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Oak Trust et al v. Mushegh Tovmasyan: Discovery Application

July 27, 2021 - Application by Oak Trust, Acorn Trust, Eagle Trust, Duffy Trust, Robert J. Parfet Living Trust, Geluk Global Fund Limited SAC, of the Bahamas; Migration Investments, LLC, of Colorado; Boustrophedon International Ltd., of Hong Kong; Michael R. Shea, Erin Shea, Angela Ling, Fuhua Ling, Philip Bullock, Lifang Liu, Justin Payne, Michael Dietzen, Kimberly J. Dietzen, Brian Sly, David K. Sly, Gregory Sly, Karen Sly, Nelson Sly, Helen S. Sly, Sly Family Trust, and Tamara A. Sly Separate Property Trust to take discovery from Mushegh Tovmasyan, described as a resident of Puerto Rico, for use in "an anticipated proceeding" in England against Equity Capital UK Limited regarding "a multi-million dollar fraudulent Forex trading and investment scheme", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

USA v. Anthony Stimler: Criminal Information

July 26, 2021 - Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering regarding an alleged bribery scheme involving individuals and entities in or from the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA in USA v. Anthony Stimler, a citizen of the United Kingdom who worked as a trader, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Elizabeth von Pezold et al v. Zimbabwe: Petition to Recognize Arbitration Award

July 23, 2021 - Petition to Recognize Arbitration Award of $263 million, £10 million, ZAR745,498, and €1,163, plus interest, for "Zimbabwe's expropriation of the von Pezolds' property" in Elizabeth Regina Maria Gabriele von Pezold, of Austria; Anna Eleonore Elisabeth Webber, of Austria; Heinrich Bernd Alexander Josef von Pezold, of Zimbabwe; Maria Juliane Andrea Christiane Katharina Batthyàny, of Austria; Georg Philipp Marcel Johann Lukas von Pezold, of Zimbabwe; Felix Alard Moritz Hermann, of Switzerland; Johann Friedrich Georg Ludwig von Pezold, of Scotland, and Adam Friedrich Carl Leopold Franz Severin von Pezold, of the Czech Republic, collectively descibed as "all members of the von Pezold family and are all German and Swiss nationals" v. Republic of Zimbabwe at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

IDT Financial Services Ltd.: £298K Settlement

July 22, 2021 - Public Notice by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission that IDT Financial Services Limited has agreed to pay £298,387 to settle a regulatory investigation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at Gibraltar's Companies House showed that the directors of IDT Financial Services Limited, as disclosed in its 2021 annual return, were Timothy Streatfeild-James, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar; James Robert Raanan, a citizen and resident of Israel; Marcelo Fischer, a citizen and resident of the United States; Damian Asquez, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar, and Gareth Meredith Williams, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar.

Spartan Holdings Ltd.: Restoration Application

July 20, 2021 - Originating Application in the matter of Spartan Holdings Ltd. at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. Editor's Note: The director of Spartan Holdings Ltd. whose affidavit supported this restoration application is Terrence Duffy, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Canada who, as OffshoreAlert has previously revealed, appeared to be the ultimate beneficial owner of the opaquely-owned Caledonian Bank, which went into liquidation in Cayman in 2015 after being sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at federal court in New York for alleged participation in a $75 million penny stock scam.

California Asphalt Production Inc. v. UBS AG et al: Summons With Notice

July 19, 2021 - Summons With Notice for $100 million alleging fraud in California Asphalt Production Inc. v. UBS AG, of Switzerlnd, and UBS AG, London Branch, of England, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Bavaguthu Shetty et al v. Bank of Baroda et al: Complaint

July 16, 2021 - Complaint for more than $7 billion "brought by two victims of Defendants' massive financial fraud surrounding NMC Health Plc and its related entities" that was "exposed when an investigative market research firm, Muddy Waters Research LLC, released a report questioning the integrity of NMC's audited financials" in Dr. Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty and Neopharma LLC v. Bank of Baroda, of New York; Credit Europe Bank NV, of the Netherlands; Ernst & Young Global Limited, of England; Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited, of England; Prasanth Manghat, Promoth Manghat, Suresh Kumar Vadakke Kootala, and Suresh Kumar Nandiraju, all of India, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Dorset Ltd. v. Trax Ltd.: Stop Notice

July 15, 2021 - Stop Notice by Dorset Limited, of the Marshall Islands, regarding shares in Trax Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, registered to Panagiotis Triantafyllidis, filed at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Makhpal Karibzhanova v. Mubadala Fund et al: Discovery Application

July 14, 2021 - Application by Makhpal Karibzhanova, described as "a citizen of Kazakhstan and is the former wife of a wealthy and politically-connected Kazakh businessman, Aidan Karibzhanov" whose "wealth is held in offshore structures and through nominee ownership around the world, making it necessary to gather evidence from a number of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore, as well as Kazakhstan and a number of offshore jurisdictions", including the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, and Singapore, to take discovery from Mubadala Fund, Extell Developrnent, Edward Mermelstein, One and Only Realty, Eduard Ogai, Credit Suisse, American Express and others for use in legal proceedings in Kazakhstan, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Coinschedule Ltd.: $201K Penalties

July 14, 2021 - Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $201,688 on Blotics Ltd., formerly doing business as Coinschedule Ltd., described as a United Kingdom-domiciled company that "owned and operated a once-popular website platform, www.coinschedule.com, that publicized current and upcoming offerings for different digital tokens and was accessible in the United States from 2016 to August 2019", for promoting a security without disclosing that it received compensation for doing so.

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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.