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    SBK ART LLC v. Houlihan Lokey: Discovery Application (Malta)

    Application by SBK ART LLC, "which used to be a subsidiary of Sberbank of Russia, and which was acquired by Dubai businessman Saif Alketbi on October 31, 2022", to take discovery from Houlihan Lokey, described as a "Los Angeles-based global investment bank", for use in legal proceedings in Malta alleging that Open Pass Limited, described as a Malta-domiciled company whose "key ultimate owner ... is a Croatian tycoon, Mr. Pavao Vujnovac”, and the management of Fortenova Group, described as "a major food and retail company based in Zagreb, Croatia" that "has annual revenues that exceed 5 billion Euro and employs more than 40,000 people”, engaged in a scheme “to fraudulently remove SBK ART from its rightful ownership in the Fortenova Group", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    OKCoin Europe Ltd.: €304K Settlement (Malta)

    Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that OKCoin Europe Ltd. has agreed to pay an "administrative penalty" of €304,000 to settle an investigation in which the regulator "found failings in respect of Article 41 of the Virtual Financial Assets Act".

    Pacento 2 Ltd. v. PCH International Holdings: Winding Up Petition (‘$2.76M Debt’)

    Winding Up Petition in Pacento 2 Limited, of Malta v. PCH International Holdings, described as "an investment holding company that is engaged in the business of product design engineering and development services as well as manufacturing and distribution services primarily in Asia, Europe and North America", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

    LedgerScore International Pte Ltd. et al v. AuBit International: Winding Up Judgment (‘Crypto Investment Fraud’)

    Ex Tempore Judgment granting the plaintiffs' petition for a winding-up order in LedgerScore International Pte Ltd., of Singapore; LS Litigation Holdings LLC, of Wyoming, USA, and Earn Guild Pte Ltd., of Singapore, collectively described in the winding up petition as “retail investors who utilized an online cryptocurrency trading platform operated by the Company called “Freeway”, and who invested in Freeway’s Supercharger program” v. AuBit International at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

    Alchemy Markets Ltd.: €419K Fine (Malta)

    Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €419,997 on Alchemy Markets Limited, formerly NSFX Limited, for regulatory breaches.

    MTACC Ltd.: License Suspension (Malta)

    Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has suspended the financial institution license of MTACC Ltd., which trades as ePayService, for regulatory breaches.

    LedgerScore International Pte Ltd. et al v. AuBit International: Winding Up Petition (‘Crypto Investment Fraud’)

    Winding Up Petition in LedgerScore International Pte Ltd., of Singapore; LS Litigation Holdings LLC, of Wyoming, USA, and Earn Guild Pte Ltd., of Singapore, collectively described as "retail investors who utilized an online cryptocurrency trading platform operated by the Company called "Freeway", and who invested in Freeway's Supercharger program" v. AuBit International at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

    British fugitive fraudster Anthony Constantinou implicated in new forex and crypto scheme involving Greek broker Ardu Prime

    British fugitive fraudster Anthony Constantinou has allegedly been participating in a new forex trading and crypto scheme that may have swindled investors out of tens of millions of dollars and involves entities and individuals in or from the Cayman Islands, England, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Seychelles, United Arab Emirates and USA, including Greek financial broker Ardu Prime and Dubai-based financial technology firm ClearTech Industries, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

    Vesttoo Ltd. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

    Chapter 11 Petition by Vesttoo US Inc., Vesttoo Ltd., Vesttoo SPV Holdings LLC, Vesttoo Reinsurance Intermediary Services Inc., Vesttoo Asset Management LLC, Vesttoo Securities (USA) LLC, Vesttoo UK Ltd., Vesttoo Japan Co., Ltd., Vesttoo Korea Inc., Vesttoo Holdings Ltd., Vesttoo Hong Kong Limited, Vesttoo Malta Ltd., Vesttoo Malta Trading Ltd., Vesttoo Marketplace Ltd., Vesttoo Alpha Holdings Ltd., Vesttoo Bermudian Bay Ltd., Vesttoo Alpha P&C Ltd., Vesttoo Alpha Special Purpose Trust, Vesttoo Alpha Manager Ltd., Vesttoo Alpha P&C Fund GP L.P., Vesttoo Alpha P&C Fund L.P., Vescor Bay GP L.P., Vescor Bay L.P., Vesttoo Partners 101 L.P., Vesttoo Partners 102 L.P., Vesttoo Partners 103 L.P., Vesttoo Partners 104 L.P., Vesttoo Partners 105 L.P., Vesttoo Bay One Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay X Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XI Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XII Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XIII Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XIV Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay FIFTEEN Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XVI Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XVII Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XVIII Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XIX Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XX Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XXI Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XXII Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XXIII Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XXIV Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay XXV Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay One Hundred Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay One Hundred One Limited Partnership, Vesttoo Bay One Hundred Two Limited Partnership, and Vesttoo Bay 103 Limited Partnership at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

    Agenda Launch – OffshoreAlert London Conference

    The first version of the agenda for OffshoreAlert's 10th Annual London Conference on December 4-5 is now available. For more information about OffshoreAlert London 2023, sponsorship opportunities, and tickets, please visit www.oalondon.com.

    Michael Sizemore et al v. Changpeng Zhao et al: First Amended Class Action Complaint (‘$1B Crypto Fraud’)

    First Amended Class Action Complaint in Michael Sizemore v. Changpeng Zhao, Binance Holdings Limited, of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., of Delaware, USA; BAM Management US Holdings Inc., of Delaware, USA; Binance Holdings (IE) Limited, of Ireland; Binance (Services) Holdings Limited, of Ireland; Paxos Trust Company LLC, of New York, USA; Jimmy Butler, described as "a star basketball player for the Miami Heat", and Ben Armstrong, described as "a YouTuber with more than 1.5 million subscribers to his YouTube page", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    IFINA SICAV Plc: €60K Fine (Malta)

    Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €60,141 on IFINA SICAV Plc for regulatory breaches.

    Atom Holdings et al: Chapter 15 Petition (Cayman Islands & Singapore)

    Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of Foreign Main Proceedings in the Cayman Islands and Singapore by Angela Barkhouse, Kim Leck, and Luke Furler, all of Quantuma, as the Foreign Representatives of Atom Holdings (in Provisional Liquidation), AAX Asia Private Limited (Under Interim Judicial Management), and AAX Singapore Private Limited (Under Interim Judicial Management), described as being part of a group that "engaged in the cryptocurrency business, offering saving, spot, and futures trading", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Bittrex Inc. et al: Chapter 11 Petition (Crypto Exchange)

    Chapter 11 Petition by Desolation Holdings LLC, of Bellevue, Washington, USA; Bittrex, Inc., of Seattle, Washington, USA; Bittrex Malta Holdings Ltd., and Bittrex Malta Ltd., both of Malta, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

    Vantage Mezzanine Fund II Partnership v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC et al: Discovery Application (Bermuda, Italy & Malta)

    Application by Vantage Mezzanine Fund II Partnership, described as a South African "investment fund that provides finance to high-risk businesses across Africa and in other developing jurisdictions", to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, Barclays Bank PLC, Citibank N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, The Northern Trust Company, f.k.a. The Northern Trust International Banking Corporation; UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. for use in legal proceedings in Bermuda, Italy, and Malta to enforce an arbitration award of US$59.4 million "against Mr. John Eric Kodwo Taylor", who was described as a citizen of Ghana and Malta and "executive chairperson of Surfline Communications Ltd., a Ghanaian company engaged in developing high-speed internet networks in Ghana", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    USA v. Greg Lindberg: Criminal Indictment (2023)

    Criminal Indictment alleging fraud involving entities in, among others, Bermuda and Malta in USA v. Greg E. Lindberg at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

    Karl Cini: Prohibition (Malta)

    Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has prohibited Karl Cini "from accepting any new positions" while "criminal proceedings against Mr. Cini are ongoing".

    Brian Tonna: Prohibition (Malta)

    Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has prohibited Brian Tonna "from accepting any new positions" while "criminal proceedings against Mr. Tonna are ongoing".

    Envestio SI Oü: Chapter 15 Petition (Estonia)

    Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Estonia by Andres Hermet, as the Foreign Representative of Envestio SI Oü, described as an allegedly fraudulently-operated "holder and administrator of a crowdfunding platform which purportedly offered potential investors web-based intermediation of loans for businesses and real estate projects", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    USA v. 1.1 Bitcoin: Forfeiture Complaint (Patel Ankitbhai Ramanbhai)

    Forfeiture Complaint regarding the alleged proceeds of fraud in USA v. 1.10387626 Bitcoin seized from an account at Binance crypto exchange controlled by Patel Ankitbhai Ramanbhai, of India, at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

    Pretzel Ltd. v. Pecunia Business Development Ltd. et al: Amended Complaint

    Amended Complaint involving entities in the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Malta in Pretzel Limited, of Malta v. Pecunia Business Development Limited, of the British Virgin Islands. and Alley Maass Rogers & Lindsay P.A., a Florida law firm, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Lorraine Falzon: Disqualification

    Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a corporate disqualification on Lorraine Falzon for not being "fit and proper".

    Matthew Pace: Disqualification

    Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a corporate disqualification on Matthew Pace for not being "fit and proper".
    Jeremy Leach-Managing Partners

    British fund manager Jeremy Leach and his firms settle fraud litigation for $11.5M

    Four days before a trial was due to start in the Cayman Islands, British fund manager Jeremy Leach and eight of his firms settled a fraud complaint by agreeing to pay $11.5 million over 22 months, OffshoreAlert can reveal. Despite a plethora of red flags, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority continues to license Leach's Managing Partners Group and its funds and the group also operates entities in the British Virgin Islands, England, Malta, Spain, and Switzerland.