Investments

Michael Ben-Ari: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Israel by Lior Dagan, as the Foreign Representative of Michael David Greenfield, a.k.a. Michael Ben-Ari, whose Israeli investment company, EGFE Israel Ltd., "is suspected of being one of the largest known Ponzi schemes in Israel", in which losses to "victims" are estimated to be "between NIS 300 to 600 million" (approx. US$93 million and $186 million at current exchange rates), filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Alger II Dynamic Opportunities Fund – Weatherbie Capital et al v. Stamps.com Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in Alger II Dynamic Opportunities Fund - Weatherbie Capital; Alger SICAV - Alger Dynamic Opportunities Fund - Weatherbie Capital; Alger SICAV - Alger Small Cap Focus Fund; Alger SICAV - Alger Weatherbie Specialized Growth Fund; Alger Small Cap Focus Fund; Alger Weatherbie Specialized Growth Fund; Alger Weatherbie Specialized Growth Portfolio; Weatherbie Growth Fund L.P.; and Weatherbie Long/Short Fund, L.P. v. Stamps.com Inc., Kenneth McBride, Kyle Huebner, and Jeff Carberry at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Northlight European Fundamental Credit Fund et al v. Intralot Capital Luxembourg SA et al: Complaint

Complaint in Northlight European Fundamental Credit Fund, HCN LP, and Bardin Hill Event-Driven Master Fund LP, all of the Cayman Islands v. Intralot Capital Luxembourg SA, of Luxembourg; Intralot SA, of Greece; Intralot Global Holdings BV, of the Netherlands; Intralot Inc., of Georgia, USA, and Intralot US Securities BV, of the Netherlands, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Oak Trust et al v. Mushegh Tovmasyan: 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 Mushegh Tovmasyan, described as a resident of Puerto Rico, for use in "an anticipated proceeding" in England against Equity Capital UK Limited regarding "a multi-million dollar fraudulent Forex trading and investment scheme", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Brittany Stout v. Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging violation of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 regarding "the proposed acquisition of Harvest by Trulieve Cannabis Corp." in Brittany Stout v. Harvest Health & Recreation Inc., of Vancouver, Canada; Mark N. Barnard, Steven M. White, Elroy P. Sailor, Ana Dutra, Eula L. Adams, and Michael Scott Atkison at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Lion Advisory Inc. Pension Plan et al: ‘€6.5M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €6.5 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance, described as Belgium's tax collection agency v. Lion Advisory Inc. Pension Plan, described as a New York-based "trust recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service"; Richard Markowitz, of New York; Luke McGee, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; John van Merkensteijn, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, described as being domiciled in Delaware and based in New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Xiphias LLC Pension Plan et al: ‘€7.9M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €7.9 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance, which is Belgium's tax collection agency v. Xiphias LLC Pension Plan, described as a New York-based "a trust recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service"; Richard Markowitz, of New York; Matthew Stein, of New York; John van Merkensteijn, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, described as being domiciled in Delaware and based in New York; Alicia Colodner, of New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Ganesha Industries Pension Plan et al: ‘€6.8M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €6.8 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividend" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance, which is Belgium's tax collection agency v. Ganesha Industries Pension Plan, described as a New York-based "trust recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service"; Adam LaRosa, of New Jersey; Jerome L'Hote, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, of New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Traden Investments Pension Plan et al: ‘€6.3M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €6.3 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance, which is Belgium's tax collection agency v. Traden Investments Pension Plan, described as a New York-based "trust recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service"; Adam LaRosa, of New Jersey; FGC Securities LLC, described as being domiciled in Delaware and based in New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Michelle Investments LLC Pension Plan et al: ‘€6M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €6 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance v. Michelle Investments LLC Pension Plan, of New York; Richard Markowitz, of New York; John van Merkensteijn, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, of New York; Alicia Colodner, of New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Belgium FPSF v. Delvian LLC Pension Plan et al: ‘€6.3M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €6.3 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance v. Delvian LLC Pension Plan, of New York; Alicia Colodner, of New York; Richard Markowitz, of New York; John van Merkensteijn, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, of New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

Belgium FPSF v. AOI Pension Plan et al: ‘€5.9M Tax Fraud’ Complaint

Complaint for €5.9 million alleging "a fraudulent scheme that caused FPSF Belgium to pay large amounts of money to putative entities in the United States claiming to be owed tax refunds relating to corporate dividends" in Kingdom of Belgium Federal Public Service Finance v. AOI Pension Plan, of New York; Adam LaRosa, of New Jersey; Matthew Stein, of New York; FGC Securities LLC, of New York, and Stephen Wheeler, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Kai Jochims v. Oatly Group AB et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud in Kai Jochims v. Oatly Group AB, described as a Swedish company that "describes itself as the world's original and largest oatmilk company"; Toni Petersson, Christian Hanke, Fredrik Berg, Steven Chu, Ann Chung, Bernard Hours, Hannah Jones, Mattias Klintemar, Po Sing (Tomakin) Lai, Eric Melloul, Björn Öste, Frances Rathke, Yawen Wu, and Tim Zhang at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

FourWorld Event Opportunities LP et al v. General Atlantic LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by FourWorld Event Opportunities LP and Genesis Emerging Markets Investment Company to take discovery from General Atlantic LLC, General Atlantic Service Company, L.P., GASF Interholdco Ltd., General Atlantic Partners (Bermuda) III, LP, General Atlantic Partners (Bermuda) IV LP, Inc., GAP Coinvestments CDA LP, GAP Coinvestments III LLC, GAP Coinvestments IV LLC, GAP Coinvestments V LLC, GAP (Bermuda) Ltd., General Atlantic GenPar (Bermuda) LP, General Atlantic Singapore Fund Pte. Ltd., General Atlantic Singapore 58 Pte. Ltd., and General Atlantic Singapore 58TP Pte. Ltd., Warburg Pincus LLC, Warburg Pincus China-Southeast Asia II (Cayman) LP, Warburg Pincus China-Southeast Asia II-E (Cayman) LP, WP China-Southeast Asia II Partners (Cayman) LP, Warburg Pincus China-Southeast Asia II Partners LP, Warburg Pincus (Callisto) Global Growth (Cayman) LP, Warburg Pincus (Europa) Global Growth (Cayman) LP, Warburg Pincus Global Growth-B (Cayman) LP, Warburg Pincus Global Growth-E (Cayman) LP, WP Global Growth Partners (Cayman) LP, Warburg Pincus Global Growth Partners (Cayman) LP, and Polarite Gem Holdings Group, Ltd. for use in "an appraisal proceeding filed in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands" at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Donald Ramsey v. Coinbase Global Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging "Offering Materials were inaccurate and misleading" and "contained untrue statements of material facts" in Donald Ramsey v. Coinbase Global Inc., of Delaware, described as "the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States"; Brian Armstrong, Alesia J. Haas, Jennifer N. Jones, Surojit Chatterjee, Paul Grewal, Marc L. Andreessen, Frederick Ernest Ehrsam III, Kathryn Haun, Kelly Kramer, Gokul Rajaram, Fred Wilson, AH Capital Management LLC, Paradigm Fund LP, Ribbit Management Company LLC, Tiger Global Management LLC, Tiger Global Management LLC, Union Square Ventures LLC, and Viserion Investment Pte Ltd., of Singapore, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Daniel Feldman et al v. AS Roma SPV et al: Judgment

Memorandum Opinion dismissing an investor complaint against the American owners of Italian soccer club AS Roma in Daniel Feldman, Jonathan Wyatt Gruber, John Charles Pope Revocable Trust, and Tierney Family Investors LLC v. AS Roma SPV GP LLC, James J. Pallotta, Richard A. D'Amore, The Ruane Irrevocable GST Trust of 2007, Shamrock Holdings of California Inc., and Raptor Holdco LLC at Delaware Chancery Court.

USA v. Samuel Mancini: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging securities fraud involving individuals and companies in or from Italy and the United States that "fraudulently obtained more than approximately $10 million fro victims" in USA v. Samuel J. Mancini, a.k.a. Samuel Gamel, described as a resident of Denver, Colorado, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Alkis Aloneftis: €1K Fine

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has imposed a fine of €1,000 on Alkis Aloneftis for a regulatory breach.

Junhui Jiang v. BlueCity Holdings Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Junhui Jiang v. BlueCity Holdings Limited, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based company that "operates a platform for the LGBTQ - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (or questioning) - community primarily under the BlueCity brand in China, India, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam"; Baoli Ma, Zhiyong (Ben) Li, Zhe Wei, Wei Ying, Colleen A. DeVries, AMTD Global Markets Limited, Loop Capital Markets LLC, Tiger Brokers (NZ) Limited, Prime Number Capital LLC, R. F. Lafferty & Co. Inc., and Cogency Global Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

2567423 Ontario Inc. et al v. MXY Holdings LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint in 2567423 Ontario Inc., of Canada; Rayray Investments Inc., of Canada; KW Capital Partners Ltd., of Canada; K2 Principal Fund LP, of Canada; Anson East Master Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands; Anson Investments Master Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands; Barometer Equity Pool, Barometer Tactical Income Pool, Hadron Healthcare and Consumers Special Opportunities Fund, Parkwood Master Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Samara Fund Ltd., of Canada; Dani Warshager, Martin Fix, and Matthew Conduit v. MXY Holdings LLC, described as a Delaware-domiciled, California-based company that "manufactures and sells cannabis products under the brand name 'Moxie'"; Jordan Lams, and Kevin Marrone at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

San Miguel Holdings Corp. et al v. Padma Fund LP: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in San Miguel Holdings Corp., of the Philippines, and Atlantic Aurum Investments BV, of the Netherlands v. Padma Fund LP, described as "a private equity fund which invests in infrastructure projects and companies in Indonesia and in the Philippines", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

SEC v. Outdoor Capital Partners LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving "three Italian cycling companies" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Outdoor Capital Partners, LLC and Samuel J. Mancini, as Defendants, and OCP Italia Fund LLC, OCPITALUS LLC, and Diana L. Mancini, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

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.

Daniel Ocampo v. Dfinity Stiftung et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint "on behalf of all investors who purchased Internet Computer Project tokens" alleging that the defendants "sold unregistered securities to investors in violation of the Securities Act" in Daniel Ocampo v. Dfinity USA Research LLC, of Delaware; Dfinity Stiftung, of Switzerland; Andreessen Horowitz, described as Menlo Park, California-based "private venture capital firm"; Polychain Capital, described as a San Francisco-based "cryptocurrency investment firm managing portfolios of digital assets", and Dominic Williams at the Superior Court of the State of California, San Mateo County.

Dorset Ltd. v. Trax Ltd.: Stop Notice

Stop Notice by Dorset Limited, of the Marshall Islands, regarding shares in Trax Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, registered to Panagiotis Triantafyllidis, filed at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

ENG LLC v. Trax Ltd.: Stop Notice

Stop Notice by ENG LLC, of Delaware, regarding shares in Trax Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, registered to Topmost Access Limited and Tron LP, filed at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Alto Opportunity Master Fund SPC v. Reebonz Holdings Ltd.: Judgment

Judgment for $4.8 million in Alto Opportunity Master Fund, SPC-Segregated Master Portfolio B, of the Cayman Islands v. Reebonz Holdings Limited, a Cayman Islands company based in Singapore, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cayman Islands General Registry showed that the directors of Reebonz Holding Limited, which appears to be the correct name for the company identified throughout the litigation, even in contracts signed by its own representatives, as "Reebonz Holdings Limited", were identified as Arthur Chua, Charles Goh, Roderick Perry, and Samuel Lim Kok Eng.

Makhpal Karibzhanova v. Mubadala Fund et al: Discovery Application

Application by Makhpal Karibzhanova, described as "a citizen of Kazakhstan and is the former wife of a wealthy and politically-connected Kazakh businessman, Aidan Karibzhanov" whose "wealth is held in offshore structures and through nominee ownership around the world, making it necessary to gather evidence from a number of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore, as well as Kazakhstan and a number of offshore jurisdictions", including the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, and Singapore, to take discovery from Mubadala Fund, Extell Developrnent, Edward Mermelstein, One and Only Realty, Eduard Ogai, Credit Suisse, American Express and others for use in legal proceedings in Kazakhstan, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Pedro Balderas v. 360 DigiTech Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud in Pedro Balderas v. 360 DigiTech Inc., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based company that "operates a digital consumer finance platform under the 360 Jietiao brand in the People's Republic of China" in Haisheng Wu, Jiang Wu, and Zuoli Xu at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Mikhail Kokorich: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mikhail Kokorich, described as a citizen of Russia residing in Switzerland who "since 2018 has faced repeated adverse determinations from U.S. government agencies for national security reasons", at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Momentus Inc. et al: $8M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties of $8 million on Momentus Inc., Stable Road Acquisition Corp., SRC-NI Holdings LLC, and Brian Kabot for alleged securities fraud involving, inter alia, Mikhail Kokorich, described as "a Russian citizen residing in Switzerland".

Gustavo Lopez v. Uulala Inc.: Judgment

Judgment for $700,000, plus interest, in Gustavo Lopez v. Uulala Inc. at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles. Editor's Note: The Uulala Group became the first applicant to be approved for an Initial Coin Offering in Bermuda in October, 2018, with Bermuda's Premier, David Burt, recording a video for the group that it used for promotional purposes on its website. Uulala was exposed by OffshoreAlert in January, 2019.

Kohli Pratyush v. Full Truck Alliance Co. Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Kohli Pratyush v. Full Truck Alliance Co. Ltd., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based "digital freight platform that connects shippers with truckers to facilitate shipments in the People's Republic of China"; Peter Hui Zhang, Simon Chong Cai, Colleen A. DeVries, Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC, China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited, of Hong Kong; Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, of Hong Kong, and Cogency Global Inc., of New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Jatin Chopra v. DiDi Global Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud in Jatin Chopra v. DiDi Global Inc., f.k.a. Xiaoju Kuaizhi Inc., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based company that "purports to be the world's largest mobility technology platform. Its four key components are: shared mobility, auto solutions, electronic mobility, and autonomous driving"; Will Wei Cheng, Alan Yue Zhuo, Jean Qing Liu, Stephen Jingshi Zhu, Zhiyi Chen, Martin Chi Ping Lau, Kentaro Matsui, Adrian Perica, Daniel Yong Zhang, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, JPMorgan Securities LLC, BoFA Securities Inc., Barclays Capital Inc., China Renaissance Securities (Hong Kong) Limited, China International Capital Corporation Hong Kong Securities Limited, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Guotai Junan Securities (Hong Kong) Limited, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., UBS Securities LLC, BOCI Asia Limited, BOCOM International Securities Limited, CCB International Capital Limited, CLSA Limited, CMB International Capital Limited, Futu Inc., ICBC International Securities Limited, Mizuho Securities USA LLC, and Tiger Brokers (NZ) Limited at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Jonathan Mimun et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud retail investors in the United States through the unregistered offer and sale of security-based binary options from at least December 2014 through June 2017" that, inter alia, involved Porter Finance and Dalton Finance in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jonathan Mimun, a.k.a. Yoni Mimun, a.k.a. Jonathan Maymon, described as "a Canadian citizen residing in Israel", and Ronn BenHarav at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.