United Arab Emirates

SEC v. Arbitrade Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘$37M Crypto Fraud’)

Complaint alleging "a crypto asset pump-and-dump scheme" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Arbitrade Ltd., of Bermuda; Cryptobontix Inc., of Canada; Troy R.J. Hogg, of Canada; James L. Goldberg, Stephen L. Braverman, and Max W. Barber, as Defendants, and SION Trading FZE, of the United Arab Emirates, as Relief Defendant, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
OffshoreAlert Conference London

Dubai’s Role in Financial Crime to be analyzed at OffshoreAlert London

In the wake of Dubai's decision this week not to extradite fugitive British hedge fund trader Sanjay Shah to Denmark to face $1.7 billion tax fraud charges, evidence that the UAE has become a magnet for financial criminals will be analyzed at next month's OffshoreAlert conference in London.

Brazen Sky Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition (‘$8.5B 1MDB Fraud’)

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of Foreign Main Proceedings in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands by Angela Barkhouse, Helen Janes, and Carl Jackson, as the Foreign Representatives of Brazen Sky Limited, Aabar Investments PJS Limited, Tanore Finance Corporation, Blackstone Asia Real Estate Partners Limited, Vasco Investment Services SA, Selune Limited, Pacific Rim Global Growth Limited, and Affinity Equity International Partners Limited, and Angela Barkhouse and George Kimberley Leck, as the Foreign Representatives of Bridge Global Absolute Return Fund SPC, which were all "part of the fraud perpetrated against 1 Malaysia Development Berhad, a sovereign wealth fund owned by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance, in which numerous entities and individuals formed a network to divert and distribute funds to the fraudsters who orchestrated the fraud and to individuals and/or entities connected to them", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

N.P.S.SF. Debt Co. Sàrl v. Standard Chartered Bank et al: Discovery Application

Application by N.P.S.SF. Debt Co. Sàrl, of Luxembourg, to take discovery from Standard Chartered Bank, Citigroup, d.b.a. Citibank; The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Bank of America N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank, Société Générale, UniCredit Bank AG, Credit Suisse Bank N.A., UBS Group AG, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C., Bank of China, BNP Paribas USA, Commerzbank AG, Mashreq Bank PSC, and Habib American Bank for use in legal proceedings in Germany, India, Marshall Islands, Pakistan, Saints Kitts and Nevis, and United Arab Emirates, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Farhad Azima v. Global Impact Services et al: Discovery Application (England Proceedings)

Application by Farhad Azima to take discovery from Global Impact Services, Eitan Arusy, and Truist Financial Corporation for use in legal proceedings in England and Wales styled as "Farhad Azima -v- (1) RAKIA (2) David Neil Gerrard (3) Dechert LLP and (4) James Edward Deniston Buchanan" in which Azima "seeks to hold a group of overseas defendants responsible for the unlawful hacking of Petitioner’s electronic data", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Zachary Friedman: Criminal Information (‘Tax Evasion’)

Criminal Information alleging tax evasion in USA v. Zachary Friedman, described as "a United States citizen whose permanent residence was in New York, New York, or Dubai, United Arab Emirates", at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Troy Hogg v. Stephen Braverman et al: Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Complaint "to recover for tens of millions of dollars and/or equitable relief for a series of transactions by which defendants mulcted tens of millions of dollars from plaintiff" regarding a cryptocurrency scheme involving entities in Bermuda, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and USA in Troy James Hogg, of Canada; Leila Holdings Ltd., which is identified as a Canadian company in the complaint even though it appears to be domiciled in Bermuda, derivatively and on behalf of Arbitrade Ltd., of Bermuda v. Stephen Lance Braverman, described as a resident of California; Kent Mason Swig, of New York; Dignity Holdings LLC, of Delaware; Dignity Mining Group LLC, of Delaware; Dignity Gold LLC, of Delaware; Charles Hamlin Woodworth, of New Jersey; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; William Richard Sanders, of Tennessee; Scotia International of Nevada Inc., of Utah; SION Trading FZE, of the United Arab Emirates; Prieur Leary, of Florida; CoinMint LLC, of Puerto Rico, and Hayden Gill, of Montana, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Phoenix Trading FZCO et al v. Dennis Corporation et al: Notice of Removal (‘Crypto Mining Dispute’)

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint, in Phoenix Trading FZCO, of the United Arab Emirates; Block One Technology Inc., of Canada; Phoenix World Electronics Trading, LLC, of the United Arab Emirates; Phoenix Technology Consultants, Phoenix World Electronics, LLC, Absolute Power Solutions, Inc., and Block Zero HS, Inc. v. Dennis Corporation, Sabre56 Corporation, of Canada; Sabre56 FZCO, of the United Arab Emirates; Crypto Can Man Ltd., of Canada; Multi Service Company, Johnny Eason, individually and as an agent of CCM; Tyler MacPhearson, described as a citizen of Canada, and Phil Harvey, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom, at the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Kuwait Ports Authority et al v. Crowell & Moring LLP: Discovery Application (Cayman Islands ‘Port Fund’ Litigation)

Application by Kuwait Ports Authority and The Public Institution for Social Security, both of Kuwait, to take discovery from Crowell & Moring LLP, a law firm, for use in legal proceedings in the Cayman Islands involving "direct and derivative claims for multiple frauds committed by the general partner of a Cayman limited partnership, The Port Fund, L.P., and persons and entities acting in concert with the general partner", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Kian Sadaat Yazdi v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC et al: Discovery Application (UAE Proceedings)

Application by Kian Sadaat Yazdi, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Dubai, described as "a shareholder and the Chief Executive Officer of Hassan’s Optician Co., one of the largest optical chains in Kuwait", to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C., Bank of America, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Bank of Baroda, BNP Paribas, Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Habib American Bank, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreqbank PSC, Standard Chartered Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for legal proceedings in the United Arab Emirates involving suspected fraud and forgery, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

AEye Inc. v. All Blue Falcons FZE: Complaint ($5M)

Complaint alleging breach of contract in AEye Inc., formerly CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III v. All Blue Falcons FZE, described as a United Arab Emirates-domiciled company based in London, England, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York,

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.

Gulf Investment Corporation et al v. Port Link GP Ltd.: Amended Complaint

Amended Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim alleging “a corrupt scheme to launder money or conceal corruption and fraud” in Gulf Investment Corporation, of Kuwait, and General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority, of Qatar v. Port Link GP Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Mark Eric Williams, of Georgia, USA; Wellspring Capital Group Inc., of Georgia, USA; KGL Investment Company Asia, of the Cayman Islands; Apache Asia Limited, of Hong Kong; Apache Asia Limited, of Macao; Ronald Henry Ayliffe, of Singapore, and Elite First Investment Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. et al v. Carlos Ghosn et al: Judgment

Judgment regarding an application by the claimants to "re-re-amend their Statement of Claim" and by the defendants to "strike out the claim, or parts of it and/or for reverse summary judgment" in Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Nissan Middle East FZE v. Carlos Ghosn, Carole Nahas Ghosn, and Beauty Yachts Pty Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Crescent Petroleum Company International Ltd. et al v. National Iranian Oil Company: Petition to Confirm Foreign Arbitration Award ($2.4B)

Petition to Confirm Foreign Arbitration Award of $2.4 billion in Crescent Petroleum Company International Limited, described as a Bermuda-domiciled, United Arab Emirates-based "private oil and gas exploration and production company operating in the Middle East", and Crescent Gas Corporation Limited, of the British Virgin Islands v. National Iranian Oil Company, of Tehran, Iran, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Diginet Global FZC LLC v. Profluence Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint for $682,673 alleging breach of contract in Diginet Global FZC LLC, of the United Arab Emirates v. Profluence Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, Miami Beach-based company; Kinner Digital LLC, d.b.a. Profluence, described as a Delaware-domiciled, Miami Beach-based company; Christina McKinley, of Massachusetts, and John McKinley, of Massachusetts, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

QB Investing SPC: Directors

Director Details for QB Investing SPC, obtained from the Cayman Islands General Registry on April 21st, 2022.

SRC Strategic Resources Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition (‘1MDB Fraud’)

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the British Virgin Islands by Helen Janes, Angela Barkhouse, and Carl Jackson, as the Foreign Representatives of SRC Strategic Resources Limited, Bright Oriande Limited, and SRC International (Malaysia) Limited, all in Voluntary Liquidation, collectively described as being "part of the fraud perpetrated against 1 Malaysia Development Berhad, a sovereign wealth fund owned by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance, in which numerous entities and individuals formed a network to divert and distribute funds to the fraudsters who orchestrated the fraud and to individuals and/or entities connected to them", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Nuri Musaed Al Saleh et al v. Fawzi Musaed Al Saleh et al: Motion to Recognize UAE Freezing Order

Motion to Ex Parte Recognition of Foreign Freezing Order "issued on November 30, 2021 by the Court of the Dubai International Financial Centre in the United Arab Emirates" in Nuri Musaed Al Saleh, of Kuwait, and Sandra Holding Ltd., of the Cayman Islands v. Fawzi Musaed Al Saleh, described as a citizen of Kuwait; Ahmed Fawzi Al Saleh, described as a citizen of Kuwait and the United Kingdom; Yasmine Fawzi Al Saleh, described as a citizen of Kuwait residing in the USA, and Farah El Merabi, described as a citizen of Lebanon residing in Kuwait, at Massachusetts Superior Court, for Middlesex County.

Nuri Musaed Al Saleh et al v. Fawzi Musaed Al Saleh et al: Complaint to Recognize Worldwide Freezing Order & Judgment

Complaint to recognize "a worldwide freezing order issued by the Court of the Dubai International Financial Centre of the United Arab Emirates against the Defendants" in Nuri Musaed Al Saleh, of Kuwait, and Sandra Holding Ltd., of the Cayman Islands v. Fawzi Musaed Al Saleh, described as a citizen of Kuwait; Ahmed Fawzi Al Saleh, described as a citizen of Kuwait and the United Kingdom; Yasmine Fawzi Al Saleh, described as a citizen of Kuwait residing in the USA, and Farah El Merabi, described as a citizen of Lebanon residing in Kuwait, at Massachusetts Superior Court, for Middlesex County.

USA v. Ronald Thomas: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging tax fraud in USA v. Ronald L. Thomas, described as "a United States citizen who lived in Wellington, Florida, and intermittently Dubai, United Arab Emirates" and was "an independent contractor for a United States Department of Defense contractor as a Country Manager in Kabul, Afghanistan", "a Project Director in Oman for the Middle East", and a "paid consultant to a Mexican oil and gas joint venture", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Adenium Energy Capital Ltd.: $1.2M Fine

Decision Notice by the Dubai Financial Services Authority imposing a fine of $1.2 million on Adenium Energy Capital Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), described as a Cayman Islands company that "secured and developed solar energy Projects in a number of countries, including Jordan, Japan, Egypt and Italy", for regulatory breaches, including "carrying on unauthorised financial services", "making unauthorised financial promotions", and "offering fund units" without authorization.

Youssef Chaker: $73.9K Fine

Decision Notice imposing. fine of $73,920 on Youssef Fouad Chaker for regulatory breaches involving entities in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and United Arab Emirates.

Wassef El Sawaf: $131K Fine

Decision Notice by the Dubai Financial Services Authority imposing a fine of $131,600 on Wassef El Sawaf for regulatory breaches involving entities in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and United Arab Emirates.

Adenium Energy Capital Advisors Ltd.: $96K Fine

Decision Notice by the Dubai Financial Services Authority imposing a fine of $96,484 on Adenium Energy Capital Advisors Limited (in Official Liquidation), of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, for regulatory breaches.

Novus Fintech Ltd.: Public Censure

Decision Notice b the Dubai Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a Public Censure on Novus Fintech Ltd., whose "sole owner and director" was identified as Stuart Coles, a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Coworth Investments Ltd.: Public Censure

Decision Notice by the Dubai Financial Services Authority imposing a Public Censure on Coworth Investments Ltd., whose "sole owner and director" was identified as Stuart Coles, a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Coworth Fintech Ltd.: Public Censure

Decision Notice by the Dubai Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a Public Censure on Coworth Fintech Ltd., whose "sole owner and director" was identified as Stuart Coles, a citizen of the United Kingdom.