Switzerland

Humbert Guido Zampieri: Industry Ban

Public Notice by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that it has order Humbert Guido Zampieri, a citizen of Germany, to stop conducting financial business that requires a license.

Nathan Christian v. INVAO Trading AG et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment in Nathan Christian, described as "a heralded and respected advisor in the emerging field of blockchain technology" v. INVAO Trading AG, of Liechtenstein; INVAO Service GmbH, of Germany, and INVAO Blockchain Investment LLC, all part of a group that claims on its website to be "a leading financial services provider for the management of digital assets" that is "based in Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Berlin and Dubai", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Wyoming.

Agir Luxembourg SA: €40K Fine

Public Notice by the Luxembourg CSSF that it has imposed a fine of €40,000 on PFS Agir Luxembourg S.A. for regulatory breaches.

Adelina Gomez v. Credit Suisse AG: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint that "arises out of Credit Suisse's announcement of its decision to delist and suspend the issuance of its exchange traded note product, DGAZ" in Adelina Gomez v. Credit Suisse AG, of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Anatoly Motylev v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by Kevin Hellard and Jonathan Thielmann, as Joint Trustees in the English bankruptcy proceedings of Anatoly Leonidovich Motylev, who "is responsible for the collapse of several Russian banks and pension funds that he controlled and has been held liable for these institutions’ debts as a result of the fraud he and his associates perpetrated", to take discovery from Bank of America NA, Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., HSBC Bank, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, and Commerzbank AG, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The alleged fraud and money laundering scheme involves entities and accounts in several jurisdictions, including Austria, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, England, Germany, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Panama, Russia, Scotland, Seychelles, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and USA, it was stated in the application.

Insignia Cards Ltd.: €142K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €142,000 and other penalties on Insignia Cards Limited for regulatory breaches.

Agency for Policy Coordination on State Property et al v. Sükhbaataryn Batbold et al: Claim Form

Claim Form against entities in the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Mongolia, South Korea, and Switzerland in Agency for Policy Coordination on State Property, Erdenet Mining Corporation, and Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi LLC v. Sükhbaataryn Batbold, a former Prime Minister of Mongolia; Battushig Batbold, Ganzorig Chimiddorj, Cheong Choo Young, Kim Hak Seon, Kang Eun Joo, Kim Yoonjung, Catrison Limited, Cliveden Trading AG, Ever Global Trading Limited, Genetrade Limited, Jazlyn Limited, Bisley Development Limited, Lorsch Limited, Noxas Limited, Midlink PE Limited, Baloas Limited, Cyzycus Limited, Infinite Properties Limited, Lovitas Limited, Kosmatus Limited, Bophut Investments Limited, Jadepeace Group Limited, Grand Oriental Holdings Limited, and Lakeview Group Holdings Limited at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Wedbush Securities Inc.: $1.2M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $1.2 million on Wedbush Securities Inc. for the "unregistered offers and sales of large blocks of low-priced securities by an offshore customer", namely Silverton SA, now known as Wintercap SA, described as "a purported Swiss asset manager", and failure to file suspicious activity reports.

BRG GRAF GP LLC v. Gottex Fund Management Sàrl et al: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons regarding the defendants' "conduct as general partner and investment manager in valuing portfolio assets and in drawing and receiving excessive management fees based on overstated valuations" in BRG GRAF GP LLC, as assignee and general partner, for an on behalf of the Gottex Real Asset Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands, and general partner for and on behalf of the Gottex Brent Real Asset Fund LP, of Delaware v. Gottex RAF GP LP, of the Cayman Islands, and Gottex Fund Management Sàrl, of Switzerland, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

An Investigator’s Guide to Swiss Banking

In this video, two investigative journalists in Switzerland discuss Swiss banking's involvement with financial crime, both historically and currently, the effect of criminal investigations in the United States, and the role and attitude of the Swiss judicial system in clamping down on financial crime. Speakers: François Pilet (Gotham City), Sylvain Besson (Tamedia)

SEC v. Vincenzo Carnovale et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendants "engaged in fraudulent schemes to sell and cause to be sold publicly-traded stock to investors" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Vincenzo Carnovale, described as "a resident of British Columbia, Canada, and a dual citizen of Italy and Canada", and Amar Bahadoorsingh, described as "a resident of British Columbia, Canada, and a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Canada", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Howard E. Wolf et al v. Layer1 Technologies Inc.: Complaint

Complaint "to make certain of its books and records available for inspection by Plaintiffs" for an investigation into suspected "mismanagement or wrongdoing" involving transactions with Switzerland-based Enigma Holding AG and "a Shanghai-based semiconductor company and its cryptocurrency subsidiary" in Howard E. Wolf, The Rogers Family 1995 Trust, The Geier Family Trust UTA Dated May 8, 2003, WhoKnew Ventures LLC, Paul Sebexen, and Blockbase Group DWC-LLC v. Layer1 Technologies Inc., described as "a Bitcoin mining, technology, and factory development company headquartered in San Francisco, California", at the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.

SEC v. Marc Demane Debih: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendant "traded on inside information and tipped others ahead of numerous market-moving corporate announcements in an international insider trading ring that generated tens of millions in illicit profits for the participants, with Debih himself netting at least $49 million" in a scheme allegedly involving individuals in or from England, France, Greece, Israel, Switzerland, and Thailand, in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Marc Demane Debih, described as a resident of Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.