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PJSC Uralkali v. Lawrence Stroll et al: Discovery Application

October 29, 2019 - Ex Parte Application by PJSC Uralkali, of Russia, to take discovery from Lawrence Stroll, a citizen of Canada apparently residing in Switzerland, and Silas Chou, of Hong Kong, during their expected attendance at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom involving Geoffrey Rowley and Jason Baker, as administrators of the Force India Formula One Team Limited, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Fraud alleged in €79M 'security token' dispute between Russian-owned, Cayman firms

October 22, 2019 - Russian-owned Cayman Islands financial advisory Outcrop Capital claims to have been swindled out of bonds with a nominal value of €79.8 million in a "security token" deal with another Russian-controlled Cayman firm, Versatile Chain.

Outcrop Capital Ltd. v. Versatile Chain Ltd.: Writ of Summons

October 15, 2019 - Writ of Summons regarding "certain cryptographic tokens which were to be issued on a private blockchain platform known as the 'Vostok Platform'" in Outcrop Capital Ltd., founded by Dmitry Kaganovich, who is apparently a citizen of Russia residing in Israel v. Versatile Chain Ltd., formerly known as Vostok Ltd., at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

SEC v. Telegram Group Inc. et al: TRO Motion

October 11, 2019 - Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Telegram Group Inc., domiciled in the British Virgin Islands, based in Dubai, and TON Issuer Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, whose "principals and owners are citizens of Russia and St. Kitts and Nevis", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Telegram Group Inc. et al: Complaint

October 11, 2019 - Complaint to stop an "illegal offering of digital-asset securities" involving entities and parties in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Dubai in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Telegram Group Inc., described as a British Virgin Islands-domiciled, Dubai-based company owned by Pavel Durov, "a Russian and St. Kitts and Nevis citizen", and TON Issuer Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Daselina Investments Ltd. v. Maxim Finskiy et al: Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award

September 30, 2019 - Petition to Confirm International Arbitration Award in Daselina Investments Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Maxim Finskiy, a citizen of Russia residing in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Kirkland Intertrade Corp., of the British Virgin Islands, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

BM-Bank JSC v. Marker Craig LLC et al: Petition

September 24, 2019 - Petition to Compel the Deposition of Bolour Associates Inc. regarding an alleged $595 million fraud involving Telman Ismailov, a citizen of Russia, and Vesto Trading Limited, of the Seychelles, in BM-Bank JSC, formerly known as BM-Bank PJSC and Bank of Moscow, of Russia v. Marker Craig LLC and Marker LLC at the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.

Vitaly Anaykin et al v. Nikolay Evdokimov et al: Complaint

September 20, 2019 - Complaint alleging cryptocurrency-related securities fraud in Vitaly Anaykin, a citizen of Russia residing in Montenegro, and Konstantin Bondarev, a citizen of Russia residing in Thailand v. Nikolay Evdokimov, a citizen of Russia residing in Beverly Hills, California, and Cryptonomics Capital, of Switzerland, which appears to be incorporated as Crypto Economics AG, whose principal director in corporate filings is identified as Patrick Storchenegger, of Zug, Switzerland and whose initial capital was claimed to be 14 Bitcoins, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California. OffshoreAlert Note: On its website at www.cryptonomics.io, Cryptonomics Capital's "management" is identified as Yurii Golovko, CEO; Nikolay Evdokimov, Strategic Advisor; Alexander Forostin, Head of Sales; and Denis Klevtsov, Executive Director.

Enka Insaat ve Sanavi AS v. Chubb Group Holdings Inc. et al: Discovery Application

September 20, 2019 - Application by Enka Insaat ve Sanavi AS, of Turkey, to take discovery from Chubb Group Holdings Inc., based in New York, and Juan Luis Ortega, Executive Vice President, Chubb Group, for use in legal proceedings in England in which Enka Insaat is seeking an anti-suit injunction restraining OOO Insurance Company Chubb, of Russia, from pursuing claims at a Russian Court that "are subject to an arbitration agreements which selects London, England, as the seat of arbitration", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Cayman crypto firm ICOBox sued by US regulator for 'unregistered' activity

September 18, 2019 - Cayman Islands cryptocurrency "incubator" ICOBox and its founder, Nikolay Evdokimov, have been sued by the U.S. SEC for alleged illegal involvement in digital token offerings that raised $665 million. In a separate lawsuit last year, a former CEO of an ICOBox subsidiary claimed the group's "main shareholders" were "all funded by Russian money laundered through bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies".

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Cayman Court Secrecy: A Huge Red Flag for Foreign Investors & Clients
David Marchant
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.