Hong Kong

Chase Williams et al v. Block.one et al: Motion to Approve $27.5M Settlement

Motion to Approve $27.5 Million Class Action Settlement regarding the alleged sale of cryptocurrency tokens that were not registered with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Chase Williams, William Zhang, Crypto Assets Opportunity Fund LLC, and Johnny Hong v. Block.one, of the Cayman Islands; Brendan Blumer, Daniel Larimer, Ian Grigg, and Brock Pierce at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Cayman Islands General Registry showed that the directors of Block.one are Andrew Christopher Bliss, Brendan Francis Blumer, and Kokuei Yuan.

Alex Garnett v. RLX Technology Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Alex Garnett v. RLX Technology Inc., which "manufactures and sells vaping products in China" and and whose securities are listed on the New York Stock Exchange; Ying Kate Wang, Long David Jiang, Yilong Wen, Yueduo Rachel Zhang, Colleen A. DeVries, Cogency Global Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., and China Renaissance Securities (Hong Kong) Limited, based in China, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

KG Manhattan 126 Finance Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the British Virgin Islands by Philip Smith, of the British Virgin Islands, and Cosimo Borelli, of Hong Kong, as the Foreign Representatives of KG Manhattan 126 Finance Limited, which has "failed to repay a secured US$85,000,000 loan given by Bank of Shanghai (Hong Kong) Limited and China Minsheng Bank Corporation Ltd., HK Branch" and was involved in "suspicious transactions", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

CAA Resources Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in the matter of CAA Resources Limited, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based company whose shares are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and which is "unable to pay" debts of US$182 million, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Ogier v. SPI Energy Co. Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint in Ogier, a Hong Kong law firm v. SPI Energy Co. Ltd., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based "renewable energy" company whose shares are listed on NASDAQ, at the Summary Court of the Cayman Islands.

Hydro Energy Holdings BV v. Zhaoheng (BVI) Ltd.: Liquidation Application

Originating Application alleging fraud by Guosheng Xu, "founder of the Zhaoheng Group", which is "involved in the energy business, owning and controlling a number of hydroelectric power plants across the People's Republic of China", in Hydro Energy Holdings B.V., described as a Netherlands-domiciled "corporate vehicle used by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners" v. Zhaoheng (BVI) Limited at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Leo Middle East FZE et al v. EWI Capital LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging investment fraud in Leo Middle East FZE, of the United Arab Emirates, and Leo Holdings Hong Kong Limited, of Hong Kong v. EWI Capital LLC, of Delaware, and Zhe Zhang, described as a resident of San Mateo County, California, USA, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Howard Shapiro v. Toula Varvitsiotis et al: Discovery Application

Application by Howard Shapiro, of Hollywood, Florida, to take discovery from Toula Varvitsiotis and Georgia Varvitsiotis for use in legal proceedings in Hong Kong involving "corporate governance irregularities and the use of corporate funds at a Hong Kong corporation called Asia Interactive Services (Hong Kong) Ltd.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Makhpal Karibzhanova v. Aidan Karibzhanov: Discovery Application

Application by Makhpal Karibzhanova, who "is a citizen of Kazakhstan and is the former wife of a wealthy and politically-connected Kazakh businessman, Aidan Karibzhanov", for an order of judicial assistance "to obtain testimony and documentary evidence to assist in discovery for use in prospective Kazakhstan civil proceedings" involving her former husband, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Benchmark Interest (Asia) Ltd. v. Philip Groves: Discovery Application

Application by Benchmark Interest (Asia) Limited, described as a subsidiary of British Virgin Islands-domiciled Absolute Success Holdings Limited and "a significant investor in certain funds within the Pacific Harbor group", to take discovery from Philip G. Groves, described as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the DAC Group, for use in "a court proceeding that will be commenced shortly in Barbados" involving "loss as a result of the wrongful conduct of DAC China SOS (Barbados) SRL", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Nisi (HK) Ltd.: Originating Application

Originating Application by Christopher Farmer and Lui Yee Man, as the Liquidators of Nisi (HK) Limited (in Liquidation), at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Donald Dobkin v. RS Finance Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving "foreign exchange trading" in Donald Dobkin v. RS Finance Limited, of Hong Kong; World Yesheng International Trade Limited, of Hong Kong; Bestviewyeer Limited, of Hong Kong; Daixiu Jing, Tier Resources, of Nevada; Prime Trust LLC, of Nevada, and Global Guarantees Inc., of Nevada, at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Hong Kong Companies Registry showed that RS Finance Limited was incorporated on August 26th, 2020, its sole director and shareholder is Hua Chen, and its corporate secretary is QBB HK Limited; World Yesheng International Trade Limited was incorporated on September 29th, 2020, its sole director and shareholder is "Zheng Zhang", and its corporate secretary is Hangtung International Limited; and Bestviewyeer Limited was incorporated on October 27th, 2020, its sole director and shareholder is "Yin Yongwei", and its corporate secretary is World Enterprise Management Limited, while records maintained by the Nevada Secretary of State showed that Prime Trust LLC was incorporated on April 13th, 2016 and its managers are Robert F. List, Jeffrey Ren, Scott D. Purcell, J. Max Jiles, Jon P. Jiles, all with the same address in Las Vegas, Nevada; Jor L. Law, of Sherman Oaks, California, and Brent C. Beeman, of Perryton, Texas; Tier Resources was incorporated on October 27th, 2020 and its officers are Ziang Xue, President and Secretary, of Flushing, New York, and John Xue, Treasurer, of San Ysidro, California; and Global Guarantees Inc. was incorporated on March 16th, 2004 and its officers and directors are Boyd R. Stephens, President and Secretary; Walter L. Stephens, Treasurer; Cedric C. Burns, Craig M. Stephens, Mark W. Barlow, Diane Tinker, Nicholas Toliver, and Raymond Ma, directors, all with the same address in Beverly Hills, California

Sun Cheong Creative Development Holdings Ltd.: ‘Scheme of Arrangement’ Petition

Petition for the Court's sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement in the matter of Sun Cheong Creative Development Holdings Limited, described a Hong Kong-based company that "is principally engaged in the design, development, manufacturing and selling of plastic household products" and whose shares are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Ginger Capital Fund SPC: ‘Court Supervision’ Petition

Petition for Court Supervision of a Voluntary Liquidation by Jason Robinson and Jeffrey Stower, of KPMG, as Joint Voluntary Liquidators of Ginger Capital Fund SPC (in Voluntary Liquidation), at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

USA v. Mare Dey Import and Export Trading Co. Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Funds held at Hang Sang Bank, of Hong Kong, in the name of Mare Dey Import and Export Trading Co. that are associated with "an investigation of a money laundering/drug trafficking conspiracy whose members included Jorge Hugo Zavala-Lopez, Abel Bustamante-Duran also known as Prieto, Hong Zeng also known as Alondra China, Marco Antonio Mendez-Guzman aka Acelerin, Rafael Omar Cruz-Valedon aka Parce, an individual whose first and last name are unknown and is also known as Alvarez, Erick Giovanny Garcia also known as Juanito, Diana Quiroz Garcia, Juan Carlos Arreola and Ramon Antonio Lopez-Llamas" at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Sheng-Wen Cheng: Complaint

Complaint alleging "misappropriation of investor funds and material misrepresentations in connection with the offering of equity and digital asset securities to investors in Alchemy Finance, Inc., Alchemy Company, Ltd., and Alchemy Coin, Ltd.", which are domiciled in Delaware and Hong Kong, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Sheng-Wen Cheng, of New York, USA, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Greins Global Ltd.: Winding Up Notice

Public Notice by the Bermuda Monetary Authority that it "successfully petitioned the Supreme Court of Bermuda to wind up Greins Global Ltd.", which was described as "a Class 1 insurer". Editor's Note: The Directors Register section of the Government of Bermuda's website identified the sole director of Greins Global Limited as Randeep S. Grewal, of Hong Kong.

Samarco Mineração SA: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Cristina Morgan Cavalcanti, as the Foreign Representation of Samarco Mineração S.A., of Belo Horizonte, described as "a privately held Brazilian mining company that started its operations in 1977", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oak Trust et al v. Jack Pieron: 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 Jack Pieron, described as "the former Chief Technology Officer at Equity US", residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for use in "an anticipated proceeding" in England regarding allegations of "a fraudulent Forex 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 Western District of Michigan.

MC Trustees (Malta) Ltd.: €160K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €160,000 on MC Trustees (Malta) Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that MC Trustees (Malta) Limited was incorporated in Malta on December 11th, 2009, its directors are Noel Buttigieg Scicluna, of Malta; William Daniel Dane, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Portugal, and Edward Thorpe, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Malta; its former directors include Martin Cadman, a citizen of the United Kingdom who resigned effective December 24th, 2019, and its shareholders are Christine Rhoda Grace Dane, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Portugal; William Dane, and MC Holdings (Malta) Limited, a Maltese company incorporated on March 14th, 2011 whose sole director is Martin Cadman and whose shareholders are Martin Cadman and Basi & Basi Financial Planning Limited, a British firm whose sole director is Michael Sudagar Basi, a citizen of the United Kingdom, and whose "persons with significant control" are Basi and Brite Advisory Group Limited, of Hong Kong.

Guernsey regulator suspends investment fund Remus Horizons

The registration of investment fund Remus Horizons PCC Limited, which is part of a group that includes individuals and companies in or from Australia, England, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Texas, and the United Arab Emirates, has been suspended by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission less than five months after it was granted.

La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company et al v. Zhang Lan et al: Petition to Confirm Arbitral Awards (April 13, 2021)

Petition to Confirm Arbitral Awards in Hong Kong and Singapore totaling $142 million in La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company Limited and La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Group Holdings Limited, both of the Cayman Islands v. Zhang Lan, described as a citizen and resident of China; Grand Lan Holding Group (BVI) Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Qiao Jiang Lan Development Limited, formerly South Beauty Development Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Apex Lead Investment Holdings Limited, of the Seychelles, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

VL Assurance (Bermuda) Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Michael Morrison and Mark Allitt, of KPMG Advisory, as the Foreign Representatives of VL Assurance (Bermuda) Ltd., Valor Group Ltd., and Valor Management Ltd., described as Bermuda companies that are part of a group that also includes companies in Barbados, Ireland, Liechtenstein, and the United States and which are "victims of activity perpetrated between 2013 and 2016 by Jason Sugarman - a former director of the VL Bermuda Debtor - and others, including Jason Galanis, that ultimately led to the insolvency of the VL Bermuda Debtors", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company et al v. Zhang Lan et al: Petition to Confirm Arbitral Awards (April 9, 2021)

Petition to Confirm Arbitral Awards in Hong Kong and Singapore totaling $142 million in La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company Limited and La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Group Holdings Limited, both of the Cayman Islands v. Zhang Lan, described as a citizen and resident of China; Grand Lan Holding Group (BVI) Limited, of the British Virgin Islands; Qiao Jiang Lan Development Limited, formerly South Beauty Development Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Metro Joy International LLC, of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oak Trust et al v. Douglas Bassett: 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 Douglas M. Bassett, for use in legal proceedings in England regarding allegations of "a multi-million dollar fraudulent Forex trading and investment 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 Middle District of Florida.

Winston Wen-Young Wong v. Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A.: Discovery Application

Application by Winston Wen-Young Wong, of Taiwan, as administrator of the Estate of Yung-Ching Wang, to take discovery from Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. for use in legal proceedings in Bermuda involving "billions of dollars in assets" and styled as "Wen-Young Wong v. Grand View Private Trust Company Limited, et al", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Oak Trust et al v. Hayden Wertz: 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 Hayden Wertz, of Austin, Texas, for use in legal proceedings in England regarding allegations of "a multi-million dollar fraudulent Forex trading and investment 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 Western District of Texas.