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$1.4 Trillion class action against crypto exchange Bitfinex & cryptocurrency Tether for 'largest bubble in human history'

October 07, 2019 - A class action securities fraud complaint for damages that "likely surpasses $1.4 trillion" for creating "the largest bubble in human history" has been filed against cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex and cryptocurrency Tether, with defendants from the BVI, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Panama, Switzerland, and the US.

David Leibowitz et al v. iFinex Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

October 06, 2019 - Class Action Complaint alleging cryptocurrency-based fraud, market manipulation, and RICO in David Leibowitz, of West Palm Beach, Florida; Benjamin Leibowitz, of New York, NY; Jason Leibowitz, of New York, NY; Aaron Leibowitz, of Westchester, NY, and Pinchas Goldshtein, of Miami, Florida v. iFinex Inc., of the British Virgin Islands; BFXNA Inc., of the British Virgin Islands; BFXWW Inc., of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Operations Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Tether Limited, of Hong Kong; Tether International Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; DigFinex Inc., of the British Virgin Islands; Philip G. Potter, a resident of New York; Giancarlo Devasini, a citizen of Italy; Ludovicus Jan van der Velde, a citizen of the Netherlands; Reginald Fowler, a citizen of the United States; Crypto Capital Corp., of Panama, and Global Trade Solutions AG, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Briton Harold Burke's 'venture capital' firm taken over by Swiss regulator

October 03, 2019 - Holtzbrinck Schweiz AG, which is operated by Briton Harold Burke and claims to finance start-ups, has been taken over by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority.

Ileana Agudelo et al v. Horizon Crescent Wealth LLC et al: Judgment

October 02, 2019 - Judgment dismissing Claimants' application for summary judgments and for further disclosure by the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority in Ileana Agudelo and Eniluz Jhoana Gonzalez Aponte, both of Costa Rica, as Claimants v. Horizon Crescent Wealth LLC, of Qatar; Patrick Baeriswyl, of Switzerland, and Jean Marc Mantegani, of England, as Defendants, and Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority, which suspects money laundering, an Interested Party, at the Civil and Commercial Court of the Qatar Financial Centre.

Switzerland: David Saraf Yakir

October 02, 2019 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for a criminal investigation into David Saraf Yakir for suspected misappropriation, fraud, and money laundering.

Spiral Global Trade Solutions AG: Public Warning

September 27, 2019 - Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding Spiral Global Trade Solutions AG, a cryptocurrency firm whose directors, according to corporate filings in Switzerland, have included Reginald Fowler, a citizen of the United States, and Frank Jörg Hakenjos, of Switzerland, and which is suspected of involvement in the alleged disappearance of $850 million from Bitfinex, a cryptocurrency exchange that is owned by British Virgin Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based iFinex Inc.

HNA Group Ltd.: Press Release on 'serious breach of disclosure obligations'

September 25, 2019 - Press Release by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding China-based HNA Group Ltd.'s "false reporting" of its beneficial owners during its acquisition of Dufry AG, a Switzerland-based, publicly-listed, travel retailer.

HNA Group Co. Ltd.: Report on 'False Disclosure' of Beneficial Owners

September 25, 2019 - Report by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority regarding the "false disclosure" by HNA Group Co. Ltd., of China, of its beneficial owners, specifically the omission of Feng Chen and Jian Wang.

Vitaly Anaykin et al v. Nikolay Evdokimov et al: Complaint

September 20, 2019 - Complaint alleging cryptocurrency-related securities fraud in Vitaly Anaykin, a citizen of Russia residing in Montenegro, and Konstantin Bondarev, a citizen of Russia residing in Thailand v. Nikolay Evdokimov, a citizen of Russia residing in Beverly Hills, California, and Cryptonomics Capital, of Switzerland, which appears to be incorporated as Crypto Economics AG, whose principal director in corporate filings is identified as Patrick Storchenegger, of Zug, Switzerland and whose initial capital was claimed to be 14 Bitcoins, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California. OffshoreAlert Note: On its website at www.cryptonomics.io, Cryptonomics Capital's "management" is identified as Yurii Golovko, CEO; Nikolay Evdokimov, Strategic Advisor; Alexander Forostin, Head of Sales; and Denis Klevtsov, Executive Director.

Vista Holding Group AG targeted by Swiss regulator

September 18, 2019 - The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority has warned the public that Vista Holding Group AG is suspected of conducting unauthorized financial activity.

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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.