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Diligence Global Business Intelligence v. Michael Holtzman: Discovery Application

April 19, 2021 - Application by Diligence Global Business Intelligence SA, described as "a Swiss company located in Geneva that specializes in intelligence services and private investigations", to take discovery from Michael Holtzman, described as "the President/Managing Partner of SECNewGate, a public relations firm based in Washington, and the President of Bellwether Strategies, a public relations firm based in New York", for use in legal proceedings in England and Switzerland involving "DGBI’s investigation into allegations of corruption and money laundering in connection with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

City of St. Clair Shores Police and Fire Retirement System v. Credit Suisse Group AG et al: Class Action Complaint

April 16, 2021 - Class Action Complaint on behalf of "all persons who purchased or otherwise acquired Credit Suisse American Depositary Receipts between October 29, 2020 and March 31, 2021" alleging "materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's business metrics and financial prospects", particularly involving Greensill Capital and Archegos Capital Management, "exposing the Company to billions of dollars in losses" in City of St. Clair Shores Police and Fire Retirement System v. Credit Suisse Group AG, of Switzerland; Thomas Gottstein, Lara J. Warner, and David R. Mathers at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Erin Murray v. AET Inc. Ltd. et al: Complaint

April 16, 2021 - Complaint in Erin F. Murray, as Executrix and Personal Representative of the Estate of Timothy M. Murray v. AET Inc. Ltd., of Bermuda, and MV Eagle Turin, described as a "Singapore flagged crude oil tank vessel", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Pelagos Shipping Company Ltd. v. PB Finance LLC: Complaint

April 16, 2021 - Complaint alleging fraud in Pelagos Shipping Company Ltd., of Malta v. PB Finance LLC, described as a Marshall Islands company based in Stamford, Connecticut, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Spot Tech House Ltd. et al: Complaint

April 16, 2021 - Complaint alleging "a multi-million dollar fraudulent scheme involving unregistered offers and sales of security-based "binary options" to retail investors in the United States from at least April 2012 through August 2017" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Spot Tech House Ltd., formerly Spot Option Ltd.; Malhaz Pinhas Patarkazishvili, a.k.a. Pini Peter, a.k.a. Pinhas Peter, and Ran Amiran, all of Israel, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

DTEK Finance Plc: Chapter 15 Petition (2021)

April 16, 2021 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Johan Bastin, as the Foreign Representative of DTEK Finance Plc, of England, described as being part of a group that "operates the largest privately-owned energy business in Ukraine, as measured by metric tons of coal produced and net output of electricity", for use in legal proceedings in England, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

MC Trustees (Malta) Ltd.: €160K Fine

April 16, 2021 - Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €160,000 on MC Trustees (Malta) Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that MC Trustees (Malta) Limited was incorporated in Malta on December 11th, 2009, its directors are Noel Buttigieg Scicluna, of Malta; William Daniel Dane, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Portugal, and Edward Thorpe, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Malta; its former directors include Martin Cadman, a citizen of the United Kingdom who resigned effective December 24th, 2019, and its shareholders are Christine Rhoda Grace Dane, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Portugal; William Dane, and MC Holdings (Malta) Limited, a Maltese company incorporated on March 14th, 2011 whose sole director is Martin Cadman and whose shareholders are Martin Cadman and Basi & Basi Financial Planning Limited, a British firm whose sole director is Michael Sudagar Basi, a citizen of the United Kingdom, and whose "persons with significant control" are Basi and Brite Advisory Group Limited, of Hong Kong.

Jason Denny v. Canaan Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

April 15, 2021 - Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Jason Denny v. Canaan Inc., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based company that "designs, manufactures and sells bitcoin mining machines" whose shares are listed on NASDAQ; Nangeng Zhang, and Tong He at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SureFire Dividend Capture LP v. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services LLC: Complaint

April 15, 2021 - Complaint "to recover its $46,598,676.84 redeemed interest in Broad Reach Capital, LP, a liquid hedge fund controlled by Brenda Smith that purported to invest solely in equities and option trading strategies cleared by ICBC" in SureFire Dividend Capture LP, of Montreal, Canada v. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services LLC, of Delaware, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

USA v. Carlos Kepke: Criminal Indictment

April 15, 2021 - Criminal Indictment alleging tax fraud conspiracy involving accounts or companies in Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland in USA v. Carlos E. Kepke, who was described as "an attorney specializing in creating and maintaining foreign trusts and companies for his clients", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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