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HMM Co. Ltd. v. Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. et al: Discovery Application

March 30, 2021 - Ex Parte Application by HMM Co. Ltd., of South Korea, to take discovery from Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd., of Singapore; Chidori Ship Holding LLC, Jessica Ship Holding SA, of Panama, and NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, for use in legal proceedings in South Korea and a London Maritime Arbitrators Association tribunal in England involving "the collapse and subsequent loss overboard of approximately 1,816 on-deck containers aboard the container ship M/V ONE APUS", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Pension Foundation of Presbyterian Church of Korea v. Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc.: Discovery Application

March 16, 2021 - Application by Pension Foundation of Presbyterian Church of Korea to take discovery from Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc. for use in legal proceedings in South Korea for alleged "breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentations" against Shinhan Investment Corporation, which was described as "the securities brokerage and asset management arm of Shinhan Financial Group, which is the oldest financial services institution in Korea with over $260 billion in assets under management", involving an investment of $22 million, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Agency for Policy Coordination on State Property et al v. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA: Discovery Application

February 11, 2021 - Ex Parte Application by the Agency for Policy Coordination on State Property, described as "the Mongolian government agency that owns and manages state-owned enterprises in various industry sectors, including energy production, mining, and transport"; Erdenet Mining Corporation, described as "a state-owned mining company that owns Mongolia's mining interests in the Erdenet mine", and Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi LLC, described as "a 34-percent shareholder of Oyu Tolgoi LLC, the project company that controls the operation of the Oyu Tolgoi mine", to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase Bank NA for use in legal proceedings in Mongolia against Batbold Sukhbaatar, described as a former Prime Minister of Mongolia; Ganzorig Chimiddorj, Tuul Ulambayar, Nyamdalai Ochirbat, Cheong Choo Young, Kim Hak Seon, Kim Yoonjung, Lee Yu Jeong, Rhee Byung Wook, Kang Eun Joo, Battushig Batbold, Catrison Limited, Cliveden Trading AG, and Genetrade Limited for an alleged $250 million fraud involving "a complex network of offshore and onshore corporate structures and proxies across numerous jurisdictions", including the British Virgin Islands, Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Winfred Wamai et al v. Industrial Bank of Korea: Complaint

January 14, 2021 - Complaint regarding "Iran's fraudulent conveyances" in Winfred Wairimu Wamai and 322 other "direct victims and surviving family members of the Embassy Bombings" in Tanzania and Kenya that "were carried out with the critical material support of the Iranian government" v. Industrial Bank of Korea, of South Korea, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Discovery Asset Management Co. Ltd. v. Eliot Kang et al: Petition

January 05, 2021 - Petition in Discovery Asset Management Co. Ltd., of South Korea v. Eliot S. Kang and Kornerstone Investments Corp., as Respondents, and New York City Marshals, New York City Sheriff, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Marketplace SPV LLC, as Nominal Respondents, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

SEC v. Stefan Qin: Asset Freeze Motion

December 22, 2020 - SEC's Ex Parte Emergency Motion for an Asset Freeze in the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Stefan Qin, described as a 23-year-old "citizen and resident of Australia and a part-time resident of New York, NY" who is "currently believed to be in Seoul, South Korea"; Virgil Technologies LLC, described as a Cayman Islands company based in New York, NY; Montgomery Technologies LLC, Virgil Quantitative Research, LLC, Virgil Capital LLC, each described as a Delaware company based in New York, NY, and VQR Partners LLC, described as a Cayman Islands company based in New York, NY, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Stefan Qin et al: Complaint

December 22, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud involving Virgil Sigma Fund LP, of New York, NY, and VQR Multistrategy Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands, in the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Stefan Qin, described as a 23-year-old "citizen and resident of Australia and a part-time resident of New York, NY" who is "currently believed to be in Seoul, South Korea"; Virgil Technologies LLC, described as a Cayman Islands company based in New York, NY; Montgomery Technologies LLC, Virgil Quantitative Research, LLC, Virgil Capital LLC, each described as a Delaware company based in New York, NY, and VQR Partners LLC, described as a Cayman Islands company based in New York, NY, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Erdenet Mining Corp. et al v. Batbold Sukhbaatar et al: Complaint

November 23, 2020 - Complaint "to recover losses suffered as a result of illegal and fraudulent acts in connection with two of Mongolia's most prized natural resources, the Erdenet copper mine and the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine" in Agency for Policy Coordination on State Property, Erdenet Mining Corporation, and Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi LLC v. Batbold Sukhbaatar, of Mongolia; Ganzorig Chimiddorj, of Mongolia; Tuul Ulambayar, of Mongolia; Nyamdalai Ochirbat, of Mongolia; Cheong Choo Young, of Hong Kong; Kim Hak Seon, of Hong Kong; Kim Yoonjung, of Hong Kong; Lee Yu Jeong, of Hong Kong; Rhee Byung Wook, of Hong Kong; Kang Eun Joo, of South Korea; Battushig Batbold, of Mongolia; Baloas Inc., of New York, NY; Baloas Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Lovitas, Inc., of New York, NY; Lovitas Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Glowassets Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

POSCO Energy Co., Ltd. v. FuelCell Energy Inc.: Complaint

September 14, 2020 - Complaint regarding "FCE's unjustified delay in removing restrictive legends on shares owned by PE, thereby preventing PE from selling its FCE shares" that it acquired for $84 million in POSCO Energy Co., Ltd., described as South Korea's "largest independent power producer" v. FuelCell Energy Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, Connecticut-based company, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. 280 Virtual Currency Accounts: Forfeiture Complaint

August 27, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding the alleged laundering by Chinese cryptocurrency traders of proceeds from hacks of, and thefts from, virtual currency exchanges, mostly in South Korea, by "North Korea actors" in USA v. 280 Virtual Currency Accounts at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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