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Malta police investigate lawyer Aron Mifsud Bonnici & businessman Yorgen Fenech for ‘Dark Web weapons purchase using crypto’

Police in Malta are investigating lawyer Aron Mifsud Bonnici and businessman Yorgen Fenech regarding "the unlawful acquisition of firearms" on the "Dark Web" using Bitcoin. Details are contained in an application to collect evidence from crypto exchanges Poloniex and Coinbase that was filed at federal court in Delaware by the USA after receiving a request for judicial assistance from Malta.

Malta: Yorgen Fenech et al (‘Dark Web Firearms Purchase’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from crypto exchanges Poloniex and Coinbase - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Malta - for a criminal investigation into Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech and Maltese lawyer Aron Mifsud Bonnici for "the unlawful acquisition of firearms".

USA v. Andrew Coldicutt: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging securities fraud in USA v. Andrew Coldicutt, a Canadian attorney residing in California, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Radical Investments Ltd. v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC et al: Motion to File Second Amended Complaint (‘$12M COVID Vaccine Scam’)

Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint alleging the plaintiff "was deceptively lured into an elaborate scam to advance the sum of 12.2 million U.S. dollars for one million nonexistent doses of AstraZeneca vaccine" for COVID-19 and to add James L. Scott, a lawyer in Michigan, and Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, a law firm in Michigan, as defendants for alleged malpractice in Radical Investments Ltd., a St. Lucia company based in Barbados v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. Flex Moore; Prestige Pegasus LLC, of Colorado; Moniladae Coley, a.k.a. Moniladai Coley; Charles Stein, a.k.a. Charlie Stein, a lawyer in California, and Davidovich Stein Law Group LLC, a law firm California, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

‘Ex Parte A Professionally Embarrassed Law Firm’: Judgment (BVI)

Judgment regarding an application from an anonymous "BVI law firm" that "sought to come off the record as acting for its client on the basis that the firm was professionally embarrassed" in a case styled only as "Ex Parte A Professionally Embarrassed Law Firm" at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Kuwait Ports Authority et al v. Crowell & Moring LLP: Discovery Application (Cayman Islands ‘Port Fund’ Litigation)

Application by Kuwait Ports Authority and The Public Institution for Social Security, both of Kuwait, to take discovery from Crowell & Moring LLP, a law firm, for use in legal proceedings in the Cayman Islands involving "direct and derivative claims for multiple frauds committed by the general partner of a Cayman limited partnership, The Port Fund, L.P., and persons and entities acting in concert with the general partner", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Peru: José Luis Noriega Ludwick (‘Clan Orellana Money Laundering Investigation’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from United Nations Federal Credit Union - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Peru - for a criminal investigation into Jose Luis Noriega Ludwick, described as "a lawyer of a Peruvian criminal organization, Clan Orellana", and others for suspected "money laundering and crimes against public order and conspiracy", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Itáu Unibanco SA v. Title Team: Discovery Application

Application by Itáu Unibanco SA to take discovery from Martha L. Mendez, P.A., d.b.a. Title Team, of Coral Gables, Florida, for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil, regarding "various loan agreements, import credit agreements, and derivative contracts with a Brazilian company named MapTrade Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Ltda.", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

ENRC v. Dechert LLP et al: Judgment

Judgment in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited v. Dechert LLP, David Neil Gerrard, and The Director of the Serious Fraud Office at the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.
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Australian lawyer Evatt Tamine ordered to repay $28M to Robert Brockman’s Bermuda trust

In a judgment at Bermuda Supreme Court, Australian barrister Evatt Tamine has been ordered to repay nearly $30 million that he allegedly misappropriated from a Bermuda trust he administered on behalf of U.S. businessman Robert Brockman, who was criminally indicted at federal court in California in 2020 for an alleged $2 billion offshore tax fraud scheme.

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.

BCT Ltd. et al v. Evatt Tamine et al: $28M Judgment (Robert Brockman Case)

Judgment awarding $16.8 million, $5.395 million, and £5 million against the defendants in BCT Limited, a Cayman Islands subsidiary of Maples Group, as Trustee of the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, and Spanish Steps Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands v. Evatt Tamine, an Australian barrister, and Tangarra Consultants Limited, of Bermuda, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

LTC (BVI) Ltd. v. BraunHagey & Borden LLP: Complaint (‘$2.8M Spoofing Loss’)

Complaint alleging a law firm's negligence caused a client to transfer $2.8 million to an "imposter" who had "spoofed" an email address in LTC (BVI) Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, described as "an investor and investment manager" v. BraunHagey & Borden LLP, a law firm in California, at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

Palantir Technologies Inc. v. Williams & Connolly LLP et al: Discovery Application (‘Attempted Litigation Fraud’)

Application by Palantir Technologies Inc. to take discovery from Williams & Connolly LLP, a law firm, and laywers Barry S. Simon, and Stephen L. Wohlgemuth for use in "two German proceedings: (i) a patent entitlement litigation before the Regional Court of Munich, Federal Republic of Germany between Palantir and Williams & Connolly's client, Marc L. Abramowitz, and (ii) a criminal investigation by a German public prosecutor of Abramowitz, Simon, and Wohlgemuth" for suspected "attempted litigation fraud", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
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Conyers fined $2.1M by Bermuda regulator for AML breaches

The Conyers legal and corporate services group, which is one of the offshore industry's biggest professional service providers, has been fined $2.1 million by the Bermuda Monetary Authority for failure to comply with anti-money laundering regulations and legal "obligations".

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP v. Great Mercury Ltd.: Liquidation Application

Originating Application alleging unpaid legal fees incurred while representing PPlive Sports International Limited, described as a subsidiary of Great Mercury Ltd., in a lawsuit brought in England by The Football Association Premier League Limited in Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP v. Great Mercury Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

USA v. Acisclo Valladares Urruela: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging money laundering in USA v. Acisclo Valladares Urruela, a Guatemalan attorney and former Economics Minister of Guatemala, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Samir Andrawos v. Damian Gomez et al: TRO Motion

Chapter 11 Trustee's Motion for an order enforcing the automatic stay and granting a preliminary injunction in Lawrence Katz, as Chapter 11 Trustee for the Bankruptcy Estate of Samir Andrawos v. Damian Gomez and Charles Mackay, both lawyers in the Bahamas, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.

Samir Andrawos v. Damian Gomez et al: Complaint

Complaint to enforce an automatic stay and compel turnover of asset alleging fraudulent transfers and unjust enrichment in Lawrence Katz, as Chapter 11 Trustee for the Bankruptcy Estate of Samir Andrawos v. Damian Gomez and Charles Mackay, both lawyers in the Bahamas, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.

USA v. Moshe Strugano: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging insider trading in shares of U.S Goethermal Inc. via a company in the Seychelles and bank accounts in Switzerland in USA v. Moshe Strugano, described as an Israeli "corporate lawyer" whose "law practice specialized in registering and establishing offshore companies and trusts, and opening related financial accounts", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

VTB Bank v. Sergey Taruta et al: Judgment (‘Refusing Ogier’s application to stop acting for Russian state-owned bank’)

Judgment on i). Ogier's application to stop representing VTB Bank following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, ii). whether a Receivership Order requires "the Governor's licence" due to sanctions, and iii) whether Arrowcrest is subject to the Court's jurisdiction in JSC VTB Bank, a Russian state-owned bank v. Sergey Taruta and Arrowcrest Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

SEC v. Andrew Coldicutt: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendant "participated in fraudulent scheme to create a sham public company and register an offering of its securities with the SEC, concealing from SEC filings the company's true control persons/promoters and source of funding, and his role as its securities attorney" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Andrew Coldicutt, described as a citizen of Canada residing in San Diego, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Atkins Investment Partnership et al v. Duff & Phelps: Complaint

Complaint "for aiding and abetting fraud, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty and negligent misrepresentation against Duff & Phelps for enabling a massive fraud orchestrated by Brendan Ross through a $789 million private investment fund structure managed by Direct Lending Investments, LLC" in Atkins Investment Partnership et al v. Duff & Phelps at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Walkers Corporate Ltd. v. Cayman Islands Minister of Financial Services and Commerce et al: Originating Summons

Originating Summons in which a Cayman Islands corporate services provider plaintiff "seeks the determination of the Court as to the meaning and effect of Section 255 and Section 281 D of the Companies Act (2022 Revision)" in Walkers Corporate Limited v. The Minister of Financial Services and Commerce, The Registrar of Companies, and The Attorney General of the Cayman Islands at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Carolina Lane v. Morgan Stanley et al: Discovery Application

Application by Carolina Andraus Lane to take discovery from Morgan Stanley, RBC Bank, Citigroup, Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, Safra Bank of New York, and law firm Fox Horan & Camerini LLP for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil, "her former husband and business partner Gilberto Miranda Batista", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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Mourant applies to liquidate MultiBank FX (BVI)

Mourant Ozannes law firm has applied to liquidate MultiBank FX International Corporation in the British Virgin Islands over alleged unpaid legal fees of $77,711. The alleged debtor is part of the MultiBank Group, which claims to have companies or offices in Australia, Austria, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Spain, Turkey, USA, and Vietnam.

Caetano Rosa Holding Corp. v. Kravitz Law PA et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of contract in Caetano Rosa Holding Corp., described as a Marshall Islands company owned by Jobelino Locatelli, who "died on February 17, 2020" and was "the patriarch of the Locatelli family; a prominent family from Sao Paulo, Brazil, with extensive business interests" v. Kravitz Law PA and Genilde Guerra at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Travers Thorp Alberga v. Kurt Scott: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons for $1.1 million, plus interest, in allegedly unpaid legal fees and expenses in Travers Thorp Alberga, a law firm v. Kurt Scott, of Milton Keynes, England, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd. v. MdR Solicitors et al: Judgment

Judgment imposing a fine of £25,000 and costs of £32,500 against MdR Solicitors and dismissing allegations against Elizabeth Ellen in Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd. v. Elizabeth Ellen and MdR Solicitors, formerly known as Mishcon de Reya Solicitors, at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Radical Investments Ltd. v. Charles Stein et al: Stein’s Motion to Dismiss

Motion to Quash Service and Dismiss Complaint by Charles Stein and Davidovich Stein Law Group LLP regarding an alleged $6.7 million fraud involving “non-existent doses” of a COVID-19 vaccine “for the purpose of vaccinating nearly 300,000 citizens of the island of Barbados” in Radical Investments Ltd., described as a St. Lucia company based in Barbados v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. Flex Moore; Prestige Pegasus LLC, of Colorado; Moniladae Coley, a.k.a. Moniladai Coley; Charles Stein, a.k.a. Charlie Stein, a lawyer in California, and Davidovich Stein Law Group LLC, a law firm California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Mishcon de Reya LLP: £232K Fine

Decision by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority for England and Wales imposing a fine of £232,500, plus costs of £50,000, on Mishcon de Reya LLP, a law firm, for regulatory breaches.

Geoffrey Willcocks v. Wakefield Quin et al: Writ of Summons

Generally Endorsed Writ of Summons alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, fraudulent disposal of trust property by trustee, dishonest appropriation of property, and conspiracy to defraud in Geoffrey Lynn Randall Willcocks v. Joseph E. Wakefield, a lawyer, and Wakefield Quin Limited, a law firm, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

China AI Capital Ltd. v. DLA Piper LLP et al: $180M Complaint

Shareholder Derivative Complaint alleging legal malpractice that "caused the Company to suffer damages in excess of USD$180,400,000" in China AI Capital Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, derivatively on behalf of Link Motion Inc., f.k.a. NQ Mobile Inc., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based "technology business" v. DLA Piper LLP, a law firm domiciled in Maryland, and Caryn G. Schechtman, an attorney with DLA Piper, in New York, as Defendants, and Link Motion Inc., as Nominal Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.