Switzerland

Harold Burke: Cease and Desist

Public Notice by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it has issued a Cease and Desist order against Harold Burke, a citizen of the United Kingdom.

Claude Rebetez: Cease and Desist

Public Notice by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it has issued a Cease and Desist order against Claude Rebetez, of Switzerland.

Helios Ventures FZE v. VistaJet US Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Helios Ventures FZE, of Ajman, in the United Arab Emirates, to take discovery from VistaJet US Inc., Rhône Capital LLC, and Rhône Group LLC for use in "contemplated civil proceedings in the United Kingdom and Malta", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Federal Express et al: ‘John Doe’ Summonses Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summonses as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian law firm that has been providing offshore services since 2000", allegedly offering legal structures formed in several jurisdictions, including Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Delaware, Nevis, Nevada, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Switzerland, in USA v. Federal Express Corporation, a.k.a. FedEx Express; Fed Ex Ground Package System, Inc., a.k.a. FedEx Ground; DHL Express (USA), Inc., United Parcel Service, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of America, N.A. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. MoneyGram: ‘John Doe’ Summons Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Credit Suisse: Swiss Enforcement Proceedings

Press Release by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it has "opened enforcement proceedings against Credit Suisse after the bank suffered significant losses in connection with a US hedge fund ("Archegos")" and "opened proceedings against the bank in the context of the 'Greensill' case in March 2021".

Nagravision SA v. Amazon Technologies Inc.: Discovery Application

Application by Nagravision SA, of Switzerland, to take discovery from Amazon Technologies Inc. for use in legal proceedings in France regarding "an unauthorized Internet rebroadcasting service that provides television programming of Nagravision's customer in France", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Diligence Global Business Intelligence v. Michael Holtzman: Discovery Application

Application by Diligence Global Business Intelligence SA, described as "a Swiss company located in Geneva that specializes in intelligence services and private investigations", to take discovery from Michael Holtzman, described as "the President/Managing Partner of SECNewGate, a public relations firm based in Washington, and the President of Bellwether Strategies, a public relations firm based in New York", for use in legal proceedings in England and Switzerland involving "DGBI's investigation into allegations of corruption and money laundering in connection with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nagravision SA v. 101Domain Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Nagravision SA, of Switzerland, described as being "part of the Kudelski Group, a world leader in digital security and convergent media solutions for the delivery of digital and interactive content", to take discovery from 101Domain Inc. and Digital Privacy Corporation Inc. for use in legal proceedings in France involving allegations of "piracy", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

DTEK Finance Plc: Chapter 15 Petition (2021)

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Johan Bastin, as the Foreign Representative of DTEK Finance Plc, of England, described as being part of a group that "operates the largest privately-owned energy business in Ukraine, as measured by metric tons of coal produced and net output of electricity", for use in legal proceedings in England, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

City of St. Clair Shores Police and Fire Retirement System v. Credit Suisse Group AG et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint on behalf of "all persons who purchased or otherwise acquired Credit Suisse American Depositary Receipts between October 29, 2020 and March 31, 2021" alleging "materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's business metrics and financial prospects", particularly involving Greensill Capital and Archegos Capital Management, "exposing the Company to billions of dollars in losses" in City of St. Clair Shores Police and Fire Retirement System v. Credit Suisse Group AG, of Switzerland; Thomas Gottstein, Lara J. Warner, and David R. Mathers at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Carlos Kepke: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging tax fraud conspiracy involving accounts or companies in Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland in USA v. Carlos E. Kepke, who was described as "an attorney specializing in creating and maintaining foreign trusts and companies for his clients", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC v. Does: Complaint

Complaint alleging hackers "misappropriated from Plaintiff's computer systems and databases extremely sensitive and confidential personal data relating to certain former employees of Credit Suisse" in Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, of Delaware, described as "a U.S. subsidiary of Credit Suisse Group AG, a global wealth manager and investment bank with operations in over 50 countries and approximately 50,000 employees worldwide" v. Does at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Rahn+Bodmer Co.: $9.7M Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding a "fraud conspiracy" involving U.S. taxpayers in USA v. Rahn+Bodmer Co., of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Greensill Capital Inc.: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Greensill Capital Inc., a Delaware-domiciled "financial services company" that "arranged factoring and reverse factoring programs for clients globally" and which is directly owned by Greensill Capital Management (UK) Limited, of the United Kingdom, and indirectly owned by Greensill Capital Pty Limited, of Australia, and is part of a group that includes companies in Australia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Germany, India, Isle of Man, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ecoprivate Business Ltd. et al v. KSL Capital Partners: Discovery Application

Application by Ecoprivate Business Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, and Jean Sebastian Ferrer Funke, a citizen and resident of Switzerland, to take discovery from KSL Capital Partners for use in "(1) a contemplated criminal proceeding in Switzerland, which Applicants anticipate will be brought against Mr. Sonashah Shivdasani; and (2) an arbitration proceeding commenced by Ecoprivate against Bluebay Resorts (BVI) Limited" alleging fraud and "criminal mismanagement" involving "a complex web of associated individuals and corporate entities in offshore jurisdictions such as Thailand and the British Virgin Islands", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

USA v. Colorado Property et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Property in Colorado and $77 million held in the name of Edge Capital Investments Ltd., of Nevis, at Mirabaud Bank, in Switzerland, that are "directly traceable" to a "debt buyback fraud scheme" involving, inter alia, Robert Brockman, Robert Smith, Evatt Tamine, and companies and accounts in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Phoenix Payments Ltd.: €32K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €32,400 on Phoenix Payments Limited for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Phoenix Payments Ltd. was incorporated in Malta on November 21st, 2016, its directors are Francesc Xavier Alabart Lopez, a citizen of Spain; Keith Farrugia, a citizen of Malta, and Marco Lavanna, a citizen of Italy residing in Switzerland, previous directors include Alexander Vella, who resigned effective May 8th, 2020, Ivan Fsandi, John Pollacco, who both resigned effective December 1st, 2019, and Dmitrij Kozelkin, who resigned effective September 2nd, 2019, and its shareholders are Fenice Holding SA, of Switzerland, and Marco Lavanna.

American Home Energy Inc. et al v. AEC Yield Capital LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in American Home Energy Inc., HomeEnergy Inc., EnergyInvest LLC, all Delaware companies based in Sonoma, California, and Thomas Enzendorfer, of California v. AEC Yield Capital LLC, of New York; AEC 51 Yield LLC, of New York; Swiss ALP Asset Management GmbH, described as a Liechtenstein company based in Switzerland, and Solid Income Limited, described as a Cayman Islands company based in Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Phoenix Payments Ltd.: Inspector Appointment

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has appointed an Inspector "investigate and report on the affairs of" Phoenix Payments Limited. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Phoenix Payments Ltd. was incorporated in Malta on November 21st, 2016, its directors are Francesc Xavier Alabart Lopez, a citizen of Spain; Keith Farrugia, a citizen of Malta, and Marco Lavanna, a citizen of Italy residing in Switzerland, its previous directors include Alexander Vella, who resigned effective May 8th, 2020, Ivan Fsandi, John Pollacco, who both resigned effective December 1st, 2019, and Dmitrij Kozelkin, who resigned effective September 2nd, 2019, and its shareholders are Fenice Holding SA, of Switzerland, and Marco Lavanna.

USA v. Rahn+Bodmer Co.: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding an alleged conspiracy to help U.S. taxpayers commit tax evasion in USA v. Rahn+Bodmer Co., a Swiss private bank, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Rahn+Bodmer Co.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to help U.S. taxpayers commit tax evasion in USA v. Rahn+Bodmer Co., a Swiss private bank, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Niko Kabylafkas: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving, inter alia, "30 Thai shareholders" who "were simply nominees" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Nicholas 'Niko' Kabylafkas, of Denver, Colorado, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Lance Ranger v. Charles Pycraft: Judgment

Judgment in Lance Dorian Ranger, described as "a practising solicitor in England & Wales, and the owner and Managing Director of Attendus Trust Company AG, a global fiduciary company providing professional trust, legal and business services, based in Switzerland" v. Charles Pycraft, described as "a former photo-journalist", at the High of Justice, in London, England.

SEC v. Airborne Wireless Network et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud involving, inter alia, "Cayman Islands bank accounts" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Airborne Wireless Network, of Nevada; Kalistratos Kabilafkas, a.k.a. Kelly Kabilafkas, a.k.a. Mark McKinney, of California; Timoleon Kabilafkas, a.k.a. Tim Kabilafkas, of California; Chrysilios Chrysiliou, of California; Panagiotis Bolovis, pf Greece; Jack Edward Daniels, of California; Eric Scheffrey, described as a resident of Colorado and Switzerland, and Moshe Rabin, of Florida, as Defendants, and Timoleon Kabilafkas, in his capacity as trustee of the Tim Kabilafkas Revocable Trust Dated July 24, 2001, and Magdaline Kabilafkas, in her capacity as trustee of the Magdaline Kabilafkas 1989 Trust Dated May 27, 1989, a.k.a. the Magdaline Kabilafkas Revocable Trust, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jersey AG v. LGL Trustees Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment for failing to comply with money laundering laws involving the proceeds of corruption in Angola in The Attorney General of Jersey, in the Channel Islands v. LGL Trustees Limited at the Royal Court of Jersey. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Jersey Financial Services Commission's Companies Registry showed that, when the accounts for Angola were set up in 2010/2011, the shareholders of LGL Trustees Limited were Owen Francis Lynch, Leslie Norman, Malcolm John Le Boutillier, Anthony Paul del Amo, and Adam Justin Clarke, all of Jersey. The company is currently owned by another Jersey firm, LGL Holdings Limited, whose shareholders in its 2020 annual return were identified as Owen Lynch, Leslie Norman, John Edward Pirouet, Anthony Arthur Pitcher, Alan Padraig Dunphy, Paul Steven Charles Tomlinson, Francis Dickson Christie, Spencer John Daley, Ian Colin James, and Liberation EBT Limited, as Trustee of the LGL Group Employee Benefits Trust, all of Jersey.

New York AG v. Bitfinex et al: Settlement Agreement

Settlement Agreement between the New York State Attorney General and seven cryptocurrency firms, namely iFinex Inc., the operator of a cryptocurrency exchange known as Bitfinex; BFXNA Inc., BFXWW Inc., Tether Holdings Limited, Tether Operations Limited, Tether International Limited, all of the British Virgin Islands, and Tether Limited, of Hong Kong. A copy of the agreement was attached to a letter filed by class action plaintiffs in a separate but related civil action alleging fraud.

Stream TV Networks Inc.: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Stream TV Networks Inc., which "was founded in 2009 as a "new media" company to pursue new technologies that enhance user entertainment and communications experiences", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Creditors include those from Bermuda, Dubai, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, India, Ireland, Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Italy, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

The Deposit Guarantee Fund v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by The Deposit Guarantee Fund, of Ukraine, to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG US and The Clearing House Payments Company, LLC for use in a "contemplated proceeding ... against PJSC National Credit Bank, Eastmond Sales LLP, Bank Frick & Co. AG, and other unknown fraudsters" in England for suspected fraud involving several jurisdictions, including England, Liechtenstein, Marshall Islands, Seychelles, Switzerland, and Ukraine, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Symrock AG: Supervision

Public Notice by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it has appointed a supervisor for Symrock AG. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in the Swiss corporate register, the sole director of Symrock AG is identified as Hans-Uwe Gebhardt, a citizen of Germany, while on its website at www.srag.eu and in promotional material, the company's "Management" is identified as Guido Zampieri, "Founder, CEO"; Viktoria Baumgartner, "Sales Director, Int.", and Gottfried Feyen, "Founder, CFO", and the company is described as "a dynamic growing group of companies operate in renewable energy, gas exploration and asset investment".

Sutev AG: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that Sutev AG is suspected of "conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Swiss Commercial Registry showed that the sole director of Sutev AG is Diego Andre Tanner, of Zurich, Switzerland, while a former director is Alexey Babkin, a citizen of Russia.

Sakab Saudi Holding Company et al v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Sakab Saudi Holding Company, Alpha Star Aviation Services Company, Enma Al Ared Real Estate Investment and Development Company, Kafa'at Business Solutions Company, Security Control Company, Armour Security Industrial Manufacturing Company, Saudi Technology & Security Comprehensive Control Company, Technology Control Company, New Dawn Contracting Company, and Sky Prime Investment Company, all of Saudi Arabia, to take discovery from Citibank NA, HSBC Bank USA NA, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and Jonathan Wainwright for use in legal proceedings in Canada alleging "a massive fraudulent scheme perpetrated by a former high-ranking government official in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saad Khalid Al Jabri, which resulted in at least $3.5 billion (USD) being stolen from the Applicant companies and used for the personal benefit of one man, Al Jabri, and his family and associates", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Credit Suisse AG et al v. Colleen Graham: Petition to Enjoin Arbitration

Petition to Enjoin Arbitration in Credit Suisse AG, of Zurich, Switzerland, and Lara Warner, described as "Credit Suisse AG's Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, who resides in Zurich, Switzerland" v. Colleen A. Graham, of Manhasset, New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Stuart Coles: LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Profile of Dubai-based British national Stuart Coles, part of a group of companies in Britain and the Middle East doing business as 'Coworth Investments' and 'Novus', on January 30th, 2021 in which he, inter alia, described himself as "Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer" of "Novus Bank", of "Zug, Switzerland", which, in reality, does not exist. Coles deleted the profile on February 11th, 2021 - two hours after OffshoreAlert started asking him questions about his business interests.

Germany: Hamdi Kocoktepe et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Citizens Bank and Trust Co. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Hamdi Kocoktepe, described as a "German attorney"; Afnan Qovanaj, and Wincash AG for suspected money laundering.

Satabank Plc: €851K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it imposed a fine of €3.7 million on Satabank Plc for regulatory breaches, which was reduced to €851,792 by the Court of Appeal. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Malta Business Registry showed that Satabank Plc was incorporated in Malta on October 7th, 2014 and its shareholders are Signia Holding Ltd., of Malta, and Christo Georgiev Georgiev, a citizen of Bulgaria with an address in Zurich, Switzerland. No directors are listed. Previous directors include Christo Georgiev Georgiev, who resigned effective October 11th, 2018; Anthony Paris, who resigned effective October 12th, 2018; Christoph Boeckle, who resigned effective October 21st, 2018; Mario Gauci, who resigned effective October 30th, 2018; Herbert Weininger, a citizen of Germany, who resigned effective October 21st, 2018, and Susanne Lehmann, who resigned effective April 8th, 2015. Signia Holding Ltd. was incorporated in Malta on December 5th, 2013, its directors are Eugene M. Alexander, a citizen of the United States with an address in Marathon, Florida, USA, and Christo Georgiev Georgiev, and its shareholders are E E Capital Limited, of Jersey, in the Channel Islands; Net-M Privatbank 1891 AG, of Germany; Signia Group AG, of Zurich, Switzerland, and Eugene Alexander.

Christopher Baclawski et al v. Credit Suisse Cayman Islands et al: Complaint

Complaint in Christopher J. Baclawski Enterprises Inc., d.b.a. CB Capital Partners Inc., of California, and Christopher J. Baclawski v. KPC Healthcare Inc., of Nevada; KPC Healthcare Holdings Inc., of California; KPC Health Plan Holdings Inc., of California; KPC Global Management LLC, of California; Strategic Global Management Inc., d.b.a. KPC Group of Companies, of California; KPC Strategic Global Management Inc., of California; Victor Valley Hospital Acquisitions Inc., d.b.a. Victor Valley Global Medical Center, of California; Physicians For Healthy Hospitals LLC, of Delaware; Kali Pradip Chaudhuri, M.D., William Edward Thomas, Dean Graham, Keith David Reuben, Michael Szwajkowski, Todd Gordon, Nathan Brenneman, Sector Financial Inc., Credit Suisse AG, of Switzerland, Credit Suisse AG, of the Cayman Islands; The Credit Suisse Group AG, of Switzerland, and Credit Suisse Group AG, New York Branch at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Orange.

Rasel Ltd. et al v. Michael Gauss: Bankruptcy Petition

Involuntary Chapter 7 Petition by alleged creditors with claims totaling $9.4 million in Rasel Ltd., of Beverly Hills, CA; Consul Group RE 2021, S.R.L., of Costa Rica; NEEW TNG, formerly known as RSW Investment Group, Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; SWIG America Consulting LLC, of Lanham, MD; Arteam Consult, Ltd., of Lanham, MD; Genius of Wealth, LLC, of London, England, and SWIG International Ltd., of London, England v. Michael I. Gauss, a.k.a. Mikhail Gauss, a.k.a. Michael I. Syroejine, a.k.a. Mikhail Gass, a.k.a. Michael Ivan Syroejine, a.k.a. Mikhail Syrojeschin, a.k.a. Mikhail Syroetine, a.k.a. Michael Fuss, a.k.a. Michael Guss, a.k.a. Mikhail Syroejin, a.k.a. Michael Syrojeschin, of Santa Barbara, CA, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Petition for the Central District of California.

RA Solar Technologie Investment GmbH: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that RA Solar Technologie Investment GmbH is suspected of "conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Swiss Commercial Registry showed that the sole "partner and manager" of Technische Isolierung Schweiz GmbH is Tamás Hodel, while resigned representatives include Yücel Yüce. On its website at rainvestmentgmbh.com, it is stated that: "RA Solar Technologie Investment GmbH offers Fresh Cut Cash Backed (BG) Bank Guarantee and (SBLC) Standby Letter of Credit issued with HSBC Bank plc."

Highlake Maritime Ltd. v. Kai Christian Poetschke et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in Highlake Maritime Limited, described as a British Virgin Islands-domiciled "estate planning and succession tool for a group of Venezuelan siblings" v. Kai Christian Poetschke, "who has maintained residences in both Miami Beach, Florida and Zurich", and Intelligent Capital Management LLC, of Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

SEC v. Roland Mathys: Default Judgment

Default Judgment in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Roland M. Mathys, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

ACE Property and Casualty Insurance Company v. McKesson Corporation et al: Notice of Removal

Defendant McKesson Corporation's Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint in which ACE Property and Casualty Insurance Company "seeks a declaration that it has no obligation to defend or indemnify Defendant McKesson Corporation" in "thousands of lawsuits attempting to hold it responsible for contributing to, and profiting from, the epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse that has plagued the nation" in ACE Property and Casualty Insurance Company, of Pennsylvania v. McKesson Corporation, of Delaware, described in the complaint as "one of the largest wholesale pharmaceutical distributors in the world" and "the largest distributor of prescription opioids in the United States"; AIU Insurance Company, of New York; Arch Reinsurance Limited, of Bermuda; Argo Re Limited, of Bermuda; Aspen Insurance UK Limited, of the United Kingdom; Canopius Underwriting Bermuda Limited, of Bermuda; Endurance Specialty Insurance Limited, of Bermuda; Golden State Insurance Co. Ltd., of Bermuda; Great Lakes Insurance Company SE, of Germany; Ironshore Specialty Insurance Company, of New York; Lexington Insurance Company, of Delaware; Liberty Special Markets Agency, of Bermuda; Lloyd's of London Underwriters, of the United Kingdom; Markel American Insurance Company, of Virginia; Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., of New Jersey; National Fire & Marine Insurance Company, of Nebraska; National Union Fire Insurance Company, of New York; North American Capacity Insurance Company, of Missouri; Swiss Re International SE, of Switzerland, and XL Insurance America, Inc., of Connecticut, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.