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Reebonz Holding Ltd.: ‘Court Supervision’ Petition

Petition for Court Supervision of a Voluntary Liquidation in the matter of Reebonz Holding Limited, which "operates an online platform for buying and selling luxury products to a global market", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency v. Standard Chartered Bank: Discovery Application

Application by the State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency, of Russia, on behalf of International Bank of St. Petersburg, to take discovery from Standard Chartered Bank for use in "anticipated proceedings in Russia ... against Sergei Bazhanov (the former Chairman of the Management Board and majority shareholder of IBSP), Alexander Zuev (a former member of IBSP’s Board of Directors and Bazhanov's brother-in-law), and Hervet Investments Limited, a minority shareholder of IBSP" regarding "a series of fraudulent transactions", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ascentra Holdings Inc.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Graham Robinson and Ivy Chua, as the Foreign Representatives of Ascentra Holdings Inc. (in Official Liquidation), which "was an e-commerce company, selling health and beauty products to the Asian market via a network of members", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Gold Champion Unit Trust: Joseph Ho

Entry in the "Collective Investment Scheme" section of the website of the Seychelles Financial Services Authority showing Joseph Ho as its representative, obtained from the FSA website on October 25th, 2021.

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Docket

Court Docket in Steven Paul Kowolski v. BAM Trading Services Inc., Binance Asia Services Pte. Ltd., of Singapore; Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Binance US, Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, Brandon Chun Yin Ng, Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev, Kraken, Wai Kit Lo, and Payward Inc. at the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Editor's Note: This case was sealed in its entirety on the same day it was opened, meaning that not even the names of the parties, much less the filings, are currently publicly-available from the Court.

Hop Hing Group Holdings Ltd.: ‘Scheme of Arrangement’ Petition

Petition for the Court's sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement in the matter of Hop Hing Group Holdings Limited, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based company "whose principal business activities are the operation of quick service restaurants business under the brand names of Yoshinoya and Dairy Queen in northern China", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
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BVI crypto firms Tether and Bitfinex fined $42.5M by US regulator

British Virgin Islands-domiciled crypto 'stablecoin' group Tether has been fined $41 million for fraud by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which also fined BVI crypto exchange Bitfinex $1.5 million for unlicensed activity and other offenses.

Tether Holdings Ltd. et al: $41M Fine

Administrative Order by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission imposing a fine of $41 million on Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, and Tether International Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands, and Tether Limited, of Hong Kong, for alleged fraud with its "virtual currency stablecoin".
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Bizarre lawsuit by ‘Bear Stearns’ alleges ‘$450M fraud’ by Bahamas-licensed securities broker

A bizarre and seemingly-frivolous lawsuit alleging a $450 million fraud by a Bahamas investment group and related individuals has been filed in New York by four Ukraine citizens and 35 suspiciously-named firms that purport to be domiciled in some of the seediest offshore jurisdictions, including one called "Bear Stearns", which claims to be registered in the Seychelles. UPDATE: On October 17th, 2021 - just four days after filing the complaint, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal.

Oksana Hryn et al v. Weiser Global Capital Markets Ltd. et al: TRO Motion

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order by entities in Alaska, Anguilla, Bahamas, Belize, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles and Ukraine alleging a $450 million fraud by entities in or from the Bahamas, Canada, and Hong Kong in Oksana Hryn, Yelyzaveta Lata, a.k.a. Elizaveta Lata; Ihor Ushenko, Volodymyr Hren, Astor Asset Management Ltd., Astor Asset Management 1 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 2 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 3 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 4 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 5 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 6 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 7 Ltd., America 2030 Capital Limited, America 2030 Capital 1 Limited, America 2030 Capital 2 Limited, America 2030 Capital 3 Limited, America 2030 Capital 4 Limited, America 2030 Capital 5 Limited, Astor Capital Fund Ltd., Bentley Rothschild Capital Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 1 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 2 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 3 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 4 Limited, Blackrock Capital LLC, SAL Oppenheim Ltd., Bear Stearns Companies, Bentley Bronfman Capital Ltd., Dreyfus Corporation, Lincoln Capital Ltd., Newburgh Capital Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 1 Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 2 Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 3 Ltd., State Street Global Advisors Ltd., Union Pacific Capital Ltd., AC Capital Limited, BSC Capital Ltd., Cornelius Vanderbilt Capital Management Ltd., and Aurelius Capital Management Ltd. v. Weiser Global Capital Markets Ltd., Christos Livadas, a.k.a. Chris Livas; Hong ‘Rainbow’ Yang, Chris Papaioannou, a.k.a. Christos Papaioannou; Courtney Filipenko, Rahul Kirpalani, Selby Brice, Jose Marmolejo, Jamaal Stubbs, Weiser Global Asset Management, and Weiser Asset Management at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oksana Hryn et al v. Weiser Global Capital Markets Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint by entities in Alaska, Anguilla, Bahamas, Belize, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles and Ukraine alleging a $450 million fraud by entities in or from the Bahamas, Canada, and Hong Kong in Oksana Hryn, Yelyzaveta Lata, a.k.a. Elizaveta Lata; Ihor Ushenko, Volodymyr Hren, Astor Asset Management Ltd., Astor Asset Management 1 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 2 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 3 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 4 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 5 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 6 Ltd., Astor Asset Management 7 Ltd., America 2030 Capital Limited, America 2030 Capital 1 Limited, America 2030 Capital 2 Limited, America 2030 Capital 3 Limited, America 2030 Capital 4 Limited, America 2030 Capital 5 Limited, Astor Capital Fund Ltd., Bentley Rothschild Capital Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 1 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 2 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 3 Limited, Bentley Rothschild Capital 4 Limited, Blackrock Capital LLC, SAL Oppenheim Ltd., Bear Stearns Companies, Bentley Bronfman Capital Ltd., Dreyfus Corporation, Lincoln Capital Ltd., Newburgh Capital Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 1 Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 2 Ltd., Sovereign Liquidity Fund 3 Ltd., State Street Global Advisors Ltd., Union Pacific Capital Ltd., AC Capital Limited, BSC Capital Ltd., Cornelius Vanderbilt Capital Management Ltd., and Aurelius Capital Management Ltd. v. Weiser Global Capital Markets Ltd., Christos Livadas, a.k.a. Chris Livas; Hong ‘Rainbow’ Yang, Chris Papaioannou, a.k.a. Christos Papaioannou; Courtney Filipenko, Rahul Kirpalani, Selby Brice, Jose Marmolejo, Jamaal Stubbs, Weiser Global Asset Management, and Weiser Asset Management at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Yestar Healthcare Holdings Company Ltd.: ‘Scheme of Arrangement’ Petition

Petition for the Court's sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement in the matter of Yestar Healthcare Holdings Company Limited, described as an insolvent "ultimate holding company of a group of companies that is one of the largest distributors and service providers of In Vitro Diagnostic products in the People's Republic of China", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Convoy Collateral Ltd. v. Broad Idea International Ltd. et al: UK Privy Council’s ‘Black Swan’ Judgment

Judgment that the British Virgin Islands Court of Appeal was wrong to overturn a decision known as "Black Swan" regarding the jurisdiction’s authority to issue freezing injunctions in support of foreign proceedings in Convoy Collateral Ltd., of Hong Kong (Appellant) v. Broad Idea International Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, and Cho Kwai Chee, of Hong Kong, (Respondents) at the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

Mark Rubenstein v. Mary Ho et al: Complaint

Complaint for recovery of "short-swing profits" in Mark Rubenstein v. Union Bridge Holdings Ltd., described as a Nevada company based in Hong Kong; Mary Ho, described as a resident of Canada; Moana Ho, described as a resident of Australia, and Lily Ho, described as a resident of Canada, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ryan Birmingham et al v. ROFX.net et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint against defendants in or from the British Virgin Islands, Czech Republic, England, Hong Kong, Poland, Scotland, Thailand, Ukraine, and USA alleging "Defendants orchestrated a massive international scheme to defraud Plaintiffs and similarly situated investors by soliciting them to deposit money or cash equivalents with ROFX, a “robotically operated foreign exchange trading” platform that purportedly utilized algorithms to trade on behalf of investors" in Ryan Birmingham, Roman Leonov, Mitchell Parent, Jonathan Zarley, and Steven Hansen v. ROFX.net, described as "an unincorporated entity providing unregulated financial services through its web-based platform to investors around the world" with "registered addresses" in England, Hong Kong, and the USA; Auro Advantages LLC, Aware Choice Ltd., Boonruk Ruamkit Co. Ltd., Brass Marker s.r.o., Easy Com LC, Epayments Systems Ltd., Ester Holdings Inc., Global E-Advantages LLC, Grovee LLC, Igoria Trade S.A., IT Outsourcing Co. Ltd., Notus LLC, Shopostar LLC, VDD-Trading Ltd., Wealthy Developments LP, Andrei Fetin, Anna Shymko, Anton Bilous, Borys Konovalenko, Dmytro Fokin, Jorge Luis Castillo, Manuchar Daraselia, Mikhail Rymanov, Natalia Los, Nattpemol Krinara, PapahraTsor Nrviratporn, Peter Mogilniy, Stanislav Khomenko, and Youras Ziankovich at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Tether & Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation: Opinion & Order on Motions to Dismiss

Opinion and Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendants' motions to dismiss a class action complaint known as "Tether and Bitfinex Crypto Asset Litigation" in which "a group of individual investors who purchased cryptocommodities - a class of crypto-assets that includes bitcoin - detailed a wide-ranging conspiracy to artificially inflate the price of those cryptocommodities" by entities in or from the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Panama, and USA in Pinchas Goldshtein et al v. iFinex Inc., BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether Limited, Tether International Limited, DigFinex Inc., Giancarlo Devasini, Ludovicus Jan van der Velde, Philip Potter, Reginald Fowler, Crypto Capital Corp., Bittrex, Inc., and Poloniex, LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Intelligent Formations Ltd. et al: Public Statement

Public Statement by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority that Intelligent Formations Limited and Christopher Stirk conducted regulated activity without a license. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Isle of Man Companies Registry showed that Intelligent Formations Limited was formed in the Isle of Man on June 12th, 2020 and that its directors are Christopher Stirk, of the Isle of Man, who is also the beneficial owner, and Christian Burton, of York, England, while former directors include Sarah Southgate, of Leeds, England, who resigned effective December 28th, 2020, and Richard Macauley, of York, England, who resigned effective March 3rd, 2021. The group also includes at least two other companies with the same name, one in Britain that was incorporated on February 24th, 2020 and whose directors are identified in corporate filings as Sarah Southgate and Christian Burton, while former directors include Christopher Stirk, who resigned effective February 28th, 2021, and one in Hong Kong that was incorporated on May 25th, 2020 and whose directors are identified in corporate filings as Sarah Southgate and Daniel Burton, of York, England. Intelligent Formations' website at intelligentformations.com identifies the company's "Team" as Christopher Stirk, "Managing Director and Co-Founder"; Sarah Southgate, "Administration Director"; Michael Green, "Finance Manager"; Nick Stokes, "IT Manager and Web Design", and Chris Burton, "Business Consultant".

Chardan Capital Markets LLC v. Diginex Ltd.: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint, in Chardan Capital Markets LLC, of New York v. Diginex Limited, a cryptocurrency exchange and trading platform described in the complaint as "a Singapore company whose principal place of business is in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Luckin Coffee Inc.: ‘Scheme of Arrangement’ Petition

Petition for the Court's sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement in the matter of Luckin Coffee Inc. (in Provisional Liquidation), described as "an investment holding company with its direct and indirect subsidiaries located in the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, the United States and the PRC", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

HQP Corporation Ltd.: ‘Letter of Request’ Order

Order for the issuance of a Letter of Request to the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in JenCap Helmet, of the Cayman Islands; DCM Ventures China Fund (DCM VIII), L.P., DCM VIII, L.P., and DCM Affiliates Fund VIII, L.P., all of Menlo Park, California v. HQP Corporation Limited (in Provisional Liquidation), described as "the principal entity of a group of companies founded in Shanghai, Mainland China by Alex Chen Xi", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Honghua Investment Fund Ltd.: Letter of Request Order

Order for issuance of letter of request to the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the matter of Honghua Investment Fund Limited, filed at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

USA v. Evo Bechtiger et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging "a fraudulent scheme referred to by the conspirators as the 'Singapore Solution'" involving entities in the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Liechtenstein, Singapore, and Switzerland in USA v. Evo Bechtiger, Bernhard Lampert, Peter Rüegg, Roderic Sage, Rolf Schnellmann, Daniel Wächli, and Allied Finance Trust AG, described as "a financial services company in Zurich", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

China Medical Technologies Inc. et al v. KPMG: Discovery Application

Application by China Medical Technologies Inc. (in Liquidation), described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled "holding company of a group of companies incorporated in Hong Kong, Mainland China, the British Virgin Islands and Singapore", and CMED Technologies Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, to take discovery from KPMG LLP for use in legal prceddings in Hong Kong, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Aspect Properties Japan Godo Kaisha v. Jonathan Cheng et al: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons seeking "damages for conspiracy" in Aspect Properties Japan Godo Kaisha v. Jonathan Cheng, of Australia; Yicheng Chen, of Hong Kong; LC Capital Limited, of Hong Kong; Infinity Capital Group Limited, of the Cayman Islands; LC Capital Limited, of the Cayman Islands, and ICG I, of the Cayman Islands, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Bitfinex et al v. State of New York et al: Petition

Petition "to maintain certain information as exempt from FOIL disclosure relating to a settlement with OAG in February 2021" by iFinex Inc., BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., both of the British Virgin Islands, doing business as Bitfinex, a cryptocurrency exchange; Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether International Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands, and Tether Limited, of Hong Kong, collectively the provider of digital tokens v. State of New York, Office of the Attorney General, and Kathryn Sheingold, as Freedom of Information Law Appeals Officer, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.
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SEC sues BitConnect for ‘$2B crypto fraud’

The U.S. SEC has sued individuals and companies based in California, India, and Hong Kong for allegedly perpetrating a $2 billion crypto fraud known as BitConnect.

Alpene Ltd. v. Elizabeth McCaul: Discovery Application

Application by Alpene Ltd., of Hong Kong, described as "the 100% indirect owner of a bank in the Republic of Malta", to take discovery from Elizabeth McCaul, described as a resident of New York, for use in legal proceedings in Malta in which Alpene claimed that "Malta engaged in a series of allegedly retaliatory acts against Alpene's investment, Pilatus Bank", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Cathay Capital Holdings III LP v. Osiris International Cayman Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment regarding "The legal principles to consider when a court is asked to proceed ex parte without notice to determine an application for Norwich Pharmacal disclosure orders" in connection with legal proceedings in China in Cathay Capital Holdings III, L.P. v. Osiris International Cayman Limited at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Oak Trust et al v. Jichen Wu: Discovery Application

Application by Oak Trust, Acorn Trust, Eagle Trust, Duffy Trust, Robert J. Parfet Living Trust, Geluk Global Fund Limited SAC, of the Bahamas; Migration Investments, LLC, of Colorado; Boustrophedon International Ltd., of Hong Kong; Michael R. Shea, Erin Shea, Angela Ling, Fuhua Ling, Philip Bullock, Lifang Liu, Justin Payne, Michael Dietzen, Kimberly J. Dietzen, Brian Sly, David K. Sly, Gregory Sly, Karen Sly, Nelson Sly, Helen S. Sly, Sly Family Trust, and Tamara A. Sly Separate Property Trust to take discovery from Jichen Wu, for use in "an anticipated proceeding" in England regarding "a multi-million dollar fraudulent Forex investment and trading scheme" involving Equiti Capital UK Limited, Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc., and Blue Isle Markets Ltd., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Hawksford Trust Company Jersey Ltd.: Public Statement

Public Statement by Jersey Financial Services Commission that it has "concluded" that Hawksford Trust Company Jersey Limited "breached certain principles" of the Financial Services (Trust Company Business (Assets - Customer Money)) (Jersey) Order 2000 and Code of Practice for Trust Company Business. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Jersey corporate register showed that Hawksford Trust Company Jersey Limited was incorporated in Jersey on August 8th, 1963 and, in its 2020 annual return, signed by director Darren Kelland, its sole shareholder was identified as Hawksford Group Holdings Limited, which was incorporated in Jersey on May 15th, 2017 and, in its 2020 annual return, its sole shareholder was identified as Hawksford Holdings Limited, which was incorporated in Jersey on August 12th, 2008 and, in its 2020 annual return, its shareholders were identified as Dunedin Buyout Fund II LP, a private equity fund in Scotland; Dunedin (SAPE) GP Nominees Limited, acting as nominee for Equity Harvest Fund LP, of Scotland; Michael Edmund Powell, Louis Philip Chetwynd Taylor, James Webster Howe, Boota Singh Kular, Stephen David John Spybey, all of Jersey; Jacqueline Anne Low, of Singapore; Matthew Andrew Wilkinson, Daniel Richard Hainsworth, Gerardus Jan Michel van Leeuwen, Stephen Spybey and Gerardus van Leeuwen, as Trustees of the Hawksford Holdings Limited EBTl Darren Thomas Kelland, all of Jersey; Stefano Passarello, of Hong Kong; Dario Acconci, of Singapore; Marta Giordano, of Hong Kong; Giacomo Stoppa, of Hong Kong; Peter Zhu, of China, and Aldford Street Nominees Limited, of England.

Pearl Holding III Ltd.: ‘Scheme of Arrangement’ Petition

Petition for Court Sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement in the matter of Pearl Holding III Limited, which "acts as an intermediate holding company with its direct and indirect subsidiaries being located in Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States, Thailand, Malaysia and the PRC", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

USA v. Shahrukh Razzak: Arrest

Arrest of Shahrukh Razzak regarding an indictment for fraud and money laundering alleging several defendants "exported nearly $100 million worth of Apple and Samsung products into the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong grey markets" that were obtained "through acts of robbery, fraud, or theft" in USA v. Shahrukh Razzak at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Victory Sky Holdings Ltd. v. ICG I: Stop Notice

Stop Notice by Victory Sky Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, regarding one share in ICG I owned by LC Capital Limited, filed at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.