Germany

Isabella Hranov v. Deutsche Bank AG et al: Discovery Application

Application by Isabella Hranov, a citizen of Switzerland, to take discovery from Deutsche Bank AG and Deutsche Bank Trust Corporation for legal proceedings in Germany "against Deutsche Bank AG and Simon Biner" alleging securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty involving "options of OC Oerlikon, a Swiss company whose shares were public but thinly traded", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Germany: EastWest Bank et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from EastWest Bank, US Bank, and SunTrust Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into "multiple subjects for fraud".
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Three indicted in NY for ‘$155M Biscayne Capital fraud’

Three men have been indicted in New York for allegedly perpetrating a $155 million fraud and money laundering scheme involving entities in or from Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay, and the United States.

D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has revoked the license of D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cyprus Registrar of Companies showed that the directors of D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc were identified as Gunther Glatzel, Gunter Jurgen Vorbauer, and Andreas Dimitriou, while the company's website at pegasusfm.com identified its "Board of Directors" as "Gunter J Vorbauer - Chairman; Andreas Demetriou - Vice Chairman; Christos Vakis - Member; Dr. Gunther Glatzel - Member", "External Manager" as MFO Asset Management Ltd., "Depositary" as Eurobank Cyprus Ltd., "External Auditors" as KPMG Ltd., "Legal Advisor" as Clerides Anastassiou Neophytou LLC, and "Investment Advisors" as Planet Properties (London) Ltd. and PPM Valuations LLC.

Christian Brothers Employee Retirement Plan et al v. Allianz Global Investors US LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "negligence and breach of contractual and fiduciary duties arising from misconduct related to the ERP's investment in the AllianzGI Structured Alpha U.S. Equity 500 Fund" in Christian Brothers Employee Retirement Plan and Dan Stremel v. Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC, Allianz Global Investors U.S. Holdings LLC, Allianz SE, of Germany; Allianz Asset Management GmbH, of Germany; Allianz of America Inc., Allianz Asset Management of America Holdings Inc., Allianz Asset Management of America LLC, Allianz Asset Management of America L.P., and PFP Holdings Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Roberto Cortes et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering involving entities in or from Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay, and the United States in USA v. Roberto Gustavo Cortes Ripalda, described as a citizen of Ecuador and the U.S.; Fernando Haberer Bergson, described as a citizen of Germany and Uruguay and a resident of Argentina, and Ernesto Heraclito Weisson Pazmino, described as a citizen of Ecuador and the U.S., at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern 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.

Allianz Life Bermuda Ltd.: $1.7M Fine

Press Release by the Bermuda Monetary Authority announcing that it has imposed "civil penalties" totaling $1.7 million on Allianz Life Bermuda Limited for regulatory breaches, including the Proceeds of Crime (Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2008, and that the company has agreed to go into liquidation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, on the Allianz Group's website, the address for Allianz Life Bermuda Limited is given as "105, Allianz SNA Bldg 56, Jisr el Bacha Hazmieh Beirut, Lebanon P.O.Box: 16-6516".

Elliott Associates LP et al v. Bank of America: Discovery Application

Application by Elliott Associates LP, of Delaware; Elliott International LP, of the Cayman Islands, and The Liverpool Limited Partnership, of Bermuda, to take discovery from the Bank of America for use in legal proceedings in Germany regarding "what the financial press called 'a short squeeze of historic proportions', as Porsche orchestrated a takeover of Volkswagen AG at the height of the financial crisis", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Elizabeth von Pezold et al v. Zimbabwe: Petition to Recognize Arbitration Award

Petition to Recognize Arbitration Award of $263 million, £10 million, ZAR745,498, and €1,163, plus interest, for "Zimbabwe's expropriation of the von Pezolds' property" in Elizabeth Regina Maria Gabriele von Pezold, of Austria; Anna Eleonore Elisabeth Webber, of Austria; Heinrich Bernd Alexander Josef von Pezold, of Zimbabwe; Maria Juliane Andrea Christiane Katharina Batthyàny, of Austria; Georg Philipp Marcel Johann Lukas von Pezold, of Zimbabwe; Felix Alard Moritz Hermann, of Switzerland; Johann Friedrich Georg Ludwig von Pezold, of Scotland, and Adam Friedrich Carl Leopold Franz Severin von Pezold, of the Czech Republic, collectively descibed as "all members of the von Pezold family and are all German and Swiss nationals" v. Republic of Zimbabwe at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Johannes Roessner v. Deutsche Bank Trust Company: Discovery Application

Application by Johannes Roessner to take discovery from Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas for use in legal proceedings in Germany styled as "Deutsche Bank AG v. Johannes Rössner" that involves, inter alia, an allegation that "Roessner refused to settle" losses of approximately €2 million from "FX-Deals", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Palladian Partners LP v. Province of Buenos Aires: Complaint

Complaint for €2.7 million, plus interest, costs, and fees, for the alleged default of sovereign bonds in Palladian Partners, L.P., of the Cayman Islands v. Province of Buenos Aires, described as "a political subdivision of the Republic of Argentina", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nokia Technologies Oy v. Qualcomm Inc.: Discovery Application (Germany & UK)

Application by Nokia Technologies Oy, of Finland, to take discovery from Qualcomm Inc. "for use in patent infringement suits against Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd. and various subsidiaries and affiliates thereof, including OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd." in Germany and the United Kingdom, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Nokia Technologies Oy v. Qualcomm Inc.: Discovery Application (Germany & India)

Application by Nokia Technologies Oy, of Finland, to take discovery from Qualcomm Inc. "for use in patent infringement suits against Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd. and various subsidiaries and affiliates thereof, including OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd." in Germany and India, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

3Sigma Riskcap SICAV Plc: License Cancellation

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has cancelled the license of 3Sigma Riskcap SICAV Plc, described as an "Alternative Investment Fund Manager", for regulatory breaches: Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that F3Sigma Riskcap SICAV Plc was incorporated in Malta on February 4th, 2011, its sole director is Frank Pressler, a citizen and resident of Germany; its former directors include Joachim Lenz, of Germany, who resigned effective August 31st, 2016, and its shareholders are 3 Sigma Malta Holding Limited, which was struck off the Malta companies register on June 23rd, 2021; Sabine Bohm-Staudt, and Peter Gatti, both of Germany.

K-fee System GmbH v. Nespresso USA et al: Discovery Application

Application by K-fee System GmbH to take discovery from Nespresso USA and Nestlé Holdings, Inc., d.b.a. Nestlé USA, Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Austria, France, and Germany, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Isac Schwarzbaum: Magistrate Judge’s Recommendation

U.S. Magistrate Judge's Report Recommending that the USA's Motion to Repatriate Foreign Assets be granted to satisfy a judgment in excess of $15 million for failure to disclose foreign accounts in Costa Rica and Switzerland in USA v. Isac Schwarzbaum, who was born in Germany and lives in Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

CC/Devas (Mauritius) Ltd. et al v. Air India Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint "to resolve questions of actual controversy involving the relationship between India's wholly owned national airline, Air India, and India, and in particular, for a determination that Air India is the alter ego of India" in CC/Devas (Mauritius) Ltd., Devas Employees Mauritius Private Limited, and Telecom Devas Mauritius Limited v. Air India Ltd. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Hapag-Lloyd AG v. Master of NYK Delphinus: Discovery Application

Application by Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft, of Germany, to take discovery from the Master of NYK Delphinus, described as "a Liberian-flagged vessel time chartered to NYK Line, a Japanese company, and sub-time chartered to Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd., a Singaporean company", for use in legal proceedings in Germany "for claims related to lost or damaged cargo", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Ferratum Bank: €3.75K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €3,750 on Ferratum Bank Plc for failure "to submit the Auditors' Management Letter within the regulatory deadline". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that Ferratum Bank Plc was incorporated in Malta on May 9th, 2012, its directors are Charles Borg, of Malta; Fritz Krause Clemens-Matthias, a citizen and resident of Germany; Victor Alexander Denaro, of Malta; Erik Mikael Ferm, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Malta; Jorma Olavi Jokela, a citizen of Finland residing in Switzerland; Lea Ligius, a citizen and resident of Estonia; Jussi Matti Eevertti Mekkonen, a citizen and resident of Finland; Klaus Oscar Schmidt, a citizen and resident of Germany, and Esa Tapani Teravainen, a citizen and resident of Finland, and its shareholders are Ferratum (Malta) Holding Limited, of Malta, and Ferratum, of Finland.

European Lithium Ltd.: €160K Fine

Public Notice by the Austrian Financial Market Authority that it has imposed a fine of €160,000 on European Lithium Limited "for the dissemination of information and messages that sent out false and misleading signals to the market in relation to a financial instrument". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, on its website at https://europeanlithium.com/, European Lithium's "Directors and Senior Management" are described as Tony Sage - Non-Executive Chairman; Dietrich Wanke - Chief Executive Officer; Kimon Gkomozias - Executive Director; Malcolm Day - Non-Executive Director; and Melissa Chapman - CFO & Company Secretary.

Whitewater Capital Ltd. v. Google LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Whitewater Capital Limited, described as a United Kingdom-domiciled company that "holds the assets of the online comparison shopping business known as Ciao", to take discovery from Google LLC and Alphabet, Inc. for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom regarding "anti-competitive conduct and breaches of competition law by Google", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

USA v. Isac Schwarzbaum: USA’s Motion to Repatriate Foreign Assets

Motion to Repatriate Foreign Assets to satisfy a judgment "in excess of $15 million" for failure to disclose foreign accounts in Costa Rica and Switzerland in USA v. Isac Schwarzbaum, who was born in Germany and lives in Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Gil Beserglik et al: Industry Bans

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing industry bans on Gil Beserglik, 64, a citizen of Israel; Raz Beserglik, 35, a citizen of Israel, and Kai Christian Petersen, 53, a citizen of Germany, regarding their involvement in binary options brokers.

Lansdale Capital Ltd. v. Leslie Wulf et al: Motion to Quash Subpoena

Motion to Quash Subpoena asking PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP "to produce the privileged and confidential documents of non-party movant Lansdale Capital Ltd., a BVI company" in Lansdale Capital Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Leslie A. Wulf, Bruce A. Hall, John E. Rea, and James Rea at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Frazer Solar GmbH v. Kingdom of Lesotho: Petition to Enforce Foreign Arbitral Award

Petition to Enforce Foreign Arbitral Award in the amount of €50 million, plus interest, costs and fees, in Frazer Solar GmbH, described as a German company that "designs, constructs and facilitates the financing of renewable energy projects in multiple countries around the world" v. The Kingdom of Lesotho at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Merkanti Bank Ltd.: €259K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €259,927 on Merkanti Bank Limited, formerly MFC Merchant Bank Limited, for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that Merkanti Bank Limited was incorporated on June 17th 2003, its directors are Christian Farrugia, a citizen of Malta; Friedrich Hondl, a citizen of Austria; Otto Karasek, a citizen of Austria; Samuel Morrow, a citizen of the United States, and George Portanier, a citizen of Malta, and its shareholders are Merkanti Holding Plc, of Malta, and Scully Royalty Ltd., of the Cayman Islands. Merkanti Holding Plc was incorporated on May 28th, 2015, its directors are Mario P. Galea, a citizen of Malta; Samuel Morrow, Benjamin Muscat, a citizen of Malta; Silke Stenger, a citizen of Germany, and Martin Ware, a citizen of the United Kingdom, and its shareholders are Merchants Employees Incentive Corp., of the Marshall Islands; Scully Royalty Ltd., and MFC 2017 II Ltd., of the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands General Registry showed that Scully Royalty Ltd.'s directors are Dr. Shuming Zhao, Friedrich Hondl, Indrajit Chatterjee, Jochen Dümler, Michael J. Smith, and Silke S. Stenger. There was no record of any company with the name MFC 2017 II Ltd. when OffshoreAlert searched the Cayman companies register.

betapharm Arzneimittel GmbH v. Amgen Inc.: Discovery Application

Application by betapharm Arzneimittel GmbH, of Germany, to take discovery from Amgen Inc., of Delaware, "for use in German patent infringement actions and opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Hapag-Lloyd AG v. M/V ONE APUS: Discovery Application (April 30, 2021)

Ex Parte Application by Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft, of Germany, to take discovery from the Master of M/V ONE APUS, a "Japanese-flagged containership" that "was en route from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California when something went wrong and the ship lost at least 843 containers overboard", for use in legal proceedings in Germany, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Greensill Bank AG: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Germany by Dr. Michael C. Frege, as the Foreign Representative of Greensill Bank AG, of Germany, described as "a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian company Greensill Capital Pty Limited" that has wholly-owned subsidiaries in Australia, Cayman Islands, and United Kingdom, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Wirecard AG: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Germany by Dr. Michael Jaffé, as the Foreign Representative of Wirecard AG, a former "multinational payment processor and financial services provider specializing in digital payment solutions for both business and retail customers around the globe" that collapsed after allegations of "material misstatements in its financial reports and other accounting improprieties", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Hapag-Lloyd AG v. M/V ONE APUS: Discovery Application (March 26, 2021)

Ex Parte Application by Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft, of Germany, to take discovery from the Master, Chief Officer, Officer of the Watch, Chief Engineer, and Second Engineer of M/V ONE APUS, a "Japanese-flagged containership" that "was en route from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California when something went wrong and the ship lost at least 843 containers overboard", for use in legal proceedings in Germany, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Greensill Capital Inc.: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Greensill Capital Inc., a Delaware-domiciled "financial services company" that "arranged factoring and reverse factoring programs for clients globally" and which is directly owned by Greensill Capital Management (UK) Limited, of the United Kingdom, and indirectly owned by Greensill Capital Pty Limited, of Australia, and is part of a group that includes companies in Australia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Germany, India, Isle of Man, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Moody’s Investors Service Ltd. et al: Penalties

Public Notice by the European Securities and Markets Authority that it has imposed penalties on Moody's Investors Service Ltd., Moody's France S.A.S., Moody's Deutschland GmbH, Moody's Italia S.r.l., and Moody's Investors Service España S.A.

Axeria Re Ltd.: €23K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €23,000 on Axeria Re Limited for a regulatory breach. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Axeria Re Limited was incorporated in Malta on December 28th, 2007, recently changed its name to Axeria Limited, its directors are Andre Gabriel Arrago, a citizen of Germany; Jahide Assim Rajpar, Emmanuel Henri Maillet, both citizens of France, and Rosanne Tanti, of Malta, previous directors include Brian Borg, who resigned effective March 21st, 2020, and Ray Schembri, who resigned effective January 31st, 2019, and its shareholders are April Mediterranean Limited, of Malta, and April Group SA, of France.

VoIP Guardian Partners I LLC v. Wavecrest (UK) Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint for damages of $13 million alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment in Timothy Yoo, Chapter 7 Trustee of VoIP Guardian Partners I LLC, described as "a telecom factor financier" v. Wavecrest (UK) Ltd., of the United Kingdom; Interstach GmbH, Ewa Barbara Madraszek, Plus Ama Plus AG, Thangarajah Gunabalsinkam, all of Germany, and VoIP Guardian Partners II LLC, of Delaware, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Stream TV Networks Inc.: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Stream TV Networks Inc., which "was founded in 2009 as a "new media" company to pursue new technologies that enhance user entertainment and communications experiences", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Creditors include those from Bermuda, Dubai, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, India, Ireland, Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Italy, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

Symrock AG: Supervision

Public Notice by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it has appointed a supervisor for Symrock AG. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Swiss corporate register, the sole director of Symrock AG is identified as Hans-Uwe Gebhardt, a citizen of Germany, while on its website at www.srag.eu and in promotional material, the company's "Management" is identified as Guido Zampieri, "Founder, CEO"; Viktoria Baumgartner, "Sales Director, Int.", and Gottfried Feyen, "Founder, CFO", and the company is described as "a dynamic growing group of companies operate in renewable energy, gas exploration and asset investment".

Oliver Bellenhaus: Directorship Suspension

Public Notice by the Labuan Financial Services Authority that it has suspended the directorship of Oliver Bellenhaus, a citizen of Germany, in Adaugusta Limited.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. et al v. Anthony Spillane: Discovery Application

Application by Jaguar Land Rover Limited, of the United Kingdom, and Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC, of New Jersey, to take discovery from Anthony Francis Spillane, of the United Kingdom, for use in a proceeding at the United States International Trade Commission involving alleged patent infringement, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Linda Fischer v. Jeffrey Slavet et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Linda Fischer, a citizen of Germany residing in the United Kingdom, to take discovery from Jeffrey Slavet, Lombardy 711 Inc., and 111 East 56th Street Inc. for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands involving allegations of fraud against her brother, Michael Fischer, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Linda Fischer v. XL Funding Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Linda Fischer, a citizen of Germany residing in the United Kingdom, to take discovery from the Estate of Michael D. Fischer, Svetlana Astafurova, XL Funding, Inc., and Blackstone Equities, LLC for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands involving allegations of fraud against her brother, Michael Fischer, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Remcoda LLC v. Ridge Hill Trading (Pty) Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a $4.6 million fraud involving Personal Protection Equipment to protect against COVID-19 in Remcoda LLC v. Ridge Hill Trading (Pty) Ltd., of Melbourne, Australia; Ataraxia Capital Partners Pty Ltd., of Sri Lanka; De Raj Group AG, of Germany; Petrichor Capital SDN BHD, of Malaysia; Petrichor Capital Trading Limited, of the United Kingdom; Vaidyanathan Mulandram Nateshan, described as a resident of India; Gayathri Vaidyanathan, described as a resident of India; Menusha Gunawardhana, described as a resident of Sri Lanka, and Vincent Fletcher, described as a resident of the United Kingdom, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.