Listed Securities

WPP Plc: $22M Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $22.5 million on WPP Plc, described as "the world's largest advertising group" that is domiciled in Jersey, in the Channel Islands; headquartered in London and New York City, and whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange for alleged violations of "the anti-bribery, books and records, and international accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" involving its subsidiaries in Brazil, China, India, and Peru.

Chardan Capital Markets LLC v. Diginex Ltd.: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint, in Chardan Capital Markets LLC, of New York v. Diginex Limited, a cryptocurrency exchange and trading platform described in the complaint as "a Singapore company whose principal place of business is in Hong Kong, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Timothy Page et al: Freeze Order Motion

Motion for Preliminary Injunction regarding an alleged securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Timothy Page, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom; Trevor Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom residing in the U.K., Switzerland, and Fiji; Ticino Capital Limited, described as a Maltese company "owned on paper by a Swiss attorney"; Wellesley Holdings Limited, of Hungary; Porrima Limited, of Hungary; Emergent Investment Company, of Hungary, and FJ Investments International Inc., of Utah, as Defendants, and Janan Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Fiji, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. Daniel Cattlin et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Daniel Cattlin, described as a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, and William Shupe, described as a "disbarred lawyer" residing in Utah, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. Timothy Page et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Timothy Page, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom; Trevor Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom residing in the U.K., Switzerland, and Fiji; Ticino Capital Limited, described as a Maltese company "owned on paper by a Swiss attorney"; Wellesley Holdings Limited, of Hungary; Porrima Limited, of Hungary; Emergent Investment Company, of Hungary, and FJ Investments International Inc., of Utah, as Defendants, and Janan Page, described as a resident of the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Fiji, as Relief Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

USA v. Mark Gyetvay: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging tax evasion involving companies or accounts in Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Russia, and Switzerland in USA v. Mark Gyetvay, the Chief Financial Officer of Russian gas producer Novatek who is apparently a citizen of Italy, Russia, and the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Helikon Investments Ltd.: $778K Penalties

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing penalties totaling $778,244 on Helikon Investments Ltd., described as a United Kingdom company that is registered with the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, to settle allegations that it "sold short American depositary shares and then, within the rule's five-day restricted period, purchased ADSs of the same issuer in an offering, thereby violating Rule 105", profiting "by $669,002 from the transaction".

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.

Isabella Hranov v. Deutsche Bank AG et al: Discovery Application

Application by Isabella Hranov, a citizen of Switzerland, to take discovery from Deutsche Bank AG and Deutsche Bank Trust Corporation for legal proceedings in Germany "against Deutsche Bank AG and Simon Biner" alleging securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty involving "options of OC Oerlikon, a Swiss company whose shares were public but thinly traded", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boart Longyear Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Australia by Nora Pincus, as the Foreign Representative of Boart Longyear Limited, Boart Longyear Australia Pty Limited, Boart Longyear Management Pty Limited, Boart Longyear Investments Pty Limited, and Votraint No. 1609 Pty Limited, collectively described as "the world's leading provider of drilling services, orebody-data-collection technology, and innovative, safe, and productivity-driven drilling equipment", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Subhash Patel v. Koninklijke NA et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud in Subhash Patel v. Koninklijke N.A., of the Netherlands, described as the operator of "a health technology company in North America, Greater China, and internationally"; Frans van Houten, and Abhijit Bhattacharya at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Pearson Plc: $1M Fine

Administrative Order by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission imposing a fine of $1 million on Pearson Plc, described as a British publicly-listed "multinational educational publishing and services company", for "material misstatements and omissions regarding a 2018 cyber intrusion that affected several million rows of student data across 13,000 school, district, and university AIMSweb 1.0 customer accounts in the United States".

SEC v. GPL Ventures LLC et al: Asset Freeze Application

Emergency Application for an Asset Freeze Order regarding an allegedly fraudulent scheme that, inter alia, involved accounts in "the Cayman Islands and Canada", in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. GPL Ventures LLC, GPL Management LLC, described in the complaint as Delaware-domiciled, New York-based companies; Alexander J. Dillon, of New Jersey; Cosmin I. Panait, described as a citizen of Romania residing in New York; HempAmericana Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, New York-based company; Salvador E. Rosillo, of New York; Seaside Advisors LLC, of New Jersey, and Lawrence B. Adams, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. GPL Ventures LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint "to halt the GPL Defendants' ongoing violations of the dealer registration requirements of the federal securities laws", including alleged fraud, that involves, inter alia, an unidentified "broker in the Cayman Islands" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. GPL Ventures LLC, GPL Management LLC, described as Delaware-domiciled, New York-based companies; Alexander J. Dillon, of New Jersey; Cosmin I. Panait, described as a citizen of Romania residing in New York; HempAmericana Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, New York-based company; Salvador E. Rosillo, of New York; Seaside Advisors LLC, of New Jersey, and Lawrence B. Adams, of New Jersey, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jeffrey Crass v. Yalla Group Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud in Jeffrey Crass v. Yalla Group Limited, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled "voice-centric social networking and entertainment platform that operates mainly in the Middle East and Northern Africa", and Tao Yang at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Steve Klein v. Iterum Therapeutics Plc et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Steve Klein v. Iterum Therapeutics Plc, described as an Irish "clinical-stage pharmaceutical company that engages in developing anti-infectives for multi-drug resistant pathogens in Ireland and the U.S."; Corey N. Fishman, and Judith M. Matthews at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

SEC v. Frederick Sharp et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a sophisticated, multiyear, multi-national attack on the United States financial markets and retail United States investors by foreign and domestic actors" in which the defendants "schemed to sell fraudulently hundreds of millions of dollars in stocks in the United States markets" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Frederick L. Sharp, described as a citizen of the United States; Zhiying Yvonne Gasarch, a.k.a. Zhiying Chen, described as a dual citizen of Canada and China; Courtney Kelln, Mike K. Veldhuis, described as a citizen of the Netherlands; Paul Sexton, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom; Jackson T. Friesen, Graham R. Taylor, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom, all residents of British Columbia, Canada; William T. Kaitz, of Maryland, and Avtar S. Dhillon, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Long Beach, California, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

SEC v. Luis Carrillo: Asset Freeze Motion

SEC's Motion for Asset Freeze Order regarding "assets belonging to, controlled by, or used for the benefit of, defendant Luis Jimenez Carrillo" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Luis Jimenez Carrillo, described as a citizen and resident of Mexico, a former citizen of the United States, a former attorney and "a securities law recidivist"; Amar Bahadoorsingh, a dual citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom; Justin Roger Wall, and Jamie Samuel Wilson, both of the United Kingdom, as Defendants, and Haydee Yolanda Sanchez Diaz Monge, Martha Y. Jimenez Trust, and Charles A. Carrillo Trust, all of California, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

SEC v. Luis Carrillo et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud involving shares in Aureus, Inc., Garmatex Holdings, Ltd., and OneLife Technologies Corp. and "a boiler room based in Medellin, Colombia" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Luis Jimenez Carrillo, described as a citizen and resident of Mexico; Amar Bahadoorsingh, described as "a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Canada" residing in Vancouver, Canada; Justin Roger Wall, and Jamie Samuel Wilson, each described as "a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom", as Defendants, and Haydee Yolanda Sanchez Diaz Monge, Martha Y. Jimenez Trust, and Charles A. Carrillo Trust, all of California, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

USA v. Frederick Sharp et al: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging securities fraud in USA v. Frederick Sharp, described as a resident of British Columbia, Canada; Luis Carrillo, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Mexico; Mike Veldhuis, described as a resident of British Columbia, Canada, and Courtney Kelln, described as a resident of British Columbia, Canada, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

USA v. $4.9M Butterfield Bank: Amended Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. $4.9 million belonging to The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited, of Bermuda, to settle tax evasion allegations involving its Bermuda and Cayman Islands operations, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. $4.9M Butterfield Bank: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. $4.9 million belonging to The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited to settle tax evasion allegations, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Butterfield Bank admits ‘criminal conduct’, turns over client records & agrees to pay $5.6M to settle tax evasion investigation

Butterfield Bank has turned over client records and agreed to forfeit $4.9 million that it received in fees and pay restitution of $704,000 under a Non-Prosecution Agreement with the U. S. Department of Justice in which the bank admitted "criminal conduct" by fraudulently helping U.S. taxpayers evade taxes via its Bermuda and Cayman Islands operations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Keyla Bell v. Kanzhun Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud in Keyla D. Bell v. Kanzhun Limited, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based operator of "an online recruitment platform, BOSS, which is a mobile-native product that promotes instant direct chats between employers and job seekers, delivers matching results, and is powered by proprietary artificial intelligence"; Peng Zhao, Yu Zhang, Xu Chen, and Tao Zhang at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

SEC v. Eric Watson et al: Complaint

Complaint in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Eric J. Watson, described as "a New Zealand citizen and believed to be a resident of London, United Kingdom"; Oliver-Barret Lindsay, described as "a Canadian citizen and resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada" and, during the relevant period, "principal of CMGT Capital Management, a Cayman Islands-exempt broker-dealer registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority", and Gannon Giguiere, described as a resident of Newport Coast, California" who "owned and operated TheMoneyStreet.com, a stock promotion website", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SEC v. Apostolos Trovias: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a deceptive scheme to offer and sell what he called "insider trading tips" on Dark Web marketplaces to purchasers seeking an unfair advantage when trading securities in the public markets" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Apostolos Trovias, described as a citizen and resident of Greece, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.