Seychelles

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.

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.

Aux Cayes Fintech Co. Ltd.: Statement of Allegations

Statement of Allegations in the matter of Aux Cayes Fintech Co. Ltd., described as a Seychelles-domiciled operator of "an online crypto asset trading platform", for "violating Ontario securities law", before the Ontario Securities Commission.

FinCEN v. BitMEX et al: $100M Fine

Public Notice by FinCEN that it has imposed a fine of $100 million on HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong, and HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, d.b.a. BitMEX, described as "a convertible virtual currency derivatives exchange".

CFTC v. BitMEX et al: $100M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $100 million against the operators of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc Limited, of Hong Kong, and HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, at the U. S. District 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.

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.

Briton Jonathan Ellis sues Binance and other crypto firms

British national Jonathan Ellis has filed a complaint in England against cryptocurrency firms domiciled in the Cayman Islands, Estonia, Lithuania, Seychelles, Switzerland, and United Kingdom, including cryptocurrency exchange Binance.

Mek Global Ltd. et al: Allegations

Statement of Allegations in the matter of Mek Global Limited, of the Seychelles, and PhoenixFin Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, collectively doing business as KuCoin, described as "an online crypto asset trading platform", before the Ontario Securities Commission.

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.

Polo Digital Assets Ltd.: Statement of Allegations

Statement of Allegations "for disregarding Ontario securities law and to signal that crypto asset trading platforms flouting Ontario securities law will face regulatory action" in Ontario Securities Commission v. Polo Digital Assets Ltd., a.k.a. Poloniex, described as a Seychelles-domiciled "online crypto asset trading platform", before the Ontario Securities Commission.

Domagoj Zdilar v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrencies in Domagoj Zdilar, described as "a citizen of the European Union" v. HDR Global Trading Limited, d.b.a. BitMEX, described as being domiciled in the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as being domiciled in California, and Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States who has resided in Hong Kong and Buffalo, New York, at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company et al v. Zhang Lan et al: Petition to Confirm Arbitral Awards (April 13, 2021)

Petition to Confirm Arbitral Awards in Hong Kong and Singapore totaling $142 million in La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company Limited and La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Group Holdings Limited, both of the Cayman Islands v. Zhang Lan, described as a citizen and resident of China; Grand Lan Holding Group (BVI) Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Qiao Jiang Lan Development Limited, formerly South Beauty Development Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Apex Lead Investment Holdings Limited, of the Seychelles, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Novasigma Limited: Unlicensed Activity

Public Warning by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission that Novasigma Limited "appears to be purporting to offer company management services in Gibraltar" without a license. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at Companies House Gibraltar showed that Novasigma Limited was incorporated in Gibraltar on May 21st, 2015 and, in its most recent annual return dated May 4th, 2018, the company's sole director was identified as Jussi Olavi Hallikas, described as a Finnish "tax advisor" residing in Tbilisi, Georgia, and its sole shareholder as Novasigma Limited, of the Seychelles. The company's website at www.novasigma.com is no longer operational. In his LinkedIn profile, Hallikas is currently described as "Managing Director" of "Fidelcrest", a company purportedly domiciled in Hungary that offers "forex trading" products and services at www.fidelcrest.com.

The Deposit Guarantee Fund v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by The Deposit Guarantee Fund, of Ukraine, to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG US and The Clearing House Payments Company, LLC for use in a "contemplated proceeding ... against PJSC National Credit Bank, Eastmond Sales LLP, Bank Frick & Co. AG, and other unknown fraudsters" in England for suspected fraud involving several jurisdictions, including England, Liechtenstein, Marshall Islands, Seychelles, Switzerland, and Ukraine, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nikolay Falin v. Magnus Thorstenn: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Nikolay Anatolyevich Falin, described as "a Russian businessperson and the owner of the Maximum Group, a group of Russian companies engaged in the transportation of oversized and industrial cargo", to take discovery from Magnus Gylfi Thorstenn, described as a lawyer in New York, for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands involving allegations of fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Lake Holding & Finance S.A. v. UBS AG et al: Discovery Application

Application by Lake Holding & Finance S.A., described as a British Virgin Islands company beneficially owned by Vladimir Vasilyevich Melnichenko, of Russia, to take discovery from UBS AG, Societe Generale/SG Private Bank, Banque Lombard Odier & Cie AG, a.k.a. Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie; CIM Banque SA, Kookmin Bank (Korea), Credit Suisse, PJSC Sberbank, Bank of America N.A., Citibank, N.A., Merrill Lynch Capital Corporation, Union Bancaire Privee CBI-TDB, Geneva, and BSI SA, Lugano for use in legal proceedings in Cyprus, France, Monaco, Russia, and Switzerland regarding alleged fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jerome Wilson-Chalkley v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving cryptocurrency in Jerome Wilson-Chalkley, of London, England v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, described as a Seychelles-domiciled "cryptocurrency/derivatives exchange"; ABS Global Trading Limited, of San Francisco, California, and Arthur Hayes at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

Proximity Aerospace Ltd. v. Stellar Aviation Company Inc.: Complaint

Complaint in Proximity Aerospace Ltd., of Labuan, for itself and as assignee of certain rights and interests of JetSmart Aviation Ltd., of the Seychelles v. Stellar Aviation Company Inc., of Delaware, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

CFTC sues operators of BitMEX crypto derivatives platform

The CFTC has sued eight companies and individuals in or from Bermuda, Hong Kong, Seychelles, United Kingdom, and the United States, alleging they operated a cryptocurrency derivatives platform without being registered.

CFTC v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

Complaint for alleged unregistered activity by a self-described "world's largest cryptocurrency derivatives platform in the world with billions of dollars' worth of trading each day" in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong; HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, all d.b.a. BitMEX; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Hong Kong; Ben Peter Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Hong Kong, and Samuel Reed, described as a U.S. citizen who resided in Milwaukee, WI, and Boston, MA, during the relevant period, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. David Cartu et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a massive fraudulent 'binary options' trading scheme" amounting to $165 million and involving individuals and companies in or from Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Israel, Seychelles, United Kingdom, and USA in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. David Cartu, Jonathan Cartu, and Joshua Cartu, described as brothers who are all citizens of Canada; Ryan Masten, of Austin, Texas; Leeav Peretz, a.k.a. Lee Cole, and Nati Peretz, both described as being "from Windsor, Ontario, Canada" and currently residing in Israel; All Out Marketing Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; BareIt Media LLC, d.b.a. SignalPush, of Texas; Blue Moon Investments Ltd., of the Seychelles, and Orlando Union Inc., of Belize, at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Dmitry Skobelev v. Oksana Murashova et al: Claim Form

Claim Form "seeking to enforce a Russian judgment" for $53 million in Dmitry Skobelev v. Oksana Murashova, Vyacheslav Kirilyuk, Sinalpia Ltd., Gina Sandra Esparon, Sophiatown Industries Ltd., and Lidon Trade Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

ABRAAJ Investment Management Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by the Joint Official Liquidators of ABRAAJ Investment Management Limited, of the Cayman Islands, to take discovery from Bank of America, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Goldman Sachs and Co., HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreqbank PSC, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank US, a.k.a. Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, New York Branch; Société Generale North America; BNP Paribas USA Inc.; Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, New York Branch, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "contemplated proceedings" regarding an alleged $385 million fraud by Pakistan citizen Asif Masood Naqvi at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BMA LLC v. BitMEX et al: Application for Third Party Evidence

Plaintiff's Ex Parte Application for Third Party Evidence Preservation Order on Twilio Inc., its subsidiary SendGrid Inc., and Intercom Inc. regarding a complaint alleging fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment involving "one of the largest cryptocurrency trading platforms in the world BitMEX" in BMA LLC, of Puerto Rico v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, described as a Seychelles-domiciled "holding company" with "more than a dozen affiliates around the world, including in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda, and the United States"; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as being based in San Francisco, California; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong; Ben Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom based in Hong Kong; and Samuel Reed, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Aldabra Consulting Services Ltd.: License Revocation

Announcement by the Seychelles Financial Services Authority that it has revoked the license of Aldabra Consulting Services Limited. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, according to an article by German news service Suddeutsche Zeitung on June 20th, 2018, Aldabra Consulting Services Limited was previously known as Mossack Fonseca but changed its name after the Mossack Fonseca group became involved in a global scandal as a result of the 'Panama Leaks' investigation that was co-ordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Aleksandr Kanyshev et al v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving a "cryptocurrency derivatives exchange platform" in Aleksandr Kanyshev, Nikita Luzhbin, and Miguel Villagra, all of Russia v. HDR Global Trading Limited, d.b.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles, and Arthur Hayes at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

BMA LLC v. BitMEX et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud, racketeering, and money laundering involving the "cryptocurrency derivatives exchange platform BitMEX" in BMA LLC, of Puerto Rico v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as being based in San Francisco, California; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong; Ben Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom based in Hong Kong; and Samuel Reed, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

BMA LLC v. BitMEX et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud, racketeering, and money laundering involving the "cryptocurrency derivatives exchange platform BitMEX" in BMA LLC, of Puerto Rico v. HDR Global Trading Limited, a.k.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as being based in San Francisco, California; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong; Ben Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom based in Hong Kong; and Samuel Reed, described as a citizen of the United States based in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Brett Messieh et al v. BitMEX et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud involving "one of the largest crypto-asset exchanges in the world, with a daily trading volume that regularly surpassed $3 billion in January 2020" in Brett Messieh, of Florida, and Drew Lee, of New York v. HDR Global Trading Limited, d.b.a. BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as a Delaware corporation based in Hong Kong; Arthur Hayes, Ben Delo, and Samuel Reed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Chase Williams et al v. HDR Global Trading Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging market manipulation and the sale of unregistered securities involving BitMEX, described as "one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world" that "acts like a casino with loaded dice", in Chase Williams and William Zhang v. HDR Global Trading Limited, described as "the owner of the trading platform called BitMEX, of the Seychelles; ABS Global Trading Limited, described as a Delaware company based in Hong Kong; Arthur Hayes, Ben Delo, and Samuel Reed, all described as residents of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Chase Williams v. KuCoin et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered securities involving a Singapore cryptocurrency exchange known as KuCoin in Chase Williams v. KuCoin, described as a Seychelles company that was based in Hong Kong before moving to Singapore; Michael Gan, Johnny Lyu, and Eric Don, all described as residents of Singapore, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Steve Bajic et al: Motion To Freeze Assets

SEC's Motion for an Order Freezing and Repatriating Assets in the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Steve M. Bajic, Rajesh Taneja, Norfolk Heights Ltd., Fountain Drive Ltd., Island Fortune Global Ltd., Crystalmount Ltd., Wisdom Chain Ltd., SSID Ltd., Sure Mighty Ltd., Tamarind Investments Inc., Kenneth Ciapala, Anthony Killarney, BlackLight SA, Christopher Lee McKnight, and Aaron Dale Wise at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Steve Bajic et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Steve M. Bajic, described as a dual citizen of Canada and Croatia; Rajesh Taneja, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Vietnam; Norfolk Heights Ltd., described as "a Seychelles company owned by a dual Mexican and Canadian citizen"; Fountain Drive Ltd., Island Fortune Global Ltd., Crystalmount Ltd., and Wisdom Chain Ltd., each described as "a Seychelles corporation with a registered address in Hong Kong"; SSID Ltd., of Hong Kong; Sure Mighty Ltd., described as "a Seychelles corporation owned by a Japanese citizen"; Tamarind Investments Inc., described as "an Anguillan corporation with registered addresses in Hong Kong and Thailand"; Kenneth Ciapala, described as "a citizen of Switzerland and the United Kingdom"; Anthony Killarney, described as "a citizen of the United Kingdom, a resident of Switzerland"; Blacklight SA, of Switzerland; Christopher Lee McKnight, of Canada, and Aaron Dale Wise, of Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Avalon FA Ltd. et al: Motion For Judgment

SEC's Motion for Judgment against Avalon, Fayyer, and Pustelnik in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Lek Securities Corporation, of New York; Samuel Lek, Vali Management Partners, d.b.a. Avalon FA Ltd., described as a Seychelles company based in Ukraine; Nathan Fayyer, described as being born in Moldova and "now a U.S. citizen", and Sergey Pustelnik, a.k.a. Serge Pustelnik, described as being born in Ukraine and "now a U.S. citizen", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Frank Amato et al v. HDR Global Trading Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in Frank Amato and RGB Coin Ltd., both of Ohio v. HDR Global Trading Limited, d.b.a. BitMEX, described as "the world's largest cryptocurrency trading platform", domiciled in the Seychelles, and Arthur Hayes, described as "a U.S. citizen and CEO of BitMEX", at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of California.

BM-Bank JSC v. Marker Craig LLC et al: Petition

Petition to Compel the Deposition of Bolour Associates Inc. regarding an alleged $595 million fraud involving Telman Ismailov, a citizen of Russia, and Vesto Trading Limited, of the Seychelles, in BM-Bank JSC, formerly known as BM-Bank PJSC and Bank of Moscow, of Russia v. Marker Craig LLC and Marker LLC at the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.

British fraud firm Etaireia Investments goes into administration

British firm Etaireia Investments Plc has gone into administration - four years after being exposed by OffshoreAlert for perpetrating a property-based investment fraud involving firms and individuals in the BVI, England, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Scotland, Seychelles, and Spain.