Government & Politicians

Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd. v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan et al: Receivership Order

Order for the Appointment of a Receiver for PIA Investments Limited, Minhal Inc., and PIA Hotels Limited and for a Provisional Charging Order in Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited, of Australia v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan International Airways Corporation Limited, PIA Investments Limited, Minhal Inc., Virgin Islands Registrar of Companies, Citco BVI Limited, and Harneys Corporate Services Limited at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd. v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan et al: Recognition Order

Order Recognizing Arbitration Award in Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited, of Australia v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan International Airways Corporation Limited, PIA Investments Limited, Minhal Inc., Virgin Islands Registrar of Companies, Citco BVI Limited, and Harneys Corporate Services Limited at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Ape Group SpA et al v. The Republic of Argentina: Complaint

Complaint alleging "defaulted" bonds in Ape Group SpA, Romano Consulting SpA, Icaro SRL, and Elazar Romano, all of Italy v. The Republic of Argentina at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Alexander Neuhauser v. Venezuela: Complaint

Complaint alleging defaulted bonds in Alexander Neuhauser, of Antwerp, Belgium v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Natalino D’Amato: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering regarding Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, "the state-owned and state-controlled oil company of Venezuela" in USA v. Natalino D'Amato, described by the U.S. Department of Justice as a dual citizen of Venezuela and Italy who, inter alia, "owned and controlled a Nevis-based corporation called Kronos Enterprises Corp.", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Unión Fenosa Gas S.A. v. Egypt et al: Complaint

Complaint "to invalidate, at least as to UFG, Egypt's fraudulent agreement purporting to transfer funds into a trust, with BNY Mellon serving as the purported trustee, for the sole purpose of shielding those funds from attachment by UFG, which holds a judgment against Egypt for over US$ 2 billion" in Unión Fenosa Gas S.A., of Spain v. Arab Republic of Egypt, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, and The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV, Luxembourg Branch at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Yuriy Andrienko et al: Criminal Indictment

Indictment against six "officers" of a Russian "military intelligence agency" alleging a computer hacking and fraudulent scheme "to undermine, retaliate against, or otherwise destabilize: (1) Ukraine; (2) the country of Georgia; (3) France's elections; ( 4) efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of a weapons-grade nerve agent on foreign soil; and (5) the 2018 Winter Olympics after a Russian government-sponsored doping effort led to Russian athletes being unable to participate under the Russian flag" in USA v. Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevichfrolov, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev, Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko, and Petr Nikolayevich Pliskinat the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Altana Credit Opportunities Fund SPC et al v. Venezuela: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a breach-of-contract action arising out of Venezuela's failure to pay principal, interest, or both, on a series of bonds" in Altana Credit Opportunities Fund SPC, Altana Credit Opportunities Fund 1 SP, and Altana Funds Ltd. Cayman, all of the Cayman Islands v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Pierre Fattouch et al v. The Republic of Lebanon et al: Complaint

Complaint to recognize judgments totaling $556 million in Pierre Fattouch, Moussa Fattouch, and United Lebanese Quarries and Crushers Company S.A.L., all of the Lebanon v. The Republic of Lebanon and Marie-Claud Najim, as Minister of Justice, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

BVI v. Lester Hyman: Motion to Amend Relief

Applicant's Motion to Amend Relief regarding an investigation into suspected fraud and corruption in the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands v. Lester S. Hyman at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

BVI v. XR Association: Discovery Application

Application by the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands to take discovery from XR Association, whose CEO was identified as Elizabeth A. Hyman, for use in contemplated legal proceedings in the BVI against Elizabeth Hyman's father, Lester Hyman, involving suspected fraud and corruption, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Contrarian Emerging Markets LP et al v. The Republic of Ecuador: Class Action Complaint

Complaint "for violations of the federal securities laws arising from a coercive exchange, or tender offer for $17.4 billion of the Republic's outstanding bonds, based on materially false and misleading statements" in Contrarian Emerging Markets LP, of Delaware; GMO Emerging Country Debt Fund, of Massachusetts; GMO Emerging Country Debt Investment Fund Plc, of Ireland, and GMO Emerging Country Debt (UCITS) Fund, of Ireland v. The Republic of Ecuador at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Cube Infrastructure Fund SICAV et al v. The Kingdom of Spain: Complaint

Complaint to recognize and enforce an arbitral award of €33.7 million in losses, plus costs of €1.5 million and $262,500, in Cube Infrastructure Fund SICAV, of Luxembourg; Cube Infrastructure Managers SA, of Luxembourg; Cube Energy SCA, now Cube Energy Sarl, of Luxembourg; Demeter Partners SA, of France, and Demeter 2 FPCI, of France v. The Kingdom of Spain at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. John Bolton: Complaint

Complaint "to prevent Defendant John R. Bolton, a former National Security Advisor, from compromising national security by publishing a book containing classified information" in USA v. John R. Bolton at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Nigeria v. Tibit Limited: Claim Form

Claim Form for a "Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft" that was allegedly purchased with the proceeds of a $1.1 billion "fraudulent scheme"  in The Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Tibit Limited at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

PDV USA Inc. v. Interamerican Consulting Inc.: Complaint

Complaint "to recover the $15 million (plus interest) it has already paid Defendant" in PDV USA Inc., a Delaware-domiciled subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela SA, a.k.a. PDVSA, a "state-owned oil and natural gas company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela" v. Interamerican Consulting Inc., described as "a company incorporated in the State of Florida by former U.S. Congressman David Rivera", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nigeria et al v. VR Advisory Services Ltd. et al: Discovery Application

Application by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to take discovery from VR Advisory Services Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; VR Advisory Services (USA) LLC, VR Capital Group Ltd., of the United Kingdom; VR Global Onshore Fund LP, VR Argentina Recovery Onshore Fund II LP, Richard Deitz, Jeffrey Johnson, and Ashok Raju for use in "criminal investigations and criminal judicial proceedings that are pending in the Federal Republic of Nigeria" regarding "a fraudulent natural gas processing agreement", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Gambia v. Twitter Inc.: Discovery Application

Application by The Republic of Gambia to take discovery from Twitter Inc. "for use in connection with an action brought by the Republic of The Gambia against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands" regarding "the genocidal intent of Myanmar's officials and representatives, and the abuse of media platforms by Myanmar state actors to further their acts of genocide against the Rohingya", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Nigeria, Jersey, & USA: $311M Repatriation Agreement

News Release, and a copy of a "trilateral agreement among the governments of the United States, Nigeria and the Bailiwick of Jersey", by the U. S. Department of Justice announcing the repatriation to Nigeria of $311 million that were allegedly the proceeds of corruption involving General Sani Abacha, Ibrahim Sani Abacha, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, lsmaila Gwarzo, Alhaji Ahmadu Daura, Chief Anthony Ani, David Umaru, Doraville Properties Corporation, Eagle Alliance International Limited, Harbour Engineering and Construction Limited, Mecosta Securities Inc., Morgan Procurement Corporation, Rayville International SA, The Ridley Trust, Ridley Group Limited, and Standard Alliance Financial Services Limited.

DIGOIL v. DR Congo: Petition to Confirm Arbitral Award

Petition to Confirm Arbitral Award of $619 million in DIGOIL, formerly known as Divine Inspiration Group, described as "a South African-controlled exploration company headquartered in South Africa" v. Democratic Republic of Congo at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint regarding a "fraudulent tax refund scheme that deceived SKAT into paying out over 12. 7 billion Danish Kroner, the equivalent of approximately $2.1 billion (US), of allegedly withheld dividend tax" 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.

Verano Development Inc. v. Venezuela: Complaint

Complaint alleging the default of debt in Verano Development Inc., a Florida company based in Panama v. the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Unión Fenosa Gas SA v. The Depository Trust Company: Discovery Application

Application by Unión Fenosa Gas SA, of Spain, to take discovery from The Depository Trust Company, of New York, for use in legal proceedings in England "through which UFG seeks to enforce" a $2 billion arbitral award against Egypt regarding its sovereign bonds, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Unión Fegosa Gas SA v. The Bank of New York Mellon: Discovery Application

Application by Unión Fegosa Gas SA, of Spain, to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon, a Delaware company based in New York, for use in legal proceedings in England to enforce a $2 billion arbitral award against Egypt, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Nicolas Maduro et al: Second Superseding Indictment

Superseding Indictment alleging narco-terrorism conspiracy, cocaine importation conspiracy, possession of machine guns and destructive devices in USA v. Nicolás Maduro Moros, a former President of Venezuela; Diosado Armando Carvajal Barrios, described as "president of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, and a member of the Venezuelan armed forced"; Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios, a.k.a. 'El Pollo', described as "the director of Venezuela's military intelligence agency"; Clíver Antonio Alcalá Cordones, described as "a former general in the Venezuelan military"; Luciano Marín Arango, a.k.a. 'Ivan Marquez', described as "a Colombian citizen" and member of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, a.k.a. FARC, and Seuxis Paucis Hernández Solarte, a.k.a. 'Jesús Santrich', described as "a former general in the Venezuelan military", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Moneyland: How Thieves & Crooks Now Rule The World

In this session, author and journalist Oliver Bullough will discuss the extent of corruption and dishonesty in global business and politics, how the perpetrators are able to get away with it, and its effect on democracy.When he's not investigating and

ACP Master Fund Ltd. v. Argentina: Complaint

Complaint for damages of $159 million alleging defaulted bonds in ACP Master Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands v. The Republic of Argentina at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

683 Capital Partners LP v. Argentina: Complaint

Complaint for damages of $38 million alleging defaulted bonds in 683 Capital Partners LP, of Delaware v. The Republic of Argentina at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Petróleos de Venezuela SA et al v. MUFG Union Bank NA et al: Complaint

Complaint in Petroleos de Venezuela SA, of Venezuela; PDVSA Petróleo SA, of Venezuela, and PDV Holding Inc., of Delaware v. MUFG Union Bank NA, of California, and GLAS Americas LLC, described as a New York company based in England, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Novoriver SA v. Argentina: Complaint

Complaint alleging debt default in Novoriver SA, of Uruguay v. Argentina at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging Violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Tax Evasion, and Foreign, Conduit, and Other Illegal Campaign Contributions in USA v. Imaad Shah Zuberi at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

ACL1 Investments Ltd. et al v. Venezuela: Complaint

Complaint alleging default on the payment of bonds in ACL1 Investments Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; ACL2 Investments Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Jorvik Multi-Strategy Master Fund, L.P., of the Cayman Islands; LDO XVII Inc., of Delaware; Macrosynergy Trading Master Fund Limited, of the Cayman Islands; NN (L), of Luxembourg, for and on behalf of NN (L) Emerging Markets Debt (Hard Currency), NN (L) Emerging Markets Debt Opportunities, and NN (L) Frontier Markets Debt (Hard Currency); York Capital Management, L.P., of Delaware; York Credit Opportunities Fund, L.P., of Delaware; York Credit Opportunities Investments Master Fund, L.P., of the Cayman Islands, and York Multi-Strategy Master Fund, L.P., of the Cayman Islands v. the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SL Mining Ltd. v. Sierra Leone: Petition

Petition to Confirm Arbitral Award in SL Mining Limited, of Sierra Leone v. The Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

BVI v. Lester Hyman: Discovery Application

Application by the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands to take discovery from Lester S. Hyman, a Washington, DC-based lawyer "who represented the BVI Government in an attorney-client capacity from 1987 to July 30, 2017, as of which date the BVIG terminated Mr. Hyman", for use in contemplated legal proceedings in the BVI against Hyman for suspected "fraud at equity, breach of fiduciary care and loyalty, and negligence" regarding a "failed airline venture" to operate direct flights between the BVI and Miami, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Milenyum Energy SA et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Funds in the names of Milenyum Energy SA, domiciled in Panama, based in Turkey, and Blue Energy Trade Ltd. Company, domiciled in St. Kitts and Nevis, based in Turkey, regarding a suspected scheme to launder via U.S. correspondent banks to evade U.S. sanctions concerning Syria, at the U. S.District Court for the District of Columbia.

9REN Holding Sarl v. Spain: Complaint

Complaint to enforce an arbitral award in 9REN Holding Sarl, of Luxembourg, v. The Kingdom of Spain at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Qatar v. First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC et al: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of a complaint alleging "brazen schemes to manipulate the markets for Qatari currency, bonds, and other financial instruments", in State of Qatar v. First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC, of the United Arab Emirates, and Samba Financial Group SJSC, of Saudi Arabia, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Sergio Lovati et al v. Venezuela: Complaint

Complaint alleging failure to make payments on bonds in Sergio Lovati, Rudi Lovati, Alessandra Sarago Lovati, and Alessandro Lucibello Piani, all of Italy v. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bill Browder: Hero or Villain?

London-based financier Bill Browder has positioned himself as an anti-corruption crusader who will stop at nothing to avenge the death of his former tax accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian prison in 2009. Browder claims Magnitsky was tortured and murdered by corrupt Russian prison guards because he blew the whistle on a $230 million tax fraud committed against the state using companies that were stolen from Browder. He has been the driving force behind new laws in the USA and other countries that are aimed at Russians and others who are involved in corrupt activity. Critics of Browder, however, have accused him of being a fantasist, pointing out what they claim are inconsistencies and inaccuracies in his Magnitsky story, his tax fraud conviction in Russia, and his pre-Magnitsky history of business dealings they claim are questionable. In this session, we will attempt to determine fact vs. fiction.