Switzerland

The Timeless Uranium Fund SICAV Plc: ‘New Liquidator’ Directive

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has "directed" The Timeless Uranium Fund SICAV Plc, described as "a collective investment scheme targeting retail investors", to "take all the necessary steps to ensure that a new liquidator is appointed within one month".

The Timeless Precious Metals Fund SICAV Plc: ‘New Liquidator’ Directive

Public Notice by the Malta Financial services Authority that it has "directed" The Timeless Precious Metals Fund SICAV Plc, described as "a collective investment scheme targeting retail investors", to "take all the necessary steps to ensure that a new liquidator is appointed within one month"

Spanish Steps Holdings Ltd. v. Point Investments Ltd.: Judgment (Robert Brockman case)

Judgment setting out the Court's reasons for the appointment of Joint Provisional Liquidators for Point Investments Ltd. in Spanish Steps Holdings Ltd., described as being "ultimately wholly owned by the trustee of the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust v. Point Investments Ltd., described as a Bermuda company that began life in the British Virgin Islands and has assets of $1.8 billion, "the vast majority of which are represented by investments in Cayman Islands funds", at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Switzerland: Frost Bank et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from BB&T Bank, SunTrust Bank, Western Alliance Bank, and Comerica Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for use in a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s) for fraud and money laundering" involving "pre-IPO shares" in "the online lodging marketplace company Airbnb".

Venequip SA v. Clover Systems LLC: Discovery Application

Application by Venequip SA, of Venezuela, to take discovery from Clover Systems LLC for use in legal proceedings in Switzerland involving "the demise of the decades-long business relationship between Venequip and Caterpillar S.A.R.L., a Swiss entity and the other party to the Swiss Proceeding", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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.

Venequip SA v. Ring Power Corporation: Discovery Application

Application by Venequip SA, of Venezuela, to take discovery from Ring Power Corporation for use in legal proceedings in Switzerland involving "the demise of the decades-long business relationship between Venequip and Caterpillar S.A.R.L., a Swiss entity and the other party to the Swiss Proceeding", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

USA v. Vladimir Mrvic: Complaint

Complaint "to collect his unpaid federal penalty assessments and interest related to his financial interests in foreign bank accounts" in USA v. Vladimir Mrvic, described as "a dual citizen of the United States and Serbia", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Lecocqassociate Ltd.: €3.5K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed an administrative fine of €3,500 on Lecocqassociate Ltd. for a regulatory breach.

Venequip SA v. Mustang Machinery Company LLC: Discovery Application

Application by Venequip SA, of Venezuela, to take discovery from Mustang Machinery Company LLC for use in legal proceedings in Switzerland "between Venequip and Caterpillar, S.A.R.L.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Venequip SA v. Kelly Tractor Co. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Venequip S.A., of Venezuela, to take discovery from Kelly Tractor Co. and Pantropic Power Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Switzerland involving "the demise of the decades-long business relationship between Venequip and Caterpillar S.A.R.L.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Samuel Galib v. USA: Complaint

Complaint for refund and abatement of FBAR penalty in Samuel H. Galib, who, together with his brother, "inherited their mother's account with HSBC bank in Switzerland" and later participated in the IRS' Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program v. USA at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

USA v. Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd.: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding a fraud involving Mozambique in USA v. Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, described as "a wholly-owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse headquartered in London, United Kingdom", at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to commit wire fraud involving Mozambique in USA v. Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, described as "a wholly-owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse Group AG headquartered in London, United Kingdom", at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

VTB Capital Plc: $6.4M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $6.4 million on VTB Capital Plc regarding "material omissions and misleading statements in a 2016 bond offering for which VTB Capital Plc, a London-based investment bank, acted with Credit Suisse Group AG as joint-lead manager".

Credit Suisse Group AG: $99M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $99 million on Credit Suisse Group AG, of Switzerland, regarding "an offering fraud and violations of the internal accounting controls and books and records provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ... in connection with three interconnected transactions involving, among others, United Kingdom-based Credit Suisse entities and Mozambican state-owned entities".

USA v. Robert Lhez et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a "fraudulent mass-mailing operation" in USA v. Robert Lhez, described as a resident of France, individually and as an officer of Arcana Center Corp. and of Partners VAD International Sàrl, d.b.a. Lynco; Mireille Dayer, a citizen of Switzerland; Julie Poulleau, a citizen of France; Arcana Center Corp., of Delaware, and Partners VAD International Sàrl, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Phoenix Payments Ltd.: €435K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €435,576 on Phoenix Payments Limited for regulatory breaches.

Chia Hsing Wang v. Credit Suisse AG et al: Judgment

Judgment involving "very serious allegations of wrongdoing" regarding an alleged $500 million investment by the Plaintiff in funds domiciled in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands that were established by the British group Floreat Merchant Banking in Chia Hsing Wang v. Credit Suisse AG and Credit Suisse London Nominees Limited at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

JSC BTA Bank v. Timur Sabyrbaev et al: Claim Form (‘$231M Fraud’)

Claim Form alleging conspiracy to commit fraud, dishonest assistance, breaches of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment against defendants in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Germany, Guernsey, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Panama, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, and USA in JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan v. Timur Sabyrbaev, Dilara Dyusembayeva, Assel Zhaxybayeva, Asel Suindikova, Marina Aitzhanova, Janelle Utemuratova, Svetlana Chvanova, Veronika Efimova, Saduakas Mameshtegi, Dina Abdykalykova, Akzholtay Mukanovna Kalenova, Kairat Sadykov, Irina Kanaphina, Madina Nurgozhina, AEG Systems Inc., Calernen Finance Inc., Zathen Holding Investments Limited, formerly Carsonway Limited; Comwork Ltd.,Kinmate Trading Limited, Estar Developments Limited, Lingard Industry Limited, Daniels Tradecorp Inc., Mabco Inc., Klostrade Financial Group Ltd., Dana Trade Corp., Global Team Company, Tramlanes Investments Limited, formerly Bergtrans Contracts Corp.; Moranta Invest (Cyprus) Limited, John Wortley Hunt, Luis Davis, Stan Gorin, Vasiliki Argyrou, Labonte Elisana Marie-Antoinette, Diego Jacinto Batista Valdes, Carlos Alberto Mendoza Murillo, Suseth Walthia Parris, Kellee France, Geoffrey Taylor, Belinda Lanyon, Christopher Blythe, Roger Alberto Santamaria, Nicholetta Christodoulidou, ADM-ACTI Trade Resources Inc., ADM Asia-Pacific Trading Pte. Ltd., formerly Toepfer International Asia Pte. Ltd.; ADM Germany GmbH, formerly Alfred C. Toepfer International GmbH; Eric Richardson, Grove Services Inc., Bunge SA, Bunge CIS LLC, Dauren Bekbergenov, Ekaterina Kuzmicheva, Mukhtar Ablyazov, Roman Solodchenko, and Zhaksylyk Zharimbetov at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

USA v. Mark Gyetvay: USA’s Motion for Conditions of Release

Motion to Set Conditions of Release in USA v. Mark Gyetvay, a citizen of Italy, Russia, and the United States charged with "a decade-long tax evasion scheme that involved his failure to report over $40 million of income to the IRS", at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

SEC v. Timothy Page et al: Freeze Order Motion

Motion for Preliminary Injunction regarding an alleged securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Timothy Page, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom; Trevor Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom residing in the U.K., Switzerland, and Fiji; Ticino Capital Limited, described as a Maltese company "owned on paper by a Swiss attorney"; Wellesley Holdings Limited, of Hungary; Porrima Limited, of Hungary; Emergent Investment Company, of Hungary, and FJ Investments International Inc., of Utah, as Defendants, and Janan Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Fiji, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. Timothy Page et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Timothy Page, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom; Trevor Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom residing in the U.K., Switzerland, and Fiji; Ticino Capital Limited, described as a Maltese company "owned on paper by a Swiss attorney"; Wellesley Holdings Limited, of Hungary; Porrima Limited, of Hungary; Emergent Investment Company, of Hungary, and FJ Investments International Inc., of Utah, as Defendants, and Janan Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Fiji, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Mark Gyetvay: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging tax evasion involving companies or accounts in Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Russia, and Switzerland in USA v. Mark Gyetvay, the Chief Financial Officer of Russian gas producer Novatek who is apparently a citizen of Italy, Russia, and the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

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.

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.
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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.

Dillian Whyte v. World Boxing Council Inc.: Discovery Application

Application by Dillian Whyte, described as "a highly ranked professional boxer, and the World Boxing Council, Inc.'s Interim Champion in the heavyweight division" v. World Boxing Council Inc. "for use in an arbitration proceeding currently pending before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland concerning a contract between Mr. Whyte and the WBC that the WBC has breached as well as in potential future proceedings between the parties which are pending at a preliminary stage but may end with a CAS arbitration", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Klaus Hofmann: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a multi-year expense management scheme by Kraft Heinz Company's procurement division to improperly reduce KHC's cost of goods sold and achieve costs savings targets that were externally touted to the market and internally tied to performance-based targets" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Klaus Hofmann, of Zug, Switzerland, 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.

Boart Longyear Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Australia by Nora Pincus, as the Foreign Representative of Boart Longyear Limited, Boart Longyear Australia Pty Limited, Boart Longyear Management Pty Limited, Boart Longyear Investments Pty Limited, and Votraint No. 1609 Pty Limited, collectively described as "the world's leading provider of drilling services, orebody-data-collection technology, and innovative, safe, and productivity-driven drilling equipment", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Daniel Valenti v. Dfinity Foundation et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging a cryptocurrency-related fraud and sale of unregistered securities in Daniel Valenti, of Tampa, Florida v. Dfinity USA Research LLC, described as a Delaware company based in Palo Alto, California; Dfinity Foundation, of Switzerland, and Dominic Williams, of Palo Alto, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

AWS Malta Ltd.: €502K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it was imposed a fine of €502,046 on AWS Malta Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Registrar of Companies showed that AWS Malta Limited was incorporated in Malta on February 12th, 2014, its directors are Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre, a citizen and resident of Malta; Kilian Kämpfen, a citizen and resident of Switzerland; Ivo Ferdinando Mathier, a citizen and resident of Switzerland; Mark Portelli, a citizen and resident of Malta, and Steve Zammit Cutajar, a citizen and resident of Malta; former directors include Francis Zammit Dimech, of Malta, who resigned effective February 28th, 2019; Herman Zandt, a citizen of the Netherlands residing in Malta, who resigned effective March 29th, 2017, and Nelson Lopez Centeno, a citizen of Spain, who resigned effective January 30th, 2017; and its shareholders are Ivo Ferdinando Mathier and AWS Switzerland SA, a Swiss company whose representatives include Ivo Mathier, chairman, and Kilian Kämpfen, while a former representative is Urs Füglistaller.

Alberto Safra v. Dr. Susan Bressman et al: Discovery Application

Application by Alberto Safra, of Brazil, to take discovery from Dr. Susan Bressman, Dr. Eli L. Diamond, Dr. Valentin Fuster, Dr. Viviane Tabar, Mount Sinai Health System and Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center for use in "contemplated civil proceedings in Switzerland" regarding "the wills of the late Joseph Yacoub Safra, founder of the Safra banking conglomerate, who passed away in December 2020 after battling numerous health and neurological ailments during the last years of his life", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Frederick Sharp et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging securities fraud in USA v. Frederick Sharp, described as a resident of British Columbia, Canada; Luis Carrillo, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Mexico; Mike Veldhuis, described as a resident of British Columbia, Canada, and Courtney Kelln, described as a resident of British Columbia, Canada, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Samson Siasia v. FIFA: Complaint

Complaint challenging "FIFA's conviction and imposition of a life-ban" for bribery in Samson Siasia v. Fédération Internationale de Football Association, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Monel Herscovici: Complaint

Complaint "to reduce FBAR penalty to judgment" regarding bank accounts in Liechtenstein and Switzerland in USA v. Monel Herscovici at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Naman Wakil: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and conspiracy to commit money laundering "by bribing Venezuelan officials to obtain and retain contracts and other business advantages, including obtaining payment on multi-million dollar contracts with entities and instrumentalities controlled by the Venezuelan government" in USA v. Naman Wakil, described as a citizen of Syria and permanent resident of the United States who used accounts "in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Panama, and elsewhere to promote the illegal bribery scheme and to conceal the nature and purpose of the proceeds", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Anthony Stimler: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering regarding an alleged bribery scheme involving individuals and entities in or from the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA in USA v. Anthony Stimler, a citizen of the United Kingdom who worked as a trader, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.