Bermuda

BVI fund sues Bermuda reinsurance investment manager for ‘$7.5M fraud’

A BVI investment fund has sued Tony Belisle in Florida for alleged fraud after incurring losses "in excess of $7.5 million" in a Bermuda fund that was managed by Markel CATCo Investment Management, from which Belisle was allegedly fired as CEO "for lying to company executives and counsel about a romantic relationship" with a colleague.

Eugenia II Investment Holdings Ltd. v. Anthony Belisle: Complaint

Complaint for $7.5 million in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages, alleging "fraud and negligent misrepresentation" involving Limited Diversified Arbitrage Fund, of Bermuda, which was managed by Markel CATCo Investment Management Limited, of Bermuda, in Eugenia II Investment Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands v. Anthony Belisle, of Naples, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

USA v. Edge Capital Investments Ltd.: Forfeiture Application

Application for a warrant to seize $77.8 million held at Mirabaud Bank, in Switzerland, that originated from Bermuda Commercial Bank and is the suspected proceeds of an alleged fraud and money laundering scheme involving "two U.S. billionaires, Robert Smith and Robert Brockman" in USA v. Edge Capital Investments Ltd., of Nevis, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Managed Investments PCC Ltd. et al v. Aeolus Re Ltd.: Writ of Summons

Specially Indorsed Writ of Summons in Managed Investments PCC Limited, on behalf of IRIS Balanced Cell, of Guernsey; Managed Investments PCC Limited, on behalf of IRlS Enhanced Cell, of Guernsey; CS ILS SICAV-SIF, on behalf of Credit Suisse (Lux) IRIS Balanced Fund, of Luxembourg; IRIS Dynamic SPC, on behalf of IRlS Post-Event Fund SP, of the Cayman Islands; CS IRIS ALHC Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; CS IRIS C Fund Limited, of Guernsey, and Alpha Z ILS Fund Limited, of Guernsey v. Aeolus Re Ltd., in respect of its Keystone PF Segregated Account, of Bermuda, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Capital Management of Bermuda Ltd. et al: Enforcement Actions

Notice by the Bermuda Monetary Authority regarding Enforcement Actions against Capital Management of Bermuda Ltd., Excelsior Insurance Ltd., Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Ltd., PB Life and Annuity Co. Ltd., and Omnia Ltd.

US tycoon Robert Brockman indicted for ‘$2B offshore tax fraud scheme’

US software tycoon Robert Brockman has been criminally indicted in California for an alleged $2 billion offshore tax evasion scheme involving accounts and entities in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland. In a related case, billionaire private equity boss Robert Smith agreed to pay penalties of $139 million to avoid prosecution.

Aeolus Re Ltd. v. CS ILS SICAV-SIF et al: Writ

Generally Endorsed Writ for "breach of contract in relation to a Swap Confirmation Agreement" in Aeolus Re Ltd., in respect of its Keystone PF Segregated Account v. CS ILS SICAV-SIF, in respect of Credit Suisse (Lux) Iris Balanced Fund, of Luxembourg; CS Iris ALHC Fund Limited, of the Cayman Islands; CS Iris C Fund Limited, of Guernsey; Managed Investments PCC Limited, on behalf of its Iris Balanced Cell, of Guernsey; Managed Investments PCC Limited, on behalf of its Iris Enhanced Cell, of Guernsey; Iris Dynamic SPC, on behalf of its Iris Post-Event Fund SP, of the Cayman Islands, and Alpha Z ILS Fund Limited, of Guernsey, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

USA v. Robert F. Smith: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Deferred Prosecution Agreement in which the defendant agreed to pay tax, penalties, and interest totaling $139.2 million regarding "an illegal scheme to conceal income and evade taxes he owed by using an offshore trust structure with related foreign corporations and offshore bank accounts, and by willfully filing a series of false documents with the Internal Revenue Service" involving entities and accounts in Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland in USA v. Robert F. Smith, of Austin, Texas, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Art Capital Bermuda Ltd.: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Art Capital Bermuda Ltd., described as a Bermuda company based in New York that is involved with "the financing of fine art by collectors, brokers and dealers", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

BlueFin Servicing Ltd.: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by BlueFin Servicing Ltd., described as a Bermuda company based in New York that is involved with "the financing of fine art by collectors, brokers and dealers", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Stewart Ashby, Jr. v. M/V Kota Bakat et al: Complaint

Complaint in Stewart Ashby, Jr., of Virginia v. M/V Kota Bakat, described as "a 161-foot Singapore-flagged general cargo ship"; PSI (2) Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Pacific International (Pte) Ltd., of Singapore, and Industrial Maritime Carriers (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

USA v. Robert Brockman: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to defraud the USA, tax evasion, wire fraud, FBAR violations, money laundering, evidence tampering, and destruction of evidence regarding an alleged scheme to conceal approximately $2 billion of capital gains income and involving entities and accounts in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland, in USA v. Robert T. Brockman, of Houston, Texas, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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.

Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Ltd.: ‘Winding Up’ Notice

Notice by the Bermuda Monetary Authority that it petitioned Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Ltd. into provisional liquidation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that the Directors Register on the Government of Bermuda's website identified the directors of Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Ltd. as Scott Alan Boug, of Bermuda, and Christopher Erich Herwig, of Raleigh North Carolina, USA;

PB Life and Annuity Co. Ltd.: ‘Winding Up’ Notice

Notice by the Bermuda Monetary Authority that it has petitioned PB Life and Annuity Co. Ltd. into provisional liquidation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that the Directors Register on the Government of Bermuda's website identified the directors of PB Life and Annuity Co. Ltd. are Scott Alan Boug, of Bermuda, and Christopher Erich Herwig, of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Omnia Ltd.: ‘Winding Up’ Notice

Notice by the Bermuda Monetary Authority that it has petitioned Omnia Ltd. into provisional liquidation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that the Directors Register on the Government of Bermuda's website identified the directors of Omnia Ltd. are Scott Alan Boug, of Bermuda, and Christopher Erich Herwig, of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

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.

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.

Highland Crusader Offshore Partners LP et al v. Celtic Pharma Phinco BV et al: Amended Judgment

Amended Judgment for $1 billion against Celtic Pharmaceutical Holdings LP, of Bermuda; Celtic Pharma Management LP, of Bermuda; Targeted Delivery Technologies Holdings Ltd., of Malta; Targeted Delivery Technologies Ltd., of Malta; Celtic Pharma Management Ltd., of Bermuda; Celtic Pharma FIX Ltd., of Bermuda; Celtic Pharma FIX Venture Ltd., of Bermuda, and John Mayo, of England in Highland Crusader Offshore Partners LP, of Bermuda; Highland Credit Opportunities CDO Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Highland Credit Strategies Master Fund LP, of Bermuda; Highland Restoration Capital Partners Master LP, of Delaware, and NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund, of Delaware v. Celtic Pharma Phinco BV, of the Netherlands; Targeted Delivery Technologies Holdings Ltd., of Malta; Targeted Delivery Technologies Ltd., of Malta; Xenova Group Ltd., of England; TDT 044 Ltd., of Bermuda; TDT 054 Ltd., of Bermuda; TDT 077 Ltd., of Bermuda; Celtic Pharmaceutical Holdings LP, of Bermuda; Celtic Pharma Services Bermuda Ltd., of Bermuda; Auven Therapeutics Management LLLP, of the U.S. Virgin Islands, f.k.a. Celtic Therapeutics Management LLLP, as successor-in-interest to Celtic Pharma Management LP; Celtic Pharma Management LP, of Bermuda; Celtic Pharma Management Company Ltd., of Bermuda; Celtic Pharma FIX Ltd., of Bermuda; Celtic Pharma FIX Venture Ltd., of Bermuda; Stephen Evans-Freke, of Ireland and the United Kingdom, and John Mayo, of England, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Spencer Capital Holdings Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Rachelle Frisby and John Johnston, as the Foreign Representatives of Spencer Capital Holdings Ltd., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Spencer Capital Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Rachelle Frisby and John Johnston, as the Foreign Representatives of Spencer Capital Ltd., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Piraeus Bank SA v. NASDAQ et al: Discovery Application

Application by Piraeus Bank SA, of Greece, to take discovery from The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC and OTC Markets Group for use in "an anticipated foreign judicial proceeding that will be commenced by Piraeus against Newlead Holdings, Ltd. [of Bermuda] before the High Court of Justice, Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, Commercial Court pursuant to a Guarantee and Indemnity agreement", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Phoenix CRetro Reinsurance Company Ltd.: Registration Cancellation

Press Release by the Bermuda Monetary Authority announcing that it has "cancelled the insurance registration of Phoenix CRetro Reinsurance Company Limited" for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the "Directors Register" maintained by the Government of Bermuda showed that the directors of Phoenix CRetro Reinsurance Company Limited were identified as Nicholas Mark Frost, of Bermuda; Janita K. Burke, of Bermuda; Timothy Roger Riddell, c/o Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings, of England, and Kirill Savrassov, of London, England.

USA v. Arthur Hayes et al: Criminal Indictment

Indictment alleging violations of the Bank Secrecy Act regarding an "online trading platform" known as BitMEX or the "Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange" in USA v. Arthur Hayes, described by the U.S. Department of Justice in a news release announcing the indictment as being "of Buffalo, New York, and Hong Kong"; Benjamin Delo, described as being "of the United Kingdom and Hong Kong"; Samuel Reed, described as being "of Massachusetts", and Gregory Dwyer, described as being "of Australia and Bermuda", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Blue Nile Services Ltd.: Public Censure

Press Release by the Bermuda Monetary Authority announcing a "Public Censure" against Blue Nile Services Limited, described as "a money service business provider", for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the "Directors Register" maintained by the Government of Bermuda showed that the directors of Blue Nile Services Limited were identified as Sosina G. Mekonnen, Melody C. Bean, Ronald Simmons, and Carlton J. Dill, all of Bermuda.

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.

Culligan Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Michael Morrison and Charles Thresh, of KPMG Advisory Limited, as the Foreign Representatives of Culligan Ltd., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Editor's Note: The "Foreign Main Proceeding" in this matter was filed at Bermuda Supreme Court in July, 2019 under seal as part of Bermuda Supreme Court's blanket policy to conceal insolvency proceedings from the public, with the entry in the Court's public register at the time reading "Space Taken". It is typically only when Bermuda insolvency practitioners seek recognition in the United States that details become publicly-available.

USA v. Malcolm Harrison: Complaint

Complaint "to collect outstanding civil penalties" for the defendant's "non-willful failure to report his interest in foreign bank accounts" at Butterfield Bank, in Bermuda, and Lloyd's Bank, in the United Kingdom, in USA v. Malcolm Harrison, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Bermuda, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Unikrn, Inc.: $6.1M Penalty

Administrative Order imposing a $6.1 million penalty on Unikrn, Inc., described as Delaware-domiciled, Washington State-based "operator of an online eSports gaming and gambling platform", regarding an unregistered securities offering of a digital token known as UnikoinGold that, inter alia, involved Bermuda-domiciled Unikrn Bermuda Ltd., before the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Editor's Note: Registers of Directors & Officers and Members for Unikrn Bermuda Ltd. that were obtained by OffshoreAlert from the company's registered agent in 2018 showed that, as of August 16, 2018, the sole shareholder of the company was Unikrn Inc. and that its directors were David Antivilo, of Las Vegas, Nevada, who was also Chief Compliance Officer; Kingsley Edwards, of Las Vegas, Nevada; Christopher G. Garrod, and Jacqueline King, both of Bermuda. On the Government of Bermuda's website, the current directors of the company are identified as Karl Flores, of Australia; Rahul Sood, of Washington State, USA; Christopher Garrod, and Jacqueline King. On Unirkn's website at www.unikrn.com, it is stated that the group was "Established in 2014 as a collaboration between Rahul Sood and Karl Flores".

Huarong Investment Stock Corporation Ltd.: Scheme of Arrangement Petition

Petition to approve a Scheme of Arrangement in the matter of Huarong Investment Stock Corporation Limited, a Cayman Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based "investment holding" for a group whose "principal business activities are direct investments in stock, bonds, funds, derivatives and other financial products, financial services and others including but not limited to finance leasing and money lending" and whose shares are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

CBRE Global Investors (NL) BV et al v. HBC US Holdings LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application alleging "HBC secretly siphoned away what appears to be billions of dollars of assets by transferring its entire United States operations to a newly-formed Bermuda parent company, under the guise of an internal restructuring thereby removing those assets from the reach of HBC's creditors, including CBRE" by CBRE Global Investors (NL) B.V., CBRE DRET Custodian I B.V., CBRE DHC Maastricht (Grote Staat V) B.V., and CBRE DHC Den Haag (Grote Markstraat V) B.V. to take discovery from HBC US Holdings LLC and its General Counsel, David Schwartz, for use in "a civil action in The Netherlands against Hudson's Bay Company ULC, a Canadian company formerly known as Hudson's Bay Company, who through its affiliates owns and operates department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, throughout the United States, Canada and Europe", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

ASW Law Ltd. v. Stavanger Ltd.: Writ of Summons

Specially Indorsed Writ of Summons for $175,000 in allegedly unpaid legal fees, plus interest, in ASW Law Limited, a Bermuda law firm v. Stavanger Limited, of the Isle of Man, at Bermuda Supreme Court. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Isle of Man Companies Registry showed that Stavanger Limited was incorporated in the Isle of Man on March 10th, 2014 and that its sole director is Kleino Limited, also of the Isle of Man. Kleino Limited was incorporated in the Isle of Man on December 30th, 2010 and its directors are Mark Jonathan Lewin, Christopher James Tushingham, and John Craig Brown, all of the Isle of Man.

Capital Management of Bermuda Ltd.: ‘Winding Up’ Notice

Notice by the Bermuda Monetary Authority that it has "successfully petitioned the Supreme Court of Bermuda to wind up Capital Management of Bermuda, Ltd." for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that the Directors Register on the Government of Bermuda's website identified the directors of Capital Management of Bermuda Ltd. as Thomas Sash, c/o Windsor-Thomas Group Inc., of Plant City, Florida; Thomas Williams, of Palm Harbour, Florida, and Nicholas Williams, c/o Clifford Chance LLP, of New York, NY.

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.

Excelsior Insurance Ltd.: ‘Winding Up’ Notice

Notice by the Bermuda Monetary Authority that it has "successfully petitioned the Supreme Court of Bermuda to wind up Excelsior Insurance Ltd." for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that the Directors Register on the Government of Bermuda's website identified the directors of Excelsior Insurance Ltd. are Ronald Sherman, of New Jersey, USA; Jason Poliner, of Connecticut, USA; Richard Daley, of Bermuda; Neill Horner, of Bermuda, and Bradley Meindersma, of Bermuda.

Valaris Plc et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by companies in Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, England, France, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States, namely Valaris Plc, described as "a leading provider of offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry"; Alpha Achiever Company, Alpha Admiral Company, Alpha Archer Company, Alpha Offshore Drilling Services Company, Alpha Orca Company, Atlantic Maritime Services LLC, Atwood Australian Waters Drilling Pty Ltd., Atwood Deep Seas Ltd., Atwood Oceanics Australia Pty. Limited, Atwood Oceanics LLC, Atwood Oceanics Pacific Limited, Atwood Offshore Drilling Limited, Atwood Offshore Worldwide Limited, ENSCO (Thailand) Limited, ENSCO Asia Pacific Pte. Limited, ENSCO Associates Company, ENSCO Australia Pty. Limited, ENSCO Capital Limited, ENSCO Corporate Resources LLC, ENSCO Development Limited, ENSCO do Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda., ENSCO Drilling I Ltd., ENSCO Drilling Mexico LLC, ENSCO Endeavors Limited, ENSCO Global GmbH, ENSCO Global Investments LP, ENSCO Global IV Ltd., ENSCO Global Resources Limited, ENSCO Holding Company, ENSCO Holdings I Ltd., ENSCO Holland BV, ENSCO Incorporated, ENSCO Intercontinental GmbH, ENSCO International Incorporated, ENSCO International Ltd., ENSCO Investments LLC, ENSCO Jersey Finance Limited, ENSCO Limited, ENSCO Management Corp., ENSCO Maritime Limited, ENSCO Mexico Services, S. de RL de CV, ENSCO Ocean 2 Company, ENSCO Oceanics Company LLC, ENSCO Oceanics International Company, ENSCO Offshore Company, ENSCO Offshore International Company, ENSCO Offshore International Holdings Limited, ENSCO Offshore International Inc., ENSCO Offshore U.K. Limited, ENSCO Overseas Limited, ENSCO Transcontinental II LP, ENSCO Transnational I Ltd., ENSCO UK Drilling Limited, ENSCO United Incorporated, ENSCO Universal Limited, ENSCO Vistas Limited, ENSCO Worldwide GmbH, Great White Shark Limited, Green Turtle Limited, Offshore Drilling Services LLC, Pride Foramer SAS, Pride Forasol SAS, Pride Global II Ltd., Pride International LLC, Pride International Management Company LP, Ralph Coffman Limited, Ralph Coffman Luxembourg SA RL, RCI International Inc., RD International Services Pte. Ltd., RDC Arabia Drilling Inc., RDC Holdings Luxembourg SA RL, Rocal Cayman Limited, Rowan Companies Limited, Rowan Companies LLC, Rowan Drilling (Trinidad) Limited, Rowan Drilling (U.K.) Limited, Rowan Drilling, S. de RL de CV; Rowan International Rig Holdings Sarl, Rowan Marine Services LLC, Rowan N-Class (Gibraltar) Limited, Rowan No. 1 Limited, Rowan Norway Limited, Rowan Offshore (Gibraltar) Limited, Rowan Offshore Luxembourg Sarl, Rowan Rex Limited, Rowan Rigs Sarl, Rowan Services LLC, Rowan, S. de RL de CV, and Rowandrill LLC, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Zey Financial and Insurance Services Inc. et al v. Evergreen Life Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in Igor A. Zey and Zey Financial and Insurance Services Inc., a.k.a. ZIFS Inc., of California v. Andrew J. Grey, Troy Smith, SRG LLP, SRG Advisors LLC, Squar Milner LLP, SRG Insurance Services LLC, Scott Diamond, Roxbury Consultants LLC, all of California, and Evergreen Life Limited, of Bermuda, at the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles.