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Germany: Hamdi Kocoktepe et al

January 26, 2021 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Citizens Bank and Trust Co. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Hamdi Kocoktepe, described as a "German attorney"; Afnan Qovanaj, and Wincash AG for suspected money laundering.

Satabank Plc: €851K Fine

December 23, 2020 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it imposed a fine of €3.7 million on Satabank Plc for regulatory breaches, which was reduced to €851,792 by the Court of Appeal. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Satabank Plc was incorporated in Malta on October 7th, 2014 and its shareholders are Signia Holding Ltd., of Malta, and Christo Georgiev Georgiev, a citizen of Bulgaria with an address in Zurich, Switzerland. No directors are listed. Previous directors include Christo Georgiev Georgiev, who resigned effective October 11th, 2018; Anthony Paris, who resigned effective October 12th, 2018; Christoph Boeckle, who resigned effective October 21st, 2018; Mario Gauci, who resigned effective October 30th, 2018; Herbert Weininger, a citizen of Germany, who resigned effective October 21st, 2018, and Susanne Lehmann, who resigned effective April 8th, 2015. Signia Holding Ltd. was incorporated in Malta on December 5th, 2013, its directors are Eugene M. Alexander, a citizen of the United States with an address in Marathon, Florida, USA, and Christo Georgiev Georgiev, and its shareholders are E E Capital Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Net-M Privatbank 1891 AG, of Germany; Signia Group AG, of Zurich, Switzerland, and Eugene Alexander.

Rasel Ltd. et al v. Michael Gauss: Bankruptcy Petition

December 22, 2020 - Involuntary Chapter 7 Petition by alleged creditors with claims totaling $9.4 million in Rasel Ltd., of Beverly Hills, CA; Consul Group RE 2021, S.R.L., of Costa Rica; NEEW TNG, formerly known as RSW Investment Group, Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; SWIG America Consulting LLC, of Lanham, MD; Arteam Consult, Ltd., of Lanham, MD; Genius of Wealth, LLC, of London, England, and SWIG International Ltd., of London, England v. Michael I. Gauss, a.k.a. Mikhail Gauss, a.k.a. Michael I. Syroejine, a.k.a. Mikhail Gass, a.k.a. Michael Ivan Syroejine, a.k.a. Mikhail Syrojeschin, a.k.a. Mikhail Syroetine, a.k.a. Michael Fuss, a.k.a. Michael Guss, a.k.a. Mikhail Syroejin, a.k.a. Michael Syrojeschin, of Santa Barbara, CA, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Petition for the Central District of California.

Christopher Baclawski et al v. Credit Suisse Cayman Islands et al: Complaint

December 22, 2020 - Complaint in Christopher J. Baclawski Enterprises Inc., d.b.a. CB Capital Partners Inc., of California, and Christopher J. Baclawski v. KPC Healthcare Inc., of Nevada; KPC Healthcare Holdings Inc., of California; KPC Health Plan Holdings Inc., of California; KPC Global Management LLC, of California; Strategic Global Management Inc., d.b.a. KPC Group of Companies, of California; KPC Strategic Global Management Inc., of California; Victor Valley Hospital Acquisitions Inc., d.b.a. Victor Valley Global Medical Center, of California; Physicians For Healthy Hospitals LLC, of Delaware; Kali Pradip Chaudhuri, M.D., William Edward Thomas, Dean Graham, Keith David Reuben, Michael Szwajkowski, Todd Gordon, Nathan Brenneman, Sector Financial Inc., Credit Suisse AG, of Switzerland, Credit Suisse AG, of the Cayman Islands; The Credit Suisse Group AG, of Switzerland, and Credit Suisse Group AG, New York Branch at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Orange.

RA Solar Technologie Investment GmbH: Public Warning

December 18, 2020 - Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that RA Solar Technologie Investment GmbH is suspected of "conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Swiss Commercial Registry showed that the sole "partner and manager" of Technische Isolierung Schweiz GmbH is Tamás Hodel, while resigned representatives include Yücel Yüce. On its website at rainvestmentgmbh.com, it is stated that: "RA Solar Technologie Investment GmbH offers Fresh Cut Cash Backed (BG) Bank Guarantee and (SBLC) Standby Letter of Credit issued with HSBC Bank plc."

Switzerland freezes $78M linked to US billionaires' 'offshore fraud scheme'

December 15, 2020 - A Swiss court has frozen nearly $78 million held by a Nevis firm at Mirabaud Bank that originated from Bermuda Commercial Bank and which the U.S. alleges are the proceeds of a bank fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering scheme involving "two U.S. billionaires, Robert Smith and Robert Brockman".

Marseille-Kliniken AG v. Republic of Equatorial Guinea: Petition

December 08, 2020 - Petition to Confirm International Arbitration Award in Marseille-Kliniken AG, of Switzerland v. Republic of Equatorial Guinea at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Highlake Maritime Ltd. v. Kai Christian Poetschke et al: Complaint

December 08, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud in Highlake Maritime Limited, described as a British Virgin Islands-domiciled "estate planning and succession tool for a group of Venezuelan siblings" v. Kai Christian Poetschke, "who has maintained residences in both Miami Beach, Florida and Zurich", and Intelligent Capital Management LLC, of Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

ACE Property and Casualty Insurance Company v. McKesson Corporation et al: Notice of Removal

December 02, 2020 - Defendant McKesson Corporation's Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint in which ACE Property and Casualty Insurance Company "seeks a declaration that it has no obligation to defend or indemnify Defendant McKesson Corporation" in "thousands of lawsuits attempting to hold it responsible for contributing to, and profiting from, the epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse that has plagued the nation" in ACE Property and Casualty Insurance Company, of Pennsylvania v. McKesson Corporation, of Delaware, described in the complaint as "one of the largest wholesale pharmaceutical distributors in the world" and "the largest distributor of prescription opioids in the United States"; AIU Insurance Company, of New York; Arch Reinsurance Limited, of Bermuda; Argo Re Limited, of Bermuda; Aspen Insurance UK Limited, of the United Kingdom; Canopius Underwriting Bermuda Limited, of Bermuda; Endurance Specialty Insurance Limited, of Bermuda; Golden State Insurance Co. Ltd., of Bermuda; Great Lakes Insurance Company SE, of Germany; Ironshore Specialty Insurance Company, of New York; Lexington Insurance Company, of Delaware; Liberty Special Markets Agency, of Bermuda; Lloyd's of London Underwriters, of the United Kingdom; Markel American Insurance Company, of Virginia; Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., of New Jersey; National Fire & Marine Insurance Company, of Nebraska; National Union Fire Insurance Company, of New York; North American Capacity Insurance Company, of Missouri; Swiss Re International SE, of Switzerland, and XL Insurance America, Inc., of Connecticut, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Roland Mathys: Default Judgment

December 02, 2020 - Default Judgment in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Roland M. Mathys, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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