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Scandal-plagued Odebrecht Group applies for Chapter 15 recognition in New York

August 26, 2019 - Companies in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Brazil that belong to the insolvent conglomerate Odebrecht Group at the heart of a Brazilian bribery scandal have applied for Chapter 15 recognition at federal bankruptcy court in New York.

Odebrecht SA et al: Chapter 15 Petition

August 26, 2019 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Marcelo Rossini, as the Foreign Representative of Odebrecht S.A., of Brazil; Odebrecht Finance Limited, of the Cayman Islands; Odebrecht Participações e Investimentos S.A., of Brazil, and ODB International Corporation, of the Bahamas, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Funds at AMRO Bank NV et al: Forfeiture Complaint

August 13, 2019 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding a criminal investigation into a classified advertising website known as Backpage in USA v. Funds at AMRO Bank NV and Plains Capital Bank associated with Ad Tech BV, Scheef & Stone, LLP, James Larkin, Michael Lacey, Scott Spear, and John Brunst at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

ConocoPhillips Gulf of Paria BV v. Corporación Venezolana del Petróleo, SA: Petition to Enforce Arbitration Award

August 05, 2019 - Petition to Confirm, Recognize, and Enforce Arbitration Award in the amount of $54.5 million  in ConocoPhillips Gulf of Paria B.V. v. Corporación Venezolana del Petróleo, S.A., of Venezuela, and Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., Venezuela's national oil company, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

syncreon Automotive (UK) Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

July 30, 2019 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England and Wales by Carine Van Landschoot, of the Netherlands, as the Foreign Representative of syncreon Automotive (UK) Ltd., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Curtis Dalton: Sanctions

July 29, 2019 - Findings and Sanctions by the U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission regarding Curtis Dalton, of Massachusetts, d.b.a. Binary International, a binary options trader who "did business pursuant to an agreement with a British Virgin Islands company located in Cyprus".

Isaac Industries Inc. v. Petroquimica de Venezuela SA et al: Complaint

July 26, 2019 - Complaint in Isaac Industries Inc., of Florida, v. Petroquimica de Venezuela SA, of Venezuela; Bariven SA, of Venezuela; PDVSA Services BV, of the Netherlands, and Petroleos de Venezuela SA, of Venezuela, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A. et al v. Crowe LP: Notice of Removal

July 25, 2019 - Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint, in Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A., New York Branch; Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., of New York; Bank Hapoalim B.M., of Israel; Mitsubishi International Corporation, of New York; ICBC Standard Bank Plc, of England and Wales; Techemet Metal Trading LLC, of Texas; Woodforest National Bank, of Texas, and Hain Capital Investors Master Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands v. Crowe LP, an accounting firm in Florida and a member of Switzerland-based Crowe Global, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Bank of Valletta notifies Argentarius Group of 'fraud liability'

July 16, 2019 - The closure of the Malta operations of Argentarius Group, which now operates in the Cayman Islands as iMaps Capital, coincided with preliminary legal action against it by the Bank of Valletta regarding an alleged investment fraud that resulted in losses of at least €79 million, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

REDS Caribbean Ltd.: Discovery Application (Robert Holloway et al)

July 12, 2019 - Ex Parte Application by Mark McDonald and David Holukoff, as the Joint Official Liquidators of REDS Caribbean Ltd., of Trinidad and Tobago, to take discovery from Robert Holloway, REDS Americas Inc., Lavelle Holdings Inc., BBVA Compass, and Frost Bank regarding REDS Caribbean Ltd., REDS Caribbean (BVI) Ltd., Reds Americas Inc., Michael Robert Charbonne, Tricia Charbonne-Downes, Randall Harford, Dayne Harford, Ryan Harford, Daynco Ltd., Robert Holloway, JUKES Group, Raymond Mark McMillan, Global Insurance Services Ltd., Goliath Offshore Services Ltd., Goliath Offshore Holdings Pte Ltd., Goliath Offshore Pte Ltd., Avant Garde Insurance Services Ltd., Penelope Belmontes, a.k.a. Penelope Rahim; Lavelle Holdings Inc., Sherron Harford, and Hayden Borrell for an investigation into suspected fraud involving companies in the British Virgin Islands, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, and USA, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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