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Rescom Mineral Trading FZE v. Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC: Complaint

July 06, 2020 - Complaint in Rescom Mineral Trading FZE, of Dubai v. Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC at the District Court of Harris County, Texas.

USA v. Vasco Investments SA et al: Forfeiture Complaint

July 01, 2020 - Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia"  in USA v. Funds allegedly associated with Khadem Abdulla Al Qubais, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, held in the names of Vasco Investments Services SA, of the British Virgin Islands, and Eagle Strategic Investment Fund at Bank Privée Edmond de Rothschild, in Luxembourg, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Ramon Abbas: Criminal Complaint

June 25, 2020 - Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to engage in money laundering in USA v. Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a. Ray Hushpuppi, described as "a Nigerian national living in the United Arab Emirates" and a holder of a passport issued by Saint Kitts and Nevis and "one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC [business email compromise] schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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.

Digilytic International FZE et al v. Alchemy Finance Inc. et al: Complaint

June 17, 2020 - Complaint alleging racketeering and fraud involving cryptocurrency in Digilytic International FZE, d.b.a. Sublime Group, of Dubai, and Rishan Bhagowat, a citizen of South Africa residing in the United Arab Emirates v. Alchemy Finance Inc., d.b.a. Alchemy Lending, d.b.a. Alchemy Marketplace, of Delaware; Alchemy Company Limited, of Hong Kong; Alchemy Coin Technology Limited, of Hong Kong; Alchemyze Capital LLC, of New York; Sheng-Wen Cheng, a.k.a. Justin Jung, a.k.a. Justin Chang, a.k.a. Justin Cheng, and Jahril Tafari Bell at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

ABRAAJ liquidators seek discovery from US banks for Cayman proceedings to recover $385M in alleged fraud proceeds

June 12, 2020 - The liquidators of ABRAAJ Investment Management Ltd. have applied to take discovery from 17 banks and a clearing house in the U.S. for "contemplated litigation" in the Cayman Islands to recover more than $385 million allegedly misappropriated by the Dubai-based ABRAAJ Group's founder, Arif Naqvi.

ABRAAJ Investment Management Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

June 12, 2020 - Application by the Joint Official Liquidators of ABRAAJ Investment Management Limited, of the Cayman Islands, to take discovery from Bank of America, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Goldman Sachs and Co., HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreqbank PSC, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank US, a.k.a. Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, New York Branch; Société Generale North America; BNP Paribas USA Inc.; Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, New York Branch, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "contemplated proceedings" regarding an alleged $385 million fraud by Pakistan citizen Asif Masood Naqvi at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Ltd. et al: Approved Judgment

June 05, 2020 - Approved Judgment of $11 million in favor of the plaintiff - a whistleblower - against his former employer, Ernst & Young, regarding a claim for negligence involving suspected money laundering by a client, Dubai-based precious metals dealer Kaloti Jewellery International DMCC, in Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Limited, Ernst & Young Europe LLP, Ernst & Young (EMEIA) Services Limited, and EYGS LLP at the High Court of Justice, London.

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.

Dubai FSA v. Anna Waterhouse et al: Judgment

June 01, 2020 - Judgment in The Dubai Financial Services Authority v. The Commissioner of Data Protection and Anna Waterhouse, formerly "Head of Legal & Compliance Middle East and North Africa for Deutsche Bank AG", at the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.

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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.