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    ‘Dubai Asset Tracing’ to be analyzed at OffshoreAlert Marbella

    Join us at the upcoming OffshoreAlert Marbella conference for a groundbreaking session: 'Dubai Unlocked: How To Investigate Property Ownership in a Money Launderer's Paradise.' Presented by investigative journalists George Greenwood of The Times and Eiliv Frich Flydal, this session unveils the secrets behind a massive data leak exposing property ownership in Dubai. Discover how the Middle Eastern financial hub has become a haven for those accused of global criminality.

    Peter Fagan v. Nexo Capital, Inc. et al: Complaint (‘Crypto Theft’)

    Complaint alleging "Defendants - the operators of an international cryptocurrency platform - stole assets worth millions of dollars from Dr. Fagan, an occupational medicine specialist from a small town in Texas" in Peter Fagan v. Nexo Capital, Inc., of the Cayman Islands, and Antoni Trenchev, described as a resident of the United Arab Emirates, at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

    USA v. Daren Li et al: Criminal Indictment (‘$73M Crypto Laundering’)

    Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering involving accounts at Bahamas-based Deltec Bank & Trust in USA v. Daren Li, described as a citizen of China and Saint Kitts and Nevis residing in Cambodia, China, and the United Arab Emirates, and Yicheng Zhang, described as a citizen of China residing in Los Angeles, California, USA, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    SEC v. SION Trading FZE: Notice of Joint Liability (‘$37M Crypto Fraud’)

    SEC's Notice of Joint Liability Against Relief Defendant SION Trading FZE, of the United Arab Emirates, regarding an alleged crypto-based investment fraud scheme in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Arbitrade Ltd., of Bermuda; Cryptobontix Inc., of Canada; Troy R.J. Hogg, of Canada; James L. Goldberg, Stephen L. Braverman, and Max W. Barber, as Defendants, and SION Trading FZE, as Relief Defendant, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Farid Hafez v. Lorenzo Vidino et al: Class Action Complaint (‘Racketeering’)

    Class Action Complaint alleging "the United Arab Emirates and some of its top officials managed, directed, and bankrolled a years-long “dark” public relations campaign through the Swiss private investigative firm, Alp Services S.A., which was founded, owned, and run by Mario Brero and Muriel Cavin" in Dr. Farid Hafez, described as "currently the Class of 1955 Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Studies at Williams College" v. Dr. Lorenzo Vidino, described as "a director of or with the Defendant institutions at all relevant times"; The George Washington University, The Program on Extremism at The George Washington University, Alp Services S.A., of Switzerland; Diligence Sarl, of Switzerland; Mario Brero, described as a citizen and resident of Switzerland; Muriel Cavin, described as a citizen and resident of Switzerland; Lionel Badal, described as a citizen and resident of Luxembourg; Ariaf Studies and Research LLC, of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and John Doe Numbers 1-25 at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    West African Mineral Trading Ltd. et al v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application (Croatia, Nigeria & United Arab Emirates)

    Application by West African Mineral Trading Ltd., of Nigeria, and Tiberius Group AG, described as "an asset management and non-ferrous metal trading company based in Zug, Switzerland", to take discovery from Citibank N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank USA N.A., Bank of New York Mellon, UBS AG, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and Bank of America for use in legal proceedings in Croatia, Nigeria, and United Arab Emirates, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Higround Co., Ltd. et al v. Henry Lee et al: Second Amended Complaint (‘$4.75M Fraud’)

    Second Amended Complaint in Higround Co. Ltd., of South Korea, and Higround Pte. Ltd., of Singapore v. Henry Han-Woong Lee, described as a U.S. citizen residing in New York, USA; Genesis Digital Assets Pte. Ltd., of Singapore; Genesis Group Partners LLC, Neon Partners LLC, and Genesis-Neon Group LLC at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    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.

    Meigerhorn II Etoy Sàrl v. GEMS Global Schools Ltd.: Winding Up Petition (‘CHF63M Debt’)

    Winding Up Petition regarding an "Arbitration Award" of CHF63,161,980 arising from "a dispute regarding breaches of a series of lease agreements in relation to four adjacent parcels of land located in Etoy, Switzerland" in Meigerhorn II Etoy Sàrl, of Luxembourg v. GEMS Global Schools Limited, described as "part of the Global Education Management Systems (GEMS) group of companies which carries on business in jurisdictions around the world including Dubai, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

    Sunil Kavuri et al v. FTX Trading Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘Foreign FTX Customers’)

    Complaint by "Customers of FTX.com located outside the United States of America, who held accounts on the FTX.com platform as of the Petition Date" seeking "a declaration that assets customers deposited, held, received, or acquired on the FTX.com platform are customer property and not property of the Debtors’ estates" in Sunil Kavuri, a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom; Ahmed Abd-El-Razek Noia Capital SÀRL, of Luxembourg, and Patrick Rabbitte v. FTX Trading Ltd., Alameda Research LLC, Alameda Research Ltd, Alameda Research Holdings Inc., Clifton Bay Investments LLC, West Realm Shires Services Inc., West Realm Shires Financial Services Inc., Ledger Holdings Inc., FTX Japan Holdings K.K., FTX Europe AG, FTX Property Holdings Ltd, LT Baskets Ltd., Alameda TR Ltd, Allston Way Ltd, Analisya Pte Ltd, Atlantis Technology Ltd., Bancroft Way Ltd, Blue Ridge Ltd, Cardinal Ventures Ltd, Cedar Bay Ltd, Liquid Securities Singapore Pte Ltd, Maclaurin Investments Ltd., Mangrove Cay Ltd, Paper Bird Inc, Pioneer Street Inc., Quoine India Pte Ltd, Quoine Vietnam Co. Ltd, SNG INVESTMENTS YATIRIM VE DANISMANLIK ANONIM SIRKETI, Strategy Ark Collective Ltd., Technology Services Bahamas Limited, Verdant Canyon Capital LLC, West Innovative Barista Ltd., Western Concord Enterprises Ltd., FTX Equity Record Holdings Ltd, FTX Exchange FZE, FTX Hong Kong Ltd, FTX Japan K.K., FTX Japan Services KK, Alameda Aus Pty Ltd, Alameda Research (Bahamas) Ltd, Alameda Research KK, Alameda Research Pte Ltd, Alameda Research Yankari Ltd, Alameda TR Systems S. de R. L., Blockfolio, Inc., Clifton Bay Investments Ltd, Cottonwood Grove Ltd, Crypto Bahamas LLC, Deep Creek Ltd, Digital Custody Inc., FTX Canada Inc, FTX Digital Holdings (Singapore) Pte Ltd, FTX Products (Singapore) Pte Ltd, FTX Services Solutions Ltd., FTX Structured Products AG, FTX Trading GmbH, FTX Zuma Ltd, Global Compass Dynamics Ltd., Goodman Investments Ltd., Hawaii Digital Assets Inc., Innovatia Ltd, Island Bay Ventures Inc, Killarney Lake Investments Ltd, Zubr Exchange Ltd, Alameda Global Services Ltd., Cottonwood Technologies Ltd, Deck Technologies Holdings LLC, Deck Technologies Inc., Euclid Way Ltd, FTX Digital Assets LLC, FTX EMEA Ltd., FTX US Trading, Inc., Hive Empire Trading Pty Ltd, Liquid Financial USA Inc., LiquidEX LLC, North Dimension Inc, North Wireless Dimension Inc., LedgerPrime Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Master Fund, LLC, LedgerPrime Digital Asset Opportunities Fund, LLC, LedgerPrime Digital Asset Opportunities Master Fund LP, LedgerPrime LLC, LedgerPrime Ventures, LP, North Dimension Ltd, Quoine Pte Ltd, Cedar Grove Technology Services, Ltd., DAAG Trading, DMCC, FTX Certificates GmbH, FTX Crypto Services Ltd., FTX EU Ltd., FTX Lend Inc., FTX Marketplace, Inc., FTX Switzerland GmbH, FTX TURKEY TEKNOLOJI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKET, FTX US Services, Inc., FTX Ventures Ltd., GG Trading Terminal Ltd, Good Luck Games, LLC, Hannam Group Inc, Hilltop Technology Services LLC, West Realm Shires Inc., and LedgerPrime Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Fund, LLC at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

    Nebahat Evyap İşbilen v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application (England)

    Application by Nebahat Evyap İşbilen, described as a citizen of Turkey residing in the United Kingdom who is "a victim of a multinational fraud committed against her by Mr. Selman Turk" involving entities in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, England, and United Arab Emirates in which the amount lost "exceeds £40 million", to take discovery from Citibank N.A. and M&T Bank Corporation for use in legal proceedings in England "against SG Financial Group Limited, Barton Group Holdings Limited, Sentinel Global Asset Management, Inc., Sentinel Global Partners Limited, AET Global DMCC, Forten Holdings Limited, Forten Limited, Heyman AI Limited (in liquidation), and Gary Bernard Lewis", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    SEC v. Sam Lee et al: Complaint (‘$1.7B HyperFund Crypto Fraud’)

    Complaint alleging "a global, crypto asset-related, multi-level marketing pyramid and Ponzi scheme that raised over $1.7 billion from victims worldwide, including millions from U.S. investors" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Xue Samuel Lee, a.k.a. Sam Lee, described as a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Brenda Indah Chunga, a.k.a. Bitcoin Beautee, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

    USA v. Behnam Shahriyari et al: Criminal Indictment (‘Black Market Sales of Iranian Crude Oil’)

    Criminal Indictment alleging "a global, long-running scheme by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to fund the Government of Iran and the IRGC through black-market sales of Iranian crude oil and other petroleum products produced by the National Iranian Oil Company" whose buyers "include entities in the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation, and the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria" in USA v. Behnam Shahriyari, Morteza Rostam Ghasemi, Mohammadreza Aliakbari, Mohammad Sadegh Karimian, Sitki Ayan, Nahaddin Ayan, and Kasim Oztas at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    USA v. Sam Lee: Criminal Indictment (‘$1.9B HyperFund Crypto Fraud’)

    Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to commit securities fraud involving HyperFund, which was described as "an unincorporated organization" that "operated a purportedly legitimate decentralized finance, or "DeFi," cryptocurrency investment platform and touted its investment program to the public through social media and other means", in USA v. Sam Lee, described as "a citizen of Australia and resident of the United Arab Emirates" and "co-founder of HyperFund", at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

    Hazim Nada et al v. United Arab Emirates et al: Complaint (‘Dark PR Campaign to Smear Victims’)

    Complaint alleging "the United Arab Emirates and some of its top officials managed, directed, and bankrolled a years-long “dark” public relations campaign through the Swiss private investigative firm, Alp Services S.A.” and “leveraged a network of coconspirators - private operatives, paid “journalists,” and a professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., among many others - to smear dozens of innocent victims” in Hazim Nada, described as a citizen of Italy and USA residing in Italy, and "the founder and sole owner of Lord Energy SA", and Lord Energy SA, of Switzerland, described as "a crude oil and commodity trading company" v. The United Arab Emirates, c/o Ambassador of the UAE, Yousef Al-Otaiba, in Washington, D.C., USA; Ariaf Studies and Research LLC, The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Matar Humaid Al-Neyadi, all of Abu Dhabi, UAE; Alp Services SA, Diligence Sarl, Mario Brero, Muriel Cavin, Sylvain Besson, all of Switzerland; Lionel Badal, of Luxembourg; Lorenzo Vidino, of Washington, D.C., USA, and John Doe Nos. 1-25 at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    USA v. Zubair Mehmet Abdur Razzaq al Zubair et al: Criminal Indictment (‘Fraud & Money Laundering’)

    Criminal Indictment alleging investment fraud, money laundering, theft of government funds, and harboring a fugitive involving Dubai Bridge Investments and Al Zubair Capital in USA v. Zubair Mehmet Abdur Razzaq al Zubair, a.k.a. Zubair Mehmet Abdur Razzaq, described as a former resident of the United Arab Emirates who "falsely claimed to be a member of a royal family in the U.A.E.", and Muzzammil Muhammad al Zubair, a.k.a. Muzzammil Ibn Muhammad, a resident of Ohio who "claimed to be a hedge fund manager", at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

    USA v. Ho Wan Kwok et al: Second Superseding Indictment (‘$1B Securities Fraud & Money Laundering’)

    Second Superseding Indictment in USA v. Ho Wan Kwok, described as "an exiled Chinese businessman who fled to the United States in or about 2015 and purchased a penthouse apartment at a New York City hotel for approximately $67.5 million"; Kin Ming Je, described as "a dual citizen of Hong Kong and the United Kingdom who principally resided in the United Kingdom", and Yanping Wang, described as "a citizen of China who principally resided in New York, New York", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Higround Co. Ltd. et al v. Henry Lee et al: First Amended Complaint (‘$4.75M Fraud’)

    First Amended Complaint in Higround Co. Ltd., of South Korea, and Higround Pte. Ltd., of Singapore v. Henry Han-Woong Lee, described as a U.S. citizen residing in New York, USA; Genesis Digital Assets Pte. Ltd., of Singapore; Genesis Group Partners LLC, Neon Partners LLC, and Genesis-Neon Group LLC at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Mashreqbank PSC et al v. KES Power Ltd. et al: Complaint

    Write of Summons and Statement of Claim in Mashreqbank PSC, of the United Arab Emirates; Keiran Hutchison, as Receiver, and Hani Bishara, as Receiver v. KES Power Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, and Sage Venture Group Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

    DNG FZE v. Michael Mulanaphy: Discovery Application (Singapore)

    Application by DNG FZE, described as a United Arab Emirates-domiciled "online merchant that sells personal electronic goods", to take discovery from Michael Mulanaphy for use in legal proceedings in Singapore against PayPal "to redress PayPal’s unlawful seizure of nearly $1.4 million of DNG’s funds", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    CipherBlade LLC v. Manuel Kriz et al: Complaint (‘Fraud’)

    Complaint alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud, and unfair competition in CipherBlade LLC, of Pennsylvania, USA, described as "a blockchain investigation company that investigates cryptocurrency-related matters, often involving cybercrime" v. CipherBlade LLC, of Alaska, USA; Manuel Kriz, of Cyprus; Michael Krause, of Cyprus; Jorn Henrik Bernhard Janssen, of Cyprus; Justin Maile, of Cyprus; Ioana Vidrasan, CipherBlade APAC Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Jussi Aittola, of Singapore; Omega3Zone Global Ltd., of Cyprus; Paul Marnitz, of Cyprus; Inquisita Solutions Ltd., of Cyprus, and Green Stone Business Advisory FZ LLC, of the United Arab Emirates, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska.

    FFA Private Bank (Dubai) Ltd.: $373K Fine (Dubai)

    Decision Notice by the Dubai Financial Services Authority Dubai Financial Services Authority imposing a fine of $373,842 on FFA Private Bank (Dubai) Limited, described as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lebanon-based Capital Bank, a.k.a. I&C Bank, for regulatory breaches.

    Todd Benjamin International Ltd. et al v. Grant Thornton (Cayman Islands) et al: Second Amended Class Action Complaint

    Second Amended Class Action Complaint "for negligent misrepresentation, aiding and abetting fraud, and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty against Grant Thornton for enabling a massive overvaluation scheme orchestrated through a private investment fund that was managed by TCA Fund Management Group Corp." in Todd Benjamin International Ltd., of the United Kingdom; Todd Benjamin, described as a citizen of the USA residing in the United Kingdom; Zbynek Dvorak, a citizen of the Czech Republic residing in Switzerland, and Fawzi Bawab, a citizen of Canada residing in the United Arab Emirates v. Grant Thornton Cayman Islands, of the Cayman Islands, and Grant Thornton Ireland, of Ireland at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Higround Co. Ltd. et al v. Henry Lee et al: Complaint (‘$4.75M Fraud’)

    Complaint in Higround Co. Ltd., of South Korea, and Higround Pte. Ltd., of Singapore v. Henry Han-Woong Lee, described as a U.S. citizen residing in New York, USA; Genesis Digital Assets Pte. Ltd., of Singapore; Genesis Group Partners LLC, Neon Partners LLC, Stonefort Consultants FZC, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Petra Eco Build Sdn Bhd, of Malaysia; West Ranch Capital Management, of Austin, Texas, USA; Jules Corporation, of Singapore, and Jonathan Chan, of Singapore, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.