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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.

Think Capital Ltd.: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Bermuda Monetary Authority against Think Capital Limited, part of the "ThinkMarkets group of companies", which "falsely claimed to have a licence issued by the Bermuda Monetary Authority" and which, when contacted by the BMA, claimed that "the statement was made in error and that, instead, it should have stated that it had been issued a licence by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority". Editor's Note: On its website at www.thinkmarkets.com, ThinkMarkets claims to operate "a premium multi-asset online brokerage with headquarters in London and Melbourne and hubs in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe and South America", and identifies group companies as: TF Global Markets Int Limited, of the Seychelles; TF Global Markets (UK) Limited, of England; TF Global Markets (Aust) Limited, of Australia; TF Global Markets (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd., of South Africa; Think Capital Limited, of Bermuda, and TFG (Payments) Limited, of England. Research by OffshoreAlert also discovered other group companies, including one in the Cayman Islands called TF Global Markets (International) Ltd., which is identified on CIMA's website as receiving a "Securities - Full" license on April 12th, 2021.

Aspect Properties Japan Godo Kaisha v. Jonathan Cheng et al: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons seeking "damages for conspiracy" in Aspect Properties Japan Godo Kaisha v. Jonathan Cheng, of Australia; Yicheng Chen, of Hong Kong; LC Capital Limited, of Hong Kong; Infinity Capital Group Limited, of the Cayman Islands; LC Capital Limited, of the Cayman Islands, and ICG I, of the Cayman Islands, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

USA v. Stefan Qin: USA’s Sentencing Submission

USA's Sentencing Submission regarding a cryptocurrency-based investment fraud involving Cayman Islands-domiciled, New York-based investment funds 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.

SEC v. Carl Jensen et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an ongoing offering fraud" involving "Chinese and Mexican and bearer bonds" that "has raised over $7 million from more than 75 investors" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Carl Jensen, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Australia, and Stephen W. Gold, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in California, as Defendants, and Kerry Margolis, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Germany, and Michael Hock, described as a citizen of the United States residing in California, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

George Bachiashvili v. Charlie Shrem et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud and unregistered securities regarding the sale of cryptocurrency tokens involving Delaware and Cayman Islands-domiciled Crowd Machine in George Bachiashvili v. Charlie Shrem and Roger Tichenor at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Boart Longyear Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Australia by Nora Pincus, as the Foreign Representative of Boart Longyear Limited, Boart Longyear Australia Pty Limited, Boart Longyear Management Pty Limited, Boart Longyear Investments Pty Limited, and Votraint No. 1609 Pty Limited, collectively described as "the world's leading provider of drilling services, orebody-data-collection technology, and innovative, safe, and productivity-driven drilling equipment", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

BitMEX agrees to pay $100M to settle US regulatory action

Companies in Bermuda, Hong Kong, the Seychelles, and USA have agreed to pay $100 million to settle a complaint by the CFTC alleging they operated an unregistered cryptocurrency trading platform known as BitMEX.

Block Capital Group Ltd. v. Infinity Capital Group Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in Block Capital Group Limited, a British Virgin Islands company based in Australia v. Infinity Capital Group Limited, described as a Cayman Islands company based in Hong Kong "website (infinitycapital.hk) states that Infinity is in the business of developing world-class luxury residences and has completed a number of projects in Singapore, Thailand and Japan", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Jason Bonayer et al v. Crowd Machine SEZC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrency in Jason Bonayer, a U. S. citizen residing in New York, NY, and George Bachiashvili, a citizen of Georgia residing in Tbilisi v. Crowd Machine Inc., of Delaware; Crowd Machine SEZC, of the Cayman Islands; Metavine Inc., of Delaware; Craig Sproule, described as a citizen of Australia residing in San Jose, California; James Hanley, Anne Osborne, Ben Gorlick, Kurt Pfluger, Camden Dore, Roger Tichenor, Charlie Shrem, Bittrex, described as "a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Seychelles", and HitBTC, also described as "a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Seychelles", at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Crowd Machine SEZC: Directors

Director Details for Crowd Machine SEZC, obtained from the Cayman Islands General Registry on June 24th, 2021.

European Lithium Ltd.: €160K Fine

Public Notice by the Austrian Financial Market Authority that it has imposed a fine of €160,000 on European Lithium Limited "for the dissemination of information and messages that sent out false and misleading signals to the market in relation to a financial instrument". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, on its website at https://europeanlithium.com/, European Lithium's "Directors and Senior Management" are described as Tony Sage - Non-Executive Chairman; Dietrich Wanke - Chief Executive Officer; Kimon Gkomozias - Executive Director; Malcolm Day - Non-Executive Director; and Melissa Chapman - CFO & Company Secretary.

CFTC v. Jiongsheng Zhao: Consent Order

Consent Order for Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Jiongsheng Zhao, a resident of New South Wales, Australia, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Exential Investments Inc.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the British Virgin Islands by Russell Crumpler and David Standish, as the Foreign Representatives of Exential Investments Inc., which is part of the Dubai-based Exential Group that allegedly perpetrated a fraud in which "investors lost investments in the range of at least $250 - $500 million", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

FCI Markets Inc.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the British Virgin Islands by Paul Pretlove, of Kalo (BVI) Limited, as the Foreign Representatives of FCI Markets Inc., described as part of "a group of Dubai-based forex trading companies ... known as Exential Group" that was found by a Dubai court to be "a Ponzi scheme disguised as a forex trading program" that defrauded investors out of more than $200 million, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Greensill Bank AG: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Germany by Dr. Michael C. Frege, as the Foreign Representative of Greensill Bank AG, of Germany, described as "a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian company Greensill Capital Pty Limited" that has wholly-owned subsidiaries in Australia, Cayman Islands, and United Kingdom, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Guernsey regulator suspends investment fund Remus Horizons

The registration of investment fund Remus Horizons PCC Limited, which is part of a group that includes individuals and companies in or from Australia, England, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Texas, and the United Arab Emirates, has been suspended by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission less than five months after it was granted.

Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd. v. Aimbridge Hospitality LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited, of Australia, to take discovery from Aimbridge Hospitality LLC, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, and White & Case LLP for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands that "arise from an arbitral award worth more than $6 billion made on July 12, 2019 under the auspices of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes in TCC's favor against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Greensill Capital Inc.: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Greensill Capital Inc., a Delaware-domiciled "financial services company" that "arranged factoring and reverse factoring programs for clients globally" and which is directly owned by Greensill Capital Management (UK) Limited, of the United Kingdom, and indirectly owned by Greensill Capital Pty Limited, of Australia, and is part of a group that includes companies in Australia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Germany, India, Isle of Man, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Colorado Property et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Property in Colorado and $77 million held in the name of Edge Capital Investments Ltd., of Nevis, at Mirabaud Bank, in Switzerland, that are "directly traceable" to a "debt buyback fraud scheme" involving, inter alia, Robert Brockman, Robert Smith, Evatt Tamine, and companies and accounts in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Rakesh Khatri v. Gain Bitcoin et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrencies in Rakesh Khatri, a citizen of the United States, individually and as assignee of Reshma Khatri, Abishek Raja, Amit Kushwaha, Anchit Singh, Arvind Singh Bajetha, Ashish Lal, Ashitosh Sampat Raje, Ashok Kumar, Bhagyesh Hanumante, Chakresh Jain, Dharmender Shera, Gagan Deep Joshi, Gaurav Chhabra, Girija Raman, Karthik Raman, Lalit Kumar, Lokesh Sharma, Mohamed Haneefa Kottayil, Mohit Malhotra, Mukesh Gupta, Navneet Bhalla, Nikhil Jadhav, Pritpal Singh, Raghavendra R. Athani, Sachin Chavhan, Sanchit Malik, Saurab Wadhera, Shyam Singh, Siddhant Jain, Vikash Bhagat, Yash Jain, Ismail Nadukkandyil, Aarjav Jain, Siddharth Jain, Sanjay Jain, Mayank Jain, Vivek Tiwari, Malthesha P, Shubham Gupta, Sandeep Grewal, Nitin Koshti, Abishek Chauhan, Amar Singh Chandel, Priyavardhini Venkatram, Ajay Singh, Rajbir, Moumita Das, Rajesh Mehra, P.C. Mahajan, Pooja Ahirwar, Albert Ahirwar, Rani Singh, Shyam Lal, Anjan Roy, Arvinder Pal Singh, Vipin Sahney, Arpit Jain, Mukul Gupta, Aman Singhal, Brijesh Soni, Mahesh Vittal Yadav, Aman Paharia, Sandeep Bhalla, Sanjay Ahlawat, Atul Bhalla, Deepak Kumar, Balkrishna Baburao Raje, Girija Silver, Gaurav Gupta, Skalyan, and Deepak Shukla, all citizens of India v. VariableTech Private Limited, d.b.a. Gain Bitcoin, of Singapore; Amaze Mining and Blockchain Research Ltd., of Hong Kong; GBMiners, Mineral Mining Limited Company, described as "a company located in the United Arab Emirates"; Sun & Sand Mining & Minerals Resource (UK) Limited, described as "a company located in England"; Coin Bank-Safe Bitcoin Wallet, ZebPay Exchange, a.k.a. Zebay, a.k.a. Zeb Pay, described as "a cryptocurrency exchange, virtual wallet, and/or wallet provider headquartered in Singapore with a registered office in Australia"; Amit Bhardwaj, Ajay Bhardwaj, and Hemant Bhope at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

USA v. Stefan Qin: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging securities fraud involving "two cryptocurrency investment funds, the Virgil Sigma Fund LP and the VQR Multistrategy Fund LP" in USA v. Stefan He Qin, a citizen of Australia, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Remcoda LLC v. Ridge Hill Trading (Pty) Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a $4.6 million fraud involving Personal Protection Equipment to protect against COVID-19 in Remcoda LLC v. Ridge Hill Trading (Pty) Ltd., of Melbourne, Australia; Ataraxia Capital Partners Pty Ltd., of Sri Lanka; De Raj Group AG, of Germany; Petrichor Capital SDN BHD, of Malaysia; Petrichor Capital Trading Limited, of the United Kingdom; Vaidyanathan Mulandram Nateshan, described as a resident of India; Gayathri Vaidyanathan, described as a resident of India; Menusha Gunawardhana, described as a resident of Sri Lanka, and Vincent Fletcher, described as a resident of the United Kingdom, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Kristijan Krstic et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud based around cryptocurrency in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Kristijan Krstic, a.k.a. Felix Logan, described as "a Serbian-Australian national who was domiciled in the Philippines"; John DeMarr, and Robin Enos at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

British ‘crypto-friendly’ travel booking firm Travala facing strike-off

UPDATED: Shortly after OffshoreAlert reported that British 'blockchain-based, cryptocurrency-friendly' online travel booking start-up Travala, which has raised over £2 million from investors and is now owned by a Cayman Islands firm, was facing compulsory strike off for failure to file its accounts, the firm filed unaudited "Micro-entity Accounts" with Companies House that contained scant details.

Union Bank of India (UK) Ltd. v. Wells Fargo Bank NA: Discovery Application

Application by Union Bank of India (UK) Ltd., of England, to take discovery from Wells Fargo Bank N.A. for use in legal proceedings in England and Wales against Badrinarayanan Kothandaraman, a.k.a. Badri Kasturi, described as a citizen of India, and Satyan Katsuri, described as "an Australian citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India", for "fraud and liability under personal guarantees" totaling $6 million involving EnviroMax Pellets Inc., of Delaware, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Stefan Qin: Asset Freeze Motion

SEC's Ex Parte Emergency Motion for an Asset Freeze in the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Stefan Qin, described as a 23-year-old "citizen and resident of Australia and a part-time resident of New York, NY" who is "currently believed to be in Seoul, South Korea"; Virgil Technologies LLC, described as a Cayman Islands company based in New York, NY; Montgomery Technologies LLC, Virgil Quantitative Research, LLC, Virgil Capital LLC, each described as a Delaware company based in New York, NY, and VQR Partners LLC, described as a Cayman Islands company based in New York, NY, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Stefan Qin et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving Virgil Sigma Fund LP, of New York, NY, and VQR Multistrategy Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands, in the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Stefan Qin, described as a 23-year-old "citizen and resident of Australia and a part-time resident of New York, NY" who is "currently believed to be in Seoul, South Korea"; Virgil Technologies LLC, described as a Cayman Islands company based in New York, NY; Montgomery Technologies LLC, Virgil Quantitative Research, LLC, Virgil Capital LLC, each described as a Delaware company based in New York, NY, and VQR Partners LLC, described as a Cayman Islands company based in New York, NY, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd. v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan et al: Receivership Order

Order for the Appointment of a Receiver for PIA Investments Limited, Minhal Inc., and PIA Hotels Limited and for a Provisional Charging Order in Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited, of Australia v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan International Airways Corporation Limited, PIA Investments Limited, Minhal Inc., Virgin Islands Registrar of Companies, Citco BVI Limited, and Harneys Corporate Services Limited at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd. v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan et al: Recognition Order

Order Recognizing Arbitration Award in Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited, of Australia v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan International Airways Corporation Limited, PIA Investments Limited, Minhal Inc., Virgin Islands Registrar of Companies, Citco BVI Limited, and Harneys Corporate Services Limited at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Aycan Richards v. Nigel Perera et al: Judgment

Judgment for the Plaintiff in the amount of QAR 392,500 in Aycan Richards, described as "a British citizen who resides in Qatar" v. Nigel Thomas Howard Perera, described as "an Australian citizen who is also a resident of Qatar", and International Financial Services Qatar LLC, of Qatar, at the Civil and Commercial Court of the Qatar Financial Centre, First Instance Circuit.

St. John’s Trust Company (PVT) Ltd. v. James Watlington et al: Ruling

Ruling regarding the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust in St. John's Trust Company (PVT) Limited v. James Watlington, Glenn Ferguson, Cabarita (PTC) Limited, of Nevis, as Trustee of The Waterford Charitable Trust; The Attorney General, and James Geoffrey Stephen Gilbert, as Defendants, and Medlands (PTC) Limited and Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited, as Non-Parties, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

USA v. Edge Capital Investments Ltd.: Forfeiture Application

Application for a warrant to seize $77.8 million held at Mirabaud Bank, in Switzerland, that originated from Bermuda Commercial Bank and is the suspected proceeds of an alleged fraud and money laundering scheme involving "two U.S. billionaires, Robert Smith and Robert Brockman" in USA v. Edge Capital Investments Ltd., of Nevis, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Anthony Franchi v. Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud in Anthony Franchi v. Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., described as a Canadian "international mining company focused on the operation and development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Southern Mongolia, which is the Company's principal and only material resource property" whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange; Ulf Quellmann, Brendan Lane, Luke Colton, Rio Tinto Plc, of England; Rio Tinto Limited, of Australia; Rio Tinto International Holdings Limited, of England; Jean-Sébastien Jacques, and Arnaud Soirat at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Caleb and Brown Pty. Ltd. v. Jon Barry Thompson et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a "racketeering scheme to embezzle funds from Plaintiff and multiple other victims, by fraudulently inducing them to enter into sham transactions orchestrated by Defendants for the purchase of digital currency" in Caleb and Brown Pty. Ltd., "a cryptocurrency trading and brokerage firm located in Melbourne, Australia" v. Jon Barry Thompson, Leland Nolan, Lee Jason Ratner, FTL Holding LLC, and Volantis Escrow Platform LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.