Investment

Alpine Partners (BVI) LP v. Duff & Phelps LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Alpine Partners (BVI) LP, of the British Virgin Islands, to take discovery from Duff & Phelps LLC and Duff & Phelps Securities LLC, both d.b.a. Kroll, for use in "an appraisal proceeding pending in the Cayman Islands" regarding New Frontier Health Corporation, filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

SEC v. Frank Glassner: Complaint

Complaint alleging insider trading "in the securities of biopharmaceutical company Kadmon Holdings, Inc. in advance of Kadmon's September 8, 2021 announcement that it had agreed to be acquired by the global biopharmaceutical company Sanofi S.A.", of France, in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Frank B. Glassner, described as "an executive compensation consultant", of Novato, California, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Thomas Plaut: Industry Ban

Administrative Order by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing an industry ban on Thomas F. Plaut, described as "the sole owner, Chairman, and CEO of Worldwide Markets Ltd., a British Virgin Islands company with its principal place of business in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey".

Christopher Rackauckas v. SafeMoon LLC et al: Class Action Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Class Action Complaint alleging cryptocurrency fraud in Christopher Rackauckas v. SafeMoon LLC, SafeMoon US LLC, SafeMoon Connect LLC, Tano LLC, SafeMoon Ltd., of England; SafeMoon Protocol Ltd., of England; SafeMoon Media Group Ltd., of England; David Portnoy, Braden John Karony, Jack Haines-Davies, Ryan Arriaga, Shaun Witriol, Henry 'Hank' Wyatt, Thomas Smith, Kyle Nagy, Jake Paul, Nick Carter, DeAndre Cortez Way, Ben Phillips, described as a resident of London, England; Miles Parks McCollum, and Daniel M. Keem at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Mount Nico Corp Ltd.: €290K Settlement

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that Mount Nico Corp Ltd. has paid €290,000 to settle a regulatory investigation.

USA v. Gregoire Tournant: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging securities fraud involving Allianz Global Investors in USA v. Gregoire Tournant at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Gregoire Tournant et al: Complaint (‘Multibillion Dollar Investment Fraud’)

Complaint alleging "a multibillion-dollar fraud" while the defendants "were employed by Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC" and involving "AGI US’s Structured Alpha funds" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Gregoire Tournant, Trevor Taylor, and Stephen Bond-Nelson at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Sentia Wellness Inc. v. Boris Jordan et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a "pattern of self-dealing and conflicts [that] ultimately enriched the debt holders but destroyed $150 million in shareholder value" in Sentia Wellness Inc. v. Boris Jordan, of Miami, Florida; Measure 8 Ventures LP, of New York; Gron Ventures Fund I LP, of Delaware; Zola Global Investors Ltd., Anson Advisors Inc., of Canada, on behalf of Anson East Master Fund LP; AC Anson Investments Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Anson Investments Master Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands; Anson Opportunities Master Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands; Serendipity SPC - Trimble Fund SP, of the Cayman Islands, on behalf of Emerald Spur Limited; Lapid US Investments LLC, of Delaware; Hadron Healthcare and Consumer Special Opportunities Master Fund, Aterian Inc., of Delaware; Alliance Global Partners LLC, of New York; Sunny Puri, of Toronto, Canada; Juan Martinez, of New York; Peter Clateman, of New York; Wilder Ramsey, of Los Angeles, California; Gregory Crowe, of Singapore; Igor Gimelshtein, of Toronto, Canada; Tarik Ouass, of Toronto, Canada; Andrea Oriani, of London, England; Marco d'Attansio, of London, England, and Afzal Hasan, of Toronto, Canada, at the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, County of Multnomah.

Kenneth Donovan et al v. GMO-Z.com Trust Company Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging negligence, conversion, and fraud involving a cryptocurrency called GYEN, described as a "stablecoin" that is "purportedly 'pegged' to the Japanese yen at a rate of one-to-one", in Kenneth Donovan and Hussien Kassfy v. GMO-Z.com Trust Company Inc., described as a New York company that was created by "a Tokyo-based internet services industry company" called GMO Internet Group; Coinbase Global Inc., and Coinbase Inc., both of Delaware, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Emerging India Fund Management Ltd.: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission that it has "revoked the Global Business Licence and Collective Investment Scheme Manager Licence of Emerging India Fund Management Ltd." for regulatory breaches.

Dagan Investments LLC v. First High-School Education Group Co. Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Dagan Investments LLC v. First High-School Education Group Co. Ltd., described as a Cayman Islands company that "operates private high schools in Western China and provides for-profit tutoring services"; Shaowei Zhang, Lidong Zhu, Guangzhou Zhao, Yuanlin Hu, Longwater Topco B.V., EQT Mid Market Asia III Limited Partnership, EQT Mid Market Asia III GP B.V., EQT Fund Management S.À.R.L., Colleen A. De Vries, Cogency Global Inc., The Benchmark Company LLC, Valuable Capital Group Limited, TFI Securities and Futures Limited, AMTD Global Markets Limited, Maxim Group LLC, Boustead Securities LLC, FUTU Inc., US Tiger Securities Inc., and Fosun Hani Securities Limited at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Andrew Fahie: Motion to Revoke Bond

USA's Motion to Revoke Bond in USA v. Andrew Fahie, former Premier of the British Virgin Islands, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In the motion, the USA stated, inter alia, that new BVI Premier Natalio Wheatley "has clarified that the immunity letter submitted on the Defendant’s behalf was an unauthorized letter that was prepared by a "rogue public officer", and does not "reflect the position of the Premier’s Office or the government of the Virgin Islands."

Susan Devine v. Spears & Imes LLP: Judicial Assistance (Liechtenstein)

Ex Parte Request for Judicial Assistance by Susan Elaine Devine, described as "a citizen of the United States and Brazil and a resident of Florida" and a former wife of Florian Homm, a German citizen who was indicted in California in 2013 for alleged investment fraud and is currently a fugitive, to obtain evidence from law firm Spears & Imes LLP for use "in connection with criminal proceedings that have been launched against Ms. Devine in Liechtenstein relating to alleged money laundering" involving "nine hedge funds that were incorporated in the Cayman Islands", namely Absolute Activist Value Master Fund Limited, Absolute East West Fund Limited, Absolute East West Master Fund Limited, Absolute European Catalyst Fund Limited, Absolute Germany Fund Limited, Absolute India Fund Limited, Absolute Octane Fund Limited, Absolute Octane Master Fund Limited, and Absolute Return Europe Fund Limited, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Canoo Inc. v. DD Global Holdings Ltd.: Complaint ($61M)

Complaint "to recover so-called 'short-swing profits'" of $61 million in Canoo Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, California-based "startup American manufacturer of consumer and commercial electric vehicles founded in 2017" v. DD Global Holdings Ltd., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based "owner of more than 10% of Canoo’s outstanding common shares", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Finteractive Ltd.: €100K Settlement

Public Notice that the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that Finteractive Ltd. has agreed to pay €100,000 to settle a regulatory investigation.

VTBC Asset Management International Ltd.: Administration (‘Russo-Ukrainian war’)

News Release by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has successfully applied for the administration of VTBC Asset Management International Limited "in order to protect the interests of investors and the reputation of the Bailiwick as a financial centre given the ongoing impact of sanctions resulting from the Russo-Ukrainian war".

Providers Re SPC: CI$16.9K Fine

Public Notice by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority that it has imposed a fine of CI$16,950 on Providers Re SPC for "Failure of a Class B Insurer that is established as a segregated portfolio company under Part XIV of the Companies Act (as revised) to maintain the prescribed margin of solvency in respect of each segregated portfolio".

CFTC v. Samuel Reed: $10M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $10 million on Samuel Reed regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong; HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, all d.b.a. BitMEX; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Hong Kong; Ben Peter Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Hong Kong, and Samuel Reed, described as a U.S. citizen who resided in Milwaukee, WI, and Boston, MA, during the relevant period, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Benjamin Delo: $10M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $10 million on Benjamin Delo regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong; HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, all d.b.a. BitMEX; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Hong Kong; Ben Peter Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Hong Kong, and Samuel Reed, described as a U.S. citizen who resided in Milwaukee, WI, and Boston, MA, during the relevant period, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Arthur Hayes: $10M Settlement

Consent Order imposing a civil penalty of $10 million on Arthur Hayes regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. HDR Global Trading Limited, of the Seychelles; 100x Holdings Limited, of Bermuda; ABS Global Trading Limited, of Delaware; Shine Effort Inc. Limited, of Hong Kong; HDR Global Services (Bermuda) Limited, of Bermuda, all d.b.a. BitMEX; Arthur Hayes, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Hong Kong; Ben Peter Delo, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Hong Kong, and Samuel Reed, described as a U.S. citizen who resided in Milwaukee, WI, and Boston, MA, during the relevant period, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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".

City of Riviera Beach General Employees’ Retirement System v. Vertiv Holdings Co. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in City of Riviera Beach General Employees' Retirement System v. Vertiv Holdings Co., Rob Johnson, David Fallon, Jason Forcier, Gary Niederpruem, David Cote, Joseph van Dokkum, Roger Fradin, Jacob Kotzubei, Matthew Louie, Edward L. Monser, Steven S. Reinemund, Robin L. Washington, JPMorgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., VPE Holdings LLC, Vertiv JV Holdings LLC, PE Vertiv Holdings LLC, Platinum Equity LLC, Platinum Equity Investment Holdings LLC, Platinum Equity Investment Holdings Manager LLC, Platinum Equity Investco LP, Platinum Equity Investment Holdings IC (Cayman) LLC, Platinum Investco (Cayman) LLC, Platinum Equity Investment Holdings III LLC, Platinum Equity Investment Holdings Manager III LLC, and Tom Gores at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The Arbitrage Fund et al v. Forterra Inc.: Appraisal Petition

Petition for Appraisal in The Arbitrage Fund, Water Island Event-Driven Fund, Water Island Merger Arbitrage Institutional Commingled Master Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands; Multi-Manager Alternative Strategies Fund, and iMGP Alternative Strategies Fund, formerly PartnerSelect Alternative Strategies Fund, v. Forterra Inc., described as "a leading manufacturer of pipe and precast products for use in water-related infrastructure projects in the United States, Mexico and Canada", at the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.

Philip Thomas v. Riskified Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Philip G. Thomas v. Riskified Ltd., Edescribed as an Israeli, publicly-listed eCommerce risk management platform that uses machine learning to identify fraud"; Eido Gal, Assaf Feldman, Aglika Dotcheva, Erez Shachar, Eyal Kishon, Aaron Mankovski, Tanzeen Syed, Jennifer Ceran, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Piper Sandler & Co., Truist Securities Inc., William Blair & Company LLC, Loop Capital Markets LLC, Samuel A. Ramirez & Company Inc., Siebert Williams Shank & Co. LLC and Stern Brothers & Co. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Luiz Capuci, Jr.: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging cryptocurrency-based investment fraud and money laundering in USA v. Luiz Capuci, Jr., a.k.a. Junior Capuci, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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.

Mark Cassidy v. Voyager Digital Ltd. et al: Amended Class Action Complaint

Amended Class Action Complaint alleging fraud and the sale of unregistered securities in Mark Cassidy v. Voyager Digital Ltd., described as a Canada-domiciled, New York-based "cryptocurrency platform", and Voyager Digital LLC, described as being domiciled in Delaware and based in New Jersey, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Tammy Raul v. Joseph Turgeon et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breaches of fiduciary duties, unjust enrichment, abuse of control, and gross mismanagement in Tammy Raul, derivatively on behalf of Nominal Defendant Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc., described as a United Kingdom-domiciled, Ireland-based "biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes oncology and hematology drug products" v. Joseph W. Turgeon, Kurt A. Gustafson, Francois Lebel, William L. Ashton, Nora E. Brennan, Seth H.Z. Fischer, Juhyun Lim, Thomas J. Riga, Jeffrey Vacirca, Dolatrai M. Vyas, and Bernice R. Welles, as Defendants, and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc., as Nominal Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

SEC v. Steven Chiang et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving digital assets in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Steven Chiang, a.k.a. Cyrus Kong, described as a resident of Singapore; Eric Tippetts, of Dana Point, California; James Hardy, of San Diego, California; and Maurice 'Butch' Chelliah, of San Diego, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

SEC v. Vale SA: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud "by intentionally concealing the risks that one of its older and more dangerous dams, the Brumadinho dam, might collapse" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Vale S.A., of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, described as "one of the world’s largest iron ore producers", at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. David Mata: Complaint

Complaint alleging "the fraudulent and unregistered offer and sale of securities" regarding a cryptocurrency-related investment scheme in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. David B. Mata at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

SEC v. Block Bits Capital LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "the fraudulent and unregistered offer and sale of securities" regarding a cryptocurrency-related investment scheme in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Block Bits Capital LLC, Block Bits Capital GP I LLC, and Japheth Dillman at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

5M Corporation et al v. Tareo Offshore Fund Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint in 5M Corporation Defined Benefit Retirement Trust, Warren Messner, and Angela Messner, all of Chappaqua, New York v. Tareo Offshore Fund Ltd., domiciled in the Cayman Islands, based in New York, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Si Fan v. Grab Holdings Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Si Fan v. Grab Holdings Limited, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, Singapore-based company that "offers a superapp that operates primarily across the deliveries, mobility, and digital financial services sectors in Southeast Asia"; Anthony Tan, and Peter Oey at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mark Dias et al v. Spartan Micro Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in Mark Dias, Shanghai Yonghua Capital Investment Management Co. Ltd., of China; Suzhou Quantong Medical Tech. Co. Ltd., of China; Powerful Anchor (Cayman) Limited, a Cayman Islands company based in Singapore, and Yongyun (Cayman) Limited, a Cayman Islands company based in China v. Spartan Micro Inc., Eric Stoppenhagen, and Thomas Gardner at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

David Elliot v. Noble Corporation et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities violations in David Elliot v. Noble Corporation, described as a Cayman Islands company based in Sugar Land, Texas; Charles M. Sledge, Paul Aronzon, Patrick J. Bartels Jr., Robert W. Eifler, Alan J. Hirshberg, Ann D. Pickard, and Melanie M. Trent at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Maniraj Gnanaraj v. Lilium NV et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Maniraj Ashirwad Gnanaraj v. Lilium NV, formerly Qell Acquisition Corp., described as a Netherlands-domiciled company based in Germany; Barry Engle, Daniel Wiegand, and Geoffrey Richardson at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Fernando Passos: Complaint

Complaint "against Passos, a former senior executive at Brazilian reinsurance company IRB Brasil Resseguros S.A., for planting a false story with the media and disseminating false documents claiming that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. had recently made a substantial investment in IRB" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Fernando Passos, described as a resident of São Paulo, Brazil, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.