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Portugal: PNC Bank et al

June 01, 2021 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from PNC Bank, N.A. and First Tennessee Bank, N.A. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into fraud and money laundering.

MC Trustees (Malta) Ltd.: €160K Fine

April 16, 2021 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €160,000 on MC Trustees (Malta) Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that MC Trustees (Malta) Limited was incorporated in Malta on December 11th, 2009, its directors are Noel Buttigieg Scicluna, of Malta; William Daniel Dane, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Portugal, and Edward Thorpe, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Malta; its former directors include Martin Cadman, a citizen of the United Kingdom who resigned effective December 24th, 2019, and its shareholders are Christine Rhoda Grace Dane, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Portugal; William Dane, and MC Holdings (Malta) Limited, a Maltese company incorporated on March 14th, 2011 whose sole director is Martin Cadman and whose shareholders are Martin Cadman and Basi & Basi Financial Planning Limited, a British firm whose sole director is Michael Sudagar Basi, a citizen of the United Kingdom, and whose "persons with significant control" are Basi and Brite Advisory Group Limited, of Hong Kong.

Portugal: Wilson Freitas de Barros et al

April 09, 2021 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Citibank and Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into Wilson Freitas de Barros and "other unknown subjects" for suspected fraud and money laundering.

Banco Privado Portugues (Cayman) Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

March 30, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Simon Conway and Jess Shakespeare, as the Foreign Representatives of Banco Privado Portugues (Cayman) Ltd., filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

PT Ventures SGPS SA v. Vidatel Ltd.: Liquidation Application

March 05, 2021 - Originating Application regarding an alleged debt of $390 million in PT Ventures SGPS S.A., of Portugal v. Vidatel Limited - Originating Application - BVI High Court - March 5, 2021

Espirito Santo Financial Portugal v. Centerbridge Partners LP et al: Discovery Application

February 01, 2021 - Application by Pedro Pidwell, as liquidator of Espirito Santo Financial Portugal, SGPS, SA, described as "an insolvent Portuguese entity and a remnant of what was once the Espirito Santo Group, a 150-year old Portuguese commercial dynasty that collapsed in 2014 amid a financial crisis and allegations of fraud, accounting irregularities, and money laundering involving its former Chairman, Ricardo Espirito Santo Salgadoto", take discovery from Centerbridge Partners LP and Apollo Global Management Inc., f.k.a. Apollo Global Management LLC, for use in legal proceedings in Portugal, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Portugal: Yoel 'Jack' Goldenberg

December 01, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Fidelity Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into Yoel 'Jack' Goldenberg "for a market manipulation scheme" involving Chartwell Pharmaceuticals LLC and Companhia Industrial Produtora de Antibióticos, S.A.

USA v. Nika Nazarovi et al: Indictment

September 29, 2020 - Criminal Indictment against "citizens of multiple countries, including Georgia, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Belgium" who were described as being "members of a transnational organized crime network known as 'QQAAZZ'" that "provided money laundering services to significant cybercriminal organizations that stole money from unwitting victims in the United States and abroad" involving accounts at financial institutions in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom in USA v. Nika Nazarovi, a.k.a. Nika Utiashvili, a.k.a. Mihail Atansov, a.k.a. Stefan Trifonov Zhelyazkov; Martins Ignatjevs, a.k.a. Yordan Angelov Stoyanov, a.k.a. Aleksander Tihomirov, a.k.a. Svetlin Iliyanov Asenov; Aleksandre Kobiashvili, a.k.a. Antonios Nastas, a.k.a. Ognyan Krasimirov Trifonov; Dmitrijs Kuzminovs, a.k.a. Parush Gospodinov Genchev; Valentins Sevecs, a.k.a. Marek Jaswilko, a.k.a. Rafal Szczytko; Dmitrijs Slapins, Armens Vecels, Artiom Capacli, Ion Cebanu, Tomass Trescinkas, Ruslans Sarapovs, Silvestrs Tamenieks, Andelhak Hamdaoui, and Petar Iliev at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

USA v. Peter Weinzierl et al: Criminal Indictment

September 18, 2020 - Criminal Indictment alleging the "laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in connection with the scheme to defraud the government of Brazil and to pay bribes to foreign officials" involving Brazilian firm Odebrecht SA and other companies and individuals in Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, and the USA in USA v. Peter Weinzierl and Alexander Waldstein, both Austrian former bankers, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Corporate & Commercial FX Services Ltd.: License Revocation

August 07, 2020 - Public Statement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has revoked the Financial Institutions license of Corporate & Commercial FX Services Limited, described as a "payment services" firm. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that the sole director of Corporate & Commercial FX Services Limited is identified as Jorge Pio Celemin Gomez, a citizen of Spain residing in Portugal, and its shareholders as Business Concept International Plc, of Malta; Jorge Pio Celemin Gomez, Josefa Malave Gonzalez, a citizen of Spain, and Benjamin Rayner Harrison, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Malta. Previous directors include Joseph Mary Formosa and Frank Chetcuti Dimech, both of Malta, who both resigned effective September 30th, 2018. The directors of Business Concept International Plc are identified as Adrian Sciberras, Charlene Sciberras, and William Van Buren, all of Malta, and its shareholders as Joceline Caruana, Adrian Sciberras, Daryl Azzopardi,Angela Maria Camilleri, Daryl Caruana, Anna Lee Debattista, Richard Falzon, Olga Mifsud, Christian Mizzi, Conrad Meli, Dona-Marie Rapinett, Charlene Sciberras, Marika Sciberras, William Van Buren, and Nicholas Vella, all of Malta.

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