Channel Islands

Geoffrey Trebert: £87.5K Fine & Ban

News Release by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed a fine of £87,500 and disqualification on Geoffrey John Trebert for "his failure to meet the Minimum Criteria for Licensing".

Gary Durkin: £35K Fine

News Release by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed a fine of £35,000 on corporate service provider Gary William Jason Durkin "following his failure to meet the Minimum Criteria for Licensing".

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets Plc: £498K Fine

Public Statement by the Jersey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed a fine of £498,000 on Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets Plc (Jersey Branch) for regulatory breaches.

Golden Sphinx Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition (Jersey)

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, by Andrew Wood, as the Foreign Representative of Golden Sphinx Limited, described as a "passive investment-holding" vehicle whose ultimate beneficiaries are Alexander Sabadash, "formerly an elected Senator in Russia", his wife, Larisa Sabadash, and their two adult children and whose "principal assets" are a $45 million residence in Beverly Hills, California, and "certain debts from various parties", including Garry Itkin, described as a former director of the debtor who "engaged in fraudulent and unauthorized self-dealing actions", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Airbus A319-100 Aircraft: Seizure Warrant Application (‘Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch’)

Application for Seizure Warrant in USA v. Airbus A319-100 Aircraft, which was "purchased ... through a series of shell companies and trusts" in Aruba, Belize, Cyprus, and Jersey, in the Channel Islands involving accounts in England, Isle of Man, Switzerland, and USA and in which "an interest" is allegedly held by Andrei Skoch, described as "a member of Russia's State Duma" since 1999 and "a Deputy of the Duma", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

FourWorld Event Opportunities LP et al v. Fenwick & West LLP et al: Discovery Application (Cayman Islands Proceedings)

Application by FourWorld Event Opportunities LP, of New york, and Genesis Emerging Markets Investment Company, of Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, to take discovery from Fenwick & West LLP and Morrow Sodali International LLC for use in legal proceedings in the Cayman Islands regarding "the fair value of the shares of the company 58.com", described as "China’s largest online classifieds business", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

ITI Trade Ltd.: Appointment of Administration Managers

Public Notice by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that Matthew Wright and Andrew Duncan, both of Leonard Curtis CI Limited, have been appointed as Joint Administration Managers of ITI Trade Limited.

Artemis Trustees Ltd.: £450K Fine

Public Notice by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed a fine of £450,000 on Artemis Trustees Limited for "their failure to meet the minimum criteria for licensing".

IQ EQ (Jersey) Ltd.: £803K Fine

Public Statement by the Jersey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed a fine of £803,661 on IQ EQ (Jersey) Limited, formerly known as First Names (Jersey) Limited, for regulatory breaches.

USA v. Raymond Galliani: Complaint

Complaint "to collect unpaid federal civil penalty assessments and interest" from a "sophisticated taxpayer" who "established a maze of offshore entities to conceal his beneficial ownership of entities and foreign financial accounts holding millions of dollars", including those in the Bahamas, Guernsey, and Nevis, in USA v. Raymond Galliani, of Moraga, California, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. ‘Roman Abramovich airplanes’: Seizure Application ($410M)

Seizure Application for two airplanes worth $410 million allegedly beneficially owned by Roman Abramovich, a citizen of Russia, "through a series of shell companies" in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, and Jersey, in the Channel Islands, in USA v. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Aircraft and Gulfstream G650ER Aircraft at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

VTBC Asset Management International Ltd.: Administration (‘Russo-Ukrainian war’)

News Release by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has successfully applied for the administration of VTBC Asset Management International Limited "in order to protect the interests of investors and the reputation of the Bailiwick as a financial centre given the ongoing impact of sanctions resulting from the Russo-Ukrainian war".

SEC v. Ronald Bauer et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving individuals and entities in or from Belize, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Cyprus, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Liechtenstein, Monaco, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ronald Bauer, Craig James Auringer, Alon Friedlander, Massimilano Pozzoni, Daniel Mark Ferris, Petar Dmitrov Mihaylov, David Sidoo, and Adam Christopher Kambeitz at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Arkansas Teacher Retirement System v. Clarivate Plc et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud bleichmarin Arkansas Teacher Retirement System v. Clarivate Plc, described as "an information services and analytics company" domiciled in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and based in London, England; Jerre Stead, Richard Hanks, Sheryl von Blucher, Kosty Gillis, Balakrishnan S. Iyer, Nicholas Macksey, Anthony Munk, Jane Okun Bomba, Charles J. Neral, Richard W. Roedel, Christine Archbold, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., BofA Securities Inc., RBC Capital Markets LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., JPMorgan Securities LLC, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP at the U. s. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Nebahat Evyap İşbilen v. Standard Chartered Bank et al: Discovery Application (‘£40M Fraud’)

Application by Nebahat Evyap İşbilen, described as a 76-year-old "Turkish national resident in the United Kingdom", to take discovery from Standard Chartered Bank, Citigroup Inc. d.b.a. Citibank; Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A., Goldman Sachs and Co., Bank of America N.A., Deutsche Bank A.G., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank, Société Générale, and M&T Bank Corporation for use in legal proceedings in England against entities in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, England, Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and United Arab Emirates regarding "a multinational fraud committed against her by Mr. Selman Turk", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jameena Ltd. et al v. Andrew Turner et al: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons in Jameena Limited, of Jersey, in the Channels Islands, and Hassanco SA v. Gary Spiller, of Spain; Andrew Turner, Samuel Knowles, Conrad Nunez, Richard Niguid, Ricardo Fiorilli Lozano, and Michelle Baquit, all of France, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Kevin Parot v. Clarivate Plc et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Kevin Parot v. Clarivate Plc, described as "an information services and analytics company" based in London, England, and domiciled in Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Jerre Stead, and Richard Hanks at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Robert Sinclair: £196K Fine & Industry Ban

Public Notice by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed a fine of £196,000 and disqualification on Robert Archibald Gilchrist Sinclair.

Ryan O’Dell v. Mimecast Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Ryan O'Dell v. Mimecast Limited, described as a Jersey, Channel Islands-domiciled, London-based company that "provides cloud security and risk management services for corporate information and email"; Peter Bauer, Aron Ain, Helene Auriol Potier, Alpna J. Doshi, Christopher Fitzgerald, Neil Murray, Robert P. Schechter, Hagi Schwartz, and Stephen Ward at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Hansard Ltd. et al: £398K Fines

Public Statement by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed fines totaling £398,300 on Hansard Limited, Andrew Neil Parr, Alan Peter Northmore, Philip Clive Blows, David Samuel Lloyd, and Lynn Giovinazzi for regulatory breaches.

Nordic Aviation Capital Designated Activity Company: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Nordic Aviation Capital Designated Activity Company, of Ireland, part of a group that is "the world’s largest regional aircraft lessor and the sixth largest commercial aircraft lessor, offering leasing and lease management solutions to airlines and aircraft investors worldwide" and comprises companies in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, and United States, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Hunters Investments Ltd. v. Sanne Holdings Ltd. et al: Judgment

Judgment granting an application to remove Carey Olsen as legal representatives of four of the five defendants due to a conflict of interest in a case regarding allegations of fraud involving the valuation of Sanne Holdings Limited and Sanne Fiduciary Services Limited in Hunters Investments Limited v. Geoffrey Crill, Simon Young, Peter Machon, Sanne Holdings Limited, Sanne Fiduciary Services Limited, formerly known as Sanne Trust Company Limited, at the Royal Court of Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

Jersey: James Patrick Gorton Baker

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Jersey, in the Channel Islands - for a criminal investigation into James Patrick Gorton Baker for suspected money laundering involving the proceeds of an "investment scam".

JSC BTA Bank v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application (‘$7.5B Fraud’)

Application by JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan, to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC and "thirteen intermediary banks", namely Bank of America NA, Bank of China, The Bank of New York, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank NA, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company, HSBC Bank USA NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Société Générale AG, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank NA regarding Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-domiciled Panolos Limited for use in legal proceedings in England "against BTA Bank's former chairman, and primary shareholder, Mukhtar Ablyazov, upon BTA Bank's discovery that Ablyazov had illegally misappropriated as much as $7.5 Billion of BTA Bank’s assets and subsequently laundered the proceeds through multiple financial institutions all over the world", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Sarnia Yachts (Malta) Ltd.: €2.5K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed an administrative fine of €2,500 on Sarnia Yachts (Malta) Limited, which is owned by a company in Guernsey, for failure to submit its "Audited Financial Statements and Auditor’s Management Letter within the regulatory deadline".

Apex Financial Services (Trustees) Ltd. v. Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove: Complaint

Complaint for damages of £353,002 alleging professional negligence involving 'Inheritance Tax' liabilities of a trust settled by Lance Uggla, described as a "UK resident but foreign domiciled for income and capital gains tax purposes", in Apex Financial Services (Trustees) Ltd., of Jersey, in the Channel Islands v. Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove, a law firm based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

ASHINC Corp. v. Yucaipa American Alliance Fund I LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint seeking damages "in excess of $300 million" against entities in Guernsey, Luxembourg, Qatar, and the USA in Catherine E. Youngman, Litigation Trustee for ASHINC Corporation et al, as successor to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of ASHINC Corporation and its Affiliated Debtors v. Yucaipa American Alliance Fund I LLC, Yucaipa American Management LLC, American Airlines Master Fixed Benefit Pension Plan Trust, American Private Equity Partners II LP, Automotive Machinists Pension Trust, Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles, California Public Employees’ Retirement System, Carpenters Pension Trust Fund for Northern California, Coller Partners 702 LP Inc., Clouse S.A., Consolidated Retirement Fund, Lam Private Equity LLC, ILGWU Death Benefit Fund 4, International SIF SICAV SA, Locals 302 & 612 of The International Union of Operating Engineers - Employers Construction Industry Retirement Trust, Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System, National Retirement Fund, New Mexico State Investment Council, New Mexico State Investment Council Land Grant Permanent Fund, New Mexico State Investment Council Severance Tax Permanent Fund, New York City Employees’ Retirement System, New York City Fire Department Pension Fund, New York City Police Pension Fund, Northeast Carpenters Pension Fund, Pacific Coast Roofers Pension Plan, Sanba II Investment Company, State Street Bank and Trust Company (as Trustee on behalf of American Airlines Master Fixed Benefit Pension Plan Trust), Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore Inc. - International Longshoremen’s Association (AFL-CIO) Pension Fund, Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Pension Plan for Employees, and Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Roger Kirby v. David Zalaznick et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving an "illegal" $200 million loan in Roger W. Kirby, individually and as sole Trustee of The Augustus R. A. Kirby 2020 Revocable Trust and The Jane A. Kirby 2020 Revocable Trust v. David W. Zalaznick, described as a resident of Florida; John W. Jordan II, of Illinois; JZ Capital Partners Ltd., of Guernsey, in the Channel Islands; JZCP Realty Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Jordan/Zalaznick Advisors Inc., JZ 184-204 Bedford LLC, Red Zky JZ Fulton Holdings LLC, RS JZ Greenpoint LLC, and RS JZ Wynwood Holdings LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.