Channel Islands

Stephen Bougourd: Penalties

Public Statement by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed penalties on Stephen Bougourd.

BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd.: $170M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $170 million on BlueCrest Capital Management Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, for regulatory breaches involving, inter alia, BlueCrest Capital International Master Fund Limited and BSMA Limited, both of the Cayman Islands.

Kazakhstan v. Bank of New York Mellon et al: Discovery Application

Application by the Republic of Kazakhstan to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Bank of China, Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank N.A., The Clearing House Payments Company LLC (CHIPS), Commerzbank AG, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Société Générale S.A., Standard Chartered Bank USA, UBS AG, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of America, N.A. for use "in foreign judicial proceedings to enforce and collect upon an arbitral award that was issued in Kazakhstan's favor" against "a Canadian company called Gold Pool JV Limited", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Kazakhstan is, inter alia, seeking information regarding "third party funding that Gold Pool allegedly received from "a litigation funder registered in Guernsey", a "law firm", and "a Canadian" entity. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the corporate registry for Toronto, Canada showed that Gold Pool JV Limited was incorporated on December 29th, 1995 and its officers and directors are A. Thomas Griffis, President and Director; Elia Crespo, Vice President, Secretary, and Director, and Chris Irwin, Assistant Secretary,

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.

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.

Strachans SA: Guilty Plea

News Release by the U.S. Department of Justice entitled 'Jersey/Swiss Financial Services Firm Admits to Conspiring with U.S. Taxpayers to Hide Assets and Income in Offshore Accounts - Strachans SA in Liquidation Pleads Guilty'.

USA v. Strachans SA: Criminal Judgment

Criminal Judgment imposing a fine of $500,000 for conspiracy to defraud the United States in USA v. Strachans SA (in Liquidation), of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Katherine Hitchins v. Babbé LLP: Guernsey Tribunal Decision

Decision by the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal, in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, finding that a partner in Babbé law firm was "constructively dismissed and that it was an unfair dismissal" following a "false" and "maliciously motivated" allegation by another partner, Robert Varley, in Katherine D. Hitchins v. Babbé LLP. Editor's Note: In an action that indicates either preferential treatment or a legal challenge, the 'Extended Reasons' for this 'Decision' were published on the 'Tribunal Decisions 2020' part of the Government of Guernsey's website and then removed, meaning it is the only published Decision for 2020 that does not include this information. When asked why this had been done, a Tribunal spokesperson told OffshoreAlert today: "I am not in a position to comment on the reasons the Tribunal's full decision was taken down. I will advise you when they are back up on the site." OffshoreAlert obtained the 'Extended Reasons' separately, from a 'concerned individual'. The Decision was reinstated to the website on March 1st, 2021. Meanwhile, Robert Varley, a funds and corporate lawyer whose "false" allegation was determined to have been "motivated by frustration, revenge, or possibly anger", left Babbé in 2018 and became a partner of Appleby law firm, in the British Virgin Islands, a position he left the same month the Tribunal Decision was published.

SIC Holdings LLC v. Frank Yao: Discovery Application

Application by SIC Holdings LLC, of Nevada, to take discovery from Frank Yao, described as "Operating Partner" of Bain Capital LP, for use in legal proceedings in New York alleging fraud brought by VXI Lux Holdco Sarl, of Luxembourg, against SIC Holdings LLC, Symbio Investment Corp., of the British Virgin Islands; Flanderit Holding AB, of Sweden; CapMan Equity VII A LP, CapMan Equity VII C LP, CapMan Equity Sweden KB, Maneq 2005 AB, all of Finland; Financial Technology Ventures II (Q) LP, Financial Technology Ventures II LP, both of Delaware; Actua Holdings Inc., formerly known as ICG Holdings Inc., of Delaware; Landtek Corporation, of the British Virgin Islands; Treasure High Holdings, of the British Virgin Islands; Waterton Resources Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; University Ventures Inc., of Taiwan; Randy Lee, of California; Ethos Technologies Holding Ltd., of Delaware; Joning Ta, South China (Jersey) Holdings Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Graham Bolton, of China; Michael Keating, of North Carolina; Jean Cholka, of Maine; James Reesing, of Ohio; Paul Machle, of California; Bo Huang, of China; Gagandeep Singh, John Wagster, of Tennessee; Big Bend XI Investments LP, of Texas; Anthony Massa, Deborah Baldini, of California; Susan Kirchhoff, Jacob Hsu, of California, and Qing Lu, of California, filed at the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.

SIC Holdings LLC v. Bain Capital LP: Discovery Application

Application by SIC Holdings LLC, of Nevada, to take discovery from Bain Capital LP for use in legal proceedings in New York alleging fraud brought by VXI Lux Holdco Sarl, of Luxembourg, against SIC Holdings LLC, Symbio Investment Corp., of the British Virgin Islands; Flanderit Holding AB, of Sweden; CapMan Equity VII A LP, CapMan Equity VII C LP, CapMan Equity Sweden KB, Maneq 2005 AB, all of Finland; Financial Technology Ventures II (Q) LP, Financial Technology Ventures II LP, both of Delaware; Actua Holdings Inc., formerly known as ICG Holdings Inc., of Delaware; Landtek Corporation, of the British Virgin Islands; Treasure High Holdings, of the British Virgin Islands; Waterton Resources Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; University Ventures Inc., of Taiwan; Randy Lee, of California; Ethos Technologies Holding Ltd., of Delaware; Joning Ta, South China (Jersey) Holdings Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Graham Bolton, of China; Michael Keating, of North Carolina; Jean Cholka, of Maine; James Reesing, of Ohio; Paul Machle, of California; Bo Huang, of China; Gagandeep Singh, John Wagster, of Tennessee; Big Bend XI Investments LP, of Texas; Anthony Massa, Deborah Baldini, of California; Susan Kirchhoff, Jacob Hsu, of California, and Qing Lu, of California, filed at the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.

New Look Financing Plc: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Richard Collyer, as the Foreign Representative of New Look Financing Plc, of Weymouth, Dorset, England, which is owned by New Look Bonds Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and is part of a group that "operates a British fashion retail business", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Lumiere Wealth Ltd.: Investigation Findings

Public Statement by the Jersey Financial Services Commission regarding the conclusions of its investigation into Lumiere Wealth Limited (in liquidation).

Grandview Holdings Ltd. v. Tyche Investment Holdings Ltd. et al: Writ of Summons

Generally Indorsed Writ of Summons seeking to void the sale of Hong Kong-domiciled Colour Zone Limited in Grandview Holdings Limited v. Tyche Investment Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Christopher Kennedy, of the Cayman Islands, and Matthew Wright, of Guernsey, as former Joint Official Liquidators of Blue Ridge China DFSS Holdings, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

LyonRoss Partners Master Fund LP et al v. Prophecy Trading Advisors International Ltd. et al: Sealing Order

Civil Cover Sheet, Order Sealing Complaint, and Order Staying Action Pending Arbitration in LyonRoss Partners Master Fund LP, of New York; Sussex Directories SEZC, of the Cayman Islands; Timberdale Limited, of Guernsey, in the Channel Islands; Vladimir Kuznetsov, of Switzerland, and The Piers Playfair Retirement Plan & Trust, of New York v. Prophecy Trading Advisors International Ltd., Prophecy Trading Advisors Master Fund LP, Prophecy Asset Management LP, Prophecy Trading Advisors GP LLC, Jeffrey Spotts, John Hughes, all of New York; John Caruso, of Johns Island, South Carolina, and Brian Khan, of Orlando, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Richard Hayward et al v. Patricia Bloom: Discovery Application

Application by Richard A. Hayward and Susan J. Heath, sons of deceased Bahamas-based, British businessman Jack Hayward, individually and on behalf of certain other beneficiaries of the Lydhurst Settlement, the Lydhurst 1993 Settlement, and the Dunmaglass Settlement, to take discovery from Patricia Ruth Bloom, described as "Sir Jack's long-time partner" and executrix of his estate, regarding, inter alia, their father's "financial troubles" and "irrational" behavior involving his investment in English soccer team Wolverhampton Wanderers prior to his death for use in contemplated legal proceedings "in England or the Bahamas", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Strachans SA: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement in USA v. Strachans SA (in Liquidation), described as "a Jersey-based accounting and financial services company that assisted U.S. taxpayer-clients and others in evading taxes through the use of offshore trusts and entities and offshore bank accounts" that later moved to Switzerland and "began doing business as Elston Management", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Strachans SA: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to defraud the United States in USA v. Strachans SA (in Liquidation), described as "a Jersey-based accounting and financial services company that assisted U.S. taxpayer-clients and others in evading taxes through the use of offshore trusts and entities and offshore bank accounts" that later moved to Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California. Editor's Note: In the Criminal Information, the USA stated that Strachans moved from Jersey to Switzerland in 1999 and, in 2009, "began doing business as Elston Management". Research by OffshoreAlert in the Swiss Commercial Registry showed that directors, past and present, of Elston Management SA have included Richard Jepson Egglishaw, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Monaco; Dino Ferro, a citizen of Italy; Rachel Laure Dupanloup, Henri Bressoud, and Dominique de Weck, of Switzerland.

Stephen Dewsnip: £7K Fine

Public Statement by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed a £7,000 fine on Stephen Paul Dewsnip regarding his conduct as "a non-executive director of Global Insurance Group Limited".

Shane Younger et al: Fines

Public Statement by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed fines on Shane Younger and Christopher Percival regarding Global Insurance Group Limited, of which they are "the majority shareholders".

SWM Ltd.: Public Statement

Public Statement regarding SWM Limited by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Jersey Financial Services Commission's Companies Registry showed that, in its most recent annual return, dated January 1st, 2020, the sole shareholder of SWM Limited was identified as SJD Holdings Limited, also domiciled in Jersey, and, in its most recent annual return, dated January 1st, 2019, the shareholders of SJD Holdings Limited were identified as Stephen Francis Le Fondre, Simon John Dowling, Kevin Peter Goodbody, Tracey Anne Freeman, and Guy John Browning, all of Jersey.

Global Insurance Group Ltd. et al: Fines

Public Statement by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has imposed fines on Global Insurance Group Limited, Christopher Schofield, and Andrew William Robert.

Valla PTC Ltd. v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Valla PTC Limited, of Bermuda, as Trustee of the Westline Trust, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA, HSBC Holdings PLC, UBS AG, Bank of New York Mellon, JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, Citibank NA, Deutsche Bank (and its affiliates Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas and Bankers Trust Company), Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Barclays Bank PLC, Lloyd's Bank USA, Lloyd's Bank Commercial Banking, Commerzbank AG, and Bank of America, NA for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom against Jonathan Moss Faiman, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Monaco, over the alleged failure to repay $30 million in loans, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Circumference Holdings Ltd. et al v. Nicholas Martin: Defense

Defense in Circumference Investments (Europe) Limited, of England; Circumference (Luxembourg) Sàrl, of Luxembourg, and Circumference Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands v. Nicholas James Martin, of Luxembourg, at the High Court of Justice, England and Wales.

Benjamin Steinmetz v. Vale SA et al: Discovery Application

Application by Benjamin Steinmetz, of Israel, described as an "adviser" to BSG Resources Limited, "a Guernsey-based international mining and natural resources company", to take discovery from Vale SA, described as a Brazil company that is "one of the largest mining companies in the world"; Vale Americas Inc., Rio Tinto Plc, and Rio Tinto Limited for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom involving Vale S.A., of Brazil; Vale Holdings B.V., of the Netherlands, and Vale International S.A., of Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Artex Risk Solutions (Malta) Ltd.: Fine

Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €25,700 against Artex Risk Solutions (Malta) Limited for failure "to submit the audited financial statements within the regulatory deadline". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in filings with the Malta Business Registry, Artex Risk Solutions (Malta) Limited identifies its directors as Evander Borg, of Malta; Stuart Ciappara, of Malta; Nicholas Peter Heys, of Guernsey, and Martin Thomas Le Pelley, of Guernsey; its shareholders as Artex Risk Solutions (Guernsey) Limited and Artex Risk Solutions (Holdings) Limited, both of Guernsey, and its auditor as Ernst & Young Malta Limited.

Osprey Insurance Brokers Co. Ltd.: Fine

Announcement by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €29,675 against Osprey Insurance Brokers Co. Limited for failure "to submit the audited financial statements within the regulatory deadline". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in filings with the Malta Business Registry, Osprey Insurance Brokers Co. Limited identifies its directors as Martin Azzopardi, Suzanne Marie Chambers, Stuart Ciappara, all of Malta, and Martin Thomas Le Pelley, of Guernsey; its sole shareholder as Artex Holdings (Malta) Limited, and its auditor as Ernst & Young Malta Limited.

Mark Penney et al: Penalties

Public Statement by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission announcing financial penalties and corporate disqualifications against Mark Peter Penney and Marc Adam Roxby after finding that each "was not a fit and proper person" regarding their involvement with Criteria Wealth Management Limited, which went into compulsory liquidation.

Nigeria, Jersey, & USA: $311M Repatriation Agreement

News Release, and a copy of a "trilateral agreement among the governments of the United States, Nigeria and the Bailiwick of Jersey", by the U. S. Department of Justice announcing the repatriation to Nigeria of $311 million that were allegedly the proceeds of corruption involving General Sani Abacha, Ibrahim Sani Abacha, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, lsmaila Gwarzo, Alhaji Ahmadu Daura, Chief Anthony Ani, David Umaru, Doraville Properties Corporation, Eagle Alliance International Limited, Harbour Engineering and Construction Limited, Mecosta Securities Inc., Morgan Procurement Corporation, Rayville International SA, The Ridley Trust, Ridley Group Limited, and Standard Alliance Financial Services Limited.

USA v. Bank Hapoalim BM et al: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement in USA v. Bank Hapoalim BM, of Israel, and Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd., of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SKAT v. John van Merkensteijn et al: BVI Judicial Assistance

Motion for Issuance of a Request for International Judicial Assistance to Obtain Evidence in the British Virgin Islands from Harneys Corporate Services Limited, Intershore Consult (BVI) Ltd., Intertrust Corporate Services (BVI) Limited, MMG Trust (BVI) Corp., Mossack Fonseca & Co. (BVI) Limited, by its liquidator, Deloitte Ltd. (BVI); Overseas Management Company Trust (BVI) Ltd., Sentinel International Management SA, and Vistra (BVI) Limited regarding an allegedly fraudulent 12.7 billion Danish Kroner tax refund fraud scheme whose "principal organizer" was identified as Dubai-based British national Sanjay Shah in Skatteforvaltningen, a.k.a. SKAT, Denmark's tax collection agency v. John van Merkensteijn, Richard Markowitz, Bernina Pension Plan Trust, RJM Capital Pension Plan Trust, 2321 Capital Pension Plan, Bowline Management Pension Plan, California Catalog Company Pension Plan, Clove Pension Plan, Davin Investments Pension Plan, Delvian LLC Pension Plan, DFL Investments Pension Plan, Laegeler Asset Management Pension Plan, Lion Advisory Inc. Pension Plan, Mill River Capital Management Pension Plan, Next Level Pension Plan, Rajan Investments LLC Pension Plan, Spirit on the Water Pension Plan, and Traden Investments Pension Plan at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SKAT v. John van Merkensteijn et al: Cayman Islands Judicial Assistance

Motion for Issuance of a Request for International Judicial Assistance to Obtain Evidence in the Cayman Islands from Bell Rock Corporate Services, Campbell Corporate Services Limited, CO Services Cayman Limited, DMS Corporate Services Ltd., Forbes Hare Trust Company Limited, Genesis Trust & Corporate Services Ltd., Harneys Services (Cayman) Limited, Intertrust Corporate Services (C.I.) Limited, Ocorian (Cayman) Limited, Sterling Trust (Cayman) Limited, Trident Trust Company (Cayman) Limited, Vistra (Cayman) Limited, and Walkers Corporate Limited regarding an allegedly fraudulent 12.7 billion Danish Kroner tax refund fraud scheme whose "principal organizer" was identified as Dubai-based British national Sanjay Shah in Skatteforvaltningen, a.k.a. SKAT, Denmark's tax collection agency v. John van Merkensteijn, Richard Markowitz, Bernina Pension Plan Trust, RJM Capital Pension Plan Trust, 2321 Capital Pension Plan, Bowline Management Pension Plan, California Catalog Company Pension Plan, Clove Pension Plan, Davin Investments Pension Plan, Delvian LLC Pension Plan, DFL Investments Pension Plan, Laegeler Asset Management Pension Plan, Lion Advisory Inc. Pension Plan, Mill River Capital Management Pension Plan, Next Level Pension Plan, Rajan Investments LLC Pension Plan, Spirit on the Water Pension Plan, and Traden Investments Pension Plan at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Vale SA et al v. HFZ Capital Group LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Vale SA, of Brazil; Vale Holdings BV, of the Netherlands, and Vale International SA, of Switzerland, to take discovery from HFZ Capital Group LLC, Ziel Feldman, Helene Feldman, Nir Meir, John Shannon, the Feldman Family 2007 Trust, Kenneth Henderson, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Chatsworth Realty 340 LLC, HFZ 344 West 72nd Street Owner LLC, Chatsworth Realty Corp., 215 Chrystie LLC, HFZ 40 Broad Street LLC, HFZ Highline Property Owner LLC, HFZ Highline Retail Owner LLC, HFZ Highline LLC, HFZ 501 West LLC, 20 West 40 Bryant Park Owner LLC, HFZ Bryant Park Owner LLC, Tarpley Belnord Corp., Perfectus Real Estate Corp., HFZ 235 West 75th Street Owner LLC, HFZ 301 West 53rd Street Owner LLC, HFZ 88 Lexington Avenue Owner LLC, HFZ 90 Lexington Avenue Owner LLC, HFZ KIK 30th Street Owner LLC, HFZ West 30th Street Partners LLC, HFZ KIK 30th Street LLC, HFZ KIK 30th Street Mezzanine LLC, 76 Eleventh Avenue Property Owner LLC, Fine Arts NY LLC, RFR Holding LLC, Aby Rosen, R&S Chrysler LLC and RFR Realty LLC for use in legal proceedings in England against Benjamin (Beny) Steinmetz, Dag Lars Cramer, Marcus Struik, Asher Avidan, Joseph Tchelet, David Clark, the Balda Foundation, of Liechtenstein, and Nysco Management Corp., of the British Virgin Islands, alleging the fraudulent inducement of $1.2 billion for "a scheme to illegally gain valuable mining rights through bribery of government officials in the Republic of Guinea", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Ltd. et al v. Edoarda Crociani et al: Complaint

Petition and Complaint alleging an "illicit scheme" to avoid "a global asset freeze" issued by the Royal Court of Jersey "using a network of shadowy offshore entities and trusts" in BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and David Shute, as Liquidator of Twenty-Three Investments Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Edoarda Crociani, described as a resident of Monaco "whose net worth is estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars"; Apollo Trust, of Anguilla; United Trust (Anguilla) Limited, of Anguilla, and United International Trust NV, of Curaçao, both as Trustees of the Apollo Trust, at the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Jersey AG v. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC, Jersey Branch: Judgment

Judgment regarding a £475,000 fine "for failing to maintain appropriate and consistent policies and procedures relating to customer due diligence measures and risk assessment and management in order to prevent and detect money laundering" in The Attorney General v. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC, Jersey Branch at the Royal Court of Jersey, in the Channel Islands.