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Portugal: 1&1 Ionos Inc.

March 24, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from 1&1 Ionos Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into "unknown suspect(s) for fraud".

Juan María Rendón et al v. Abbott Laboratories Inc.: Discovery Application

March 16, 2020 - Application by Juan María Rendón, a citizen of Italy residing in Portugal, and Roberto Maurice Ventura Crispino, a citizen of Italy residing in Panama, to take discovery from Abbott Laboratories Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Colombia and Switzerland involving "a group of sellers who entered into a stock purchase agreement with CFR International SpA, as purchaser, and CFR Pharmaceuticals S.A., as warrantor, for purposes of transferring control over one of the largest pharmaceutical groups in Colombia, named Lafrancol", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Portugal: Wells Fargo Bank

March 10, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown person" using the name 'Larry Ryan' for suspected fraud involving bank accounts in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Portugal: PDR Solutions (US) LLC

February 06, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from P.D.R. Solutions (U.S.) LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown suspect(s) for fraud offenses".

EXPOSED: Symtomax Group's fraudulent €12M Bond Offering

January 22, 2020 - A €12 million bond offering by British nationals Minette Coetzee, a.k.a. Minette Compson, and Paul Segal via their Symtomax Group for a purported medical cannabis production facility in Portugal is fraudulent, OffshoreAlert can reveal. The scheme involves entities and individuals in the BVI, Canada, Dubai, England, Gibraltar, Morocco, Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, and Switzerland.

Portugal: Grasshopper Group LLC

December 17, 2019 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Grasshopper, LLC, c/o LogMeIn, Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into "unknown suspect(s)" for suspected fraud.

Aenergy SA v. General Electric Company: Discovery Application

November 22, 2019 - Application by Aenergy SA to take discovery from General Electric Company for use in legal proceedings in Angola, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BVI operator of Bitfinex crypto exchange seeks discovery in 'hunt for missing $880M of client funds'

October 20, 2019 - The BVI operator of Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange, which was sued 12 days earlier for allegedly perpetrating a multi-billion dollar fraud, has applied to take discovery in California for a purported attempt to recover $880 million of client funds that its Swiss payments processor has allegedly failed to remit.

iFinex Inc. v. Citibank: Discovery Application

October 18, 2019 - Application by iFinex Inc., a British Virgin Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based company that operates the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange from Citibank NA for use in legal proceedings in Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom regarding an attempt to recover $880 million, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

iFinex Inc. v. Rondell Monroe: Discovery Application

October 18, 2019 - Application by iFinex Inc., a British Virgin Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based company that operates the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange from Rondell Clyde Monroe, a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, for use in legal proceedings in Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom regarding an attempt to recover $880 million, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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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.