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Novartis AG: $112M Penalties

June 25, 2020 - Administrative Order imposing penalties against Novartis AG, described as a Switzerland-based "global provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare products", for "improper activities", including "improper payments", "forged contracts", and "false books and records", involving its subsidiaries and affiliates in Greece, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Chang Myung Shipping Co. Ltd. v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

June 24, 2020 - Application by Chang Myung Shipping Co. Ltd., of South Korea, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Citibank, N.A., Bank of New York Mellon, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, China Merchants Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Bank of Communications, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Bank of China "for use in a foreign proceeding filed by Hebei Ocean Shipping Company Ltd.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Funds Held by RAKIA: Forfeiture Complaint

June 03, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "an international conspiracy to launder funds traceable to violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act ... and a scheme to defraud financial institutions in the Republic of Korea" in USA v. AED 73 million in the custody of Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority and "All Claims Filed And Asserted" by VI2 Partners GmbH, of Austria, against Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority Georgia LLC in the Republic of Georgia at the U. S. District Court for the District of Alaska.

IIG Structured Trade Finance Fund Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

May 08, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Christopher Kennedy and Alexander Lawson, as the Foreign Representatives of IIG Structured Trade Finance Fund Ltd., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Industrial Bank of Korea: Criminal Information

April 27, 2020 - Criminal Information for "Willful Failure to Maintain an Adequate Anti-Money Laundering Program in Violation of the Bank Secrecy Act" in USA v. Industrial Bank of Korea at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

PLS, CPA et al: Allegations

April 24, 2020 - Administrative Order Instituting Proceedings alleging "improper professional conduct" involving, inter alia, British Virgin Islands-domiciled, United Kingdom-based Interactive Multi-Media Auction Corporation, now known as Stop Sleep Go Inc., and Delaware-domiciled, South Korea-based IMK Group Inc. against PLS, CPA, a.k.a. PLS CPAs; Chang G. Park, CPA, a.k.a. Changgeun Park; Joseph Yongyun Lee, CPA, a.k.a. Yong Yun Lee, and Juchi Lee, CPA, a.k.a. Juchi Lee Fernandez, a.k.a. Ju-Chi Lee, a.k.a. Ju Chi Lee, a.k.a. Sue Lee, before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Industrial Bank of Korea et al: Consent Order

April 20, 2020 - Consent Order between the New York State Department of Financial Services, Industrial Bank of Korea, and Industrial Bank of Korea, New York Branch pursuant to which the banks agreed to pay fines totaling $35 million for violations of New York Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering laws.

USA v. Industrial Bank of Korea: $51M Forfeiture Complaint

April 20, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint under a Deferred Prosecution Agreement for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act regarding "a scheme to violate U.S. economic sanctions relating to Iran" by "Kenneth Zong and others" in USA v. $51 Million at Industrial Bank of Korea at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

'Virtual casino' firm Crypto Meca has registration revoked in Isle of Man

March 24, 2020 - The Isle of Man Financial Services Authority has revoked the registration of South Korea-based Crypto Meca Ltd., which solicited investors' funds last year purportedly to finance the development of a virtual casino platform that has not been launched.

Crypto Meca Ltd.: Registration Revocation

March 19, 2020 - Announced by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that the registration of Crypto Meca Limited was revoked for "failure to pay the annual fee".

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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.