Judgments

USA v. Stefan Qin: Criminal Judgment

Criminal Judgment imposing a prison-term of seven-and-a-half years for a cryptocurrency-based securities fraud involving two Cayman Islands-domiciled, New York-based investment funds, Virgil Sigma Fund and VQR Multistrategy Fund, in USA v. Stefan He Qin, a citizen of Australia residing in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ewart Brown v. Director of Public Prosecutions et al: Recusal Ruling

Ruling on Ewart Brown's application for the recusal of the judge in Ewart Frederick Winslow Brown, a former Premier of Bermuda who was criminally indicted for alleged corruption in March 2021 v. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Attorney General, and Deputy Governor at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Techview Investments Ltd. et al v. Amstar Poland Property Fund I LP et al: Judgment

Judgment on motions to dismiss allegations of fraud and negligence in Techview Investments Limited, which was incorporated in the Bahamas and later moved to the British Virgin Islands, and Prime Overseas Investments and Enterprises Limited, of Cyprus v. Amstar Poland Property Fund I LP, Amstar Poland Property Fund I GP LP, Amstar Poland Fund I GP LP, all of the Cayman Islands; Amstar Global Partners Limited, of Bermuda, and Amstar Group LLC, a Delaware-domiciled, Colorado-based company, at the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, County of New Castle County.

Cathay Capital Holdings III LP v. Osiris International Cayman Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment regarding "The legal principles to consider when a court is asked to proceed ex parte without notice to determine an application for Norwich Pharmacal disclosure orders" in connection with legal proceedings in China in Cathay Capital Holdings III, L.P. v. Osiris International Cayman Limited at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Global Fidelity Bank Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment rejecting an objection by Ascentra Holdings Inc. (in Voluntary Liquidation), a creditor with a claim for over $8 million, to the appointment of Adam Keenan and Michael Pearson, of FFP, as Joint Official Liquidators of Global Fidelity Bank Ltd. (in Voluntary Liquidation) at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
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Leatrix v. Novus Fintech Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment regarding an employment dispute in Leatrix v. Novus Fintech Limited, of Dubai, at the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts. Editor's Note: Novus Fintech Limited was exposed as a fraud by OffshoreAlert in February 2021. The company is operated by United Kingdom national Stuart Coles and is part of a group whose principals include British/Irish serial investment fraudster Richard Fagan.

USA v. Joseph Krigsfeld: Consent to Judgment

Consent to Forfeiture/Judgment in the amount of $19.9 million regarding a securities fraud scheme that, inter alia, involved Cayman Islands-domiciled Aberon Capital Master Fund in USA v. Joseph Krigsfeld at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Kathleen Davis v. Estate of Iain Deane et al: Final Judgment

Final Judgment for $269 million in favor of the plaintiffs regarding "a systemic racketeering scheme employed by Iain Deane and various co-conspirators" involving Kingsland Estates Ltd., in Barbados, in Kathleen I. Davis, individually, as Trustee of the Marjorie Ilma Knox Revocable Trust, and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Marjorie Ilma Knox v. Estate of Iain Deane at the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Daniel Feldman et al v. AS Roma SPV et al: Judgment

Memorandum Opinion dismissing an investor complaint against the American owners of Italian soccer club AS Roma in Daniel Feldman, Jonathan Wyatt Gruber, John Charles Pope Revocable Trust, and Tierney Family Investors LLC v. AS Roma SPV GP LLC, James J. Pallotta, Richard A. D'Amore, The Ruane Irrevocable GST Trust of 2007, Shamrock Holdings of California Inc., and Raptor Holdco LLC at Delaware Chancery Court.

Alto Opportunity Master Fund SPC v. Reebonz Holdings Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment for $4.8 million in Alto Opportunity Master Fund, SPC-Segregated Master Portfolio B, of the Cayman Islands v. Reebonz Holdings Limited, a Cayman Islands company based in Singapore, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cayman Islands General Registry showed that the directors of Reebonz Holding Limited, which appears to be the correct name for the company identified throughout the litigation, even in contracts signed by its own representatives, as "Reebonz Holdings Limited", were identified as Arthur Chua, Charles Goh, Roderick Perry, and Samuel Lim Kok Eng.

Gustavo Lopez v. Uulala Inc.: Judgment

Judgment for $700,000, plus interest, in Gustavo Lopez v. Uulala Inc. at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles. Editor's Note: The Uulala Group became the first applicant to be approved for an Initial Coin Offering in Bermuda in October, 2018, with Bermuda's Premier, David Burt, recording a video for the group that it used for promotional purposes on its website. Uulala was exposed by OffshoreAlert in January, 2019.

Thomas Doctoroff v. Crown Global Life Insurance Ltd. et al: Ruling

Ruling denying summary judgment against Crown Global Life Insurance and granting summary judgment for $1.7 million against the other defendants regarding investments in the Mauritius-based Belvedere Management Group in Thomas Doctoroff, of New York, USA v. Crown Global Life Insurance Ltd., of Bermuda; Paul Gambles, of Thailand; MBMG Investment Advisory Company Ltd., of Thailand; MBMG Group Singapore Pte, of Singapore; MBMG International Custodians Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; MBMG Asset Management Limited, of Mauritius, and Garmor Asset Management Ltd., of Mauritius, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Tatiana Akhmedova v. Farkhad Akhmedov et al: Judgment

Judgment for hundreds of millions of dollars in favor of a "wife" who "has been the victim of a series of schemes designed to put every penny of the Husband's wealth beyond her reach" involving individuals, companies, and structures in Bermuda, Cyprus, Dubai, England, France, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Panama, Russia, and Switzerland in Tatiana Akhmedova v. Farkhad Teimur Ogly Akhmedov, a citizen of Russia; Woodblade Limited, of Cyprus; Cotor Investment SA, of Panama; Qubo 1 Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Qubo 2 Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Straight Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Avenger Assets Corporation, of Panama; Counselor Trust Reg, of Liechtenstein, as Trustee of certain Trusts; Sobaldo Establishment, of Liechtenstein, as Trustee of certain Trusts; Temur Akhmedov, described as "a British citizen who lives in London", and Borderedge Limited, of Cyprus, at the High Court of Justice, for England and Wales.

FundHaven Ltd. et al v. Bahamas Securities Commission: Judgment

Judgment in FundHaven Ltd. and South American Investment Fund Ltd., described as "a private investment holding vehicle for an Argentinian family" v. The Executive Director of the Securities Commission of the Bahamas at the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

Michael Woodroffe v. Pamela Woodroffe: Judgment

Judgment regarding "the ability to enforce arrears of maintenance" arising from divorce proceedings in Michael Woodroffe, who is president of Kirkway International Ltd., a Bermuda insurance broker v. Pamela Woodroffe (née Collins) at Bermuda Court of Appeal.

Maria Foglia v. Matteo Cerri et al: Judgment

Summary Judgment in Maria Alessandra Foglia, described as "the victim of a substantial fraud pursuant to which €15m was misappropriated from her account with a Cayman bank, CITCO Bank and Trust Company Ltd." v. The Family Officer Limited, Wechsler & Co Limited, C&C Family Holdings Limited, Matteo Cerri, Italians Clubhouse Limited, ITS Fashion Street Café Limited, Shield Risk Management Limited, and St Charles Luxembourg SA at the High Court of Justice, for England and Wales.

BetIndex Ltd.: Ex Tempore Judgment

Ex Tempore Judgment regarding an application to issue a letter of request for assistance to the High Court of Justice, for England and Wales, regarding BetIndex Limited, described as an insolvent company that "was formed in 2015 in order to create and operate an innovative form of online gambling product which is the called the Football Index", at the Royal Court of Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

Lance Ranger v. Charles Pycraft: Judgment

Judgment in Lance Dorian Ranger, described as "a practising solicitor in England & Wales, and the owner and Managing Director of Attendus Trust Company AG, a global fiduciary company providing professional trust, legal and business services, based in Switzerland" v. Charles Pycraft, described as "a former photo-journalist", at the High of Justice, in London, England.

Cayman Islands AG v. Clyde Allen: Judgment

Judgment finding that Cayman Islands attorney "has acted unprofessionally" to the detriment of a "vulnerable" client in The Attorney General v. Clyde Allen, a lawyer, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Jersey AG v. LGL Trustees Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment for failing to comply with money laundering laws involving the proceeds of corruption in Angola in The Attorney General of Jersey, in the Channel Islands v. LGL Trustees Limited at the Royal Court of Jersey. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Jersey Financial Services Commission's Companies Registry showed that, when the accounts for Angola were set up in 2010/2011, the shareholders of LGL Trustees Limited were Owen Francis Lynch, Leslie Norman, Malcolm John Le Boutillier, Anthony Paul del Amo, and Adam Justin Clarke, all of Jersey. The company is currently owned by another Jersey firm, LGL Holdings Limited, whose shareholders in its 2020 annual return were identified as Owen Lynch, Leslie Norman, John Edward Pirouet, Anthony Arthur Pitcher, Alan Padraig Dunphy, Paul Steven Charles Tomlinson, Francis Dickson Christie, Spencer John Daley, Ian Colin James, and Liberation EBT Limited, as Trustee of the LGL Group Employee Benefits Trust, all of Jersey.

Zhang Rui Kang et al v. Tunghsu Venus Holdings Ltd. et al: Judgment

Judgment for $86 million in Zhang Rui Kang, of Singapore, and Le Huan-Hsin, of China v. Tunghsu Venus Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Tunghsu Group Co. Ltd., of China, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Jersey AG v. LGL Trustees Ltd.: Sentencing

Sentencing for failing to comply with money laundering laws involving the proceeds of corruption in Angola in The Attorney General of Jersey, in the Channel Islands v. LGL Trustees Limited at the Royal Court of Jersey. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Jersey Financial Services Commission's Companies Registry showed that, when the accounts for Angola were set up in 2010/2011, the shareholders of LGL Trustees Limited were Owen Francis Lynch, Leslie Norman, Malcolm John Le Boutillier, Anthony Paul del Amo, and Adam Justin Clarke, all of Jersey. The company is currently owned by another Jersey firm, LGL Holdings Limited, whose shareholders in its 2020 annual return were identified as Owen Lynch, Leslie Norman, John Edward Pirouet, Anthony Arthur Pitcher, Alan Padraig Dunphy, Paul Steven Charles Tomlinson, Francis Dickson Christie, Spencer John Daley, Ian Colin James, and Liberation EBT Limited, as Trustee of the LGL Group Employee Benefits Trust, all of Jersey.

BFAM Asian Opportunities Master Fund LP v. Tunghsu Venus Holdings Ltd. et al: Judgment

Judgment for $100 million in BFAM Asian Opportunities Master Fund LP, described in the complaint as "an Asia-focused hedge fund managed by BFAM Partners (Hong Kong) Limited v. Tunghsu Venus Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Tunghsu Group Co. Ltd., of China, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Seapack Investment Ltd. et al v. Sable Trust Ltd. et al: Judgment

Judgment extending an injunction involving "three apartments in Trump Tower" in New York City in what the judge described as "a skirmish in what I suspect is a much larger dispute between two sides of the Hinduja family" in Ali Ganjaei, "as attorney in fact of Seapack Investment Ltd., and Seapack Investment Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Sable Trust Ltd., Jose Guillermo Gonzalez Alvarez, Michael Kelleher, and Najib Ziazi at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Walkers v. Arnage Holdings Ltd. et al: Appeal Judgment

Judgment allowing Cayman Islands law firm Walkers' appeal against summary judgment that was previously obtained by two Brazilian bankers and related companies in Walkers v. Arnage Holdings Limited, Brooklands Holdings Limited, East Farthing Holdings Limited, Katia Rabello, and Fernando Toledo at the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands.

VTB Bank PJSC v. Mikhail Babel: $43M Judgment

Judgment for $43 million in VTB Bank PJSC, of Russia v. Mikhail Aleksandrovich Babel, a.k.a. Michael Babel, described as a citizen of Russia, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Kings.

SEC v. Luckin Coffee Inc.: Consent Motion For $180M Judgment

Consent Motion for Entry of Final Judgment requiring the payment of a civil penalty of $180 million in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Luckin Coffee Inc., of the Cayman Islands, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.