Russia

Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation et al v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation PJSC, described as "one of Russia’s largest full-service commercial banks" that went into administration in 2017 and received "a USD $8 billion bail-out using public funds", and National Bank Trust PJSC, described as being "owned by the Otkritie Group", to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas for use in legal proceedings in England regarding "a complex fraudulent scheme" involving "prominent Russian businessman named Boris Mints, his family, and his affiliated entities", including British Virgin Islands-domiciled Coniston Management Limited, that allegedly caused a loss of $500 million, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ukraine v. Tatneft: Motion to Quash Subpoenas (citing “Russia’s imminently threatened invasion of Ukraine”)

Notice of Ukraine's Motion to Quash or Modify Third-Party Subpoenas served on 52 financial institutions, claiming that "in the context of Russia’s imminently threatened invasion of Ukraine, a Russian oil company with close ties to the Russian government should not be permitted to use discovery in aid of a judgment as a pretext for demanding sensitive information bearing on Ukraine’s military, national security, and monetary stability" in Ukraine v. PAO Tatneft at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Ilya Lichtenstein et al: Criminal Complaint (‘$4.5B Stolen Crypto’)

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiring to defraud the United States involving Bitcoin currently "valued at over $4.5 billion" that was allegedly stolen in a 2016 hack of Bitfinex, a cryptocurrency exchange operated by a British Virgin Islands-domiciled firm in USA v. Ilya Lichtenstein, described as "a Russian-U.S. national residing in New York", and his wife, Heather Rhiannon Morgan.

BM-Bank JSC v. Naila Sadikhova: Complaint

Complaint "to pierce the corporate veil of two judgment debtors Marker LLC and Marker Craig LLC" in BM-Bank JSC, f.k.a. Bank of Moscow, described as "an international bank based in Moscow" v. Naila Sadikhova at the Eighth Judicial District Court for Clark County, Nevada.

Family Office Malta Ltd.: €3,750 Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €3,750 on Family Office Malta Limited for a regulatory breach.

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Brandon Ng & Cookie Choi’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Costs

Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs by Brandon Ng and Cookie Choi after a Temporary Asset Freeze Order against them was dismissed in a case in which they have been accused of stealing Bitcoin worth $80 million in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Ecuador: Dmitri Grekov et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Westpac Financial Services Company - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Dmitri Andreevich Grekov, Vadim Vasilenko, Anton Vereshchagin, Oleg Kruglov, all described as citizens of Russia and "members of a drug trafficking organization", and others for suspected money laundering.
Alexei and Dmitri Ananyev

Russian investigators seek records from 3 NY banks in hunt for assets of ‘multi-billion dollar bank fraudsters Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev’

Russia's National Bank Trust is seeking records from three New York banks as part of its attempt to recover the proceeds of "a multi-billion dollar banking fraud perpetrated by two brothers, Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev", who are allegedly linked with entities in several jurisdictions, including Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Cyprus, Marshall Islands, and Seychelles.

PJSC National Bank Trust v. JPMorgan Chase NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by PJSC National Bank Trust, of Russia, to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase NA, Bank of New York Mellon, and Citibank NA for use in legal proceedings in Cyprus regarding "a multi-billion dollar banking fraud perpetrated by two brothers, Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Steven Kowalski v. Brandon Ng et al: Transcript of ‘Motion to Dissolve Injunction’ Hearing

Transcript of evidentiary hearing on a motion by Brandon Ng and Cookie Choi to dissolve an asset freeze injunction in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Steven Kowalski v. Brandon Ng et al: Order Dissolving Injunction

Order dissolving freeze injunction against Brandon Ng and Cookie Choi in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Anatoly Motylev v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by Kevin Hellard and Jonathan Thielmann, as Joint Trustees in the English bankruptcy proceedings of Anatoly Leonidovich Motylev, who "is responsible for the collapse of several Russian banks and pension funds that he controlled and has been held liable for these institutions’ debts as a result of the fraud he and his associates perpetrated", to take discovery from Bank of America NA, Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., HSBC Bank, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, and Commerzbank AG, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The alleged fraud and money laundering scheme involves entities and accounts in several jurisdictions, including Austria, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, England, Germany, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Panama, Russia, Scotland, Seychelles, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and USA, it was stated in the application.

SEC v. Vladislav Kliushin et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Vladislav Kliushin, a.k.a. Vladislav Klyushin; Nikolai Rumiantcev, a.k.a. Nikolay Rumyantcev; Mikhail Irzak, Igor Sladkov, and Ivan Yermakov, a.k.a. Ivan Ermakov, all described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Andrey Titarenko et al v. BVI AG et al: Fixed Date Claim Form

Fixed Date Claim Form seeking that "Judgments and Orders be quashed" and other relief in Andrey Titarenko, a citizen of Russia; Romos Limited, and Goldfort Limited v. The Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands, Adrian Jack, and Gerhard Wallbank, both judges at the British Virgin Islands High Court, at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

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.

State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency v. Standard Chartered Bank: Discovery Application

Application by the State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency, of Russia, on behalf of International Bank of St. Petersburg, to take discovery from Standard Chartered Bank for use in "anticipated proceedings in Russia ... against Sergei Bazhanov (the former Chairman of the Management Board and majority shareholder of IBSP), Alexander Zuev (a former member of IBSP’s Board of Directors and Bazhanov's brother-in-law), and Hervet Investments Limited, a minority shareholder of IBSP" regarding "a series of fraudulent transactions", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Freeze Application

Application for a Temporary Injunction in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

VTB Capital Plc: $6.4M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $6.4 million on VTB Capital Plc regarding "material omissions and misleading statements in a 2016 bond offering for which VTB Capital Plc, a London-based investment bank, acted with Credit Suisse Group AG as joint-lead manager".

JSC BTA Bank v. Timur Sabyrbaev et al: Claim Form (‘$231M Fraud’)

Claim Form alleging conspiracy to commit fraud, dishonest assistance, breaches of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment against defendants in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Germany, Guernsey, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Panama, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, and USA in JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan v. Timur Sabyrbaev, Dilara Dyusembayeva, Assel Zhaxybayeva, Asel Suindikova, Marina Aitzhanova, Janelle Utemuratova, Svetlana Chvanova, Veronika Efimova, Saduakas Mameshtegi, Dina Abdykalykova, Akzholtay Mukanovna Kalenova, Kairat Sadykov, Irina Kanaphina, Madina Nurgozhina, AEG Systems Inc., Calernen Finance Inc., Zathen Holding Investments Limited, formerly Carsonway Limited; Comwork Ltd.,Kinmate Trading Limited, Estar Developments Limited, Lingard Industry Limited, Daniels Tradecorp Inc., Mabco Inc., Klostrade Financial Group Ltd., Dana Trade Corp., Global Team Company, Tramlanes Investments Limited, formerly Bergtrans Contracts Corp.; Moranta Invest (Cyprus) Limited, John Wortley Hunt, Luis Davis, Stan Gorin, Vasiliki Argyrou, Labonte Elisana Marie-Antoinette, Diego Jacinto Batista Valdes, Carlos Alberto Mendoza Murillo, Suseth Walthia Parris, Kellee France, Geoffrey Taylor, Belinda Lanyon, Christopher Blythe, Roger Alberto Santamaria, Nicholetta Christodoulidou, ADM-ACTI Trade Resources Inc., ADM Asia-Pacific Trading Pte. Ltd., formerly Toepfer International Asia Pte. Ltd.; ADM Germany GmbH, formerly Alfred C. Toepfer International GmbH; Eric Richardson, Grove Services Inc., Bunge SA, Bunge CIS LLC, Dauren Bekbergenov, Ekaterina Kuzmicheva, Mukhtar Ablyazov, Roman Solodchenko, and Zhaksylyk Zharimbetov at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

USA v. Mark Gyetvay: Release & Conditions Order

Order of Release on $80 million bond and other conditions in USA. Mark Gyetvay, the Chief Financial Officer of Russian gas producer Novatek who is apparently a citizen of Italy, Russia, and the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

USA v. Mark Gyetvay: USA’s Motion for Conditions of Release

Motion to Set Conditions of Release in USA v. Mark Gyetvay, a citizen of Italy, Russia, and the United States charged with "a decade-long tax evasion scheme that involved his failure to report over $40 million of income to the IRS", at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

USA v. Mark Gyetvay: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging tax evasion involving companies or accounts in Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Russia, and Switzerland in USA v. Mark Gyetvay, the Chief Financial Officer of Russian gas producer Novatek who is apparently a citizen of Italy, Russia, and the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Terra Invest LLC v. Vladislav Doronin: Discovery Application

Application by Terra Invest LLC to take discovery from Vladislav Doronin "for use in foreign civil and criminal proceedings pending and under investigation in Russia" involving "a fraudulent scheme that forced Terra Invest out of a lucrative residential real estate project located in Moscow", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

VUZ-Bank JSC v. Ashley Bahceci: Discovery Application

Application by VUZ-Bank JSC, described as "a commercial bank in Russia and 100% subsidiary of Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development CB PJSC, to take discovery from Ashley Anderson Bahceci for use in "reasonably contemplated criminal proceedings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates" regarding "a fraud perpetrated on VUZ Bank by a number of parties, including, but not limited to, Rus-AgroExport LLC, Hakan Holdings Limited, and Hakan Agro DMCC", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

VUZ-Bank JSC v. Agropex International Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by VUZ-Bank JSC, of Russia, to take discovery from Agropex International Inc. and Hakan Holdings Limited for use in "reasonably contemplated criminal proceedings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates" regarding "a fraud perpetrated on VUZ Bank by a number of parties, including, but not limited to, Rus-AgroExport LLC, Hakan Holdings Limited, and Hakan Agro DMCC", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Alma Trade LLC v. USA: Motion to Quash IRS Summonses

Notice of Motion to Quash IRS Summonses issued to JPMorgan Chase Bank, Santander NA, and TD Bank regarding "the Russian Income Tax Liabilities of JSC Topprom" in Alma Trade LLC v. USA at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Recovery Partners GP Ltd. et al v. Fisher Island Investments Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Recovery Partners GP Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Revoker LLP, of England, to take discovery from Fisher Island Investments, Inc., Fisher Island Holdings, LLC, PDS Development LLC, and PDS HOLDCO I LLC for use in legal proceedings in England "against Irakli Rukhadze, Igor Alexeev, Benjamin Marson, Hunnewell Partners (UK) LP, Hunnewell Partners (BVI) Limited, Park Street (GP) Limited, Park Street (BR) Limited, Park Street (GS) Limited, Park Street (L) Limited" regarding "the identification and recovery of assets belonging directly or indirectly to the members of the family of the late Georgian businessman, Arkadi Patarkatsishvili", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

MaplesFS Ltd. v. Bank Otkritie et al: Originating Application

Originating Application in MaplesFS Limited v. B&B Protector Services Limited, of the Cayman Islands; PJSC National Bank Trust, of Russia, and PJSC Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation, of Russia, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Uralsib Bank v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Uralsib Bank PJSC, of Russia, to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York Branch; HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank Plc, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, The Bank of Nova Scotia, New York Agency; UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch, The Clearing House Payments Company, LLC, Paypal, Inc., and MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Russia "to recover a debt" of $4.3 million allegedly owed by Denis Smyslov, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Makhpal Karibzhanova v. Mubadala Fund et al: Discovery Application

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.

SEC v. Mikhail Kokorich: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mikhail Kokorich, described as a citizen of Russia residing in Switzerland who "since 2018 has faced repeated adverse determinations from U.S. government agencies for national security reasons", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Momentus Inc. et al: $8M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties of $8 million on Momentus Inc., Stable Road Acquisition Corp., SRC-NI Holdings LLC, and Brian Kabot for alleged securities fraud involving, inter alia, Mikhail Kokorich, described as "a Russian citizen residing in Switzerland".

Vitaly Smagin: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Russia by Evgeniy Nikolaevich Ratnikov, as the Foreign Representative of Vitaly Ivanovich Smagin, described as a Russian debtor who, inter alia, "recently took actions in the country of Liechtenstein aimed at concealing his assets", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.
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