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USA v. Vitalii Antonenko: Criminal Indictment

May 26, 2020 - Criminal Indictment regarding "a website that offered for sale the personally identifiable information of hundreds of millions of consumers throughout the United States and around the world" in USA v. Vitalii Antonenko, described as a citizen of Ukraine residing in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Grand Capital Asset Management Ltd. v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

May 22, 2020 - Application by Grand Capital Asset Management Ltd., of Bulgaria, to take discovery from Citibank N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG US, and The Clearing House Payments Company, LLC for use in a "contemplated proceeding against Gulf Technical Commercial Printing Press LLC before the Sharjah Court of First Instance, major circuit, in the United Arab Emirates", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Aleksandr Kanyshev et al v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

May 19, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud involving a "cryptocurrency derivatives exchange platform" in Aleksandr Kanyshev, Nikita Luzhbin, and Miguel Villagra, all of Russia v. HDR Global Trading Limited, d.b.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles, and Arthur Hayes at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

Georgia: Garik Revazian et al

April 13, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Citibank NA, Equity Bank, and JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Georgia - for a criminal investigation into Garik Revazian and Oppenheimer Financial LLC for suspected fraud and money laundering involving corporate and individual alleged victims "in the United States, Latvia, United Kingdom, Russia, Poland, Estonia and Hong Kong".

JSC United Chemical Company Uralchem v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

April 08, 2020 - Application by JSC United Chemical Company Uralchem, of Russia, in is capacity as a shareholder of Russian ammonia producer TogliattiAzot, to take discovery from Citibank NA, The Bank of New York Mellon, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Bank of America NA, and Commerzbank AG US for use in legal proceedings in Russia regarding an allegedly fraudulent scheme involving, inter alia, Vladimir Makhlai, Sergei Makhlai, Nitrochem Distribution AG, of Switzerland; International Petrochemical Sales Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Agrostate Holdings Limited, and Rancroti Ventures Limited, both of Cyprus, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

AnAn Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd. v. VTB Bank PJSC: Appeal Judgment

April 07, 2020 - Judgment reversing an order that AnAn Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd. be wound-up in AnAn Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd., of Singapore v. VTB Bank PJSC, of Russia, at the Court of Appeal of Singapore.

Eurasian Bank JSC v. Delaware Trust Company: Discovery Application

April 07, 2020 - Application by Eurasian Bank JSC, of Kazakhstan, to take discovery from Delaware Trust Company for use in legal proceedings in England against Khakim Islamovich Istamov, Irina Petrovna Skichko, Agusta Associates Limited, Igor Riel, Agusta Associates Limited, of England; Umida Istamova, and Temour Istamov in which "the Bank alleges that it was fraudulently induced to enter into a loan agreement in June 2013 with an entity named the Kazakhstan Center for Integrated Ammunition Recycling Nitrochim LLP" and for a "contemplated legal proceeding" in Russia, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Alfa-Bank JSC v. Emmerson International Corp. et al: Judgment

April 06, 2020 - Judgment regarding whether to continue injunctions involving an allegation that Alfa-Bank "is the victim of a US$120 million fraud" in Alfa-Bank JSC v. Emmerson International Corp., Batios Holdings Ltd., Brasspoint Trading Ltd., Otoba Assets Ltd., and AVS Partners Global Consulting Group Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

JSC United Chemical Company Uralchem v. TD Bank: Discovery Application

April 03, 2020 - Ex Parte Application by JSC United Chemical Company Uralchem, of Russia, to take discovery from TD Bank NA for use in legal proceedings in Russia "against majority shareholders, management, and de facto management of TogliattiAzot" regarding an allegedly fraudulent scheme involving Nitrochem Distribution AG, of Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Germany: Trimed Technology AG

March 19, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from City National Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for fraud" regarding the sale of shares in Trimed Technology AG, of Switzerland. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Swiss Commercial Registry, the company currently has no managers and that previous managers have included Manuel Bernert, a citizen of Germany; Anastasia Anderson, a citizen of Russia, and Anton Josef Niederberger.

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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.