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Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc: License Cancellation

May 19, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has cancelled the Collective Investment Scheme Licence of Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc, a license that was suspended, on regulatory grounds nearly six years ago, on July 15th, 2014, "following the resignation of key officials and service providers". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc has not had any directors or a secretary since they resigned in May, 2014. The company was originally incorporated in the British Virgin Islands on May 18th, 2006 as Brightwell Portfolio Fund Ltd. and continued to Malta on May 10th, 2011, changing its name at the same time. In its most recent annual return, dated May 10th, 2013, the company's shareholders were identified as Paolo Faldini, a citizen of Italy residing in Monaco, and Conseulo Nardon, a citizen of Italy with addresses in the Netherlands and Luxembourg; its directors as Faldini, Nardon, and Stephen Muscat, of Malta, and its Secretary as Valetta Fund Services Limited. Faldini committed suicide on his luxury yacht - apparently bought with investors' funds - in Monte Carlo on December 31st, 2013, shortly after which Nardon, Muscat, and Valetta Fund Services all resigned their positions and the company's auditor, KPMG (Malta), represented by partner Ray Azzopardi, withdrew its audit opinions for 2011 and 2012 due to "fraudulent misrepresentations", evidently by Faldini, regarding the company and its subsidiaries, Beaumont Cash Management Limited, Beaumont Systematic Trading Limited, Beaumont Discretionary Trading Limited, Beaumont Equity Trading Limited, and Beaumont Homeland Security Limited. Brightwell Portfolio Fund's professional services providers included Princes Gate Investment Management Ltd., of the BVI, as Investment Manager; Arcari Fund Solutions BV, of the Netherlands, as Administrator; Credit Suisse, of Switzerland, as Custodian, and Ganado & Associates, Advocates, of Malta, as Legal Adviser. In the BVI, the company's directors were Curado Trust (Tortola) Limited, represented by Yuck Leen Sprock-Chang and Mavis Reed-Castro, and GM General Management Limited, represented by Mario Bottiroli, c/o Trust Company Complex, in the Marshall Islands, with Harneys Corporate Services Ltd., represented by Kimberly Crabbe-Adams, serving as registered agent. Corporate records show that the company authorized the following lawyers to obtain its Collective Investment Scheme license in Malta: James Farrugia, Andre Zerafa, Henry Saydon, and Stephanie Micallef, now known as Stephanie Farrugia, all of Ganado & Associates.

Piraeus Bank v. The Bank of New York Mellon et al: Discovery Application

May 13, 2020 - Application by Piraeus Bank, of Greece, to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank NA, HSBC Bank (USA) NA, and JPMorgan Chase Bank NA for use in legal proceedings in England filed by Piraeus Bank against Grand Anemi Limited, of Malta; Grandunion Inc., of the Marshall Islands, and Michail (Michael) Zolotas, described as a Greek national with a last known address in Monaco, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

YS GM Marfin II LLC et al v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC et al: Discovery Application

April 03, 2020 - Application by YS GM Marfin II LLC, YS GM MF VII LLC, YS GM MF VIII LLC, YS GM MF IX LLC, and YS GM MF X LLC to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, Bank of America, Bank of China, The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank for use in "pending and contemplated proceedings" in England, Malaysia and other countries regarding "a brazen $89.2 million multinational maritime fraud" allegedly by Muhammad Tahir Lakhani, and his two sons, Muhammad Ali Lakhani and Muhammad Hasan Lakhani, who are described as "British and Pakistani dual nationals ordinarily resident in England, Pakistan and//or the United Arab Emirates", and involving several jurisdictions, including Nevis, Marshall Islands, Palau, and Panama, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Lion Diversified Holdings Berhad: Chapter 15 Petition

March 18, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Malaysia by Datuk Tee Guan Pian, of UHY Advisory, as the Foreign Representative of Lion Diversified Holdings Berhad, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Rybovich Boat Company LLC v. M/Y Daybreak et al: Complaint

December 11, 2019 - Complaint in Rybovich Boat Company LLC, of Florida v. M/Y Daybreak, registered in the Marshall Islands, and Bigger Boat, LLC, a.k.a. Bigger Boat of Missouri, LLC, of Missouri, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Myntrade Offshore Inc. v. Pinnacle Summit Ltd.: Amended Claim Form

November 07, 2019 - Amended Claim Form in Myntrade Offshore Inc., of the Marshall Islands v. Pinnacle Summit Limited at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Medisun Precision Medicine, Ltd. et al: Administrative Proceedings

August 13, 2019 - Order Instituting Administrative Proceedings in the matter of Medisun Precision Medicine, Ltd., of the Marshall Islands, whose shares are listed on OTC Link; Next Graphite, Inc., of Nevada, and Omni Shrimp, Inc., of Nevada, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Steven Monosson et al v. Teekay Offshore Partners LP et al: Complaint

August 12, 2019 - Class Action Complaint in Steven Monosson and Mark Whiting, both of California v. Teekay Offshore Partners LP, of the Marshall Islands; Teekay Offshore GP LLC, a Marshall Islands entity owned by Brookfield TK TOGP LP, of Bermuda; Brookfield Asset Management Inc., domiciled in Canada, listed on the New York Stock Exchange; Brookfield Business Partners LP, of Bermuda; William Utt, Ian Craig, Kenneth Hvid, Craig Laurie, David Lemmon, Jim Reid, Denis Turcotte, Greg Morrison, William Transier, Walter Weathers, Ingvild Saether, Jane Rune Steinsland, and Cyrus Madon at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Yukom Communications Ltd. et al: Complaint

August 12, 2019 - Complaint for "an illegal and fraudulent 'binary options' trading scheme" involving companies in Anguilla, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Israel, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Yukom Communications Ltd., of Israel; Linkopia Mauritius Ltd., of Mauritius; Wirestech Limited, d.b.a. BigOption, of the Marshall Islands; WSB Investments Ltd., d.b.a. BinaryBrook, of Anguilla, Gibraltar, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom; Zolarex Ltd., d.b.a. BinaryOnline, of the Marshall Islands; Yakov Cohen, an Israeli residing in Israel and Mauritius; Yossi Herzog, of Israel; Lee Elbaz, of Israel, currently incarcerated in the USA, and Shalom Peretz, of Israel, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Mayhem Crude Inc. v. Borrelli Walsh Pte Ltd. et al: Complaint

August 09, 2019 - Complaint in Admiralty in Mayhem Crude Inc., of the Marshall Islands v. Borrelli Walsh Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Cosimo Borrelli, described as a citizen of Australia and resident of Hong Kong; Jason Kardachi, described as a citizen of Australia and resident of Singapore, and Standard Chartered Bank, of England, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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