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Vadim Blaustein: Industry Disqualification

July 29, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has disqualified Vadim Blaustein, a citizen of the Netherlands, "from holding any position and accepting any new appointments" for five years after determining that he "can no longer be deemed to be fit and proper".

Blaustein Ltd.: Fines & Registration Cancellation

July 29, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has fined and cancelled the registration of corporate services provider Blaustein Limited for various regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malra Business Registry showed that Blaustein Limited was incorporated in Malta on November 27th, 2013 and has Vadim Yuryevich Blaustein, a citizen of the Netherlands, as its sole director and shareholder.

Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi v. Mylan NV et al: Class Action Complaint

June 26, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi v. Mylan N.V., described as a Netherlands company that "is the second largest generic drug manufacturer in the world" and whose shares are listed on NASDAQ; Heather Bresch, Rajiv Malik, Anthony Mauro, and Kenneth Parks at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Malta FSA cancels licenses of three investment firms, fines two others

June 14, 2020 - In a series of regulatory actions announced on Friday, the Malta Financial Services Authority cancelled the licenses of three investment firms and imposed fines on a retirement scheme and its administrator.

Bittrex & Poloniex crypto exchanges added as defendants to 'multi-billion dollar fraud' lawsuit

June 04, 2020 - Two major U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchanges - Bittrex and Poloniex - have been added as defendants to a class action complaint that alleges crypto buyers around the world were collectively swindled out of billions of dollars in an unprecedented "criminal" price manipulation scheme.

Matthew Script et al v. iFinex Inc. et al: Amended Class Action Complaint

June 03, 2020 - Consolidated Class Action Amended Complaint alleging "a sophisticated scheme to fraudulently inflate the price of cryptocurrencies ..., causing the price of these cryptocommodities to spike far above their legitimate value in the largest bubble in human history, and ultimately resulting in billions of dollars of damage to innocent cryptocommodity purchasers" in Matthew Script, Benjamin Leibowitz, Jason Leibowitz, Aaron Leibowitz, and Pinchas Goldshtein v. iFinex Inc., a.k.a. Bitfinex; BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether International Limited, DigFinex Inc., all of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Limited, of Hong Kong; Philip G. Potter, of New York; Giancarlo Devasini, described as a citizen of Italy; Ludovicus Jan van der Velde, described as a citizen of the Netherlands; Reginald Fowler, of Arizona; Crypto Capital Corp., of Panama; Bittrex, Inc., described as a Delaware company based in Seattle, Washington, and Poloniex, LLC, described as a Delaware company based in Boston, Massachusetts, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

John Thompson v. QIAGEN NV et al: Class Action Complaint

May 29, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging securities violations in John Thompson v. QIAGEN NV, of the Netherlands, whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange; Håkan Björklund, Stéphane Bancel, Metin Colpan, Ross L. Levine, Elaine Mardis, Lawrence A. Rosen, Elizabeth E. Tallett, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., of Delaware, and Quebec BV, of the Netherlands, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Lilly Perry et al v. Lopag Trust Reg. et al: Judgment

May 27, 2020 - Judgment in Lea Lilly Perry and Tamar Perry v. Lopag Trust Reg., of Liechtenstein; Private Equity Services (Curaçao) NV, of Curaçao; Fiduciana Verwaltungsanstalt, of Liechtenstein; Gal Greenspoon, Yael Perry, Dan Greenspoon, Ron Greensoon, Ron Greenspoon, Mia Greenspoon, by Hagai Greenspoon, her guardian ad litem, and Admintrust Verwaltungs Anstalt at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Benjamin Steinmetz v. Vale SA et al: Discovery Application

May 21, 2020 - Application by Benjamin Steinmetz, of Israel, described as an "adviser" to BSG Resources Limited, "a Guernsey-based international mining and natural resources company", to take discovery from Vale SA, described as a Brazil company that is "one of the largest mining companies in the world"; Vale Americas Inc., Rio Tinto Plc, and Rio Tinto Limited for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom involving Vale S.A., of Brazil; Vale Holdings B.V., of the Netherlands, and Vale International S.A., of Switzerland, 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.

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