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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.

BMA LLC v. BitMEX et al: Amended Complaint

May 18, 2020 - Amended Complaint alleging fraud, racketeering, and money laundering involving the "cryptocurrency derivatives exchange platform BitMEX" in BMA LLC, of Puerto Rico v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as being based in San Francisco, California; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong; Ben Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom based in Hong Kong; and Samuel Reed, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

BMA LLC v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

May 16, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud, racketeering, and money laundering involving the "cryptocurrency derivatives exchange platform BitMEX" in BMA LLC, of Puerto Rico v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as being based in San Francisco, California; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong; Ben Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom based in Hong Kong; and Samuel Reed, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Brett Messieh et al v. BitMEX et al: Class Action Complaint

April 23, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud involving "one of the largest crypto-asset exchanges in the world, with a daily trading volume that regularly surpassed $3 billion in January 2020" in Brett Messieh, of Florida, and Drew Lee, of New York v. HDR Global Trading Limited, d.b.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as a Delaware corporation based in Hong Kong; Arthur Hayes, Ben Delo, and Samuel Reed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

11 class actions against 42 defendants in 16 countries alleging sale of unregistered cryptocurrencies

April 04, 2020 - The cryptocurrency industry had its own 'Red Wedding' at federal court in Manhattan yesterday when 11 class action complaints alleging the sale of unregistered securities were filed against 42 defendants in the BVI, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Estonia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Malta, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, and Vietnam.

Chase Williams v. KuCoin et al: Class Action Complaint

April 03, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered securities involving a Singapore cryptocurrency exchange known as KuCoin in Chase Williams v. KuCoin, described as a Seychelles company that was based in Hong Kong before moving to Singapore; Michael Gan, Johnny Lyu, and Eric Don, all described as residents of Singapore, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Chase Williams et al v. HDR Global Trading Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

April 03, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging market manipulation and the sale of unregistered securities involving BitMEX, described as "one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world" that "acts like a casino with loaded dice", in Chase Williams and William Zhang v. HDR Global Trading Limited, described as "the owner of the trading platform called BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as a Delaware company based in Hong Kong; Arthur Hayes, Ben Delo, and Samuel Reed, all described as residents of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Steve Bajic et al: Motion To Freeze Assets

January 06, 2020 - SEC's Motion for an Order Freezing and Repatriating Assets in the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Steve M. Bajic, Rajesh Taneja, Norfolk Heights Ltd., Fountain Drive Ltd., Island Fortune Global Ltd., Crystalmount Ltd., Wisdom Chain Ltd., SSID Ltd., Sure Mighty Ltd., Tamarind Investments Inc., Kenneth Ciapala, Anthony Killarney, BlackLight SA, Christopher Lee McKnight, and Aaron Dale Wise at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Steve Bajic et al: Complaint

January 02, 2020 - Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Steve M. Bajic, described as a dual citizen of Canada and Croatia; Rajesh Taneja, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Vietnam; Norfolk Heights Ltd., described as "a Seychelles company owned by a dual Mexican and Canadian citizen"; Fountain Drive Ltd., Island Fortune Global Ltd., Crystalmount Ltd., and Wisdom Chain Ltd., each described as "a Seychelles corporation with a registered address in Hong Kong"; SSID Ltd., of Hong Kong; Sure Mighty Ltd., described as "a Seychelles corporation owned by a Japanese citizen"; Tamarind Investments Inc., described as "an Anguillan corporation with registered addresses in Hong Kong and Thailand"; Kenneth Ciapala, described as "a citizen of Switzerland and the United Kingdom"; Anthony Killarney, described as "a citizen of the United Kingdom, a resident of Switzerland"; Blacklight SA, of Switzerland; Christopher Lee McKnight, of Canada, and Aaron Dale Wise, of Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Avalon FA Ltd. et al: Motion For Judgment

December 20, 2019 - SEC's Motion for Judgment against Avalon, Fayyer, and Pustelnik in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Lek Securities Corporation, of New York; Samuel Lek, Vali Management Partners, d.b.a. Avalon FA Ltd., described as a Seychelles company based in Ukraine; Nathan Fayyer, described as being born in Moldova and "now a U.S. citizen", and Sergey Pustelnik, a.k.a. Serge Pustelnik, described as being born in Ukraine and "now a U.S. citizen", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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