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Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

August 11, 2020 - Chapter 11 Petition by Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd., of Monaco; PSV Adminco 2019 LLC, of New York; CB Holdco Limited, Blue Power Limited, Delta Cistern V Limited, Sierra Cistern V Limited, all of Bermuda; Petro Craft 2017-1 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-2 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-3 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-4 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-5 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-7 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-8 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Combi 6030-01 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Combi 6030-02 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Combi 6030-03 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Combi 6030-04 Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Storm Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Viking Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Protector Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Guardian Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Thunder Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Galaxy Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Horizon Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Power Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Prosper Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Fighter Shipping Company Limited, all of the Marshall Islands; Delta PSV Norway AS, and NAO Norway AS, both of Norway, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Valla PTC Ltd. v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

June 04, 2020 - Application by Valla PTC Limited, of Bermuda, as Trustee of the Westline Trust, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA, HSBC Holdings PLC, UBS AG, Bank of New York Mellon, JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, Citibank NA, Deutsche Bank (and its affiliates Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas and Bankers Trust Company), Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Barclays Bank PLC, Lloyd's Bank USA, Lloyd's Bank Commercial Banking, Commerzbank AG, and Bank of America, NA for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom against Jonathan Moss Faiman, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Monaco, over the alleged failure to repay $30 million in loans, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Morley Yachts v. Seminole Marine Ltd.: Petition To Confirm Arbitration Award

May 12, 2020 - Petition to Confirm and Enforce a Foreign Arbitration Award of $1.2 million, plus interest, legal costs, and charges, in Morley Yachts, of Monaco v. Seminole Marine Limited, of the Cayman Islands, and Challenger International LLC, of West Virginia, which "were both created, formed, organized, maintained, owned, capitalized, used and operated for the exclusive benefit of Christopher Cline", who "was killed along with his daughter and five others" in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas last year, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd. et al v. Edoarda Crociani et al: Complaint

April 20, 2020 - Petition and Complaint alleging an "illicit scheme" to avoid "a global asset freeze" issued by the Royal Court of Jersey "using a network of shadowy offshore entities and trusts" in BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and David Shute, as Liquidator of Twenty-Three Investments Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Edoarda Crociani, described as a resident of Monaco "whose net worth is estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars"; Apollo Trust, of Anguilla; United Trust (Anguilla) Limited, of Anguilla, and United International Trust NV, of Curaçao, both as Trustees of the Apollo Trust, at the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Antigua Ambassador Dario Item given bank license despite corporate ban

April 20, 2020 - Antigua and Barbuda's banking regulator appears to have fast-tracked a licensing application by one of the country's diplomats - London-based Swiss lawyer Dario Item - after his bank in Labuan ran into regulatory problems and he received a corporate ban, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

SEC v. Ulrik Debo: Complaint

January 02, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud regarding "a microcap shell company" called Herbatech Life Inc. in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ulrik Debo, a citizen of Denmark residing in Monaco, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Eli Sabag v. Marion County Community Corrections et al: Discovery Application

December 31, 2019 - Application by Israeli national Eli Sabag to take discovery from Marion County Community Corrections and John Deiter for use in "an intended criminal complaint" in the United Kingdom against German national Lars Windhorst for suspected fraud and bribery regarding the sale of Israel's GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance System Ltd. to Track Group Inc., of Illinois, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Editor's Note: This application was filed under seal on December 31st, 2019 and unsealed on February 11th, 2020.

SEC v. Benjamin Taylor et al: Complaint

October 22, 2019 - Complaint regarding allegations that "investment bankers in London, England ... participated in an international insider trading scheme that netted its participants tens of millions of dollars in illicit profits from trading in the securities of U.S. companies" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Benjamin Taylor, a resident of France; Darina Windsor, a citizen of Thailand, and Joseph Abdul Noor El-Khouri, described as a citizen of Lebanon residing in Monaco and England, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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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.