fine

November 23, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €118,365 on Credence Fiduciary Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Credence Fiduciary Limited was incorporated on February 6th, 2008, its directors are Andrew Cefai, Clayton Fenech, Adrian Muscat Azzopardi, James Muscat Azzopardi, and Ivan Vella, all of Malta, and its sole shareholder is Credence Holdings Limited, which was formed on October 31st, 2018, which has the same five directors and whose shareholders are Andrew Cefai, Adrian Azzopardi, James Azzopardi, and Ivan Vella.

Girobank NV et al v. Trade Finance Trust et al: Complaint

November 20, 2020 - Complaint "to set aside certain fraudulent conveyances and to secure a preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining defendants from transferring certain funds in accounts at Bank Leumi USA without first allocating Girobank its fair share of those funds, in which Girobank holds an equitable trust interest" in Girobank NV and Girobank International NV, both of Curaçao v. Trade Finance Trust, of Delaware; IIG Global Trade Finance Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; IIG Structured Trade Finance Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; TriLinc Global Impact Fund – Trade Finance Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, and IIG Bank (Malta), Ltd., of Malta, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Pilatus Bank Plc v. Lawrence Connell: Discovery Application

November 13, 2020 - Ex Parte Application by Pilatus Bank Plc, of Malta, to take discovery from Lawrence Connell for use in legal proceedings "pending before the Court of Justice of the European Union" in which "Pilatus seeks an order annulling the ... withdrawal of its banking license" by the European Central Bank and a contemplated "separate legal action against the ECB for damages relating to the ... treatment of the bank" by the ECB and the Malta Financial Services Authority, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Amicorp Malta Ltd.: €57K Fine

November 05, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €57,845 on Amicorp Malta Limited for regulatory breaches.

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