Brazil

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.

Associação dos Profissionais dos Correios v. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation: Discovery Application

Application by Associação dos Profissionais dos Correios, described as "a Brazilian non-profit association that defends and represents the interests of present and former/retired postal worker employees of Correios, a state-owned public postal company", to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil "against Instituto de Seguridade Social dos Correios e Telégrafos, Empresa Brasileira de Correio e Telégrafos, KPMG Auditores Independentes, and BNY Mellon Serviços Financeiros Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobilários S.A." alleging "misconduct, malfeasance, breaches of fiduciary duties, and corruption", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Christian Sarcuni et al v. bZx DAO et al: Class Action Complaint (‘$55M Crypto Theft’)

Class Action Complaint alleging negligence regarding the theft by hacking of cryptocurrency worth $55 million in Christian Sarcuni, of Italy; Pedro Cunha, of Portugal; Alexander Lloyd, a citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom; Skliar Viktor, of Ukraine; Marc Simon, of France; Pilici Rustam, of Moldova; Daniel Lu, of China; Clément Ométek, of France; Edison Ho, a citizen of China residing in Hong Kong; Kiro Aleksandrov, of Bulgaria; Jonas Wernecke, of Germany; Paolo Leite, of Brazil; Miras Issakhov, of Kazakhstan, and Daniele Penna, of Italy v. bZx DAO, described as "a purported Decentralized Autonomous Organization that is a general partnership" based in San Diego, California; Kyle Kistner, of San Diego, California; Tom Bean, of Alpharetta, Georgia; Hashed International LLC, of Wyoming; AGE Crypto GP LLC, of Nevada; Ooki DAO, described as "a purported Decentralized Autonomous Organization that is a general partnership" based in San Diego, California; Leveragebox LLC, of Delaware, and bZeroX LLC, of Delaware, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

USA v. Luiz Capuci, Jr.: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging cryptocurrency-based investment fraud and money laundering in USA v. Luiz Capuci, Jr., a.k.a. Junior Capuci, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Vale SA: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud "by intentionally concealing the risks that one of its older and more dangerous dams, the Brumadinho dam, might collapse" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Vale S.A., of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, described as "one of the world’s largest iron ore producers", at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Merrill Lynch: Judicial Assistance

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Merrill Lynch - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the 6th Probate and Family Court of the Regional Forum II of Santo Amaro in São Paulo, Brazil - for legal proceedings styled as 'Leticia Lagoa Ribeiro v. Alexandre Fernandes Martins' involving "claims of misappropriated assets", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

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.

Stericycle, Inc.: $24M Penalty

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a penalty of $23,987,520 on Stericycle, Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled "world-wide provider of medical waste and other services" for "violations of the anti-bribery, books and records, and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977" involving "wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina".

USA v. Stericycle, Inc.: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving entities in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico in USA v. Stericycle Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Fernando Passos: Complaint

Complaint "against Passos, a former senior executive at Brazilian reinsurance company IRB Brasil Resseguros S.A., for planting a false story with the media and disseminating false documents claiming that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. had recently made a substantial investment in IRB" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Fernando Passos, described as a resident of São Paulo, Brazil, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Stericycle, Inc.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act involving entities in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico USA v. Stericycle Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Mining Capital Coin et al: TRO Motion

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order regarding an alleged cryptocurrency-based investment fraud in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. MCC International Corp., d.b.a. Mining Capital Coin Corp., of Massachusetts; CPTLCoin Corp., of Massachusetts; Bitchain Exchanges, described as "an unincorporated organization or association"; Luiz Carlos Capuci Jr., a.k.a. Junior Caputti, described as a citizen of Brazil and the USA residing in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Emerson Sousa Pires, described as a citizen and resident of Brazil, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Mining Capital Coin et al: Complaint (‘Crypto-Based Investment Fraud’)

Complaint alleging a cryptocurrency-based investment fraud in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. MCC International Corp., d.b.a. Mining Capital Coin Corp., of Massachusetts; CPTLCoin Corp., of Massachusetts; Bitchain Exchanges, described as "an unincorporated organization or association"; Luiz Carlos Capuci Jr., a.k.a. Junior Caputti, described as a citizen of Brazil and the USA residing in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Emerson Sousa Pires, described as a citizen and resident of Brazil, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Carlos Ramon Polit Faggioni: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering concerning bribes involving Odebrecht SA, of Brazil, in USA v. Carlos Ramon Polit Faggioni, described as a citizen of Ecuador who "served as the comptroller general of Ecuador from in or around 207 to 2017", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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Swiss asset manager Marc-André Pépin accused of fraud by Cayman’s SPI Investment Fund

In a winding-up petition, Swiss investment manager Marc-André Pépin has been accused of "fraudulent misconduct and mismanagement" by Cayman Islands-domiciled SPI Investment Fund SPC, whose investors' funds have allegedly ended up in questionable arrangements with entities operated by Prudent Group, Dennis Klemming, and Jacob Gitman, all of Miami, Florida.

U.S.J. – Açúcar e Álcool SA et al: Chapter 15 Petition (Brazil)

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in São Paulo, Brazil by Renato Carvalho do Nascimento, as the Foreign Representative of U.S.J. - Açúcar e Álcool SA, Agro Pecuária Campo Alto S.A., and Companhia Agrícola São Jerônimo, described as being part of a group that "is a leading sugar and ethanol producer in the Center-South region of Brazil", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Restore Advisory Intermediações Ltda. v. Admel Properties Inc.: Discovery Application (‘R$41M Debt’)

Application by Restore Advisory Intermediações Ltda. to take discovery from Admel Properties Inc., described as "a vehicle used by Mello outside of Brazil to conceal available funds that should have been directed to satisfy the Brazilian judgement against him", for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil "to enforce a debt against the assets of Trendbank S.A. Banco de Fomento and its guarantor, Adolpho Mello", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Leif-Erik Hvide v. Holdun Family Office LLC et al: Complaint (State Court)

Complaint alleging fraud in Leif-Erik Hvide, described as "a U.S. citizen residing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil" v. Holdun Family Office LLC, of Florida; Holt Financial Ltd., of the Bahamas; Holdun Family Office (Bahamas) Limited, of the Bahamas; Holt Accelerator LP, of Canada; HOLT Funds SPC, of the Cayman Islands; Brendan Holt Dunn, of the Bahamas; Margaret 'Maggie' Dunphy, of Montreal, Canada; Stuart Dunn, of Montreal, Canada; Jan Christopher Arp, of Montreal, Canada; Gordon Dempsey, of Toronto, Canada, and Michael A. Blank, described as a Florida-based attorney, at the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami Dade County, Florida.

Brazil: Eduardo Cesar Lourenco de Avila

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from California resident Eduardo Cesar Lourenco de Avila - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Brazil - for a criminal investigation into Avila for allegedly misappropriating $224,811 "from the federal public company CAIXA Aqui".

Paymentology Ltd.: Public Censure

Decision Notice by the Dubai Financial Services Authority to publicly censure Paymentology Ltd., described as a British "payment technology solutions provider", for "disseminating misleading or deceptive information", specifically "by incorrectly claiming that it was licensed by the DFSA and had an office in the DIFC".

Carolina Lane v. Morgan Stanley et al: Discovery Application

Application by Carolina Andraus Lane to take discovery from Morgan Stanley, RBC Bank, Citigroup, Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, Safra Bank of New York, and law firm Fox Horan & Camerini LLP for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil, "her former husband and business partner Gilberto Miranda Batista", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Caetano Rosa Holding Corp. v. Kravitz Law PA et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of contract in Caetano Rosa Holding Corp., described as a Marshall Islands company owned by Jobelino Locatelli, who "died on February 17, 2020" and was "the patriarch of the Locatelli family; a prominent family from Sao Paulo, Brazil, with extensive business interests" v. Kravitz Law PA and Genilde Guerra at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Banco Santander (Brasil) SA v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by Banco Santander (Brasil) SA 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, Bank of America NA, Wells Fargo Bank NA, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in legal proceedings alleging fraud in São Paulo, Brazil "against Ducoco Produtos Alimenticios S/A, Ducoco Alimentos S/A, Malibu Holding S/A, and Nelson Nogueira Pinheiro", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SPS Corp I v. General Motors et al: Discovery Application

Application by SPS Corp I - Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados, described as "a Brazilian entity that purchased the IPI tax indemnification rights of 35 car dealerships in Brazil", to take discovery from General Motors Co., Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Ernst & Young LLP for use in "pending and contemplated Brazilian legal proceedings against GM’s wholly owned subsidiary, General Motors do Brasil LTDA., for monies that GM Brazil owes the Applicant in connection with a three-decade-long tax dispute between GM Brazil and the Brazilian federal government for tax credits paid by several GM car dealerships in Brazil", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Frigorifico Margen Ltda et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Capital Administradora Judicial Ltda. and Luis Claudio Montoro Mendes, as the Foreign Representatives of Frigorifico Margen Ltda and others which allegedly "used multiple shell companies incorporated throughout South America to transfer and hide assets and to defraud creditors", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Fundo de Recuperação de Ativos v. Ceagro Agrícola Ltda et al: $39M Judgment

Judgment for $39 million in Fundo de Recuperação de Ativos - Fundo de Investimentos em Direitos Creditorios Não Padronizados, of Brazil v. Ceagro Agrícola Ltda, Antonio Carlos Gonçalves Junior, and Christine Crothers Gonçalves, all of São Paulo, Brazil, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

WEX Inc.: $350K Fine

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a fine of $350,000 on WEX Inc., described as "a Maine-based reporting company that describes itself as a financial technology service provider" for failing "properly to devise and maintain a sufficient system of internal accounting controls at its Brazilian subsidiary, UNIK S.A.", that led to "errors in WEX Brazil’s financial statements back to fiscal year 2013 totaling approximately $85.5 million, mostly relating to the overstatement of unbilled receivables. This amount included about $8 million in suspected theft or unauthorized transactions by former WEX Brazil employees".

Millo Group: Petition to Recognize Brazil Liquidation

Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Liquidation in Brazil in the matter of Atelier Design e Planejamento de Moveis Ltda, Colezzi lndustrja e Comercio de Moveis Ltda, Diamante Duna Participacoes Ltda, EMP Montagem e Instalacao de Moveis Ltda, Euromobile Montagem de Moveis Planejados Ltda, Indian Ebony Comercio de Moveis do Brasil Ltda, Italian Comercio de Moveis Ltda, Libia Comercio de Moveis Ltda Epp., Madagascar Administracao e Participao Ltda, Nogueira Alva Participacoes Ltda, Palladio Tee Comercio de Moveis e Eletrodomesticos Ltda, SIM Sistema Integrado de Moveis Ltda, and Via Movel Comercio de Moveis Ltda, all of Brazil, collectively the Millo Group (in Official Liquidation), at Bahamas Supreme Court.

Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares Guilty Plea

Press Release by the U. S. Department of Justice announcing that Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, described as "a citizen of Panama and Italy", has pleaded guilty "for laundering $28 million in connection with a massive bribery and money laundering scheme involving Odebrecht S.A., a Brazil-based global construction conglomerate".

SPS Corp I v. Cesar Parra et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by SPS Corp I - Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditorios não Padronizados to take discovery from Cesar Parra and Piaffe Performance Inc. for use in "three enforcement proceedings" in Brazil against Eduardo Fischer, described as "a well-known figure of the Brazilian advertising industry" who "is now seemingly insolvent but still maintains a wealthy lifestyle" and suspected of defrauding his creditors, and his companies, which were identified as Totalcom Comunicações e Participações Ltda., Green Tree Participações Ltda, D+ Brasil Entretenimento, and Conteúdo e Comunicação Total Ltda., filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

JL Sports Investments Ltd. v. Luis Barbosa et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a fraudulent and deceptive scheme by Defendants to conceal the true nature and structure of the Prudent Enterprise in order to secure lucrative international soccer rights deals while at the same time suppressing the ability of their creditors to collect" involving entities in Brazil, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Luxembourg, and the USA in JL Sports Investments Ltd., described as "a London-based boutique consulting and management firm in the sports and media industry" founded by "Dr. Jur. Jochen Lösch" v. Luis Barbosa, Antonio Maciel, Prudent Corporate Finance LLC, and Latin American Equity Sports LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Orbis Global Equity LE Fund et al v. Vale SA et al: Complaint

Complaint "to recover significant investment losses suffered as a result of securities fraud perpetrated by Defendants" in Orbis Global Equity LE Fund, of Australia; Orbis Global Equity Fund, of Australia; Orbis Global Balanced Fund, of Australia; Orbis SICAV, of Luxembourg; Orbis Institutional Funds Limited, of Bermuda; Orbis Global Equity Fund Limited, of Bermuda; Orbis Institutional Global Equity LP, of Delaware, and Orbis OEIC, of England and Wales v. Vale SA, described as "an international mining company based in Brazil"; Murilo Ferreira, Fabio Schvartsman, Luciano Siani Pires, Gerd Peter Poppinga, and Luiz Eduardo Froes do Amaral Osorio at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

StoneCo Ltd.: Directors

Director Details for StoneCo Ltd., obtained from the Cayman Islands General Registry on November 22nd, 2021.

Ronald Ray v. StoneCo Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Ronald F. Ray v. StoneCo Ltd., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled "provider of financial technology solutions" whose primary market is Brazil and whose shares are listed on NASDAQ; Thiago dos Santos Piau, Lia Machado de Matos, Rafael Martins Pereira, and Marcelo Bastianello Baldin at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

AJ Ruiz Consultoria Empresarial SA v. Bank of China Ltd. et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint “for unjust enrichment on behalf of thousands of creditors of the Schahin Group – a Brazilian oil and gas conglomerate with subsidiaries around the world, including in the United States – to recover more than $310 million that Defendants unlawfully obtained at those creditors’ expense” in AJ Ruiz Consultoria Empresarial S.A., solely as Judicial Administrator and foreign representative of Schahin Holding S/A, Agropecuária Alto do Turiassú Ltda, Agropecuária Maranhense S/A, Âmbar Empreendimentos e Participações S/C Ltda, Aquática Comunicações Ltda, Base Engenharia e Serviços De Petróleo e Gás S/A, Base Petróleo e Gas S/A, Companhia Ms De Participações, Companhia Schahin de Ativos, Companhia Schahin Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros S/S Ltda, Construtora Mogno Ltda, Deep Black Drilling LLP, Foxborough Participações Ltda, Habitécnica Participações S/A, Habitécnica S/A Empreendimentos Imobiliários, Administração E Planejamento, HBF Participações Ltda, HHS Participações S/A, Intelis Automação e Controle Ltda, MTS Participações Ltda, S&S Holding Elétrica S/A, S2 Participações Ltda, Satasch Participações Ltda, SCH 14 Sondas de Produções Marítimas S/A, SCH07 Participações Ltda, SCH08 Participações Ltda, SCH13 Participações Ltda, SCH15 Participações Ltda, Schahin Administração e Informática Ltda, Schahin Ativos Companhia Schahin Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros S/A, Schahin Capital SPE 1 S/A, Schahin Capital SPE 2 S/A, Schahin Desenolvimento Imobiliário S/A, Schahin Empreendimentos Imobiliários Ltda, Schahin Energia S/A, Schahin Participações Ltda, Schahin Securitizadora De Créditos Financeiros S/A, and SM Participações S/A v. Bank of China Limited, of China; China Development Bank, of China; Dexia Crédit Local SA, New York Branch; International Finance Corporation, of Washington, D.C.; KFW, of Germany, and Portigon AG, New York Branch, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

AJ Ruiz Consultoria Empresarial SA v. BBVA et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint “for unjust enrichment on behalf of thousands of creditors of the Schahin Group – a Brazilian oil and gas conglomerate with subsidiaries around the world, including in the United States – to recover more than $465 million that Defendants unlawfully obtained at those creditors’ expense” in AJ Ruiz Consultoria Empresarial S.A., solely as Judicial Administrator and foreign representative of Schahin Holding S/A, Agropecuária Alto do Turiassú Ltda, Agropecuária Maranhense S/A, Âmbar Empreendimentos e Participações S/C Ltda, Aquática Comunicações Ltda, Base Engenharia e Serviços De Petróleo e Gás S/A, Base Petróleo e Gas S/A, Companhia Ms De Participações, Companhia Schahin de Ativos, Companhia Schahin Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros S/S Ltda, Construtora Mogno Ltda, Deep Black Drilling LLP, Foxborough Participações Ltda, Habitécnica Participações S/A, Habitécnica S/A Empreendimentos Imobiliários, Administração E Planejamento, HBF Participações Ltda, HHS Participações S/A, Intelis Automação e Controle Ltda, MTS Participações Ltda, S&S Holding Elétrica S/A, S2 Participações Ltda, Satasch Participações Ltda, SCH 14 Sondas de Produções Marítimas S/A, SCH07 Participações Ltda, SCH08 Participações Ltda, SCH13 Participações Ltda, SCH15 Participações Ltda, Schahin Administração e Informática Ltda, Schahin Ativos Companhia Schahin Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros S/A, Schahin Capital SPE 1 S/A, Schahin Capital SPE 2 S/A, Schahin Desenolvimento Imobiliário S/A, Schahin Empreendimentos Imobiliários Ltda, Schahin Energia S/A, Schahin Participações Ltda, Schahin Securitizadora De Créditos Financeiros S/A, and SM Participações S/A v. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., of Spain; Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., Grand Cayman Branch, of the Cayman Islands; Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, of Delaware; Crédit Industriel et Commercial, of France; Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, of England; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, of New York; Hamburg Commercial Bank AG, of Germany; Intesa Sanpaolo, S.p.A., New York Branch; Itau BBA International Plc, of England; Mitsubishi Corporation, of Japan; Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance (U.S.A.) Inc., of Delaware; Mizuho Bank, Ltd., of Japan; MS Drillship I S.A., of Panama; Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC, of Delaware; Shinhan Bank, of South Korea; Standard Chartered Bank, of England, and UniCredit Bank AG, of Germany, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Immortals LLC v. Yeah Gaming e Eventos Ltda. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Immortals LLC, of Delaware v. Yeah Gaming e Eventos Ltda, described as a Brazilian "esports, media, and entertainment organization", and Ricardo Sinigaglia, of California, at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.
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Sunset Harbour South Condominium Association Inc. v. Dennis Klemming et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendants "repeatedly refused to comply with the Association's COVID-19 safety protocols" and "threatened to kill ... individuals on Condominium property" in Sunset Harbour South Condominium Association Inc. v. Dennis Klemming and Ivonne Klemming at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Editor's Note: Dennis Klemming, a citizen of Sweden, is the Chairman of the Prudent Group, which claims on its website to operate "a corporate structure that allows well informed and institutional investors the opportunity to invest in a short-term, corporate lending platform through Luxembourg, Cayman, and Delaware based hedge fund vehicles".

Itaú Unibanco v. TOG Brazil Holdings Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Itaú Unibanco SA to take discovery from TOG Brazil Holdings, Inc., Ten Oaks Management, LLC, Ten Oaks Friar Common Investors, LLC, and Ten Oaks Friar Series B Investors, LLC for use in bankruptcy proceedings in Brazil involving Brazil Holdings Ltda, Rakuten Brasil Internet Service Ltda, Rakuten Brasil Financial Services Ltda, and Rakuten Brasil Logistics Ltda., filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

WPP Plc: $22M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $22.5 million on WPP Plc, described as "the world's largest advertising group" that is domiciled in Jersey, in the Channel Islands; headquartered in London and New York City, and whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange for alleged violations of "the anti-bribery, books and records, and international accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" involving its subsidiaries in Brazil, China, India, and Peru.