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Colombia: Reficar SA et al

April 03, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Standard Chartered Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, HSBC, Bank of America, Commerzebank, Credit Agricole, Fifth Third Bank, and BNP Paribas regarding transfers from an account at Bank Mendes Gans NV in the name of CBI Colombiana SA - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Colombia - for a criminal investigation into "Reficar S.A. and Colombian public officials for embezzlement by appropriation, improper interest in signing contracts, and illicit enrichment of private individuals".

YS GM Marfin II LLC et al v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC et al: Discovery Application

April 03, 2020 - Application by YS GM Marfin II LLC, YS GM MF VII LLC, YS GM MF VIII LLC, YS GM MF IX LLC, and YS GM MF X LLC to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, Bank of America, Bank of China, The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank for use in "pending and contemplated proceedings" in England, Malaysia and other countries regarding "a brazen $89.2 million multinational maritime fraud" allegedly by Muhammad Tahir Lakhani, and his two sons, Muhammad Ali Lakhani and Muhammad Hasan Lakhani, who are described as "British and Pakistani dual nationals ordinarily resident in England, Pakistan and//or the United Arab Emirates", and involving several jurisdictions, including Nevis, Marshall Islands, Palau, and Panama, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Life-Work Potential Ltd. et al: Criminal Complaint

April 03, 2020 - Criminal Complaint alleging the introduction of "misbranded/adulterated medical devices" into the USA, specifically vials of water branded as "Test Kits" for COVID-19, in USA v. Life-Work Potential Ltd., of England, and Jane Thurnell-Read, of Devon, England, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Malta FSA cancels AIS Capital's investment license

March 31, 2020 - The Malta Financial Services Authority has cancelled the investment license of AIS Capital Management Investment Fund SICAV PLC, whose directors are Briton Paul Chandler and American/Maltese Richard Wight.

OneWeb Global Ltd. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

March 27, 2020 - Chapter 11 Petition by OneWeb Global Limited, of England; 1021823 B.C. Ltd., of Canada; Network Access Associates Limited, of England; OneWeb ApS, of Greenland; OneWeb Chile SpA, of Chile; OneWeb Communications Limited, of England; OneWeb G.K., of Japan; OneWeb Global Limited, of England; OneWeb Holdings LLC, of New York; OneWeb Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; OneWeb Ltd., of Malta; OneWeb Network Access Holdings Limited, of England; OneWeb Norway AS, of Norway; WorldVu Australia Pty Ltd., of Australia; WorldVu Development LLC, of Nevada; WorldVu JV Holdings LLC, of Delaware; WorldVu Mexico, S. DE R. L. DE C.V., of Mexico; WorldVu Satellites Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; WorldVu South Africa (Pty) Ltd., of South Africa, and WorldVu Unipessoal Lda, of Portugal, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nigeria seeks US bank records for investigation into '$10B fraud by BVI shell entity'

March 26, 2020 - Nigeria is seeking records from ten banks in the United States for a criminal investigation into an alleged $10 billion bribery and fraud scheme committed by a "shell entity" in the British Virgin Islands that was set up and operated by citizens of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

InfraRed Environmental Infrastructure GP Ltd. et al v. Spain: Complaint

March 25, 2020 - Complaint to register an arbitral award in InfraRed Environmental Infrastructure GP Limited, European Investments (Morón) 1 Limited, European Investments (Morón) 2 Limited, European Investments (Olivenza) 1 Limited, and European Investments (Olivenza) 2 Limited, all of England v. Kingdom of Spain at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Nigeria v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

March 25, 2020 - Application by the Republic of Nigeria to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., Allied Irish Banks, HSBC Bank USA, Standard New York, Inc., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, J.P. Morgan Chase, United Bank for Africa, Bank of Cyprus, Fortis Private Banking Singapore Limited., and Standard Chartered International (USA) Ltd. for use in "criminal investigations" in Nigeria regarding "a fraudulent scheme to defraud FRN of almost $10 billion ... carried out by Process & Industrial Developments Limited, a British Virgin Islands shell entity with no technical capabilities, virtually no employees, and no demonstrable financial resources", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Dario Item et al: Regulatory Update

March 24, 2020 - Update by the Labuan Financial Services Authority regarding a lessening of previously-imposed penalties against Dario Item, a London-based, Swiss attorney who serves as Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to Spain, Monaco, and Liechtenstein; Andrea Mezzi, a citizen of Italy; Mauro Giacomo Silva, a citizen of Italy; Blue Investment Bank Inc., and Blue Wealth Management Ltd., including the cessation of corporation disqualifications.

Diligence Inc. v. Nicholas Day: Diligence Opposition to Day's Motion To Dismiss

March 24, 2020 - Diligence Inc.'s Opposition to Nicholas Day's Motion to Dismiss regarding a dispute over ownership of Switzerland-domiciled Diligence Global Business Intelligence SA in Diligence Inc., a Delaware company majority owned by Cayman Islands-domiciled Information Security Investments Company v. Nicholas Day, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in France, at the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.

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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.