South Africa

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.

USA v. Riccardo Spagni: Extradition Complaint

Complaint for the extradition of Riccardo Paolo Spagni from the USA to South Africa to face allegations of fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Depaho Ltd.: License Suspension

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission announcing that it has suspended the license of Depaho Ltd. for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cyprus Registrar of Companies showed that Depaho Ltd. was incorporated in Cyprus on August 11th, 2011 and its directors are Hananel Levi, Charalampos Hatziokonomou, Aida Rizk, Petros Nakouzi, Neda Herodotou, and Marios Economou. On the company's website at www.depaho.eu, it is stated that Depaho Ltd. "operates under the brand names GTCM, FXGM and TradeApp" and, apart from Cyprus, "is also authorized by the South Africa Financial Sector Conduct Authority".

Capricorn Trustees Ltd.: €32K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €32,000 on Capricorn Trustees Ltd. for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that Capricorn Trustees Ltd. was incorporated in Malta on July 10th, 2012, its directors are Kevin Forrest, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in South Africa, and Olivia Micallef, of Malta, and its sole shareholder is Guy William Edmunds, a citizen of Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom who "passed away" on June 15th, 2021.

Frazer Solar GmbH v. Kingdom of Lesotho: Petition to Enforce Foreign Arbitral Award

Petition to Enforce Foreign Arbitral Award in the amount of €50 million, plus interest, costs and fees, in Frazer Solar GmbH, described as a German company that "designs, constructs and facilitates the financing of renewable energy projects in multiple countries around the world" v. The Kingdom of Lesotho at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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.

Comair Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in South Africa by Shaun Collyer and Richard A. Ferguson, as the Foreign Representatives of Comair Limited (in Business Rescue), described as "one of the largest regional commercial airline companies in Southern Africa", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oak Trust (Guernsey) Ltd. et al v. William Dewsall: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud involving Gable Holdings Inc., of the Cayman Islands, and Gable Insurance AG, of Liechtenstein, in Kevin Alcock, Corita Metelerkamp, both of Surrey, England; Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited, of Guernsey; Baytree Group Holdings Limited, Morvale Company Limited, Aggaris Investments Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands; Christopher Lawrance, Roy Campbell, both of South Africa, and CriSeren Investments Limited, of Wales v. William Dewsall, of London, England, at the High Court for England and Wales.

East Asian Consortium BV v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by East Asian Consortium B.V., of the Netherlands, to take discovery from the New York branches of Bank of America, N.A., Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas USA, China Construction Bank, Citibank N.A., HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., MashreqBank PSC, Standard Chartered Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for use in legal proceedings in South Africa "against MTN Group Ltd., MTN International (Mauritius) Ltd., Mobile Telephone Networks Holding (Pty) Limited, MTN International (Pty) Ltd., Phutuma Freedom Nhleko, and Irene Charnley", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Solax Energia Altiplano SA de CV et al v. Ithuba Credit Corp. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging, inter alia, fraud in Solax Energia Altiplano SA de CV, of Mexico, and Solax Energy LLC v. Ithuba Credit Corporation, Ithuba Savings and Credit, of South Africa; Ithuba Investment Bank and Statutory Trust, Ithuba Business Advisory Services Inc., Ithuba Holdings Inc., ISCC Group of Companies, of South Africa; Jean Bilala, and Sefudi Paul Maleka, both described as citizens of South Africa, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Petra Diamonds US$ Treasury Plc: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Jacques Breytenbach, as the Foreign Representative of Petra Diamonds US$ Treasury Plc, described as being part of "an independent diamond mining group and supplier of gem quality rough diamonds to the international market", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Malcolm Duncan v. Max Barber et al: Receivership Motion Opposition

Max Barber's Opposition to Malcolm Duncan's Motion for an Order "appointing a receiver to sell the set of Nelson Mandela gold hands and accompanying certificates of authentication (the "Mandela Hands"); and (ii) modifying the February 27, 2020 temporary restraining order to permit the receiver to sell the Mandela Hands" in Malcolm Duncan, a citizen of South Africa v. Max Barber, SION Trading FZE, of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates, and Barlan Enterprises Ltd., d.b.a. Guernsey's, a firm of auctioneers based in New York, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

I.T. Knowledge and Expertise CC v. Visa Inc.: Discovery Application

Application by I.T. Knowledge and Expertise CC, of South Africa, to take discovery from Visa Inc. for use in legal proceedings in South Africa against First National Bank Limited, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Malcolm Duncan v. Max Barber et al: Receivership Motion

Malcolm Duncan's Motion for an Order "appointing a receiver to sell the set of Nelson Mandela gold hands and accompanying certificates of authentication (the "Mandela Hands"); and (ii) modifying the February 27, 2020 temporary restraining order to permit the receiver to sell the Mandela Hands" in Malcolm Duncan, a citizen of South Africa v. Max Barber, SION Trading FZE, of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates, and Barlan Enterprises Ltd., d.b.a. Guernsey's, a firm of auctioneers based in New York, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Century Banking Corporation Ltd.: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission that it has revoked the Islamic Banking License of Century Banking Corporation Ltd. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Corporate and Business Registration Department for Mauritius showed that Century Banking Corporation Ltd. was incorporated on May 21st, 2008, its directors are Charles Mark Broadley, of Hong Kong; Waleed Qassim Bangash, of Bahrain; Shakil Ibrahim Moollan, and Rajendra Kumar Ujoodha, all of Mauritius; its secretary is Muhammad Houmayd Sulleman Rawat, of Mauritius, and its sole shareholder is CBC Capital Limited, of Hong Kong. Research in the Hong Kong Companies Registry showed that the sole director of CBC Capital Limited is Charles Mark Broadley; and its sole shareholder is Oryx Investment Limited, of Hong Kong, and that the sole director of Oryx Investment Limited is Kenneth Richard Wyness, a citizen of South Africa residing in Mauritius, and its sole shareholder is Ghanim Saad M. Alsaad Al-Kuwari, of Qatar. Charles Broadley ceased being a director of Oryx Investment Limited on July 31st, 2019.

CFTC v. Dennis Jali et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendants "orchestrated a Ponzi scheme that ultimately yielded over $28 million in fraudulently solicited funds from over 1,000 individuals, entities, and groups of individuals" in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Dennis Jali, described as a citizen of South Africa; Arley Ray Johnson, of Maryland; John Frimpong, a.k.a. 'Dr. John Erasmus'; 1st Million LLC, a.k.a. 1stMillionDollars, of Maryland; Smart Partners LLP, of Delaware, and Access2Assets LLC, of Maryland, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

SEC v. Dennis Jali et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendants "fraudulently raised more than $27 million from approximately 1,200 investors, many of them African immigrants" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Dennis M. Jali, described as a citizen of South Africa; John E. Frimpong, described as a citizen of Ghana; Arley R. Johnson, of Maryland; The Smart Partners LLC, of Delaware, and 1st Million LLC, of Maryland, as Defendants, and Access2Assets LLC, of Maryland, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Nkwe Platinum Ltd. v. Glendina Ltd. et al: Originating Summons

Originating Summons in Nkwe Platinum Limited, of Bermuda v. Glendina Limited, of Australia, as Trustee of the Sunset Superannuation Fund; Genorah Resources Proprietary Limited, of South Africa, and 456 individual defendants from Australia, Germany, Isle of Man, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States at Bermuda Supreme Court.

The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited to take discovery from Bank of America N.A., Bank of Baroda, Bank of China, New York Branch; The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas, New York Branch; Citibank N.A. Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank (USA) N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreq Bank, New York Branch; National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Societe Generale, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; UBS AG, New York Branch, and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. for use in legal proceedings in South Africa involving Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited and allegations of "money laundering, common law fraud, and securities fraud", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Griffin Line Trading LLC v. Centaur Ventures Ltd. et al: Judgment

Ruling regarding an application for a worldwide freezing order in Griffin Line Trading LLC, of Dubai v. Centaur Ventures Ltd., a Bermuda company that "acted as a commodities trader of coal in South Africa", and Daniel James McGowan at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Benjamin Steinmetz v. Vale SA et al: Discovery Application

Application by Benjamin Steinmetz, of Israel, described as an "adviser" to BSG Resources Limited, "a Guernsey-based international mining and natural resources company", to take discovery from Vale SA, described as a Brazil company that is "one of the largest mining companies in the world"; Vale Americas Inc., Rio Tinto Plc, and Rio Tinto Limited for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom involving Vale S.A., of Brazil; Vale Holdings B.V., of the Netherlands, and Vale International S.A., of Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Remi Laba v. JBO Worldwide Supply Pty Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging unjust enrichment in Remi Laba, of New York v. JBO Worldwide Supply Pty Ltd., of South Africa, and Orange Butterfly Holdings (Mauritius) International Limited, of Mauritius, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

DIGOIL v. DR Congo: Petition to Confirm Arbitral Award

Petition to Confirm Arbitral Award of $619 million in DIGOIL, formerly known as Divine Inspiration Group, described as "a South African-controlled exploration company headquartered in South Africa" v. Democratic Republic of Congo at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Joseph Brice v. Regina: Appeal Judgment

Judgment setting aside on a technicality the criminal conviction for theft of trust company operator Joseph Brice, who transferred $950,000 of client funds to his own account for his personal use without the client's permission, in Joseph Brice v. Regina at Anguilla Court of Appeal.

William Zhang v. Civic Technologies Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered securities involving digital tokens known as CVC in William Zhang v. Civic Technologies Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled "blockchain-focused software development company ... with offices in California and Cape Town, South Africa"; Vinny Lingham, and Jonathan Smith, both residents of San Francisco, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

OneWeb Global Ltd. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by OneWeb Global Limited, of England; 1021823 B.C. Ltd., of Canada; Network Access Associates Limited, of England; OneWeb ApS, of Greenland; OneWeb Chile SpA, of Chile; OneWeb Communications Limited, of England; OneWeb G.K., of Japan; OneWeb Global Limited, of England; OneWeb Holdings LLC, of New York; OneWeb Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; OneWeb Ltd., of Malta; OneWeb Network Access Holdings Limited, of England; OneWeb Norway AS, of Norway; WorldVu Australia Pty Ltd., of Australia; WorldVu Development LLC, of Nevada; WorldVu JV Holdings LLC, of Delaware; WorldVu Mexico, S. DE R. L. DE C.V., of Mexico; WorldVu Satellites Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; WorldVu South Africa (Pty) Ltd., of South Africa, and WorldVu Unipessoal Lda, of Portugal, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Jack Warner et al: Third Superseding Indictment

Third Superseding Indictment adding four new defendants, including former executives of 21st Century Fox, Inc., of the United States, and Imagina Media Audiovisual SL, of Spain, alleging racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud, tax fraud, and unlawful procurement of naturalization regarding alleged bribery and corruption involving FIFA and other soccer organizations in USA v. Hugo Jinkis, a citizen of Argentina; Mariano Jinkis, a citizen of Argentina; Full Play Group SA, of Uruguay; Hernan Lopez, a citizen of the U.S. and Argentina; Carlos Martinez, a citizen of the U.S. and Mexico; Gerard Romy, a citizen of Spain; Ariel Alvarado, a citizen of Panama; Manuel Burga, a citizen of Peru; Luis Chiriboga, a citizen of Ecuador; Marco Polo Del Nero, a citizen of Brazil; Eduardo Deluca, a citizen of Argentina; Eugenio Figueredo, a citizen of the U.S. and Uruguay; José Luís Meiszner, a citizen of Argentina; Romer Osuna, a citizen of Bolivia; Ricardo Teixeira, a citizen of Brazil; Reynaldo Vasquez, a citizen of El Salvador, and Jack Warner, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Malcolm Duncan v. Max Barber et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud regarding "gold casts of President Nelson Mandela's hands" and a Bermuda/Canada-based cryptocurrency group known as 'Arbitrade' in Malcolm Duncan, of Texas v. Max Barber, of Utah; SION Trading FZE, of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates, and Barlan Enterprises Ltd., d.b.a. Guernsey's, of New York, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.
Minette Coetzee and Paul Segal

EXPOSED: Symtomax Group’s fraudulent €12M Bond Offering

A €12 million bond offering by British nationals Minette Coetzee, a.k.a. Minette Compson, and Paul Segal via their Symtomax Group for a purported medical cannabis production facility in Portugal is fraudulent, OffshoreAlert can reveal. The scheme involves entities and individuals in the BVI, Canada, Dubai, England, Gibraltar, Morocco, Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, and Switzerland.

Ronit Chamani v. Quasar Mining Group Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "fraudulent misrepresentations and omissions, breaches of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment" regarding a cryptocurrency scheme in Ronit Chamani, of South Africa v. Quasar Mining Group Inc., Paul Tyree, and Nicholas Gubitosi at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

August Carbera et al v. Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging Violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act in August Carbera et al v. Black & Veatch Special Projects Corporation, described as a Delaware company based in Kansas; Centerra Group, LLC, described as a Delaware company based in Florida; DAI Global LLC, described as a Delaware company based in Maryland; Environmental Chemical Corporation, described as a Kentucky company based in California; G4S Holdings International (AG) Limited, described as a "wholly owned subsidiary of G4S Plc", of England; G4S Risk Management Limited, of England; Janus Global Operations LLC, described as a Delaware company based in Tennessee; Louis Berger Group, Inc., described as a Delaware company based in New Jersey; Louis Berger International, Inc., described as a Delaware company based in New Jersey; The Louis Berger Group, Inc./Black & Veatch Special Projects Corporation Joint Venture, based in Washington, DC; MTN Group Limited, described as "a South African telecommunications company whose stock trades publicly on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange"; MTN (Dubai) Limited, of Dubai, and MTN Afghanistan, of Afghanistan, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Oak Trust (Guernsey) Ltd. et al v. William Dewsall: Claimants’ Amended Reply

Claimants' Amended Reply to Defendant's Amended Defense regarding Gable Holdings Inc., of the Cayman Islands, and Gable Insurance AG, of Liechtenstein, in Kevin Alcock, of Surrey, England; Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited, of Guernsey; Baytree Group Holdings Limited, Morvale Company Limited, and Aggaris Investments Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands; Christopher Lawrance, of South Africa; Corita Metelerkamp, of Surrey, England; Roy Campbell, of South Africa, and CriSeren Investments Limited, of Wales v. William Dewsall, of London, England, at the High Court for England and Wales.

Oak Trust (Guernsey) Ltd. et al v. William Dewsall: Amended Defense

Amended Defense by William Dewsall in a dispute involving Gable Holdings Inc., of the Cayman Islands, and Gable Insurance AG, of Liechtenstein, in Kevin Robert Alcock, of Surrey, England; Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited, of Guernsey; Baytree Group Holdings Limited, Morvale Company Limited, and Aggaris Investments Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands; Christopher Lister Lawrance, of South Africa; Corita Clare Metelerkamp, of Surrey, England; Roy Duncombe Campbell, of South Africa, and CriSeren Investments Limited, of Wales v. William Dewsall, of London, England, at the High Court for England and Wales.

Jacobus Kellermann: Press Release (2019)

Press Release by South Africa's Financial Sector Conduct Authority announcing that an "inspection found no evidence of any breaches of the relevant South African financial sector laws" by Jacobus Kellermann.

Oak Trust (Guernsey) Ltd. et al v. William Dewsall: Claimants’ Reply

Claimants' Reply to Defendant's Defense regarding Gable Holdings Inc., of the Cayman Islands, and Gable Insurance AG, of Liechtenstein, in Kevin Alcock, of Surrey, England; Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited, of Guernsey; Baytree Group Holdings Limited, Morvale Company Limited, and Aggaris Investments Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands; Christopher Lawrance, of South Africa; Corita Metelerkamp, of Surrey, England; Roy Campbell, of South Africa, and CriSeren Investments Limited, of Wales v. William Dewsall, of London, England, at the High Court for England and Wales.

Invictus Hyperion v. Gamedex Ltd. et al: Plaintiff’s Corporate Disclosure

Plaintiff's Corporate Disclosure disclosing New World Holdings, of the Cayman Islands, and The Waterkant Trust, of the Bahamas, as affliates in Invictus Hyperion v. Gamedex Ltd., Cameron Garvie, Chris Porter, and Henno Fourie at the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

NY client sues offshore firms over failed Belvedere Management investments

Thailand-based British financial adviser Paul Gambles and his MBMG Group, including firms in the BVI, Mauritius, Singapore, and Thailand, are being sued for $3.5M in Bermuda by a U.S. client whose cash was invested in funds managed by the Belvedere Management Group, whose fraudulent operations were exposed by OffshoreAlert in 2015.

Invictus Hyperion v. Gamedex Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud regarding digital tokens known as "GDX Tokens" in Invictus Hyperion, of the Cayman Islands v. Gamedex Limited, of the Cayman Islands; Cameron Garvie, of Rockville, MD; Chris Porter, of the United Kingdom, and Henno Fourie, of Cape Town, South Africa, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Oak Trust (Guernsey) Ltd. et al v. William Dewsall: Dewsall Defense

Defense by William Dewsall in a dispute involving Gable Holdings Inc., of the Cayman Islands, and Gable Insurance AG, of Liechtenstein, in Kevin Robert Alcock, of Surrey, England; Oak Trust (Guernsey) Limited, of Guernsey; Baytree Group Holdings Limited, Morvale Company Limited, and Aggaris Investments Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands; Christopher Lister Lawrance, of South Africa; Corita Clare Metelerkamp, of Surrey, England; Roy Duncombe Campbell, of South Africa, and CriSeren Investments Limited, of Wales v. William Dewsall, of London, England, at the High Court for England and Wales.

Thomas Doctoroff v. Crown Global Life Insurance Ltd. et al: Writ of Summons

Specially Endorsed Writ of Summons in Thomas Doctoroff, of New York, NY v. Crown Global Life Insurance Ltd., of Bermuda; Paul Gambles, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in 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.

Bank of Valletta notifies Argentarius Group of ‘fraud liability’

The closure of the Malta operations of Argentarius Group, which now operates in the Cayman Islands as iMaps Capital, coincided with preliminary legal action against it by the Bank of Valletta regarding an alleged investment fraud that resulted in losses of at least €79 million, OffshoreAlert can reveal.