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Portugal: Wells Fargo (‘Crypto-Based Asset Recovery Fraud’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for use in a criminal investigation into an "unknown subject" for a suspected cryptocurrency-related asset recovery fraud following an apparent cryptocurrency-related investment fraud.

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.

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.

Diginet Global FZC LLC v. Profluence Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint for $682,673 alleging breach of contract in Diginet Global FZC LLC, of the United Arab Emirates v. Profluence Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, Miami Beach-based company; Kinner Digital LLC, d.b.a. Profluence, described as a Delaware-domiciled, Miami Beach-based company; Christina McKinley, of Massachusetts, and John McKinley, of Massachusetts, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

USA v. Arthur Hayes: Hayes’ Sentencing Submission

Arthur Hayes' Sentencing Submission in USA v. Arthur Hayes, who pleaded guilty to violating the Bank Secrecy Act on February 24th, 2022 regarding the operation of the BitMEX cryptocurrency trading platform, of which he was co-founder and CEO, 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".

Matthew Kramer v. Ground Zero Crypto LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and unjust enrichment regarding "a business venture involving an automated market maker protocol to facilitate token swaps using smart contracts and tokens" called SaucerSwap in Matthew Clark Kramer, of Utah v. Ground Zero Crypto LLC, of Maryland; Peter Campbell, of Maine; Joseph Bergvinson, of Canada; Henry He, of New York; Christopher Neil Davenport, of Maryland, and Matthew DeLorenzo, of North Carolina, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

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.

USA v. Andrew Fahie: Order Granting Bond

Order Granting Bond to Andrew Fahie (Stayed until May 5th, 2022 pending an appeal by the USA) in USA v. Andrew Fahie, Premier of the British Virgin Islands, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Andrew Fahie Detention

‘Not my first rodeo’ – BVI Premier Andrew Fahie admitted to ’15-20 years of criminal activity’, says U.S.

British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie is a serial drugs offender who claimed in a secretly-recorded conversation to have been "stiffed" out of over $7 million by his criminal business partners over two decades, U.S. prosecutors alleged in a motion for the pre-trial detention of Fahie and Oleanvine Maynard that was filed at federal court in Miami, where they and Maynard's son, Kadeem Maynard, have been charged with cocaine trafficking and money laundering.

Purple Innovation LLC v. Photon Interactive UK Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of contract in Purple Innovation LLC, of Delaware, described as "an innovative and successful comfort technology company" v. Photon Interactive UK Limited, of the United Kingdom, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Atos Luxembourg PSF SA: €18,750 Fine

Public Notice by the Luxembourg CSSF that it has imposed a fine of €18,750 on Atos Luxembourg PSF S.A. "for defaults of prudential obligations related to administrative and accounting organisation".

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.
Conyers Bermuda HQ

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".

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.

USA v. Los Angeles ‘Mansion’: Forfeiture Complaint (‘Armenia Corruption’)

Forfeiture Complaint regarding a "multi-million dollar mansion located in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California" that is "traceable to unlawful bribes paid for the benefit of Gagik Khachatryan, the former minister of finance of the Republic of Armenia, and his sons Gurgen Khachatryan and Artyom Khachatryan, and related money laundering transactions" in USA v. Real Property in Los Angeles, California at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.