Banks & Trusts

Isabella Hranov v. Deutsche Bank AG et al: Discovery Application

Application by Isabella Hranov, a citizen of Switzerland, to take discovery from Deutsche Bank AG and Deutsche Bank Trust Corporation for legal proceedings in Germany "against Deutsche Bank AG and Simon Biner" alleging securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty involving "options of OC Oerlikon, a Swiss company whose shares were public but thinly traded", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Poland: Capital One Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Capital One Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Poland - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown subject using the name James Boguslawski" for suspected fraud.

Poland: 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 Poland - for a criminal investigation into an "unknown subject(s) for fraud".

Germany: EastWest Bank et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from EastWest Bank, US Bank, and SunTrust Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into "multiple subjects for fraud".

Austria: Bank of America

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from the Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Austria - for a criminal investigation into attempted fraud.

Monica Niedbalski v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Monika Niedbalski, a citizen of Canada, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Bank of America N.A., City National Bank, Barclays Bank Plc, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., UBS AG, Standard Chartered Bank, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in "a filed Canadian Civil Proceeding against Walton International Group Inc. et al", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

VUZ-Bank JSC v. Agropex International Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by VUZ-Bank JSC, of Russia, to take discovery from Agropex International Inc. and Hakan Holdings Limited for use in "reasonably contemplated criminal proceedings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates" regarding "a fraud perpetrated on VUZ Bank by a number of parties, including, but not limited to, Rus-AgroExport LLC, Hakan Holdings Limited, and Hakan Agro DMCC", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

VUZ-Bank JSC v. Ashley Bahceci: Discovery Application

Application by VUZ-Bank JSC, described as "a commercial bank in Russia and 100% subsidiary of Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development CB PJSC, to take discovery from Ashley Anderson Bahceci for use in "reasonably contemplated criminal proceedings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates" regarding "a fraud perpetrated on VUZ Bank by a number of parties, including, but not limited to, Rus-AgroExport LLC, Hakan Holdings Limited, and Hakan Agro DMCC", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Banco Nacional SA: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Reginaldo Brandt Silva, as the Foreign Representative of Banco Nacional SA, which has been accused of fraud, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Fundo de Liquidação Financeira v. Bradesco Bank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Fundo de Liquidação Financeira - Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizado, described as "an investment fund managed by Jive Asset Gestão de Recursos Ltda", to take discovery from Bradesco Bank, Spiegel & Utrera PA, and George Zaczac, Jr. for use in a "summary collection proceeding" in Brazil "against K.G. Serviços e Participações Eireli, Alvaro Maluf a/k/a Maluf Jabur Alvaro, and Paulo Maluf a/ka Maluf Jabur Paulo", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Fundo de Liquidação Financeira v. Safra National Bank of New York et al: Discovery Application

Application by Fundo de Liquidação Financeira - Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizado, described as "an investment fund managed by Jive Asset Gestão de Recursos Ltda.", to take discovery from Safra National Bank of New York, Santander Bank S.A., Bank of America S.A., Deutsche Bank A.G., and BNP Paribas USA for use in a "summary collection proceeding" in Brazil "against K.G. Serviços e Participações Eireli, Alvaro Maluf a.k.a. Maluf Jabur Alvaro, and Paulo Maluf a.k.a. Maluf Jabur Paulo", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Pilatus Bank Plc: €4.9M Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit that it has imposed a fine of €4.9 million on Pilatus Bank Plc for regulatory breaches.

Alpene Ltd. v. Elizabeth McCaul: Discovery Application

Application by Alpene Ltd., of Hong Kong, described as "the 100% indirect owner of a bank in the Republic of Malta", to take discovery from Elizabeth McCaul, described as a resident of New York, for use in legal proceedings in Malta in which Alpene claimed that "Malta engaged in a series of allegedly retaliatory acts against Alpene's investment, Pilatus Bank", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Peace United Ltd. v. 1906 Collins LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Peace United Ltd., of England, to take discovery from 1906 Collins LLC, Mathieu Massa, Sabadell United Bank, HSBC Bank USA, Gero Evaul & McClockey, Fiske & Company, and Beilinson Gomez Architects PA for use in legal proceedings in France, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Hawksford Trust Company Jersey Ltd.: Public Statement

Public Statement by Jersey Financial Services Commission that it has "concluded" that Hawksford Trust Company Jersey Limited "breached certain principles" of the Financial Services (Trust Company Business (Assets - Customer Money)) (Jersey) Order 2000 and Code of Practice for Trust Company Business. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Jersey corporate register showed that Hawksford Trust Company Jersey Limited was incorporated in Jersey on August 8th, 1963 and, in its 2020 annual return, signed by director Darren Kelland, its sole shareholder was identified as Hawksford Group Holdings Limited, which was incorporated in Jersey on May 15th, 2017 and, in its 2020 annual return, its sole shareholder was identified as Hawksford Holdings Limited, which was incorporated in Jersey on August 12th, 2008 and, in its 2020 annual return, its shareholders were identified as Dunedin Buyout Fund II LP, a private equity fund in Scotland; Dunedin (SAPE) GP Nominees Limited, acting as nominee for Equity Harvest Fund LP, of Scotland; Michael Edmund Powell, Louis Philip Chetwynd Taylor, James Webster Howe, Boota Singh Kular, Stephen David John Spybey, all of Jersey; Jacqueline Anne Low, of Singapore; Matthew Andrew Wilkinson, Daniel Richard Hainsworth, Gerardus Jan Michel van Leeuwen, Stephen Spybey and Gerardus van Leeuwen, as Trustees of the Hawksford Holdings Limited EBTl Darren Thomas Kelland, all of Jersey; Stefano Passarello, of Hong Kong; Dario Acconci, of Singapore; Marta Giordano, of Hong Kong; Giacomo Stoppa, of Hong Kong; Peter Zhu, of China, and Aldford Street Nominees Limited, of England.

Estonia: 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 Estonia - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown subject for fraud".

Global Fidelity Bank Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment rejecting an objection by Ascentra Holdings Inc. (in Voluntary Liquidation), a creditor with a claim for over $8 million, to the appointment of Adam Keenan and Michael Pearson, of FFP, as Joint Official Liquidators of Global Fidelity Bank Ltd. (in Voluntary Liquidation) at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Alma Trade LLC v. USA: Motion to Quash IRS Summonses

Notice of Motion to Quash IRS Summonses issued to JPMorgan Chase Bank, Santander NA, and TD Bank regarding "the Russian Income Tax Liabilities of JSC Topprom" in Alma Trade LLC v. USA at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Portugal: City National

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from City National - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for an investigation into an "unknown subject, purporting to be the Crown Prince of Dubai" for suspected fraud.

Portugal: Wells Fargo Bank (2021)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown subject for fraud" in which the victim was "an international association for the conservation of animals".

BDO Canada Ltd. v. Truist Bank: Discovery Application

Application by BDO Canada Limited, as the Receiver for 1635536 Ontario Inc., operating as Versitec Marine & Industrial and Versitec Marine USA Inc., to take discovery from Truist Bank and Bank of America Corporation for use in legal proceedings in Toronto, Canada "commenced by a creditor of Debtors, Liquid Capital Exchange Corp.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Panama: Canelita Taquis de Liakopulos

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Marquis Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Panama - for a criminal investigation into Canelita Taquis de Liakopulos "for tendering a check with insufficient funds in or around October 2018".

USA v. $4.9M Butterfield Bank: Amended Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. $4.9 million belonging to The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited, of Bermuda, to settle tax evasion allegations involving its Bermuda and Cayman Islands operations, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. $4.9M Butterfield Bank: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. $4.9 million belonging to The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited to settle tax evasion allegations, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Butterfield Bank admits ‘criminal conduct’, turns over client records & agrees to pay $5.6M to settle tax evasion investigation

Butterfield Bank has turned over client records and agreed to forfeit $4.9 million that it received in fees and pay restitution of $704,000 under a Non-Prosecution Agreement with the U. S. Department of Justice in which the bank admitted "criminal conduct" by fraudulently helping U.S. taxpayers evade taxes via its Bermuda and Cayman Islands operations.

Portugal: Bank of America (August 2021)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from the Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown subject for fraud".

USA v. Monel Herscovici: Complaint

Complaint "to reduce FBAR penalty to judgment" regarding bank accounts in Liechtenstein and Switzerland in USA v. Monel Herscovici at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Banco BVA S/A: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Eduardo Barbosa de Seixas, of Alvarez & Marsal Administração Judicial Ltda, as the Foreign Representative of Banco BVA S/A, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Elliott Associates LP et al v. Bank of America: Discovery Application

Application by Elliott Associates LP, of Delaware; Elliott International LP, of the Cayman Islands, and The Liverpool Limited Partnership, of Bermuda, to take discovery from the Bank of America for use in legal proceedings in Germany regarding "what the financial press called 'a short squeeze of historic proportions', as Porsche orchestrated a takeover of Volkswagen AG at the height of the financial crisis", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

IDT Financial Services Ltd.: £298K Settlement

Public Notice by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission that IDT Financial Services Limited has agreed to pay £298,387 to settle a regulatory investigation. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at Gibraltar's Companies House showed that the directors of IDT Financial Services Limited, as disclosed in its 2021 annual return, were Timothy Streatfeild-James, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar; James Robert Raanan, a citizen and resident of Israel; Marcelo Fischer, a citizen and resident of the United States; Damian Asquez, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar, and Gareth Meredith Williams, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Gibraltar.

MaplesFS Ltd. v. Bank Otkritie et al: Originating Application

Originating Application in MaplesFS Limited v. B&B Protector Services Limited, of the Cayman Islands; PJSC National Bank Trust, of Russia, and PJSC Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation, of Russia, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Uralsib Bank v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Uralsib Bank PJSC, of Russia, to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York Branch; HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank Plc, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, The Bank of Nova Scotia, New York Agency; UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch, The Clearing House Payments Company, LLC, Paypal, Inc., and MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Russia "to recover a debt" of $4.3 million allegedly owed by Denis Smyslov, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bavaguthu Shetty et al v. Bank of Baroda et al: Complaint

Complaint for more than $7 billion "brought by two victims of Defendants' massive financial fraud surrounding NMC Health Plc and its related entities" that was "exposed when an investigative market research firm, Muddy Waters Research LLC, released a report questioning the integrity of NMC's audited financials" in Dr. Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty and Neopharma LLC v. Bank of Baroda, of New York; Credit Europe Bank NV, of the Netherlands; Ernst & Young Global Limited, of England; Ernst & Young EMEIA Limited, of England; Prasanth Manghat, Promoth Manghat, Suresh Kumar Vadakke Kootala, and Suresh Kumar Nandiraju, all of India, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

USA v. Federal Express et al: Order

Order granting a 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 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.

Portugal: Bank of America (July 2021)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Bank of America - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for fraud, illegal access, and forgery".

Johannes Roessner v. Deutsche Bank Trust Company: Discovery Application

Application by Johannes Roessner to take discovery from Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas for use in legal proceedings in Germany styled as "Deutsche Bank AG v. Johannes Rössner" that involves, inter alia, an allegation that "Roessner refused to settle" losses of approximately €2 million from "FX-Deals", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Emirates NBD Bank PJSC v. Fal Oil Company Ltd. et al: Motion for Default Judgment

Notice of Motion for Default Judgment regarding a complaint for AED 282 million in Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates v. Fal Oil Company Ltd., Fal Energy Company Ltd., Fal Shipping Company Ltd., Fal Marine Services Company LLC, Investment Group Private Ltd., Abdulla Juma Al Sari, Mohamed Abdulla Al Sari, and Majid Abdulla Al Sari, all of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Capricorn Trustees Ltd.: €32K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €32,000 on Capricorn Trustees Ltd. for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that Capricorn Trustees Ltd. was incorporated in Malta on July 10th, 2012, its directors are Kevin Forrest, a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in South Africa, and Olivia Micallef, of Malta, and its sole shareholder is Guy William Edmunds, a citizen of Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom who "passed away" on June 15th, 2021.

Vasilios Theocharakis: €35K Fine Upheld By Court

Public Announcement by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that the Administrative Court upheld a decision by CySEC to impose a fine of €35,000 on Vasilios Theocharakis for a regulatory breach involving "the Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co. Ltd.'s investment in Greek Government Bonds".

Christos Stylianides: €430K Fine Upheld By Court

Public Announcement by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that the Administrative Court upheld a decision by CySEC to impose a fine of €430,000 on Christos Stylianides for regulatory breaches involving "the Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co. Ltd.'s investment in Greek Government Bonds".

Diversified Real Estate Development Ltd. et al v. Deutsche Bank AG et al: Complaint

Complaint on behalf of entities in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands "to recover damages from Defendants for their participation in a global fraud that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of investor losses, looting of the Companies on a massive scale, and the creation of staggering liabilities for the Companies" in Michael Pearson, Andrew Childe, and Anna Silver, as Joint Official Liquidators of Diversified Real Estate Development Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), GMS Global Market Step Up Note Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), Preferred Income Collateralized Interest Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), Sentinel Investment Fund SPC (in Official Liquidation), SG Strategic Income Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), Sports Aficionados Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), Vanguardia Group Inc. (in Official Liquidation), and Michael Pearson, as Liquidator of Sentinel Mandate and Escrow Ltd. (in Liquidation), Vanguardia Holdings Ltd. (in Liquidation), Spyglass Investment Management Ltd. (in Liquidation), North Pointe Holdings (BVI) Ltd. (in Liquidation), Biscayne Capital Holdings Limited (in Creditor Voluntary Liquidation), and Biscayne Capital (B.V.I.) Ltd. (in Liquidation) v. Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Bank AG (London Branch), Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A., Deutsche Bank AG (New York Branch), Deutsche Bank Switzerland, Deutsche Bank Trust Companies Americas at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Em@ney Plc: €2K Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €2,000 on Em@ney Plc for failure "to submit the Audited Financial Statements and the Auditors' Management Letter within the regulatory deadline".