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Abraaj Capital Ltd.: Winding Up Order

November 19, 2019 - Winding-Up Order regarding Abraaj Capital Limited (in Provisional Liquidation) at the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.

USA v. Bruce Bagley: Criminal Indictment

November 18, 2019 - Criminal Indictment for alleged money laundering regarding "proceeds of a Venezuelan bribery and corruption scheme" involving bank accounts in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates in USA v. Bruce Bagley, a University of Miami professor and author of a book called 'Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today', at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Benjamin Alderson et al: Pryor Cashman Opposition to Alternative Service

November 12, 2019 - Non-Party Pryor Cashman LLP's Motion Opposing Defendant Alderson's Motion to Authorize Alternative Service of Subpoenas regarding Nigel Green, described as a resident of Dubai; Beverley Yeomans, described as a resident of Malta, and deVere Group Ltd., described as domiciled in Dubai, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Benjamin Alderson and Bradley Hamilton at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi: Plea Agreement

October 22, 2019 - Plea Agreement in USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi: Criminal Information

October 22, 2019 - Criminal Information alleging Violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Tax Evasion, and Foreign, Conduit, and Other Illegal Campaign Contributions in USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

ABRAAJ Investment Management Ltd. v. Silverline Holdings Ltd.: Restoration & Winding Up Petition

October 14, 2019 - Petition for restoration and winding-up regarding a claim for $199 million in ABRAAJ Investment Management Limited (in Official Liquidation) v. Silverline Holdings Limited, whose sole shareholder was allegedly Arif Masood Naqvi, a citizen of Pakistan, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

SEC v. Telegram Group Inc. et al: TRO Motion

October 11, 2019 - Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Telegram Group Inc., domiciled in the British Virgin Islands, based in Dubai, and TON Issuer Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, whose "principals and owners are citizens of Russia and St. Kitts and Nevis", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Telegram Group Inc. et al: Complaint

October 11, 2019 - Complaint to stop an "illegal offering of digital-asset securities" involving entities and parties in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Dubai in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Telegram Group Inc., described as a British Virgin Islands-domiciled, Dubai-based company owned by Pavel Durov, "a Russian and St. Kitts and Nevis citizen", and TON Issuer Inc., of the British Virgin Islands, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bermuda crypto firm Arbitrade's '$14B gold bullion provider' sued again

October 08, 2019 - Ras Al Khaimah-domiciled SION Trading FZE and Utah-domiciled Scotia International of Nevada Inc., which participated in an apparent pump-and-dump cryptocurrency fraud by Bermuda-domiciled Arbitrade Ltd., are being sued in the US for allegedly failing to pay for gold and silver that underpinned the scheme.

Khaled Saffuri v. Al Arabiya et al: Defamation Complaint

October 07, 2019 - Complaint for damages of $4.5 million alleging defamation regarding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Khaled Saffuri, a resident of Virginia, USA described as "a human rights advocate and close personal friend of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi" v. Al Arabiya, Al Arabiya Al Hadath, and Saudi 24 TV, each described as "a broadcast television station owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", and Othman Omar, described as a citizen of Dubai and "an on-air journalist", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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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.