Switzerland

Axtra LLC et al v. AXIA Issuer Inc. et al: Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (Crypto Dispute)

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss regarding a dispute involving digital assets in Axtra LLC, of Wyoming, and The AXIA-Axtra Trust, described as “a unit trust formed under the laws of the Cayman Islands” v. AXIA Issuer Inc., described as "a for-profit corporation incorporated in the British Virgin Islands" whose "sole director ... is a corporation domiciled in Nevis", and AXIA Foundation Inc., described as “a non-profit corporation incorporated in the Commonwealth of Dominica” whose directors reside in Canada and Dominica, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming.

USA v. Narinder Singh: Complaint (‘Unreported Offshore Accounts’)

Complaint to collect unpaid penalties of $590,000 that were imposed for "willful violations" of the Bank Secrecy Act by failing to disclose accounts at Union Bancaire Privée in Switzerland and Barclays Bank Plc in the United Kingdom in USA v. Narinder Singh at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Spring Mountain Vineyard Inc. et al v. MGG California LLC et al: Complaint (‘$185M Loan Enforcement’)

Complaint alleging "an overzealous lender's improper efforts to enforce draconian provisions of a loan document that violate (and are unenforceable under) established New York law" in Spring Mountain Vineyard Inc. and Jacob E. Safra, a.k.a. Jaqui Safra, of Switzerland v. MGG California LLC, MGG (BVI) Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; MGG Canada Fund LP, of Canada; MGG Insurance Fund Series Interests of the Sali Multi-Series Fund LP, MGG Onshore Funding II LLC, MGG SF Drawdown Master Fund (Cayman) LP, of the Cayman Islands; MGG SF Drawdown Unlevered Fund II LP, MGG SF Drawdown Unlevered Fund LP, MGG SF Drawdown Unlevered Master Fund II (Cayman) LP, of the Cayman Islands; MGG SF Evergreen Fund LP, MGG SF Evergreen Master Fund (Cayman) LP, of the Cayman Islands; MGG SF Evergreen Unlevered Fund LP, MGG SF Evergreen Unlevered Master Fund II (Cayman) LP, of the Cayman Islands; MGG Specialty Finance Fund II LP, and MGG Specialty Finance Fund LP at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Caterpillar Crédito v. Mastercard Inc. et al: Discovery Application (Curaçao Proceedings)

Application by Caterpillar Crédito, Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable, Sociedad Financiera de Objeto Múltiple, Entidad Regulada, of Mexico, to take discovery from Mastercard Inc. and Visa Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Curaçao "brought by Mrs. Carolina Elizabeth Várady de Bellosta ... to annul two personal guarantees given by Mrs. Bellosta's husband, Carlos Marcelino Jose Bellosta Pallares to Caterpillar Crédito", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

MGI Capital (Suisse) AG: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that MGI Capital (Suisse) AG is "suspected of conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market".

Aspen Asset Management AG: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that Aspen Asset Management AG is "suspected of conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market".

Aaron Leibowitz et al v. Tether et al: Disclosure Order

Order that the Bitfinex/Tether defendants produce financial records that "relate to the backing of USDT" in Aaron Leibowitz et al et al v. BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Bittrex, Inc., Crypto Capital Corp., Giancarlo Devasini, DigFinex Inc., Reginald Fowler, Global Trade Solutions AG, Poloniex, LLC, Philip G. Potter, Tether Holdings Limited, Tether International Limited, Tether Limited, Tether Operations Limited, iFinex Inc., and Ludovicus Jan van der Velde at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BSV Claims Ltd. v. Bittylicious Ltd. et al: Application (‘£9.9B Crypto Dispute’)

Notice of Application "for a collective proceedings order permitting it to act as the class representative bringing opt-out collective proceedings on behalf of UK based holders of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin Satoshi Vision against various cryptocurrency exchanges who it is contended colluded to de-list BSV in 2019" in BSV Claims Limited, of England v. Bittylicious Limited, of England; Payward Limited, of England; ShapeShift Global Limited, of England; Payward, Inc., d.b.a. Kraken, of California, USA; ShapeShift AG, a Swiss company based in Denver, USA, and Binance Europe Services Limited, of Malta, at the United Kingdom's Competition Appeal Tribunal.

SEC sues 18 entities for alleged $1.3M ‘hacking and securities fraud scheme’

The U.S. SEC has filed a complaint against 18 individuals and entities in or from Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Nevis, United Kingdom, and United States for their alleged participation in a 'hacking and securities fraud scheme', with some of the conduct allegedly concealed through offshore accounts in the Bahamas, Belize, Switzerland, and U.K.

SEC v. Rahim Mohamed et al: Complaint (‘Hacking & Securities Fraud’)

Complaint alleging hacking and securities fraud in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Rahim Mohamed, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Canada and the Cayman Islands; Davies Wong, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Glenn B. Laken, described as a resident of Chicago, Illinois; Richard C. S. Tang, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Zoltan Nagy, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Jeffrey D. Cox, a citizen and resident of Canada; Phillip G. Sewell, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Canada; Breanne M. Wong, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Christophe Merani, described as a resident of Illinois, USA; Anna Tang, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Robert W. Seeley, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Dominican Republic; Richard B. Smith, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Dominican Republic; Christopher R. Smith, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Dominican Republic; H.E. Capital SA, described as a Nevis-domiciled company based in the Dominican Republic; Pop Holdings Ltd., described as a Nevis-domiciled company based in the Dominican Republic; Maximum Ventures Holdings LLC, Harmony Ridge Corp., and Avatele Group LLC, as Defendants, and 9224-3708 Quebec Inc., a.k.a. Distributions Bano, and Jason Black, as Relief Defendants, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

UK SFO News Release: Timothy Schools Conviction & 14-Year Prison Sentence

News Release by the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office announcing that Timothy Schools has been "jailed for 14 years" after being convicted of a "no-win-no-fee fraud" involving entities in the Cayman Islands, England, France, Isle of Man, Marshall Islands, Panama, Spain, and Switzerland.

Ferratum Bank Plc: €653K Fine

Public Notice by Malta's Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €653,637 on Ferratum Bank Plc for regulatory breaches.

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.

Dreamr Labs Ltd. v. Delchain Ltd. et al: Voluntary Dismissal (Crypto Dispute)

Notice of Voluntary Dismissal in Dreamr Labs Limited, of the Bahamas v. Delchain Limited, of the Bahamas; Deltec Bank & Trust Limited, of the Bahamas; Bruno Macchialli, of Porte Vedra, Florida; Suisse Finance Holdings, of Switzerland, and Richard Iamunno, of Boca Raton, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Crédito Real SAB de CV: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Mexico by Robert Wagstaff, as the Foreign Representative of Crédito Real S.A.B. de C.V., described as "a leading specialty finance company based in Mexico City, Mexico" that operates, among other places, "in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the United States", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Celsius Network LLC et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Celsius Network LLC, Celsius Network Inc., Celsius Network Limited, Celsius KeyFi LLC, Celsius Mining LLC, Celsius Networks Lending LLC, Celsius Lending LLC, and Celsius US Holding LLC, collectively "one of the largest and most sophisticated cryptocurrency based finance platforms in the world and provide financial services to institutional, corporate, and retail clients across more than 100 countries", at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Marianne Freudiger v. Molecular Partners AG et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Marianne S. Freudiger v. Molecular Partners AG, of Switzerland; Patrick Amstutz, Andreas Emmenegger, William M. Burns, Agnete Fredriksen, Steven H. Holtzman, Sandip Kapadia, Vito J. Palombella, Michael Vasconcelles, and Domink Höchli at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Chryskylodon LLC v. Markus Schneider et al: Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Complaint alleging a cryptocurrency mining-based investment fraud in Chryskylodon LLC, of Wyoming v. Markus Schneider, Arastra AG, described as a Swiss company based in New York; Petawatt Holdings Inc., described as a Wyoming company based in New York, and Swiss Picturebank (Group) AG, described as a Swiss company based in New York, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

USA v. Ralph Steinmann et al: Criminal Complaint (‘PDVSA Corruption’)

Criminal Complaint alleging the defendants laundered the proceeds of corruption involving PDVSA in Venezuela in USA v. Ralph Steinmann, described as "a Swiss national who operated a European financial institution", and Luis Fernando Vuteff, described as a citizen of Argentina, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Kevin Wessell

IRS accuses ‘asset protection expert’ Kevin Wessell of withholding records about suspected offshore tax evasion

Florida-based, self-described "asset protection expert" Kevin Wessell has been accused of withholding records from the IRS that it requires for an investigation into his clients for suspected offshore tax evasion involving accounts and entities in several jurisdictions, including the Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Nevada, Nevis, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Switzerland, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

USA v. Glencore International AG: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to "obtain and retain business in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil, Venezuela, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo" in USA v. Glencore International AG, described as "a multinational commodity trading and mining company headquartered in Baar, Switzerland", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Susan Devine v. Spears & Imes LLP: Judicial Assistance (Liechtenstein)

Ex Parte Request for Judicial Assistance by Susan Elaine Devine, described as "a citizen of the United States and Brazil and a resident of Florida" and a former wife of Florian Homm, a German citizen who was indicted in California in 2013 for alleged investment fraud and is currently a fugitive, to obtain evidence from law firm Spears & Imes LLP for use "in connection with criminal proceedings that have been launched against Ms. Devine in Liechtenstein relating to alleged money laundering" involving "nine hedge funds that were incorporated in the Cayman Islands", namely Absolute Activist Value Master Fund Limited, Absolute East West Fund Limited, Absolute East West Master Fund Limited, Absolute European Catalyst Fund Limited, Absolute Germany Fund Limited, Absolute India Fund Limited, Absolute Octane Fund Limited, Absolute Octane Master Fund Limited, and Absolute Return Europe Fund Limited, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Carlos de March Bosch v. Credit Suisse Group AG et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud involving Credit Suisse's business relationship with "Russian oligarchs" in Carlos de March Bosch v. Credit Suisse Group AG, of Zürich, Switzerland; Thomas P. Gottstein, David R. Mathers at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Swiss International Commodity AG: Supervision

Public Notice by Switzerland's Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it has appointed a supervisor (Grossenbacher Rechtsanwälte AG) to investigate the activities of Swiss International Commodity AG.

Employees Retirement System for the City of Providence v. Urs Rohner et al: Complaint

Complaint against entities in England, Singapore, Switzerland, and USA in Employees Retirement System for the City of Providence, derivatively as a shareholder of Credit Suisse Group AG on behalf of Credit Suisse Group AG v. Urs Rohner, Iris Bohnet, Christian Gellerstad, Andreas Gottschling, Michael Klein, Shan Li, Seraina Macia, Richard Meddings, Kai S. Nargolwala, Ana Paula Pessoa, Joaquin J. Ribeiro, Severin Schwan, John Tiner, Eric Varvel, Thomas P. Gottstein, Lara J. Warner, Brian Chin, David Miller, Parshu Shah, and Radhika Venkatraman at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

SPS I Fundo de Investimento de Ações v. JPMorgan Chase Bank et al: Discovery Application

Application by SPS I Fundo de Investimento de Ações, of São Paulo, Brazil, described as "a minority shareholder of one of the largest Brazilian public companies, JBS S.A., which was used by its controlling shareholders for the purpose of conducting an illicit bribery scheme, defrauding JBS and its minority shareholders", to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. and Barclays USA, Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Brazil, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Moshe Strugano et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging insider trading in the shares of U.S. Geothermal, Inc. prior to a public announcement regarding its acquisition by Ormat Technologies, Inc., described as a "Switzerland-based financial institution", in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Moshe Strugano and Rinat Gazit, both described as citizens and residents of Israel, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
USA v. Julius Csurgo et al

U.S. charges 17 entities that ‘swindled investors out of $100M+ in multiple securities fraud schemes’

Sixteen individuals and one company have been charged with securities fraud in New York regarding 'multiple schemes' that allegedly swindled more than $100 million from investors around the world. Those charged are from or operated in many onshore and offshore countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States.

USA v. Moshe Strugano: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging insider trading in shares of U.S Goethermal Inc. via a company in the Seychelles and bank accounts in Switzerland in USA v. Moshe Strugano, described as an Israeli "corporate lawyer" whose "law practice specialized in registering and establishing offshore companies and trusts, and opening related financial accounts", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Domenic Calabrigo et al: TRO Application

Application for a Temporary Restraining Order regarding an alleged securities fraud involving individuals and entities in or from the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Domenic Calabrigo, Curtis Lehner, Hasan Sario, and Courtney Vasseur at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Domenic Calabrigo et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving individuals and entities in or from the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Domenic Calabrigo, Curtis Lehner, Hasan Sario, and Courtney Vasseur at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Dean Shah et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving individuals and entities in or from Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Panama, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Dean Shah, Henry Clarke, Julius Csurgo, and Antevorta Capital Partners Ltd. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Blackstone Resources AG: ‘Market Manipulation’

Press Release by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it found "market manipulation and violations of disclosure obligations" by Blackstone Resources AG and an unidentified director.

Dohrnii Stiftung: ‘Mandated Investigator’

Public Notice by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it has appointed a "Mandated Investigator" for Dohrnii Stiftung, which claims on its website at dohrnii.io to be "a digital ecosystem" that offers "education and tools" for investors in cryptocurrency.

JSC Ingtorgstroy v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by JSC Ingtorgstroy, of Russia, to take discovery from Citibank NA, The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York Branch; HSBC Bank USA NA, BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, The Bank of Nova Scotia, New York Agency; UBS AG, Bank of America NA, Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in legal proceedings "against former CEOs and beneficial owners of OJSC "GK Amazarkan", including Pavel Entin and Bogdan Solodukha before the commercial court of Moscow city and the commercial court of Kaluga Region, Russia", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Pricon Privat-Consult AG: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that Pricon Privat-Consult AG is suspected of "conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market".