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Cayman fund liquidators sue Deutsche Bank for $200M for 'turning a blind eye to fraud'

October 14, 2020 - The liquidators of Cayman Islands investment fund Madison Asset LLC, which was allegedly swindled out of $200 million by its US-based principals, have sued Deutsche Bank for the entire amount, alleging it "turned a blind eye" to the alleged fraud.

Madison Asset LLC v. Deutsche Bank AG: Complaint (Redacted)

October 14, 2020 - Redacted Complaint "against Deutsche for its role in a fraudulent trading scheme orchestrated by Madison's former principals and principals of related entities between 2014 and 2017 that caused Madison to suffer more than $200 million in damages" in Martin Trott and Christopher Smith, of RHSW (Cayman) Limited, as Joint Official Liquidators of Madison Asset LLC (in Official Liquidation), described as "a Cayman investment fund that is now in official liquidation proceedings before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands" v. Deutsche Bank AG at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

US founders used insolvent Cayman insurer as 'piggy bank', claims regulator

September 23, 2020 - Florida residents Jorge Falcon and Leonardo Cornide used insolvent Cayman Islands-domiciled Premier Assurance Group SPC as their own "piggy bank", Cayman's financial regulator has claimed.

Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

September 22, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Jeffrey Stower and Jason Robinson, as the Foreign Representatives of Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd. (in Controllership), at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. Editor's Note: The "Foreign Main Proceeding" in this matter, which includes allegations of fraud, was filed under seal at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on September 17th, 2020 and remains sealed as of today, with the entry in the Court's public register reading "Confidential Matter". It is often only when Cayman insolvency practitioners seek recognition in the United States that the mere existence of cases becomes publicly-known.

Aviacorp Enterprises S.A.: Chapter 11 Petition

September 21, 2020 - Chapter 11 Petition by Aviacorp Enterprises S.A., of Panama, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Codere Finance 2 (UK) Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

September 14, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Manuel Martinez-Fidalgo, as the Foreign Representative of Codere Finance 2 (UK) Limited, described as being part of a group that "is a leading international gaming operator" and whose parent's shares "are listed on the Madrid stock exchange", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Diamond Family Foundation v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC: Discovery Application

August 20, 2020 - Application by Diamond Family Foundation to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in legal proceedings in Switzerland brought by Pancheron Global Limited, of the Bahamas, acting as assignee of Rough Family Foundation, of Panama, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Cecilia Millan et al: Complaint

August 18, 2020 - Complaint regarding "investments in AirBit Club, a multi-level marketing scheme that targeted LatinX and Spanish-speaking communities with promises of high returns", in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Cecilia Millan and Margarita E. Cabrera de Velasco at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Maria Cristina Abud Valech v. Jeffrey Himmel et al: Discovery Application

August 17, 2020 - Application by Maria Cristina Abud Valech, described as "the widow of José Alfredo Antón Díaz ... one of Ecuador's richest and most powerful men", to take discovery from Jeffrey Himmel, Francisco Larenas, María De la Torre, Jean Carlo Proaño, Georgina V. Zegarra, Lourdes Taylor, Aida Valdez, Carlos Valdez, Niurka Rodríguez, Varko International Inc, Canfiel Development Inc., Contadina Inc., Ecuplas S.A., Pan International Inc. S.A., Diplast S.A., Ecuplas, Salimar, LLC, Windsky Corporation, Ruthlyn Holdings Inc., Orangegrove Property Inc., Rozencwaig & Nadel, LLP, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., U.S. Trust, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Banco Santander Internacional, Santander Private Banking, Banco Sabadell, S.A., Sabadell Bank & Trust, Morgan Stanley, Miller-Miller Group, JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Interaudi Bank, Citibank, N.A., Merrill Lynch, and Bank of America "to give testimony and/or to produce documents for use in reasonable probate proceeding to be filed by Applicant in Ecuador before the Ecuadorian Court", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Milan Vasich v. National Bank of Ukraine: Complaint

August 17, 2020 - Complaint "for compensatory and punitive damages related to the conversion and breach of contract in connection with funds in the amount of $367,341,817.00" in Milan Vasich, of Florida v. National Bank of Ukraine, of Ukraine, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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