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AJ Ruiz Consultoria Empresarial SA v. Bank of China Ltd. et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint “for unjust enrichment on behalf of thousands of creditors of the Schahin Group – a Brazilian oil and gas conglomerate with subsidiaries around the world, including in the United States – to recover more than $310 million that Defendants unlawfully obtained at those creditors’ expense” in AJ Ruiz Consultoria Empresarial S.A., solely as Judicial Administrator and foreign representative of Schahin Holding S/A, Agropecuária Alto do Turiassú Ltda, Agropecuária Maranhense S/A, Âmbar Empreendimentos e Participações S/C Ltda, Aquática Comunicações Ltda, Base Engenharia e Serviços De Petróleo e Gás S/A, Base Petróleo e Gas S/A, Companhia Ms De Participações, Companhia Schahin de Ativos, Companhia Schahin Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros S/S Ltda, Construtora Mogno Ltda, Deep Black Drilling LLP, Foxborough Participações Ltda, Habitécnica Participações S/A, Habitécnica S/A Empreendimentos Imobiliários, Administração E Planejamento, HBF Participações Ltda, HHS Participações S/A, Intelis Automação e Controle Ltda, MTS Participações Ltda, S&S Holding Elétrica S/A, S2 Participações Ltda, Satasch Participações Ltda, SCH 14 Sondas de Produções Marítimas S/A, SCH07 Participações Ltda, SCH08 Participações Ltda, SCH13 Participações Ltda, SCH15 Participações Ltda, Schahin Administração e Informática Ltda, Schahin Ativos Companhia Schahin Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros S/A, Schahin Capital SPE 1 S/A, Schahin Capital SPE 2 S/A, Schahin Desenolvimento Imobiliário S/A, Schahin Empreendimentos Imobiliários Ltda, Schahin Energia S/A, Schahin Participações Ltda, Schahin Securitizadora De Créditos Financeiros S/A, and SM Participações S/A v. Bank of China Limited, of China; China Development Bank, of China; Dexia Crédit Local SA, New York Branch; International Finance Corporation, of Washington, D.C.; KFW, of Germany, and Portigon AG, New York Branch, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

JSC BTA Bank v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application (‘$7.5B Fraud’)

Application by JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan, to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC and "thirteen intermediary banks", namely Bank of America NA, Bank of China, The Bank of New York, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank NA, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company, HSBC Bank USA NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Société Générale AG, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank NA regarding Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-domiciled Panolos Limited for use in legal proceedings in England "against BTA Bank's former chairman, and primary shareholder, Mukhtar Ablyazov, upon BTA Bank's discovery that Ablyazov had illegally misappropriated as much as $7.5 Billion of BTA Bank’s assets and subsequently laundered the proceeds through multiple financial institutions all over the world", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Invest Bank PSC v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by Invest Bank PSC, which "provides corporate retail banking services in the UAE", to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York Branch; HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, The Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; Bank of China, New York Branch; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Mashreqbank PSC for use in legal proceedings in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, “against Seidco General Contracting Company LLC, Fadi Atef Ajjaoui, and Saif Ali Al Dhabea Al Darmaki" for suspected fraud and misappropriation, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

AJ Ruiz Consultoria Empresarial SA v. Bank of China Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint “for unjust enrichment on behalf of thousands of creditors of the Schahin Group – a Brazilian oil and gas conglomerate with subsidiaries around the world, including in the United States – to recover more than $310 million that Defendants unlawfully obtained at those creditors’ expense” in AJ Ruiz Consultoria Empresarial S.A., solely as Judicial Administrator and foreign representative of Schahin Holding S/A, Agropecuária Alto do Turiassú Ltda, Agropecuária Maranhense S/A, Âmbar Empreendimentos e Participações S/C Ltda, Aquática Comunicações Ltda, Base Engenharia e Serviços De Petróleo e Gás S/A, Base Petróleo e Gas S/A, Companhia Ms De Participações, Companhia Schahin de Ativos, Companhia Schahin Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros S/S Ltda, Construtora Mogno Ltda, Deep Black Drilling LLP, Foxborough Participações Ltda, Habitécnica Participações S/A, Habitécnica S/A Empreendimentos Imobiliários, Administração E Planejamento, HBF Participações Ltda, HHS Participações S/A, Intelis Automação e Controle Ltda, MTS Participações Ltda, S&S Holding Elétrica S/A, S2 Participações Ltda, Satasch Participações Ltda, SCH 14 Sondas de Produções Marítimas S/A, SCH07 Participações Ltda, SCH08 Participações Ltda, SCH13 Participações Ltda, SCH15 Participações Ltda, Schahin Administração e Informática Ltda, Schahin Ativos Companhia Schahin Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros S/A, Schahin Capital SPE 1 S/A, Schahin Capital SPE 2 S/A, Schahin Desenolvimento Imobiliário S/A, Schahin Empreendimentos Imobiliários Ltda, Schahin Energia S/A, Schahin Participações Ltda, Schahin Securitizadora De Créditos Financeiros S/A, and SM Participações S/A v. Bank of China Limited, of China; China Development Bank, of China; Dexia Crédit Local SA, New York Branch; International Finance Corporation, of Washington, D.C.; KFW, of Germany, and Portigon AG, New York Branch, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Kazakhstan v. Bank of New York Mellon et al: Discovery Application

Application by the Republic of Kazakhstan to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Bank of China, Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank N.A., The Clearing House Payments Company LLC (CHIPS), Commerzbank AG, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Société Générale S.A., Standard Chartered Bank USA, UBS AG, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of America, N.A. for use "in foreign judicial proceedings to enforce and collect upon an arbitral award that was issued in Kazakhstan's favor" against "a Canadian company called Gold Pool JV Limited", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Kazakhstan is, inter alia, seeking information regarding "third party funding that Gold Pool allegedly received from "a litigation funder registered in Guernsey", a "law firm", and "a Canadian" entity. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the corporate registry for Toronto, Canada showed that Gold Pool JV Limited was incorporated on December 29th, 1995 and its officers and directors are A. Thomas Griffis, President and Director; Elia Crespo, Vice President, Secretary, and Director, and Chris Irwin, Assistant Secretary,

Seawolf Tankers Inc. et al v. Riverstone Holdings LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Seawolf Tankers Inc. and Heidmar Inc., both of the Marshall Islands, to take discovery from Riverstone Holdings LLC, DnB Bank ASA, Bank of America NA, Bank of China, The Bank of New York Mellon, Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas SA, Citibank NA, Commerzbank AG, Credit Agricole CIB, Deutsche Bank Trust Company of Americas, Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., HSBC Bank (USA) NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank NA for use in legal proceedings in the Marshall Islands and United Arab Emirates against several parties, including Ridgebury V4 Investments LLC, Ridgebury Mike LLC, and Ridgebury Kilo LLC, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited to take discovery from Bank of America N.A., Bank of Baroda, Bank of China, New York Branch; The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas, New York Branch; Citibank N.A. Commerzbank AG, New York Branch; Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank (USA) N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mashreq Bank, New York Branch; National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Societe Generale, New York Branch; Standard Chartered Bank, New York Branch; UBS AG, New York Branch, and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. for use in legal proceedings in South Africa involving Oakbay Resources and Energy Limited and allegations of "money laundering, common law fraud, and securities fraud", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Century Sunshine Group Holdings Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in the matter of Century Sunshine Group Holdings Limited, described as "an investment holding company with subsidiaries principally located in the People's Republic of China but also in Hong Kong, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Chang Myung Shipping Co. Ltd. v. HSBC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Chang Myung Shipping Co. Ltd., of South Korea, to take discovery from HSBC Bank USA, N.A., JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Citibank, N.A., Bank of New York Mellon, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, China Merchants Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Bank of Communications, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Bank of China "for use in a foreign proceeding filed by Hebei Ocean Shipping Company Ltd.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

YS GM Marfin II LLC et al v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by YS GM Marfin II LLC, YS GM MF VII LLC, YS GM MF VIII LLC, YS GM MF IX LLC, and YS GM MF X LLC to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, Bank of America, Bank of China, The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank for use in "pending and contemplated proceedings" in England, Malaysia and other countries regarding "a brazen $89.2 million multinational maritime fraud" allegedly by Muhammad Tahir Lakhani, and his two sons, Muhammad Ali Lakhani and Muhammad Hasan Lakhani, who are described as "British and Pakistani dual nationals ordinarily resident in England, Pakistan and//or the United Arab Emirates", and involving several jurisdictions, including Nevis, Marshall Islands, Palau, and Panama, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Hermitage Capital Management Ltd. v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by Hermitage Capital Management Limited to conduct discovery from Bank of America NA, Bank of China, Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank NA, Commerzbank AG, Credit Agricole CIB, Deutsche Bank Trust Co Americas, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Mashreqbank Psc., Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank NA for use in criminal proceedings brought by Russia on December 11th, 2018 against Hermitage, its Founder & CEO, Bill Browder; Ivan Cherkasov, and others for alleged tax fraud, filing of a false bankruptcy, and embezzlement, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Manet Trust et al v. Bank of China et al: Discovery Application

Application by Opus Trustees Limited, of Guernsey, in its capacity as trustee of The Manet Trust and Renoir Investments Limited, of Guernsey, to take discovery from Bank of China, The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas, Citibank NA, CommerzbankAG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered Bank, and UBS AG for contemplated legal proceedings in Guernsey regarding a fraud believed to involve Société Bancaire et Fiduciarie Privée, Credit Foncier Comoros, Credit Foncier International s.r.o., Federico Cappuzzo, Daria Chekhova, Laura Meier, Credit Foncier Dubai UAE, and Kataryna Ryzovska, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

VEON Ltd. v. Bank of New York Mellon Corp. et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by VEON Ltd., formerly VimpelCom Ltd., to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, N.A., Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Bank of China, Barclays Bank Plc, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank NA, The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, Commerzbank AG, HSBC Bank USA, NA, Société Générale SA, Standard Chartered Bank USA, UBS AG, Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Beltone Financial USA, LLC, and Auerbach Grayson and Company, LLC for use in proceedings in England, Malta, and the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Furstenberg Finance SAS et al v. Bank of America et al: Discovery Application

Application by Furstenberg Finance SAS and Marc Bataillon to take discovery from Bank of America NA, Bank of China, The Bank of NY Mellon, BNP Paribas SA, Citibank, N.A., Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank (USA), N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Société Générale, Standard Chartered Bank, and UBS AG for use in "reasonably contemplated foreign criminal proceedings in Luxembourg against Jean-Michel Paul, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Niton Fund SPC: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Matthew Wright and Christopher Kennedy, as Foreign Representatives of Niton Fund SPC, U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Otkritie International Investment Management Ltd. et al v. Bank of New York Mellon et al: Discovery Application

Fourth Application for Order to Issue Subpoenas by Otkritie International Investment Management Limited, Otkritie Securities Limited, and Otkritie Financial Corporation JSC to obtain discovery from the Bank of New York Mellon, Barclays Capital, Inc., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Lloyds TSB Bank Plc, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Otkritie International Investment Management Ltd. et al v. Wells Fargo Bank et al: Discovery Application

Third Application to Issue Subpoenas for the Production of Documents for Use in a Foreign Proceeding by Otkritie International Investment Management Limited, domiciled in the British Virgin Islands; Otkritie Securities Limited, domiciled in England and Wales; and Otkritie Financial Corporation JSC, domiciled in Russia, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Application for Seizure of 11 PayPal Accounts

Application for the Seizure of 11 PayPal Accounts in the names of Chen Xianjie, Xianbin Chen, Chuanlan He, Yunfang Chen, Yunping Chen, Jinyu Wang, Liying He, and Chen Jinzhu as part of a criminal investigation into suspected fraud and money laundering involving web-sites at halfcosttix.com, halfpricemovieticket.com, and halfmovieticket.com.

Latin America Round-Up: January 4, 2008

ARGENTINA & VENEZUELA: Laundering and Politics; CARIBBEAN: The heat from the USA PATRIOT Act; COSTA RICA: Investigating Banco Popular; Costa Rica, Head of GAFIC; Remittances on the rise; GUATEMALA: Lottery under scrutiny; MEXICO: Chairing the OAS Anti-Laundering Group; and PERU: Fujimori sentenced.

Trinidad and Tobago: National Lotteries Control Board et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Trinidad and Tobago into three former members of the National Lotteries Control Board regarding an agreement between NLCB and G-TECH Corp.

Australia: John Paul Viana

Complaint for the arrest of John Paul Viana and extradition from the USA to Australia to face a charge of money laundering.

Hong Kong: Sai-Wah Poon

Complaint for the arrest of Poon Sai-Wah and extradition from the USA to Kong Kong to face charges of fraud.
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First International Bank of Grenada Ltd. et al v. David Marchant et al: Libel Complaint

Libel Complaint in First International Bank of Grenada Ltd., of Grenada; International Depositors' Reinsurance Corporation, Ltd., doing business as IDIC, of Nevis, and World Investors' Stock Exchange, of Grenada v. David Marchant and Offshore Business News & Research, Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.