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The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

July 28, 2020 - Application by The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited to take discovery from Bank of America N.A., Bank of Baroda, Bank of China, New York Branch; The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas, New York Branch; Citibank N.A. Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank (USA) N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreq Bank, New York Branch; National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Societe Generale, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; UBS AG, New York Branch, and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. for use in legal proceedings in South Africa involving Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited and allegations of "money laundering, common law fraud, and securities fraud", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Griffin Line Trading LLC v. Centaur Ventures Ltd. et al: Judgment

June 22, 2020 - Ruling regarding an application for a worldwide freezing order in Griffin Line Trading LLC, of Dubai v. Centaur Ventures Ltd., a Bermuda company that "acted as a commodities trader of coal in South Africa", and Daniel James McGowan at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Benjamin Steinmetz v. Vale SA et al: Discovery Application

May 21, 2020 - Application by Benjamin Steinmetz, of Israel, described as an "adviser" to BSG Resources Limited, "a Guernsey-based international mining and natural resources company", to take discovery from Vale SA, described as a Brazil company that is "one of the largest mining companies in the world"; Vale Americas Inc., Rio Tinto Plc, and Rio Tinto Limited for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom involving Vale S.A., of Brazil; Vale Holdings B.V., of the Netherlands, and Vale International S.A., of Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Remi Laba v. JBO Worldwide Supply Pty Ltd. et al: Complaint

May 03, 2020 - Complaint alleging unjust enrichment in Remi Laba, of New York v. JBO Worldwide Supply Pty Ltd., of South Africa, and Orange Butterfly Holdings (Mauritius) International Limited, of Mauritius, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

DIGOIL v. DR Congo: Petition to Confirm Arbitral Award

April 30, 2020 - Petition to Confirm Arbitral Award of $619 million in DIGOIL, formerly known as Divine Inspiration Group, described as "a South African-controlled exploration company headquartered in South Africa" v. Democratic Republic of Congo at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Deepak Raswant v. Centaur Ventures Ltd. et al: Judgment

April 29, 2020 - Judgment in Deepak Raswant, of New Delhi, India v. Centaur Ventures Ltd., The Centaur Group Limited, and Daniel James McGowan at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Joseph Brice v. Regina: Appeal Judgment

April 08, 2020 - Judgment setting aside on a technicality the criminal conviction for theft of trust company operator Joseph Brice, who transferred $950,000 of client funds to his own account for his personal use without the client's permission, in Joseph Brice v. Regina at Anguilla Court of Appeal.

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.

William Zhang v. Civic Technologies Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

April 03, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered securities involving digital tokens known as CVC in William Zhang v. Civic Technologies Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled "blockchain-focused software development company ... with offices in California and Cape Town, South Africa"; Vinny Lingham, and Jonathan Smith, both residents of San Francisco, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

OneWeb Global Ltd. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

March 27, 2020 - Chapter 11 Petition by OneWeb Global Limited, of England; 1021823 B.C. Ltd., of Canada; Network Access Associates Limited, of England; OneWeb ApS, of Greenland; OneWeb Chile SpA, of Chile; OneWeb Communications Limited, of England; OneWeb G.K., of Japan; OneWeb Global Limited, of England; OneWeb Holdings LLC, of New York; OneWeb Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; OneWeb Ltd., of Malta; OneWeb Network Access Holdings Limited, of England; OneWeb Norway AS, of Norway; WorldVu Australia Pty Ltd., of Australia; WorldVu Development LLC, of Nevada; WorldVu JV Holdings LLC, of Delaware; WorldVu Mexico, S. DE R. L. DE C.V., of Mexico; WorldVu Satellites Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; WorldVu South Africa (Pty) Ltd., of South Africa, and WorldVu Unipessoal Lda, of Portugal, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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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.