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Kazakhstan v. King & Spalding LLP: Discovery Application

March 19, 2020 - Application by the Republic of Kazakhstan to take discovery from King & Spalding LLP for use in criminal proceedings in Kazakhstan regarding suspected fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering involving Anatolie Stati and Gabriel Stati and "their group of affiliated companies which they have owned or controlled", including Ascom Group SA, of Moldova; Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd., of Gibraltar, and Hayden Intervest Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Denis Sotnikov et al: Complaint

March 13, 2020 - Complaint regarding alleging investment fraud involving, inter alia, a bank account in Hong Kong and a domain name registered in Cyprus in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Denis Georgiyevich Sotnikov, a citizen of Russia residing in Florida; Adaptive Technology LLC, AGQ Business Group LLC, ATL Business Group LLC, BO&SA Corporation, DN Industrial LLC, and Expert Digital LLC, as Defendants, and Natalia Aleksandrovna Mazitova, a citizen of Russia; Great Imperial LLC, HRC Clearing House LLC, and Inteko Cargo LLC, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Highlights Holdings Ltd. v. SMP Partners Ltd. et al: Judgment

March 12, 2020 - Judgment in Highlights Holdings Limited v. SMP Partners Limited, Rivercroft Limited, and Cedargrove Limited at the Isle of Man High Court.

Sky Stream Corp. v. Arkadiy Kats et al: Complaint

March 06, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud, theft, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty, in Sky Stream Corp., of the British Virgin Islands v. Arkadiy Kats, residing in Miami-Dade County, Florida;Alexander Pleshakov, described as "residing in Russia, somewhere in Europe or Azerbaijan"; Sergey Tkachenko, described as "residing in Russia and Switzerland"; The Behar Law Firm PA, Samuel M. Sheldon, and Howard R. Behar, all of Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Founder of LSE-listed, Russian online bank arrested for suspected US tax fraud

March 06, 2020 - Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov has been arrested in London after being indicted for tax fraud in California for allegedly failing to disclose his $1 billion beneficial ownership of, and $199 million income from, a London Stock Exchange-listed online bank via three BVI companies when renouncing his U.S. citizenship in 2013.

Steven Seagal: Financial Penalties

February 27, 2020 - Administrative Order Imposing disgorgement of $157,000 and a fine of $157,000 - to be paid over 330 days under a payment plan - for promoting an Initial Coin Offering by Bitcoiin2Gen "without disclosing that the issuer was paying him for the promotions" against "well-known Hollywood actor and producer" Steven Seagal, a United States citizen residing in Russia, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Serious Fraud Office v. Airbus SE: Judgment

January 31, 2020 - Judgment approving a Deferred Prosecution Agreement and imposing a "total financial sanction" of €990,963,712 for suspected bribery in Director of the Serious Fraud Office v. Airbus SE at the Crown Court, in Southwark, England.

PJSC Uralkali v. Lawrence Stroll: Discovery Application

January 30, 2020 - Application by PJSC Uralkali to take discovery from Lawrence Stroll, a citizen of Canada apparently residing in Switzerland, for use in legal proceedings in England against Geoffrey Rowley and Jason Baker, "as administrators of Force India Formula One Team Limited", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Rybovich Boat Company LLC v. M/Y Blue Star et al: Complaint

January 29, 2020 - Complaint in Rybovich Boat Company LLC, of Palm Beach County, Florida v. M/Y Blue Star, a motor yacht registered in the Cayman Islands; Vladimir Gusinsky, a.k.a. Vladimir Gusinski, described as "a citizen of Russia and Israel, and Shakra Holdings Limited, of Gibraltar, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

ROX Capital AG: Public Warning

January 29, 2020 - Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding ROX Capital AG, formerly known as Algovia AG, which is "suspected of conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, on its website at, ROX Capital AG offers a "Stable Coin" and a "Decentralised Token Exchange" and, in filings with the Swiss Commercial Registry, the company's directors are identified as Aleksei Liakhovnenko and Anton Katin, both of Russia, while previous directors are identified as Reto Daniel Winkler, of Switzerland; Günther Weber, a citizen of Germany, and Vladimir Helber, a citizen of Germany

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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.