Banks & Trusts

Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC: $7M Fine

Administrative Order by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a fine of $7 million on Wells Fargo Clearing Services LLC for "failure to timely file certain suspicious activity reports between April 2017 and October 2021" involving wire transfers "to or from certain foreign countries determined to be at a high risk or moderate risk for money laundering, terrorist financing or other illegal monetary movements", including "Costa Rica, Turkey, Honduras, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Cayman Islands, Ukraine, and Guernsey".
Evatt Tamine Judgment

Australian lawyer Evatt Tamine ordered to repay $28M to Robert Brockman’s Bermuda trust

In a judgment at Bermuda Supreme Court, Australian barrister Evatt Tamine has been ordered to repay nearly $30 million that he allegedly misappropriated from a Bermuda trust he administered on behalf of U.S. businessman Robert Brockman, who was criminally indicted at federal court in California in 2020 for an alleged $2 billion offshore tax fraud scheme.

Yuan Hsu v. Wells Fargo Bank: Discovery Application

Application by Yuan Hsu, a resident of Taiwan, to take discovery from Wells Fargo Bank NA for use in criminal proceedings in Taiwan alleging "embezzlement and theft" by Ping Hsu, described as "the Petitioner's daughter", regarding the Estate of the Petitioner's husband, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Associação dos Profissionais dos Correios v. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation: Discovery Application

Application by Associação dos Profissionais dos Correios, described as "a Brazilian non-profit association that defends and represents the interests of present and former/retired postal worker employees of Correios, a state-owned public postal company", to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil "against Instituto de Seguridade Social dos Correios e Telégrafos, Empresa Brasileira de Correio e Telégrafos, KPMG Auditores Independentes, and BNY Mellon Serviços Financeiros Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobilários S.A." alleging "misconduct, malfeasance, breaches of fiduciary duties, and corruption", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BCT Ltd. et al v. Evatt Tamine et al: $28M Judgment (Robert Brockman Case)

Judgment awarding $16.8 million, $5.395 million, and £5 million against the defendants in BCT Limited, a Cayman Islands subsidiary of Maples Group, as Trustee of the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, and Spanish Steps Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands v. Evatt Tamine, an Australian barrister, and Tangarra Consultants Limited, of Bermuda, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Portugal: Wells Fargo (‘Crypto-Based Asset Recovery Fraud’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into an "unknown subject" for a suspected cryptocurrency-related asset recovery fraud following an apparent cryptocurrency-related investment fraud.

European Depositary Bank SA: Reprimand

Public Notice by the Luxembourg CSSF that it has imposed a reprimand on European Depositary Bank S.A. "following the violation by the Bank of the CSSF's temporary prohibition of 5 March 2021 on the onboarding of new investment fund structures due to severe deficiencies in its organisation and governance".

Sergio Gersztein v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Sergio Gersztein to take discovery from HSBC Republic, a division of HSBC Bank USA; Swiss Bank Corporation - New York Branch, UBS AG - New York Branch, Safra National Bank of New York, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, and Wells Fargo Bank NA for use in legal proceedings in Argentina involving an Estate's assets.

GMJ Asset Management Company Inc. v. KBC Bank NV et al: Discovery Application

Application by GMJ Asset Management Company Inc. to take discovery from KBC Bank NV, New York Branch; KBC Financial Products USA Inc., KBC Securities USA LLC, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for use in legal proceedings "against KBC Bank in relation to violation of banking laws and fraudulent concealment, and potentially conversion", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Carlos de March Bosch v. Credit Suisse Group AG et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud involving Credit Suisse's business relationship with "Russian oligarchs" in Carlos de March Bosch v. Credit Suisse Group AG, of Zürich, Switzerland; Thomas P. Gottstein, David R. Mathers at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Employees Retirement System for the City of Providence v. Urs Rohner et al: Complaint

Complaint against entities in England, Singapore, Switzerland, and USA in Employees Retirement System for the City of Providence, derivatively as a shareholder of Credit Suisse Group AG on behalf of Credit Suisse Group AG v. Urs Rohner, Iris Bohnet, Christian Gellerstad, Andreas Gottschling, Michael Klein, Shan Li, Seraina Macia, Richard Meddings, Kai S. Nargolwala, Ana Paula Pessoa, Joaquin J. Ribeiro, Severin Schwan, John Tiner, Eric Varvel, Thomas P. Gottstein, Lara J. Warner, Brian Chin, David Miller, Parshu Shah, and Radhika Venkatraman at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Portugal: Huntington National Bank et al (‘N95 Masks Fraud’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Huntington National Bank and Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into suspected fraud by an "unknown subject".

SPS I Fundo de Investimento de Ações v. JPMorgan Chase Bank et al: Discovery Application

Application by SPS I Fundo de Investimento de Ações, of São Paulo, Brazil, described as "a minority shareholder of one of the largest Brazilian public companies, JBS S.A., which was used by its controlling shareholders for the purpose of conducting an illicit bribery scheme, defrauding JBS and its minority shareholders", to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. and Barclays USA, Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Brazil, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

UMB Bank NA v. Intralot Capital Luxembourg SA et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of contract "regarding €500,000,000 5.250% Senior Notes due 2024" in UMB Bank N.A., of Kansas City, Missouri v. Intralot Capital Luxembourg S.A., of Luxembourg; Intralot S.A., of Greece; Intralot Global Holdings B.V., of the Netherlands; Intralot, Inc., of Georgia, USA; Intralot US Securities B.V., of the Netherlands; Intralot U.S. Holdings B.V., of the Netherlands, and The Law Debenture Trust Corporation PLC, of England and Wales, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nazem Chaar et al v. Arab Bank Plc et al: Complaint ($41M Claim)

Complaint in Nazem Chaar, Souheil Elia, Overseas Investment Group Ltd., The Financil Investment Trust, Randa Garrana, Samir Hafza, Samar Yasser Hafza, a.k.a. Samar Hafza Lazkani; Bilal Kttan, Kattan Family Revocable Trust, Joseph Maroun Sr., Rabih Nachabe, Imad Tabry, and Nadim Toufic Zakharia v. Arab Bank Plc, Bank Audi SAL, Byblos Bank, Blom Bank, Bank of Beirut SAL, Credit Libanais SAL, and Fenicia Bank SAL, all of Lebanon, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

JSC Ingtorgstroy v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by JSC Ingtorgstroy, of Russia, to take discovery from Citibank NA, The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York Branch; HSBC Bank USA NA, BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, The Bank of Nova Scotia, New York Agency; UBS AG, Bank of America NA, Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in legal proceedings "against former CEOs and beneficial owners of OJSC "GK Amazarkan", including Pavel Entin and Bogdan Solodukha before the commercial court of Moscow city and the commercial court of Kaluga Region, Russia", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Elizabeth Chung v. Intertrust (Bahamas) Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint involving allegations of fraud against David Chung in Elizabeth Y. Chung, of Clara County, California v. Chung Peng Chih-Mei, described as a citizen of China residing in Taiwan, and Intertrust (Bahamas) Limited, of the Bahamas, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Drio Item, Julius Capital Bank

Swiss lawyer Dario Item lied to obtain Antigua banking license, judgment shows

Madrid-based Swiss lawyer Dario Item, 49, who serves as Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to Spain, Liechtenstein, and Monaco, lied to Antigua's financial regulator when successfully applying for a bank license in 2018, apparently to conceal an investigation in Labuan that led to his corporate disqualification and the closure of his bank there the following year, OffshoreAlert can reveal.

Poland: TD Bank NA et al (‘Romance Fraud’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from TD Bank NA and Wells Fargo Bank NA - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into suspected fraud by an "unknown subject(s)".

VTB Bank v. Sergey Taruta et al: Judgment (‘Refusing Ogier’s application to stop acting for Russian state-owned bank’)

Judgment on i). Ogier's application to stop representing VTB Bank following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, ii). whether a Receivership Order requires "the Governor's licence" due to sanctions, and iii) whether Arrowcrest is subject to the Court's jurisdiction in JSC VTB Bank, a Russian state-owned bank v. Sergey Taruta and Arrowcrest Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Belgium: JPMorgan Chase Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Belgium - for a criminal investigation into "Unknown Subjects for internet fraud and money laundering".

SDT Limited: License Revocation

Public Notice by the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission that it has revoked the "Restricted Class II Trust Licence" of SDT Limited for failure to pay its annual fees and file returns.

Arkansas Teacher Retirement System v. Clarivate Plc et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud bleichmarin Arkansas Teacher Retirement System v. Clarivate Plc, described as "an information services and analytics company" domiciled in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and based in London, England; Jerre Stead, Richard Hanks, Sheryl von Blucher, Kosty Gillis, Balakrishnan S. Iyer, Nicholas Macksey, Anthony Munk, Jane Okun Bomba, Charles J. Neral, Richard W. Roedel, Christine Archbold, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., BofA Securities Inc., RBC Capital Markets LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., JPMorgan Securities LLC, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP at the U. s. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Dreamr Labs Ltd. v. Delchain Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘$20M Crypto Claim’)

Complaint for $20 million alleging fraud and breach of contract involving crypto in Dreamr Labs Limited, of the Bahamas v. Delchain Limited, of the Bahamas; Deltec Bank & Trust Limited, of the Bahamas; Bruno Macchialli, of Porte Vedra, Florida; Suisse Finance Holdings, of Switzerland, and Richard Iamunno, of Boca Raton, Florida, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Farhad Azima v. JPMorgan Chase: Discovery Application (‘Azima v. RAKIA et al’)

Application by Farhad Azima to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase & Co. “for use in connection with a case pending in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales styled Farhad Azima -v- (1) RAKIA (2) David Neil Gerrard (3) Dechert LLP and (4) James Edward Deniston Buchanan”, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Farhad Azima v. Citibank: Discovery Application (‘Azima v. RAKIA et al’)

Application by Farhad Azima to take discovery from Citibank NA "for use in connection with a case pending in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales styled Farhad Azima -v- (1) RAKIA (2) David Neil Gerrard (3) Dechert LLP and (4) James Edward Deniston Buchanan", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Farhad Azima v. Bank of America: Discovery Application (‘Azima v. RAKIA et al’)

Application by Farhad Azima to take discovery from Bank of America NA for use in legal proceedings "currently pending in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales styled Farhad Azima -v- (1) RAKIA (2) David Neil Gerrard (3) Dechert LLP and (4) James Edward Deniston Buchanan", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Dinosaur Financial Group LLC et al v. CUSIP Global Services et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging the defendants "have conspired for decades to eliminate competition in the use of CUSIPs - the “CUSIP Use Market" in Dinosaur Financial Group LLC, of New York, USA, and Swiss Life Investment Management Holding AG, of Zurich, Switzerland v. CUSIP Global Services, S&P Global Inc., American Bankers Association, and FactSet Research Systems Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Restore Advisory Intermediações Ltda. v. Admel Properties Inc.: Discovery Application (‘R$41M Debt’)

Application by Restore Advisory Intermediações Ltda. to take discovery from Admel Properties Inc., described as "a vehicle used by Mello outside of Brazil to conceal available funds that should have been directed to satisfy the Brazilian judgement against him", for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil "to enforce a debt against the assets of Trendbank S.A. Banco de Fomento and its guarantor, Adolpho Mello", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Virginia Foley et al v. Union de Banques Arabes et Françaises: Complaint (‘$2B Syrian Sanctions Evasion’)

Complaint to set aside "fraudulent conveyances made by Syria" totaling "more than $2 billion" in order to "evade US sanctions" in Virginia Foley, Estate of Laurence Michael Foley Sr., Megan Foley, Jeremie Foley Robenolt, Laurence Michael Foley Jr., Carolyn J. Maupin, Estate of Keith Matthew Maupin, Keith Maupin, Christina Menchaca, Estate of Kristian Menchaca, Pedro Menchaca, Maria Guadalupe Vasquez, Julio Cesar Vasquez Menchaca, Nadira Thuneibat, Estate of Lina Mansoor Thuneibat, Estate of Mansoor Al-Thuneibat, Omar Mansoor Thuneibat, Muhammad Mansoor Thuneibat, Tariq Ahmad Khorma, Estate of Samira Fayez Khorma, Tatsiana Ahmad Khorma, Zeid Ahmad Khorma, Frimet Roth, Estate of Malka Chana Roth, Pesia Roth, Rivka Roth Rappaport, Zvi Nehemia Roth, Shaya Elazar Roth, and Pinchas Moshe Roth v. Union de Banques Arabes et Françaises, of France, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nebahat Evyap İşbilen v. Standard Chartered Bank et al: Discovery Application (‘£40M Fraud’)

Application by Nebahat Evyap İşbilen, described as a 76-year-old "Turkish national resident in the United Kingdom", to take discovery from Standard Chartered Bank, Citigroup Inc. d.b.a. Citibank; Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A., Goldman Sachs and Co., Bank of America N.A., Deutsche Bank A.G., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank, Société Générale, and M&T Bank Corporation for use in legal proceedings in England against entities in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, England, Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and United Arab Emirates regarding "a multinational fraud committed against her by Mr. Selman Turk", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation et al v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation PJSC, described as "one of Russia’s largest full-service commercial banks" that went into administration in 2017 and received "a USD $8 billion bail-out using public funds", and National Bank Trust PJSC, described as being "owned by the Otkritie Group", to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas for use in legal proceedings in England regarding "a complex fraudulent scheme" involving "prominent Russian businessman named Boris Mints, his family, and his affiliated entities", including British Virgin Islands-domiciled Coniston Management Limited, that allegedly caused a loss of $500 million, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ecuador: Joza Ortega Lisett Liliana et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Deutsche Bank Trust Company, Bank of America, and New York Department of Taxation and Finance - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Joza Ortega Lisett Liliana, Sean Ally, Shamiza Ally, Purple Heart Association, Inc., Heart Holdings, Corp., and SA & SB Enterprises, LLC for suspected "grand larceny in the first degree and money laundering".

Ukraine v. Tatneft: Motion to Quash Subpoenas (citing “Russia’s imminently threatened invasion of Ukraine”)

Notice of Ukraine's Motion to Quash or Modify Third-Party Subpoenas served on 52 financial institutions, claiming that "in the context of Russia’s imminently threatened invasion of Ukraine, a Russian oil company with close ties to the Russian government should not be permitted to use discovery in aid of a judgment as a pretext for demanding sensitive information bearing on Ukraine’s military, national security, and monetary stability" in Ukraine v. PAO Tatneft at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Bank of America Accounts: Forfeiture Complaint (‘Chinese Bribery Scheme’)

Forfeiture Complaint alleging that "criminal actors known and unknown have conspired to open hundreds of bank accounts at Bank of America through corruption and bribery of bank employees responsible for ensuring BofA's compliance with anti-money laundering and customer identification policies during new account openings, thus providing hundreds of unknown or unverified individuals or organizations with virtually-unfettered access to the U.S. financial system" in USA v. Funds Seized From Accounts at Bank of America NA at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

BM-Bank JSC v. Naila Sadikhova: Complaint

Complaint "to pierce the corporate veil of two judgment debtors Marker LLC and Marker Craig LLC" in BM-Bank JSC, f.k.a. Bank of Moscow, described as "an international bank based in Moscow" v. Naila Sadikhova at the Eighth Judicial District Court for Clark County, Nevada.

Carolina Lane v. Morgan Stanley et al: Discovery Application

Application by Carolina Andraus Lane to take discovery from Morgan Stanley, RBC Bank, Citigroup, Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, Safra Bank of New York, and law firm Fox Horan & Camerini LLP for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil, "her former husband and business partner Gilberto Miranda Batista", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Barclays Plc et al v. FX Transparency LLC: Motion to Compel Subpoena Response

Motion to Compel Subpoena Response from FX Transparency LLC for use in legal proceedings "against Barclays and other of 'the world’s largest banks' arising out of an alleged conspiracy to manipulate foreign exchange rates in 'the world’s largest and most active financial market'" in Barclays Plc, Barclays Bank Plc, and Barclays Capital Inc. v. FX Transparency LLC at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

AIG Europe SA v. Gerard McCaughey et al: Complaint

Complaint in AIG Europe SA, as subrogee of Irish Banking Resolution Corporation Ltd. (in Special Liquidation), of Luxembourg, formerly known as Anglo Irish Banking Corporation Limited v. Gerard McCaughey and Sophie McCaughey, both residents of Los Angeles County, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.