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Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp. v. Ethos Fund I LP et al: Complaint

Complaint in Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp., now known as The metals company Inc., described as a Texas-based "special purpose acquisition company" that was formed in the Cayman Islands before re-domiciling to Canada v. Ethos Fund I LP, Ethos GP LLC, and Ethos DeepGreen PIPE LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ryan Cox v. Binance et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Ryan Cox v. CoinMarketCap OpCo LLC, described as Delaware company that operates "a coin ranking site"; Binance Capital Management Co. Ltd., d.b.a. Binance and Binance.com, described as the operator of "a cryptocurrency exchange"; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance.us; Changpeng Zhao, apparently a citizen of Canada and China; Catherine Coley, Yi He, and Ted Lin at the U. S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Monica Niedbalski v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Monika Niedbalski, a citizen of Canada, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Bank of America N.A., City National Bank, Barclays Bank Plc, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., UBS AG, Standard Chartered Bank, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "a filed Canadian Civil Proceeding against Walton International Group Inc. et al", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Carl Jensen et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an ongoing offering fraud" involving "Chinese and Mexican and bearer bonds" that "has raised over $7 million from more than 75 investors" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Carl Jensen, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Australia, and Stephen W. Gold, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in California, as Defendants, and Kerry Margolis, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Germany, and Michael Hock, described as a citizen of the United States residing in California, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Aux Cayes Fintech Co. Ltd.: Statement of Allegations

Statement of Allegations in the matter of Aux Cayes Fintech Co. Ltd., described as a Seychelles-domiciled operator of "an online crypto asset trading platform", for "violating Ontario securities law", before the Ontario Securities Commission.

Boart Longyear Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Australia by Nora Pincus, as the Foreign Representative of Boart Longyear Limited, Boart Longyear Australia Pty Limited, Boart Longyear Management Pty Limited, Boart Longyear Investments Pty Limited, and Votraint No. 1609 Pty Limited, collectively described as "the world's leading provider of drilling services, orebody-data-collection technology, and innovative, safe, and productivity-driven drilling equipment", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Murchinson Ltd. et al: $9M Settlement

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission stating that Murchinson Ltd., of Toronto, Canada; Marc Bistricer, and Paul Zogala, described as citizens and residents of Canada, have agreed to pay penalties totaling $9 million to settle a regulatory investigation that, inter alia, involved an unidentified Bermuda "hedge fund".

BDO Canada Ltd. v. Truist Bank: Discovery Application

Application by BDO Canada Limited, as the Receiver for 1635536 Ontario Inc., operating as Versitec Marine & Industrial and Versitec Marine USA Inc., to take discovery from Truist Bank and Bank of America Corporation for use in legal proceedings in Toronto, Canada "commenced by a creditor of Debtors, Liquid Capital Exchange Corp.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. GPL Ventures LLC et al: Asset Freeze Application

Emergency Application for an Asset Freeze Order regarding an allegedly fraudulent scheme that, inter alia, involved accounts in "the Cayman Islands and Canada", in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. GPL Ventures LLC, GPL Management LLC, described in the complaint as Delaware-domiciled, New York-based companies; Alexander J. Dillon, of New Jersey; Cosmin I. Panait, described as a citizen of Romania residing in New York; HempAmericana Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, New York-based company; Salvador E. Rosillo, of New York; Seaside Advisors LLC, of New Jersey, and Lawrence B. Adams, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. GPL Ventures LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint "to halt the GPL Defendants' ongoing violations of the dealer registration requirements of the federal securities laws", including alleged fraud, that involves, inter alia, an unidentified "broker in the Cayman Islands" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. GPL Ventures LLC, GPL Management LLC, described as Delaware-domiciled, New York-based companies; Alexander J. Dillon, of New Jersey; Cosmin I. Panait, described as a citizen of Romania residing in New York; HempAmericana Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, New York-based company; Salvador E. Rosillo, of New York; Seaside Advisors LLC, of New Jersey, and Lawrence B. Adams, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Sean McCoshen: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Edmonton, Canada by John Hendriks, of A. Farber & Partners Ltd., as the Foreign Representative of Sean Frederick McCoshen, described as "a Canadian resident that until recently resided in a residential medical care facility in British Columbia, Canada", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon.

Blackbird Capital LLC v. SION Trading FZE et al: First Amended Complaint

First Amended Complaint that "arises out of the Defendants' bad faith and fraudulent scheme, including a pattern of tortious and illegal misconduct and breaches of multiple contracts, related to a $25,000,000 loan Worth agreed to extend to Blackbird in connection with a planned real estate development project in Denver, Colorado" in Blackbird Capital LLC, described as "a real estate development company" in Iowa v. Worth Group Capital LLC, of Wyoming; Justin Ely, of Utah; Halls Law Office, of Idaho; Scotia International of Nevada, Inc., of Utah; Sion Trading FZE, of Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; NaPo Limited, described as "a company located and incorporated in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Saint Lucia"; Nikolas Korakianitis, described as a citizen of Canada; GT Foundation, described as "a private interest foundation founded in Panama City, Panama" that "may have an office in London, England and/or New York", and Kumar Singh, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

SEC v. Frederick Sharp et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a sophisticated, multiyear, multi-national attack on the United States financial markets and retail United States investors by foreign and domestic actors" in which the defendants "schemed to sell fraudulently hundreds of millions of dollars in stocks in the United States markets" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Frederick L. Sharp, described as a citizen of the United States; Zhiying Yvonne Gasarch, a.k.a. Zhiying Chen, described as a dual citizen of Canada and China; Courtney Kelln, Mike K. Veldhuis, described as a citizen of the Netherlands; Paul Sexton, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom; Jackson T. Friesen, Graham R. Taylor, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom, all residents of British Columbia, Canada; William T. Kaitz, of Maryland, and Avtar S. Dhillon, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Long Beach, California, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

SEC v. Frederick Sharp et al: Asset Freeze Motion

SEC's Ex Parte Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Frederick L. Sharp, described in the complaint as a citizen of the United States; Zhiying Yvonne Gasarch, a.k.a. Zhiying Chen, described as a dual citizen of Canada and China; Courtney Kelln, Mike K. Veldhuis, described as a citizen of the Netherlands; Paul Sexton, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom; Jackson T. Friesen, Graham R. Taylor, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom, all residents of British Columbia, Canada; William T. Kaitz, of Maryland, and Avtar S. Dhillon, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Long Beach, California, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

SEC v. Luis Carrillo: Asset Freeze Motion

SEC's Motion for Asset Freeze Order regarding "assets belonging to, controlled by, or used for the benefit of, defendant Luis Jimenez Carrillo" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Luis Jimenez Carrillo, described as a citizen and resident of Mexico, a former citizen of the United States, a former attorney and "a securities law recidivist"; Amar Bahadoorsingh, a dual citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom; Justin Roger Wall, and Jamie Samuel Wilson, both of the United Kingdom, as Defendants, and Haydee Yolanda Sanchez Diaz Monge, Martha Y. Jimenez Trust, and Charles A. Carrillo Trust, all of California, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

SEC v. Luis Carrillo et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving shares in Aureus, Inc., Garmatex Holdings, Ltd., and OneLife Technologies Corp. and "a boiler room based in Medellin, Colombia" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Luis Jimenez Carrillo, described as a citizen and resident of Mexico; Amar Bahadoorsingh, described as "a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Canada" residing in Vancouver, Canada; Justin Roger Wall, and Jamie Samuel Wilson, each described as "a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom", as Defendants, and Haydee Yolanda Sanchez Diaz Monge, Martha Y. Jimenez Trust, and Charles A. Carrillo Trust, all of California, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

USA v. Frederick Sharp et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging securities fraud in USA v. Frederick Sharp, described as a resident of British Columbia, Canada; Luis Carrillo, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Mexico; Mike Veldhuis, described as a resident of British Columbia, Canada, and Courtney Kelln, described as a resident of British Columbia, Canada, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Alpha Latam Management LLC et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Alpha Latam Management LLC, of Delaware; Acsa Atento SAS, of Colombia; Alpha Capital SAS, of Colombia; AlphaCredit Latam SAS, of Colombia; AlphaCredit Sudamérica, S de RL, of Panama; AlphaDebit, SA de CV, of Mexico; and Vive Créditos Kusida SAS, of Colombia, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Brittany Stout v. Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging violation of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 regarding "the proposed acquisition of Harvest by Trulieve Cannabis Corp." in Brittany Stout v. Harvest Health & Recreation Inc., of Vancouver, Canada; Mark N. Barnard, Steven M. White, Elroy P. Sailor, Ana Dutra, Eula L. Adams, and Michael Scott Atkison at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Spartan Holdings Ltd.: Restoration Application

Originating Application in the matter of Spartan Holdings Ltd. at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. Editor's Note: The director of Spartan Holdings Ltd. whose affidavit supported this restoration application is Terrence Duffy, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Canada who, as OffshoreAlert has previously revealed, appeared to be the ultimate beneficial owner of the opaquely-owned Caledonian Bank, which went into liquidation in Cayman in 2015 after being sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at federal court in New York for alleged participation in a $75 million penny stock scam.

2567423 Ontario Inc. et al v. MXY Holdings LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint in 2567423 Ontario Inc., of Canada; Rayray Investments Inc., of Canada; KW Capital Partners Ltd., of Canada; K2 Principal Fund LP, of Canada; Anson East Master Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands; Anson Investments Master Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands; Barometer Equity Pool, Barometer Tactical Income Pool, Hadron Healthcare and Consumers Special Opportunities Fund, Parkwood Master Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Samara Fund Ltd., of Canada; Dani Warshager, Martin Fix, and Matthew Conduit v. MXY Holdings LLC, described as a Delaware-domiciled, California-based company that "manufactures and sells cannabis products under the brand name 'Moxie'"; Jordan Lams, and Kevin Marrone at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

SEC v. Jonathan Mimun et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud retail investors in the United States through the unregistered offer and sale of security-based binary options from at least December 2014 through June 2017" that, inter alia, involved Porter Finance and Dalton Finance in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jonathan Mimun, a.k.a. Yoni Mimun, a.k.a. Jonathan Maymon, described as "a Canadian citizen residing in Israel", and Ronn BenHarav at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

SEC v. Eric Watson et al: Complaint

Complaint in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Eric J. Watson, described as "a New Zealand citizen and believed to be a resident of London, United Kingdom"; Oliver-Barret Lindsay, described as "a Canadian citizen and resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada" and, during the relevant period, "principal of CMGT Capital Management, a Cayman Islands-exempt broker-dealer registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority", and Gannon Giguiere, described as a resident of Newport Coast, California" who "owned and operated TheMoneyStreet.com, a stock promotion website", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

US SEC charges trio with fraud involving Long Blockchain Corp.

The U.S. SEC has charged three people, including a Canadian former resident of the Cayman Islands, Oliver-Barret Lindsay, and a New Zealander residing in England, Eric Watson, with fraud involving publicly-listed Long Blockchain Corp., formerly Long Island Iced Tea Corp.

Blackbird Capital LLC v. SION Trading FZE et al: Plaintiff’s Motion to File First Amended Complaint

Plaintiff's Motion to File First Amended Complaint alleging a "widespread fraudulent scheme perpetrated by Defendants in which they conspired to induce would-be borrowers to transfer significant funds to them as deposits on purported large-scale commercial loans" in Blackbird Capital LLC, described as "a real estate development company based in Des Moines, Iowa" v. Worth Group Capital LLC, of Wyoming; Justin Ely, of Utah; Halls Law Office, of Idaho; Scotia International of Nevada, Inc., of Utah; SION Trading FZE, of Ral Al Khaimah, of the United Arab Emirates; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; NaPo Limited, described as "a company located and incorporated in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Saint Lucia"; Nikolas Korakianitis, described as a citizen of Canada; GT Foundation, described as "a private interest foundation founded in Panama City, Panama" that "may have an office in London, England and/or New York", and Kumar Singh, described as a resident of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

SEC v. Sean Wygovsky: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a fraudulent front-running scheme perpetrated by Wygovsky, a trader at a major Canada-based asset management firm, in several brokerage accounts held in the United States in the names of Wygovsky's close family members" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Sean Wygovsky, described as a U.S. citizen residing in Toronto, Canada, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Sean Wygovsky: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging securities fraud by an employee of "a Canadian asset management firm" in USA v. Sean Wygovsky at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

2770095 Ontario Inc. v. Jaspreet Mathur et al: Discovery Application

Application by 2770095 Ontario Inc., of Canada, which was "created for the purpose of pursuing collection of the liquidated loss of US$1,110,000 suffered by Affinitas Medios de Pago S.A.P.I de C.V., a Mexican corporation", to take discovery from Jaspreet Mathur, a.k.a. Jas Mathur, and eMblaze ONE Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Ontario, Canada alleging fraud involving Maxwell Morgan, Tricia Edwards, and related entities, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Mark Litwin et al: Securities Fraud Charges

News Release by the Ontario Securities Commission entitled "Former officers and directors of CannTrust charged with Securities Act Offences", identifying those charged as Mark Litwin, Eric Paul, and Peter Aceto, all of Toronto, Canada.

Bybit Fintech Ltd.: Statement of Allegations

Statement of Allegations alleging unregistered securities activity involving cryptocurrencies in the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission v. Bybit Fintech Limited, described as a British Virgin Islands-domiciled "online crypto asset trading platform", and which appears to be based in Singapore, before the Ontario Securities Commission.

Jen Zhang et al v. USA: Petition to Quash IRS Summons

Petition to Quash Third-Party Summons Issued to Wells Fargo Bank N.A. by the IRS in Jen (Hwa Yu) Zhang and Charles (Zhi Yu) Zhang, Canadian citizens who are "targets of a criminal investigation in Canada" that alleges "violations of the Customs Act, the Criminal Code, the Excise Tax Act, and the Special Import Measures Act" v. USA at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

SEC v. Ali Asif Hamid et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a fraudulent and unregistered offering (initial coin offering, or "ICO") of digital asset securities, known during most of the relevant time as BCT Tokens" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ali Asif Hamid, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Ontario, Canada; Michael Gietz, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Cristine Page, a.k.a. Cristina Page, of Brooklyn, New York, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Mek Global Ltd. et al: Allegations

Statement of Allegations in the matter of Mek Global Limited, of the Seychelles, and PhoenixFin Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, collectively doing business as KuCoin, described as "an online crypto asset trading platform", before the Ontario Securities Commission.

Blackbird Capital LLC v. SION Trading FZE et al: Order Allowing Email Service

Memorandum Decision and Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Serve SION Trading FZE by Email due to its owner, Max Warren Barber, "avoiding service" in Blackbird Capital LLC v. Worth Group Capital LLC, of Wyoming; Justin Ely, of Utah; Halls Law Office, of Idaho; Scotia International of Nevada, Inc., of Utah; SION Trading FZE, of Ral Al Khaimah, of the United Arab Emirates; Max Warren Barber, of Utah; NaPo Limited, described as "a company located and incorporated in Bridgetown, Barbados, and Saint Lucia"; Nikolas Korakianitis, described as a citizen of Canada; GT Foundation, described as "a private interest foundation founded in Panama City, Panama" that "may have an office in London, England and/or New York", and Kumar Singh at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Kumtor Gold Company CJSC et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Kumtor Gold Company CJSC and Kumtor Operating Company CSJC, both of the Kyrgyz Republic and owned by Centerra Gold Inc., of Toronto, Canada, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Creditors include companies in Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Finland, Gibraltar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, and Switzerland.

SEC v. Harmel Rayat et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendants "defrauded investors by soliciting StreetAuthority, LLC, an online financial publishing company, to run a promotion designed to increase RenovaCare's stock price and trading volume, and then concealed their involvement in the promotion from investors" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Harmel Rayat, described as a citizen of Canada and resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, and RenovaCare Inc., described as a Nevada company based in Roseland, New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Polo Digital Assets Ltd.: Statement of Allegations

Statement of Allegations "for disregarding Ontario securities law and to signal that crypto asset trading platforms flouting Ontario securities law will face regulatory action" in Ontario Securities Commission v. Polo Digital Assets Ltd., a.k.a. Poloniex, described as a Seychelles-domiciled "online crypto asset trading platform", before the Ontario Securities Commission.

SEC v. BTIG LLC: Complaint

Complaint alleging "misconduct" involving an unidentified "hedge fund" that is "organized under the laws of Bermuda and headquartered in Toronto, Canada" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. BTIG LLC, described as a broker-dealer based in San Francisco, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Alpha Capital Anstalt v. BriaCell Therapeutics Corp.: Complaint

Complaint in Alpha Capital Anstalt, of Liechtenstein v. BriaCell Therapeutics Corp., a Canadian company that "describes itself as "clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in targeted immunotherapies for advanced breast cancer" and whose shares are listed on NASDAQ and the Toronto Stock Exchange, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Paid Search Engine Tools LLC v. Eric Schmidt: Discovery Application

Application by Paid Search Engine Tools LLC to take discovery from Eric Schmidt for use in legal proceedings in Canada involving Google Canada Corporation, Google LLC, and Alphabet Inc., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Cayman-based broker Andrew McAlpine pleads guilty to securities fraud conspiracy

Canadian penny stock broker Andrew McAlpine has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud at federal court in California and received permission to return to his home in the Cayman Islands pending sentencing. Prosecutors have recommended that he serve between six and 12 months in prison and he also faces restitution of "at least $270,689".

Fei Jing et al v. Yan Sun: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an illegal, unregistered and unlicensed Bitcoin trading operation" in Fei Jing, of Canada; Luosu Li, of China; Jinyu He, of California; Duanyang Wang, of China; Tian Lan, of Washington, and Chuyao Feng, of Georgia, USA v. Yan Sun, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.