Monaco

Alix AM Pte Ltd. v. EFG International AG: Discovery Application

Application by Alix AM Pte Ltd., of Singapore, to take discovery from EFG International AG, of Miami, Florida, for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands that it has filed against Agriculture Investment Group Corp. and 13 other defendants, including those in the Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Monaco, and Uruguay, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging a bribery scheme involving, inter alia, Brazilian petroleum firm Petróleo Brasileiro - Petrobras, unidentified "intermediary" companies in Brazil and Monaco, and unidentified citizens of Brazil, Italy, United Kingdom and United States in USA v. Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Limited, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Amec Foster Wheeler Ltd.: $22.7M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $22.7 million on Amec Foster Wheeler Limited, described as a Switzerland-domiciled parent of a group "with a significant presence in the United Kingdom", regarding "a bribery scheme to obtain an oil and gas engineering and design contract in Brazil" involving Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras.

Seapack Investment Ltd. et al v. Sable Trust Ltd. et al: Judgment

Judgment extending an injunction involving "three apartments in Trump Tower" in New York City in what the judge described as "a skirmish in what I suspect is a much larger dispute between two sides of the Hinduja family" in Ali Ganjaei, "as attorney in fact of Seapack Investment Ltd., and Seapack Investment Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Sable Trust Ltd., Jose Guillermo Gonzalez Alvarez, Michael Kelleher, and Najib Ziazi at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Lake Holding & Finance S.A. v. UBS AG et al: Discovery Application

Application by Lake Holding & Finance S.A., described as a British Virgin Islands company beneficially owned by Vladimir Vasilyevich Melnichenko, of Russia, to take discovery from UBS AG, Societe Generale/SG Private Bank, Banque Lombard Odier & Cie AG, a.k.a. Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie; CIM Banque SA, Kookmin Bank (Korea), Credit Suisse, PJSC Sberbank, Bank of America N.A., Citibank, N.A., Merrill Lynch Capital Corporation, Union Bancaire Privee CBI-TDB, Geneva, and BSI SA, Lugano for use in legal proceedings in Cyprus, France, Monaco, Russia, and Switzerland regarding alleged fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Black Gold Sarl: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Monaco by Jean-Paul Samba, as the Foreign Representative of Black Gold Sarl, described as "a trading company and distributor offering a variety of oil and lubricant products with a presence in Europe, Africa, and Asia", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.

Mitchell NewDelman et al v. Burford Capital LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint for $4.95 million alleging fraud regarding a litigation funding agreement in Mitchell NewDelman, described as "a resident of France through 2013, and thereafter Monaco"; Frank B. Holze, of Maine, and Willis E. Higgins, of Monaco v. Burford Capital Investment Management LLC, f.k.a. Gerchen Keller Capital LLC, of Delaware; Burford, f.k.a. GKC Holdings LLC, of New York; Burford Capital LLC, of Delaware; BCIM Partners II LP, f.k.a. GKC Partners II LP, of Delaware; BCIM PII Holdings LLC, f.k.a. GKC Limited Partners II, of Delaware; Ashley C. Keller, described as an attorney based in Chicago; Donald Stern and Richard L. Gilbert, each described as a director of Semiconductors Inc., at the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

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.

Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd., of Monaco; PSV Adminco 2019 LLC, of New York; CB Holdco Limited, Blue Power Limited, Delta Cistern V Limited, Sierra Cistern V Limited, all of Bermuda; Petro Craft 2017-1 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-2 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-3 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-4 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-5 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-7 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Craft 2017-8 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Combi 6030-01 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Combi 6030-02 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Combi 6030-03 Shipping Company Limited, Petro Combi 6030-04 Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Storm Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Viking Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Protector Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Guardian Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Thunder Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Galaxy Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Horizon Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Power Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Prosper Shipping Company Limited, Hermit Fighter Shipping Company Limited, all of the Marshall Islands; Delta PSV Norway AS, and NAO Norway AS, both of Norway, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc: License Cancellation

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has cancelled the Collective Investment Scheme Licence of Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc, a license that was suspended, on regulatory grounds nearly six years ago, on July 15th, 2014, "following the resignation of key officials and service providers". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc has not had any directors or a secretary since they resigned in May, 2014. The company was originally incorporated in the British Virgin Islands on May 18th, 2006 as Brightwell Portfolio Fund Ltd. and continued to Malta on May 10th, 2011, changing its name at the same time. In its most recent annual return, dated May 10th, 2013, the company's shareholders were identified as Paolo Faldini, a citizen of Italy residing in Monaco, and Conseulo Nardon, a citizen of Italy with addresses in the Netherlands and Luxembourg; its directors as Faldini, Nardon, and Stephen Muscat, of Malta, and its Secretary as Valetta Fund Services Limited. Faldini committed suicide on his luxury yacht - apparently bought with investors' funds - in Monte Carlo on December 31st, 2013, shortly after which Nardon, Muscat, and Valetta Fund Services all resigned their positions and the company's auditor, KPMG (Malta), represented by partner Ray Azzopardi, withdrew its audit opinions for 2011 and 2012 due to "fraudulent misrepresentations", evidently by Faldini, regarding the company and its subsidiaries, Beaumont Cash Management Limited, Beaumont Systematic Trading Limited, Beaumont Discretionary Trading Limited, Beaumont Equity Trading Limited, and Beaumont Homeland Security Limited. Brightwell Portfolio Fund's professional services providers included Princes Gate Investment Management Ltd., of the BVI, as Investment Manager; Arcari Fund Solutions BV, of the Netherlands, as Administrator; Credit Suisse, of Switzerland, as Custodian, and Ganado & Associates, Advocates, of Malta, as Legal Adviser. In the BVI, the company's directors were Curado Trust (Tortola) Limited, represented by Yuck Leen Sprock-Chang and Mavis Reed-Castro, and GM General Management Limited, represented by Mario Bottiroli, c/o Trust Company Complex, in the Marshall Islands, with Harneys Corporate Services Ltd., represented by Kimberly Crabbe-Adams, serving as registered agent. Corporate records show that the company authorized the following lawyers to obtain its Collective Investment Scheme license in Malta: James Farrugia, Andre Zerafa, Henry Saydon, and Stephanie Micallef, now known as Stephanie Farrugia, all of Ganado & Associates.

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

Application by Piraeus Bank, of Greece, to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank NA, HSBC Bank (USA) NA, and JPMorgan Chase Bank NA for use in legal proceedings in England filed by Piraeus Bank against Grand Anemi Limited, of Malta; Grandunion Inc., of the Marshall Islands, and Michail (Michael) Zolotas, described as a Greek national with a last known address in Monaco, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Morley Yachts v. Seminole Marine Ltd.: Petition To Confirm Arbitration Award

Petition to Confirm and Enforce a Foreign Arbitration Award of $1.2 million, plus interest, legal costs, and charges, in Morley Yachts, of Monaco v. Seminole Marine Limited, of the Cayman Islands, and Challenger International LLC, of West Virginia, which "were both created, formed, organized, maintained, owned, capitalized, used and operated for the exclusive benefit of Christopher Cline", who "was killed along with his daughter and five others" in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas last year, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Antigua Ambassador Dario Item given bank license despite corporate ban

Antigua and Barbuda's banking regulator appears to have fast-tracked a licensing application by one of the country's diplomats - London-based Swiss lawyer Dario Item - after his bank in Labuan ran into regulatory problems and he received a corporate ban, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

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.

SEC v. Ulrik Debo: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud regarding "a microcap shell company" called Herbatech Life Inc. in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ulrik Debo, a citizen of Denmark residing in Monaco, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Eli Sabag v. Marion County Community Corrections et al: Discovery Application

Application by Israeli national Eli Sabag to take discovery from Marion County Community Corrections and John Deiter for use in "an intended criminal complaint" in the United Kingdom against German national Lars Windhorst for suspected fraud and bribery regarding the sale of Israel's GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance System Ltd. to Track Group Inc., of Illinois, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Editor's Note: This application was filed under seal on December 31st, 2019 and unsealed on February 11th, 2020.

SEC v. Benjamin Taylor et al: Complaint

Complaint regarding allegations that "investment bankers in London, England ... participated in an international insider trading scheme that netted its participants tens of millions of dollars in illicit profits from trading in the securities of U.S. companies" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Benjamin Taylor, a resident of France; Darina Windsor, a citizen of Thailand, and Joseph Abdul Noor El-Khouri, described as a citizen of Lebanon residing in Monaco and England, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SDO International Equity Inc. v. Christelle Nzololo: Claim Form

Claim Form regarding a Monaco company called SCI Kiomo in SDO International Equity Inc., of the British Virgin Islands v. Christelle Fila Nzololo, described as a citizen of the Reublic of the Congo and Belgium residing in Hong Kong, at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

‘Remove details of Dario Item’s disqualification’, writes reputation manager

Letter from Ealixir, which claims to be "world leaders in the removal of undesirable web content and links", requesting the removal from OffshoreAlert's website of an enforcement action by the Labuan Financial Services Authority against its client, Dario Item, who, according to his promotional material, is an attorney in Switzerland and, inter alia, the Ambassador for Antigua & Barbuda to Spain, Monaco, and Liechtenstein.

Top Matrix Holdings Ltd. v. Credit Suisse Holdings (USA) Inc. et al: Foreign Discovery Petition

Ex Parte Petition by Top Matrix Holdings Ltd., a British Virgin Islands-domiciled firm owned by Vitaly Malkin, a citizen of Russia, Israel, and Cyprus, to take discovery from Credit Suisse Holdings (USA) Inc., Credit Suisse (USA) Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC, and Brady W. Dougan for use in contemplated proceedings in Switzerland concerning a fraud perpetrated by former Credit Suisse banker Patrice Lescaudron, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Monaco: Traian Rostas

Complaint for the extradition of Traian Rostas from the USA to Monaco, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Citco Group agrees to pay $26M to settle Buddy Fletcher ‘fraud’ litigation

Hedge fund administrator Citco Group and related parties have agreed to pay $26.25 million to settle litigation brought on behalf of investors in funds domiciled in the Cayman Islands and BVI that Citco sold to fraudster Buddy Fletcher's Fletcher International Group, which then allegedly looted them.

Belvedere Management firm wound-up over ‘£36 m boiler room scam’

A British affiliate of Belvedere Management Group that is ultimately-owned by Cayman Islands-domiciled Brighton SPC has been wound up "in the public interest" in London for involvement in a boiler room fraud that swindled investors out of £36 million. Another Belvedere affiliate is fighting a similar winding-up petition.

Alpine Consult Ltd. et al: Carbon Credit Network Liquidations

Press Release by the United Kingdom's Insolvency Service announcing that "19 companies involved in a giant boiler room scam to sell carbon credits to the public for investment have been ordered into liquidation in the public interest, following petitions presented by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills", namely Alpine Consult Limited, Environmental Acquisitions Limited, Blue Horizons Trading Ltd., Burlington Energy Markets Ltd., Charles Stratton Limited, Claremont James Ltd., CNI (UK) Limited, Clear View Partnership Ltd., Eden Brown Group S.L., Enviro Associates Limited, Global Carbon Exchange Limited, Harman Royce Limited, Karlsson Chase Limited, Liberty Alternative Investments Limited, New Frontier Partnership Ltd., Oswald Bradshaw Limited, Pure Carbon Ltd., Seasaw Limited, and Strategic Carbon Solutions Ltd.,

Richcourt Funds et al v. Citco Group Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Corinne Ball, as Chapter 11 Trustee of Soundview Elite Ltd., Soundview Premium, Ltd., Soundview Star Ltd., Elite Designated Premium Designated and Star Designated, and John Ayres and Matthew Wright, as Joint Liquidators of America Alternative Investments Inc., Optima Absolute Return Fund Ltd., Richcourt Allweather B Inc., Richcourt Allweather Fund Inc., Richcourt Composite Inc. and Richcourt Euro Strategies Inc. v. Citco Group Limited, Ermanno Unternaehrer, Soundview Capital Management Ltd., Richcourt Capital Management Ltd., Citco Fund Services (Cayman Islands) Limited, Citco Fund Services (Europe) B.V., Citco Global Custody (NA) N.V., Citco Banking Corporation N.V., Citco Trading Inc., Richcourt Holding Inc., CFS Company Ltd., CFS Corporation Ltd., Christopher G. Smeets, Robert A. Voges, Alphonse Fletcher, Jr., Fletcher Asset Management, Inc., Fletcher International, Inc., George Ladner, Enrico Laddaga, Gabriele Magris, Yves Bloch, Denis Kiely, Stewart Turner, Gerti Muho, and Floyd Saunders at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Monaco: Deloitte Fusacq et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance by Monaco - for a criminal investigation into person or persons unknown, using email addresses of smtp.pop.phone@gmail.com, pop.via.transfert@gmail.com, smtp1.transfert.mobile@gmail.com, francoislemaire2@gmail.com and f.lemaire@deloitte-fusacq.com and names such as Deloitte-Fusacq, Francois Lemaire and Francoise Lesur, for fraud and attempted fraud against several Monaco companies, namely Ultramare SAM, E.M.T. - Cogemat, SAMGF, Doro, Mercure International of Monaco, and Global Jet.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Retirement Fund et al v. Citco Fund Services (Cayman Islands) Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Retirement Fund, FIA Leveraged Fund Ltd., Fletcher Income Arbitrage Fund Ltd., and Fletcher International Ltd. v. Citco Fund Services (Cayman Islands) Ltd., Citco Fund Services (Suisse) SA, Citco Group Ltd., Citco Trading, Inc., Citco Global Custody (NA) NV, Citco Bank Corporation NV, SFT Bank NV, and Ermanno Unternaehrer at New York Supreme Court.

Gerti Muho v. Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Gerti Muho v. Alphonse Fletcher, Jr., Corinne Ball, Citco Group, Jones Day LLP, Peter C. Harvey, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, Walkers LLP, Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C., Morrison & Foerster LLP, and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Roger Corman et al v. Citco Group Limited et al: Complaint

Complaint in Roger W. Corman, Julie A. Corman, and Pasig, Ltd. v. Citco Group Limited, Citco Group (Monaco) SAM, Citco Global Custody (NA) NV, Tor Trust Corporation Company Limited, Citco Trustees SA, Citco BVI Limited, Citco Bank BVI Limited, Citco Bank & Trust Company Limited, Citco Banking Corporation NV, Securitas Management Services Corp., Citco Fund Services (Cayman Islands) Ltd., Citco Suisse SA, Ermanno Unternaehrer, and Christopher Smeets at Los Angeles Superior Court.

Michael Taylor et al v. Lawrence Jones et al: Claim Form

Claim Form in Michael John Taylor, of Monaco; Hugh Daniel Brogan, of the Isle of Man; and Concordia API Fund Limited, of the Cayman Islands v. Lawrence Jones, of England; Moore Stephens Services S.A.M., of Monaco; and Port of Hercules Administrators Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Michael Taylor et al v. Lawrence Jones et al: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons in Michael John Taylor, of Monaco; Hugh Daniel Brogan, of the Isle of Man; and Concordia API Fund, of the Cayman Islands v. Lawrence Jones, of England; Moore Stephens Services S.A.M., of Monaco; and Port of Hercules Administrators Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Hornbeam Corporation v. Mordechai Korf et al: Discovery Application

Application by Hornbeam Corporation, of Panama, to take discovery from Mordechai Korf, Felman Trading Inc., Felman Production LLC, Optima International of Miami, Inc., Optima Fixed Income LLC, Optima Industrial Management, LLC, Georgia American Alloys Inc., Optima Specialty Steel, Inc., Optima Ventures LLC, Optima Acquisitions LLC, Optima Group, LLC, Optima Highland LLC, 5251 36st LLC, CC Metals & Alloys LLC, and Felman Production Inc. for use in legal proceedings against Halliwel Assets Inc., Marigold Trust Company Limited, Panikos Symeou, Igor Kolomoisky, and Genady Bogolubov in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Ukraine or elsewhere, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Leveraged Hawk, Inc. v. Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Leveraged Hawk, Inc., c/o Gerti Muho, d.b.a. Gerti Muho Capital Management v. Global Hawk, Ltd., Alphonse Fletcher, Jr., Fletcher Asset Management, Inc., Fletcher International, Inc., Richcourt Fund Advisors (SF), Richcourt USA, Inc., Citco Group Ltd., Citco Trading, Inc., Citco Trustees (Cayman) Ltd., CFS Company Ltd., CFS Corporation Ltd., CTC Corporation, Ltd., Solon Group, Inc., Citco Global Custody (N.A.) N.V., and Wilmington Trust, National Association, as defendants; Richcourt Capital Management, Inc., Sound View Capital Management, Ltd., Pitagora Capital Management, Ltd., New Wave Asset Management, Ltd., America Alternative Investments, Inc., Elite Designated, New Wave Fund SPC, Star Designated, Optima Absolute Return Fund Ltd., Premium Designated, Pitagora Fund Ltd., Richcourt Allweather Fund Inc., Richcourt Allweather Fund B Inc., Richcourt Composite Inc., Richcourt Euro Strategies, Inc., Richcourt Top Stars I Fund Ltd., Soundview Composite, Soundview Elite Ltd., Soundview Premium, Ltd., and Soundview Star Ltd., as nominal defendants at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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