Investments

Luckin Coffee Inc.: ‘Scheme of Arrangement’ Petition

Petition for the Court's sanction of a Scheme of Arrangement in the matter of Luckin Coffee Inc. (in Provisional Liquidation), described as "an investment holding company with its direct and indirect subsidiaries located in the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, the United States and the PRC", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

SEC v. Simon Thurlow et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Simon Piers Thurlow, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in New York; Roger Leon Fidler, Richard Oravec, Bradley Fidler, Bryce Emory Boucher, Joseph D. Jordan, and Western Bankers Capital Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Stefan Qin: Criminal Judgment

Criminal Judgment imposing a prison-term of seven-and-a-half years for a cryptocurrency-based securities fraud involving two Cayman Islands-domiciled, New York-based investment funds, Virgil Sigma Fund and VQR Multistrategy Fund, in USA v. Stefan He Qin, a citizen of Australia residing in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

CFTC v. Rudy Avila et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a $5.35 million investment fraud in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Rudy Avila, a.k.a. Jose Rodolfo Avila Gutierrez, described as a resident of Texas; The L.I.F.T Group LLC, of Texas; CIG Internacional SA, a.k.a. Commodity Investment Group, a.k.a. CIG Internacional, a.k.a. CIG International, of Costa Rica; Trading Technologies Group SA, of Costa Rica; Trading Ventures Group LLC, described as a Texas company that claimed to have offices in Texas and London, England; Capital Ventures Group LLC, of Texas, and Ventures Group LLC, of Texas, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp. v. Ethos Fund I LP et al: Complaint

Complaint in Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp., now known as The metals company Inc., described as a Texas-based "special purpose acquisition company" that was formed in the Cayman Islands before re-domiciling to Canada v. Ethos Fund I LP, Ethos GP LLC, and Ethos DeepGreen PIPE LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ryan Cox v. Binance et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Ryan Cox v. CoinMarketCap OpCo LLC, described as Delaware company that operates "a coin ranking site"; Binance Capital Management Co. Ltd., d.b.a. Binance and Binance.com, described as the operator of "a cryptocurrency exchange"; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance.us; Changpeng Zhao, apparently a citizen of Canada and China; Catherine Coley, Yi He, and Ted Lin at the U. S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

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".

GIC Private Ltd. v. Celgene Corporation et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in GIC Private Limited, which is "wholly-owned by the Government of Singapore" v. Celgene Corporation, Scott A. Smith, Terrie Curran, and Philippe Martin at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Belight Capital Group Ltd.: License Revocation

Public Announcement by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has revoked the license of Belight Capital Group Ltd. for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cyprus Registrar of Companies showed that the sole director of Belight Capital Group Ltd. was identified as Robert Ryan Porter.

D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has revoked the license of D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cyprus Registrar of Companies showed that the directors of D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc were identified as Gunther Glatzel, Gunter Jurgen Vorbauer, and Andreas Dimitriou, while the company's website at pegasusfm.com identified its "Board of Directors" as "Gunter J Vorbauer - Chairman; Andreas Demetriou - Vice Chairman; Christos Vakis - Member; Dr. Gunther Glatzel - Member", "External Manager" as MFO Asset Management Ltd., "Depositary" as Eurobank Cyprus Ltd., "External Auditors" as KPMG Ltd., "Legal Advisor" as Clerides Anastassiou Neophytou LLC, and "Investment Advisors" as Planet Properties (London) Ltd. and PPM Valuations LLC.

Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Russell Homer and Karen Scott, as the Joint Voluntary Liquidators of Income Collecting 1-3 Months T-Bills Mutual Fund, of the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
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Three indicted in NY for ‘$155M Biscayne Capital fraud’

Three men have been indicted in New York for allegedly perpetrating a $155 million fraud and money laundering scheme involving entities in or from Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay, and the United States.

Fundo de Liquidação Financeira v. Marriott Ownership Resorts Inc.: 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 Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. for use in a "summary collection proceeding" in São Paulo, Brazil against K.G. Serviços e Participações Eireli, Alvaro Maluf, and Paulo Maluf, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Varda Burstein v. AutoLotto Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint for $3 million alleging "an outrageous and blatant fraud" in Varda Burstein, a resident of Israel v. AutoLotto Inc., described as an Austin, Texas-based "online lottery company that generated revenue through state-sanctioned lotteries and charitable raffles", and Tony DiMatteo, of Texas, at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

SEC v. Rivetz International SEZC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered digital assets in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Rivetz Corp., of Delaware; Rivetz International SEZC, of the Cayman Islands, and Steven K. Sprague, described as a resident of the Cayman Islands and Massachusetts, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Think Capital Ltd.: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Bermuda Monetary Authority against Think Capital Limited, part of the "ThinkMarkets group of companies", which "falsely claimed to have a licence issued by the Bermuda Monetary Authority" and which, when contacted by the BMA, claimed that "the statement was made in error and that, instead, it should have stated that it had been issued a licence by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority". Editor's Note: On its website at www.thinkmarkets.com, ThinkMarkets claims to operate "a premium multi-asset online brokerage with headquarters in London and Melbourne and hubs in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe and South America", and identifies group companies as: TF Global Markets Int Limited, of the Seychelles; TF Global Markets (UK) Limited, of England; TF Global Markets (Aust) Limited, of Australia; TF Global Markets (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd., of South Africa; Think Capital Limited, of Bermuda, and TFG (Payments) Limited, of England. Research by OffshoreAlert also discovered other group companies, including one in the Cayman Islands called TF Global Markets (International) Ltd., which is identified on CIMA's website as receiving a "Securities - Full" license on April 12th, 2021.

SEC v. Klaus Hofmann: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a multi-year expense management scheme by Kraft Heinz Company's procurement division to improperly reduce KHC's cost of goods sold and achieve costs savings targets that were externally touted to the market and internally tied to performance-based targets" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Klaus Hofmann, of Zug, Switzerland, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Christian Brothers Employee Retirement Plan et al v. Allianz Global Investors US LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "negligence and breach of contractual and fiduciary duties arising from misconduct related to the ERP's investment in the AllianzGI Structured Alpha U.S. Equity 500 Fund" in Christian Brothers Employee Retirement Plan and Dan Stremel v. Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC, Allianz Global Investors U.S. Holdings LLC, Allianz SE, of Germany; Allianz Asset Management GmbH, of Germany; Allianz of America Inc., Allianz Asset Management of America Holdings Inc., Allianz Asset Management of America LLC, Allianz Asset Management of America L.P., and PFP Holdings Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Stefan Qin: USA’s Sentencing Submission

USA's Sentencing Submission regarding a cryptocurrency-based investment fraud involving Cayman Islands-domiciled, New York-based investment funds in USA v. Stefan He Qin, a citizen of Australia residing in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Roberto Cortes et al: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering involving entities in or from Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay, and the United States in USA v. Roberto Gustavo Cortes Ripalda, described as a citizen of Ecuador and the U.S.; Fernando Haberer Bergson, described as a citizen of Germany and Uruguay and a resident of Argentina, and Ernesto Heraclito Weisson Pazmino, described as a citizen of Ecuador and the U.S., at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. BitConnect et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a securities fraud "that ultimately succeeded in obtaining more than 325,000 Bitcoin, or approximately $2 billion, from investors worldwide" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. BitConnect, described as "an unincorporated organization"; Satish Kumbhani, described as a citizen and resident of India; Glenn Arcaro, described as a citizen of the United States residing in California, and Future Money Ltd., of Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Kingstown Partners Master Ltd. v. Blackstone Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Kingstown Partners Master Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, to take discovery from Blackstone Inc., MVB Management, LLC, CC Capital Partners, LLC, and CC Capital Management LLC for use in "an appraisal proceeding in the Cayman Islands" regarding FGL Holdings, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Miami International Holdings Inc. et al v. Nasdaq Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "that Nasdaq acted unlawfully to maintain and/or to obtain monopolies in the relevant markets and submarkets by engaging in acts of patent misuse, sham litigation, and other predatory conduct" in Miami International Holdings Inc., which, inter alia, owns the Bermuda Stock Exchange; Miami International Securities Exchange LLC, MIAX Pearl LLC, and Miami International Technologies LLC v. Nasdaq Inc., Nasdaq ISE LLC, and FTEN Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Techview Investments Ltd. et al v. Amstar Poland Property Fund I LP et al: Judgment

Judgment on motions to dismiss allegations of fraud and negligence in Techview Investments Limited, which was incorporated in the Bahamas and later moved to the British Virgin Islands, and Prime Overseas Investments and Enterprises Limited, of Cyprus v. Amstar Poland Property Fund I LP, Amstar Poland Property Fund I GP LP, Amstar Poland Fund I GP LP, all of the Cayman Islands; Amstar Global Partners Limited, of Bermuda, and Amstar Group LLC, a Delaware-domiciled, Colorado-based company, at the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, County of New Castle County.

SEC v. Howard Kleyman: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving a "prime bank" scheme and entities in the Dominican Republic, Panama, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Howard Kleyman, described as a lawyer in Minnesota at the timeof the alleged offense, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

SEC v. Howard Kleyman: Motion for Judgment

Motion for Entry of Final Judgment regarding an allegedly fraudulent scheme involving entities in the Dominican Republic, Panama, United Kingdom, and USA in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Howard Kleyman at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Benjamin Berger: ‘Criminal Complaint’ Announcement

Public Notice by the Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission that it has brought a criminal complaint against Benjamin Berger, who appears to be based in California, for allegedly "selling the shares named Tian Tian Ventures" without the securities being registered.

Oak Trust et al v. Jichen Wu: Discovery Application

Application by Oak Trust, Acorn Trust, Eagle Trust, Duffy Trust, Robert J. Parfet Living Trust, Geluk Global Fund Limited SAC, of the Bahamas; Migration Investments, LLC, of Colorado; Boustrophedon International Ltd., of Hong Kong; Michael R. Shea, Erin Shea, Angela Ling, Fuhua Ling, Philip Bullock, Lifang Liu, Justin Payne, Michael Dietzen, Kimberly J. Dietzen, Brian Sly, David K. Sly, Gregory Sly, Karen Sly, Nelson Sly, Helen S. Sly, Sly Family Trust, and Tamara A. Sly Separate Property Trust to take discovery from Jichen Wu, for use in "an anticipated proceeding" in England regarding "a multi-million dollar fraudulent Forex investment and trading scheme" involving Equiti Capital UK Limited, Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc., and Blue Isle Markets Ltd., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

SEC v. Carl Jensen et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an ongoing offering fraud" involving "Chinese and Mexican and bearer bonds" that "has raised over $7 million from more than 75 investors" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Carl Jensen, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Australia, and Stephen W. Gold, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in California, as Defendants, and Kerry Margolis, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Germany, and Michael Hock, described as a citizen of the United States residing in California, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Ofer Abarbanel: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging a fraud of "at least $106 million" involving Cayman Islands-domiciled Income Collecting 1- 3 Months T- Bills Mutual Fund in USA v. Ofer Abarbanel at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Victory Sky Holdings Ltd. v. ICG I: Stop Notice

Stop Notice by Victory Sky Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, regarding one share in ICG I owned by LC Capital Limited, filed at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

George Bachiashvili v. Charlie Shrem et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud and unregistered securities regarding the sale of cryptocurrency tokens involving Delaware and Cayman Islands-domiciled Crowd Machine in George Bachiashvili v. Charlie Shrem and Roger Tichenor at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

SEC v. Medsis International Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in which the individuals defendants "told prospective investors Medsis had entered into large lucrative contracts with Central and South American customers" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Medsis International Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, Florida-based subsidiary of Medsis Medical Systems SA, of Panama; Joshua Dax Cabrera, of Miami, Florida, and Paul Hess, of Braintree, Massachusetts, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Greensill Capital (UK) Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in England by Trevor O'Sullivan, Christine Laverty, and William Stagg, as the Foreign Representatives of Greensill Capital (UK) Limited, described as "the main trading entity for the Greensill group, a global financial services firm" and "principally in the business of arranging supply chain and other working capital financing solutions for its customers by acquiring receivables, with related rights, and onselling such assets to investors either directly or in the form of receivables-backed notes issued by bankruptcy remote special purpose vehicles", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Aux Cayes Fintech Co. Ltd.: Statement of Allegations

Statement of Allegations in the matter of Aux Cayes Fintech Co. Ltd., described as a Seychelles-domiciled operator of "an online crypto asset trading platform", for "violating Ontario securities law", before the Ontario Securities Commission.

Magna Group: Forced Liquidation

Press Release from the United Kingdom's Insolvency Service announcing that it "shut down" seven "mini-bond companies" that were part of Magna Group as a result of the "mis-selling of over £20m of loan notes".

George Assad v. Pershing Square Tontine Holdings Ltd. et al: Complaint

Derivative complaint alleging breach of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and The Investment Advisers Act of 1940 in George Assad, derivatively on behalf of Pershing Square Tontine Holdings Ltd. v. Pershing Square Tontine Holdings Ltd., described as being domiciled in Delaware, based in New York and "the largest special purpose acquisition company, or "SPAC", ever to have offered shares to the public", as Nominal Defendant, and Pershing Square TH Sponsor LLC, of Delaware; Lisa Gersh, Michael Ovitz, Jacqueline D. Reses, Joseph S. Steinberg, Pershing Square LP, of Delaware; Pershing Square International Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, and Pershing Square Holdings Ltd., of Guernsey, as Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Murchinson Ltd. et al: $9M Settlement

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission stating that Murchinson Ltd., of Toronto, Canada; Marc Bistricer, and Paul Zogala, described as citizens and residents of Canada, have agreed to pay penalties totaling $9 million to settle a regulatory investigation that, inter alia, involved an unidentified Bermuda "hedge fund".