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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.

Lombard Bank Malta Plc: €340K Fine

October 30, 2020 - Publication Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €340,058 on Lombard Bank Malta Plc for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed the the directors of Lombard Bank Malta Plc are identified as Michael Bonello, Graham Fairclough, Joseph Said, Michael Zammit, all citizens of Malta, and Kimon Palamidis, a citizen of Greece.

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.

Nexia BT: License Suspension

October 14, 2020 - Public Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has suspended "the authorisation of Nexia BT to act as an approved auditor" for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Nexia BT is part of a group whose officers and directors include Brian Tonna, Manuel Castagna, and Karl Cini, all citizens of Malta.

Clayton Formosa et al: €25,000 Fine

October 14, 2020 - Public Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €25,000 on Clayton Formosa and Odin Professional Services and ordered Formosa "to cease the provision of any services which require prior authorisation or registration from the MFSA, including the provision of Corporate Services Provider" for regulatory breaches.

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