United Arab Emirates

Seawolf Tankers Inc. et al v. Riverstone Holdings LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Seawolf Tankers Inc. and Heidmar Inc., both of the Marshall Islands, to take discovery from Riverstone Holdings LLC, DnB Bank ASA, Bank of America NA, Bank of China, The Bank of New York Mellon, Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas SA, Citibank NA, Commerzbank AG, Credit Agricole CIB, Deutsche Bank Trust Company of Americas, Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., HSBC Bank (USA) NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank NA for use in legal proceedings in the Marshall Islands and United Arab Emirates against several parties, including Ridgebury V4 Investments LLC, Ridgebury Mike LLC, and Ridgebury Kilo LLC, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Straits Financial LLC v. Century Financial Consultancy LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint "for breach of a Foreign Introducing Broker Agreement" in Straits Financial LLC v. Century Financial Consultancy LLC, of Dubai; Bal Krishen, of Dubai; Adhira Capital FZE, of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, and Surya Prakash Soni, described as a citizen of India who is "believed to reside in Dubai", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Wealth Converge Developments Ltd. v. China Rising Energy International (Cayman) Co. Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in Wealth Converge Developments Limited, a British Virgin Islands-domiciled "investment holding company of subsidiaries which carry on business in the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Free Zone in the United Arab Emirates, the Ajman Free Zone in the United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Kazakhstan" whose group parent is based in China v. China Rising Energy International (Cayman) Co. Limited at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

BlueBay Asset Management LLP et al v. Etihad Airways PJSC: Discovery Application

Application by BlueBay Asset Management LLP, GML Capital LLP, IVO Capital LLP, RAI Investments PTE LTD., Sancta Capital Partners LP, Sandglass Opportunity Fund, LP, Sandglass Petrus Opportunity Fund, LP, and VR Global Partners, L.P. to take discovery from Etihad Airways PJSC, of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, for use in "an administrative (restructuring) proceeding currently pending before a foreign tribunal in the Republic of Italy", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Karam Salah Al Din Awni Al Sadeq v. Dechert LLP: Discovery Application

Application by Karam Salah Al Din Awni Al Sadeq, described as "a lawyer and Jordanian citizen who is a resident of the United Arab Emirates" who "For the past six years, ... has been incarcerated in Ras Al Khaimah", to take discovery from Dechert LLP (US) for use in legal proceedings in England captioned "Karam Salah Al Din Awni Al Sadeq v. Dechert, LLP, [UK] Neil Gerrard, David Hughes, and Caroline Black" involving allegations that the defendants committed "serious wrongs against him in the course of an investigation undertaken by them, at the behest of the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, into alleged fraud committed by Dr. Khater Massaad and others, including Mr. Al. Sadeq, against their former employer, the RAK Investment Authority", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited to take discovery from Bank of America N.A., Bank of Baroda, Bank of China, New York Branch; The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas, New York Branch; Citibank N.A. Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank (USA) N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreq Bank, New York Branch; National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Societe Generale, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; UBS AG, New York Branch, and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. for use in legal proceedings in South Africa involving Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited and allegations of "money laundering, common law fraud, and securities fraud", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

InvestBank PSC v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by InvestBank PSC to take discovery from Citibank N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Standard Chartered Bank,  The Bank of New York Mellon, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Bank of America, N.A., HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Société Générale, BNP Paribas USA, The Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, Commerzbank AG, Bank of China, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "contemplated proceedings" in Dubai "against Greenline Interiors FZCO, Greenline Yacht Interiors FZCO, Samir Michael Badro, Nabila Iskandar Samir Abboud Badro, Lea Samir Badro Hamadeh, Roy Samir Badro, and Fay Badro Zakhem" involving, inter alia, companies in Bahrain, British Virgin Islands, Dubai, Germany, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Kingdom, and the USA, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Essentra FZE Company Ltd.: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Defraud the United States regarding North Korea in USA v. Essentra FZE Company Limited, of the United Arab Emirates, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Aaron Sears v. China XD Plastics Company Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint regarding "efforts to sell the Company" to Faith Dawn Limited, of the Cayman Islands, and Faith Horizon Inc., of Nevada, in Aaron Sears v. China XD Plastics Company Ltd., described as a Nevada-domiciled, China-based company that "engages in the research, development, manufacture, and sale of modified plastics primarily for automotive applications in the People's Republic of China, and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates"; Jie Han, Taylor Zhang, Linyuan Zhai, Huiyi Chen, Guanbao Huang, and Qingwei Ma at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Vasco Investments SA et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia"  in USA v. Funds allegedly associated with Khadem Abdulla Al Qubais, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, held in the names of Vasco Investments Services SA, of the British Virgin Islands, and Eagle Strategic Investment Fund at Bank Privée Edmond de Rothschild, in Luxembourg, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Ramon Abbas: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to engage in money laundering in USA v. Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a. Ray Hushpuppi, described as "a Nigerian national living in the United Arab Emirates" and a holder of a passport issued by Saint Kitts and Nevis and "one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC [business email compromise] schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Griffin Line Trading LLC v. Centaur Ventures Ltd. et al: Judgment

Ruling regarding an application for a worldwide freezing order in Griffin Line Trading LLC, of Dubai v. Centaur Ventures Ltd., a Bermuda company that "acted as a commodities trader of coal in South Africa", and Daniel James McGowan at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Digilytic International FZE et al v. Alchemy Finance Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging racketeering and fraud involving cryptocurrency in Digilytic International FZE, d.b.a. Sublime Group, of Dubai, and Rishan Bhagowat, a citizen of South Africa residing in the United Arab Emirates v. Alchemy Finance Inc., d.b.a. Alchemy Lending, d.b.a. Alchemy Marketplace, of Delaware; Alchemy Company Limited, of Hong Kong; Alchemy Coin Technology Limited, of Hong Kong; Alchemyze Capital LLC, of New York; Sheng-Wen Cheng, a.k.a. Justin Jung, a.k.a. Justin Chang, a.k.a. Justin Cheng, and Jahril Tafari Bell at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

ABRAAJ Investment Management Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by the Joint Official Liquidators of ABRAAJ Investment Management Limited, of the Cayman Islands, to take discovery from Bank of America, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Goldman Sachs and Co., HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreqbank PSC, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank US, a.k.a. Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, New York Branch; Société Generale North America; BNP Paribas USA Inc.; Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, New York Branch, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "contemplated proceedings" regarding an alleged $385 million fraud by Pakistan citizen Asif Masood Naqvi at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Ltd. et al: Approved Judgment

Approved Judgment of $11 million in favor of the plaintiff - a whistleblower - against his former employer, Ernst & Young, regarding a claim for negligence involving suspected money laundering by a client, Dubai-based precious metals dealer Kaloti Jewellery International DMCC, in Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Limited, Ernst & Young Europe LLP, Ernst & Young (EMEIA) Services Limited, and EYGS LLP at the High Court of Justice, London.

USA v. Funds Held by RAKIA: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding "an international conspiracy to launder funds traceable to violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act ... and a scheme to defraud financial institutions in the Republic of Korea" in USA v. AED 73 million in the custody of Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority and "All Claims Filed And Asserted" by VI2 Partners GmbH, of Austria, against Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority Georgia LLC in the Republic of Georgia at the U. S. District Court for the District of Alaska.

Dubai FSA v. Anna Waterhouse et al: Judgment

Judgment in The Dubai Financial Services Authority v. The Commissioner of Data Protection and Anna Waterhouse, formerly "Head of Legal & Compliance Middle East and North Africa for Deutsche Bank AG", at the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.

NMC Health Plc: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Richard Dixon Fleming, Mark Firmin, and Ben Cairns, as the Foreign Representatives of NMC Health Plc, described as being part of a group that is "the largest private healthcare provider in the United Arab Emirates" that is suspected of "financial irregularity" and "fraudulent behavior", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Grand Capital Asset Management Ltd. v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by Grand Capital Asset Management Ltd., of Bulgaria, to take discovery from Citibank N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, 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 Gulf Technical Commercial Printing Press LLC before the Sharjah Court of First Instance, major circuit, in the United Arab Emirates", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority v. Farhad Azima: Judgment

Approved Judgment regarding allegations of fraud in Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority v. Farhad Azima, described as "a US businessman based in Kansas City, Missouri who has been involved in the aviation industry for many years", at the High Court of Justice, Business and Property Courts of England and Wales.

Elko Broadband Ltd. v. HaiderMota BNR et al: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint alleging professional malpractice regarding a proposed transaction involving Warid Telecom International, of the United Arab Emirates, in Elko Broadband Ltd., of Reno, Nevada v. HaiderMota BNR, described as a law firm in Pakistan, and A.F. Ferguson & Company, described as an accounting firm in Pakistan, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

USA v. Amir Abdolaziz Dianat et al: Arrest Warrant Affidavit

Affidavit in support of application for arrest warrant alleging "knowingly and willfully conspiring with each other and persons in Iran to use the U.S. financial system to procure a petroleum tanker named Nautic, and later renamed to the Gulf Sky, in violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations" in USA v. Amir Abdolaziz Dianat, a.k.a. Ameer Abdulaazeez Jaafar, and Kamran Ali Lajmiry, a.k.a. Kamran Ali Lajmiri, at the U. S. District Curt for the District of Columbia.
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Judgment for $427K against firms involved in Bermuda/US crypto scam

A judgment for $427,552 has been entered against UAE-domiciled SION Trading and Utah-based Scotia International of Nevada for non-payment of gold and silver that was used for a cryptocurrency scam that began in Canada, moved to Bermuda, and is currently being conducted by firms in Delaware.

SKAT v. John van Merkensteijn et al: BVI Judicial Assistance

Motion for Issuance of a Request for International Judicial Assistance to Obtain Evidence in the British Virgin Islands from Harneys Corporate Services Limited, Intershore Consult (BVI) Ltd., Intertrust Corporate Services (BVI) Limited, MMG Trust (BVI) Corp., Mossack Fonseca & Co. (BVI) Limited, by its liquidator, Deloitte Ltd. (BVI); Overseas Management Company Trust (BVI) Ltd., Sentinel International Management SA, and Vistra (BVI) Limited regarding an allegedly fraudulent 12.7 billion Danish Kroner tax refund fraud scheme whose "principal organizer" was identified as Dubai-based British national Sanjay Shah in Skatteforvaltningen, a.k.a. SKAT, Denmark's tax collection agency v. John van Merkensteijn, Richard Markowitz, Bernina Pension Plan Trust, RJM Capital Pension Plan Trust, 2321 Capital Pension Plan, Bowline Management Pension Plan, California Catalog Company Pension Plan, Clove Pension Plan, Davin Investments Pension Plan, Delvian LLC Pension Plan, DFL Investments Pension Plan, Laegeler Asset Management Pension Plan, Lion Advisory Inc. Pension Plan, Mill River Capital Management Pension Plan, Next Level Pension Plan, Rajan Investments LLC Pension Plan, Spirit on the Water Pension Plan, and Traden Investments Pension Plan at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SKAT v. John van Merkensteijn et al: Cayman Islands Judicial Assistance

Motion for Issuance of a Request for International Judicial Assistance to Obtain Evidence in the Cayman Islands from Bell Rock Corporate Services, Campbell Corporate Services Limited, CO Services Cayman Limited, DMS Corporate Services Ltd., Forbes Hare Trust Company Limited, Genesis Trust & Corporate Services Ltd., Harneys Services (Cayman) Limited, Intertrust Corporate Services (C.I.) Limited, Ocorian (Cayman) Limited, Sterling Trust (Cayman) Limited, Trident Trust Company (Cayman) Limited, Vistra (Cayman) Limited, and Walkers Corporate Limited regarding an allegedly fraudulent 12.7 billion Danish Kroner tax refund fraud scheme whose "principal organizer" was identified as Dubai-based British national Sanjay Shah in Skatteforvaltningen, a.k.a. SKAT, Denmark's tax collection agency v. John van Merkensteijn, Richard Markowitz, Bernina Pension Plan Trust, RJM Capital Pension Plan Trust, 2321 Capital Pension Plan, Bowline Management Pension Plan, California Catalog Company Pension Plan, Clove Pension Plan, Davin Investments Pension Plan, Delvian LLC Pension Plan, DFL Investments Pension Plan, Laegeler Asset Management Pension Plan, Lion Advisory Inc. Pension Plan, Mill River Capital Management Pension Plan, Next Level Pension Plan, Rajan Investments LLC Pension Plan, Spirit on the Water Pension Plan, and Traden Investments Pension Plan at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Ltd. et al: Judgment

Judgment of $11 million in favor of the plaintiff - a whistleblower - against his former employer, Ernst & Young, regarding a claim for negligence involving suspected money laundering by a client, Dubai-based precious metals dealer Kaloti Jewellery International DMCC, in Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Limited, Ernst & Young Europe LLP, Ernst & Young (EMEIA) Services Limited, and EYGS LLP at the High Court of Justice, London.

Jersey AG v. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC, Jersey Branch: Judgment

Judgment regarding a £475,000 fine "for failing to maintain appropriate and consistent policies and procedures relating to customer due diligence measures and risk assessment and management in order to prevent and detect money laundering" in The Attorney General v. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC, Jersey Branch at the Royal Court of Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

GHF Group Ltd. et al v. Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar et al: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons regarding a "loan in the amount of US$200 million" in The GHF Group Limited, formerly known as ABRAAJ Healthcare Group Limited, and GHF General Partner Limited, in its capacity as General Partner of GHF Fund LP, formerly known as ABRAAJ Growth Markets Health Fund LP v. Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar, of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates; ABRAAJ Investment Management Limited (in Official Liquidation), and ABRAAJ Holdings (in Official Liquidation) at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

La Tresorerie Ltd.: Fine

Decision Notice by the Dubai Financial Services Authority regarding a $612,790 fine imposed on La Tresorerie Limited for various regulatory breaches, including unlicensed activity and fraud. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in records kept by the Dubai International Financial Centre, La Tresorerie Limited was incorporated in Dubai on January 19th, 2014, its directors are Adam Omar Shanti, Abdul wahab Al-halabi, and Krishna Moorthy Subramanian, and its sole shareholder is La Tresorerie Management Limited. Former directors are Sylvain Vieujot, and Gilles Rollet, and Josep Tomas Mestres Biescas.

YS GM Marfin II LLC et al v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by YS GM Marfin II LLC, YS GM MF VII LLC, YS GM MF VIII LLC, YS GM MF IX LLC, and YS GM MF X LLC to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, Bank of America, Bank of China, The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank for use in "pending and contemplated proceedings" in England, Malaysia and other countries regarding "a brazen $89.2 million multinational maritime fraud" allegedly by Muhammad Tahir Lakhani, and his two sons, Muhammad Ali Lakhani and Muhammad Hasan Lakhani, who are described as "British and Pakistani dual nationals ordinarily resident in England, Pakistan and//or the United Arab Emirates", and involving several jurisdictions, including Nevis, Marshall Islands, Palau, and Panama, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.