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Universal Enterprises Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Eleanor Fisher, of the Cayman Islands, and Hani Bishara, of the United Arab Emirates, as Foreign Representatives of Universal Enterprises Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), described as "an investment vehicle for six brothers [from Kuwait] for the purpose of making investments in the United States", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has revoked the license of D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Cyprus Registrar of Companies showed that the directors of D&V Pegasus Real Estate AIF VCIC Plc were identified as Gunther Glatzel, Gunter Jurgen Vorbauer, and Andreas Dimitriou, while the company's website at pegasusfm.com identified its "Board of Directors" as "Gunter J Vorbauer - Chairman; Andreas Demetriou - Vice Chairman; Christos Vakis - Member; Dr. Gunther Glatzel - Member", "External Manager" as MFO Asset Management Ltd., "Depositary" as Eurobank Cyprus Ltd., "External Auditors" as KPMG Ltd., "Legal Advisor" as Clerides Anastassiou Neophytou LLC, and "Investment Advisors" as Planet Properties (London) Ltd. and PPM Valuations LLC.

China Medical Technologies Inc. et al v. KPMG: Discovery Application

Application by China Medical Technologies Inc. (in Liquidation), described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled "holding company of a group of companies incorporated in Hong Kong, Mainland China, the British Virgin Islands and Singapore", and CMED Technologies Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, to take discovery from KPMG LLP for use in legal prceddings in Hong Kong, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ginger Capital Fund SPC: ‘Court Supervision’ Petition

Petition for Court Supervision of a Voluntary Liquidation by Jason Robinson and Jeffrey Stower, of KPMG, as Joint Voluntary Liquidators of Ginger Capital Fund SPC (in Voluntary Liquidation), at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Kazakhstan et al v. Daniel Chapman et al: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint alleging the defendants "are conspiring with, and aiding and abetting, a fraudulent scheme led by Moldovan oligarch Anatolie Stati, his son Gabriel Stati, and a murky web of companies that they control, often secretly", in Republic of Kazakhstan and Outrider Management LLC v. Daniel Chapman, Argentem Creek Holdings LLC, Argentem Creek Partners LP, Pathfinder Argentem Creek GP LLC, and ACP I Trading LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

VL Assurance (Bermuda) Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Michael Morrison and Mark Allitt, of KPMG Advisory, as the Foreign Representatives of VL Assurance (Bermuda) Ltd., Valor Group Ltd., and Valor Management Ltd., described as Bermuda companies that are part of a group that also includes companies in Barbados, Ireland, Liechtenstein, and the United States and which are "victims of activity perpetrated between 2013 and 2016 by Jason Sugarman - a former director of the VL Bermuda Debtor - and others, including Jason Galanis, that ultimately led to the insolvency of the VL Bermuda Debtors", filed at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Amissima Assicurazioni Multi-Credit Strategy Fund et al v. BAF Latam Fund: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in Amissima Assicurazioni Multi-Credit Strategy Fund, a Sub-Fund of Amissima Diversified Income ICAV, of Ireland; Amissima Vita Multi-Credit Strategy Fund, a Sub-Fund of Amissima Diversified Income ICAV, of Ireland; Multi Credit Strategy, a compartment of Athora Lux Invest S.C.Sp., of Luxembourg, and Tranquilidade Multi-Credit Strategy Fund, a Sub-Fund of Tranquilidade Diversified Income ICAV, of Ireland, all of whose portfolio manager is Apollo Management International LLP v. BAF Latam Credit Fund at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Century Sharia Fund Ltd. et al: Administrator Appointment

Public Notice by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission announcing the appointment of an administrator for Century Global Ltd. and Century Sharia Fund Ltd. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Corporate and Business Registration Department for Mauritius showed that Century Sharia Fund Ltd. was incorporated on May 19th, 2014, its sole director is Shah Nawaz Abdool Rahim Paraouty, of Mauritius, and its sole shareholder is Century Global Ltd.; Century Global Ltd. was incorporated on April 10th, 2012, its sole director is Shah Nawaz Abdool Rahim Paraouty, of Mauritius, its management company is Bramer Global Services Ltd., and its sole shareholder is Century Banking Corporation Ltd.; and Century Banking Corporation Ltd. was incorporated on May 21st, 2008, its directors are Waleed Qassim Bangash, of Bahrain; Charles Mark Broadley, of Hong Kong; Shakil Ibrahim Moollan, and Rajendra Kumar Ujoodha, both of Mauritius; its secretary is Rawat Muhammad Houmayd Sulleman, of Mauritius, and its shareholder is CBC Capital Limited, whose domicile is not identified.

Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd.: Amended Chapter 15 Petition

Amended Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Jeffrey Stower and Jason Robinson, of KPMG, as the Foreign Representatives of Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd. (in Provisional Liquidation), at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Dismatrix SPC et al v. Equiti Capital UK Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint for $12.7 million alleging "Defendant is in receipt of funds as part of a fraudulent investment scheme at the expense of the Claimants" in Dismatrix SPC, Asyndeton, and Polysyndeton, all of the Cayman Islands v. Equiti Capital UK Limited, of England, at the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.

Q’Max Solutions Inc.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Canada by Anamika Gadia, of KPMG, as the Foreign Representative of Q'Max Solutions Inc., described as being part of a group that "prior to recent events ... provided provided oilfield services focused on onshore and offshore drilling fluids, solids control, and waste management solutions in the upstream oil and gas drilling and producing industry", at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd.: Public Notice

Public Notice by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority announcing it has appointed Jeffrey Stower and Jason Robinson, of KPMG, to assume control of Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd. and "found Jorge Eduardo Falcon and Leonardo Cornide, two of Premier's directors, not fit and proper to hold the position of director of a licensee".

Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Jeffrey Stower and Jason Robinson, as the Foreign Representatives of Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd. (in Controllership), at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. Editor's Note: The "Foreign Main Proceeding" in this matter, which includes allegations of fraud, was filed under seal at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on September 17th, 2020 and remains sealed as of today, with the entry in the Court's public register reading "Confidential Matter". It is often only when Cayman insolvency practitioners seek recognition in the United States that the mere existence of cases becomes publicly-known.

Culligan Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Michael Morrison and Charles Thresh, of KPMG Advisory Limited, as the Foreign Representatives of Culligan Ltd., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Editor's Note: The "Foreign Main Proceeding" in this matter was filed at Bermuda Supreme Court in July, 2019 under seal as part of Bermuda Supreme Court's blanket policy to conceal insolvency proceedings from the public, with the entry in the Court's public register at the time reading "Space Taken". It is typically only when Bermuda insolvency practitioners seek recognition in the United States that details become publicly-available.

Century Banking Corporation Ltd.: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission that it has revoked the Islamic Banking License of Century Banking Corporation Ltd. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Corporate and Business Registration Department for Mauritius showed that Century Banking Corporation Ltd. was incorporated on May 21st, 2008, its directors are Charles Mark Broadley, of Hong Kong; Waleed Qassim Bangash, of Bahrain; Shakil Ibrahim Moollan, and Rajendra Kumar Ujoodha, all of Mauritius; its secretary is Muhammad Houmayd Sulleman Rawat, of Mauritius, and its sole shareholder is CBC Capital Limited, of Hong Kong. Research in the Hong Kong Companies Registry showed that the sole director of CBC Capital Limited is Charles Mark Broadley; and its sole shareholder is Oryx Investment Limited, of Hong Kong, and that the sole director of Oryx Investment Limited is Kenneth Richard Wyness, a citizen of South Africa residing in Mauritius, and its sole shareholder is Ghanim Saad M. Alsaad Al-Kuwari, of Qatar. Charles Broadley ceased being a director of Oryx Investment Limited on July 31st, 2019.

LATAM Finance Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in the matter of LATAM Finance Limited, described as a "finance vehicle" for  "Latin America's leading airline group", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Peuco Finance Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in the matter of Peuco Finance Limited, which is owned by LATAM Airlines Group SA, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc: License Cancellation

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has cancelled the Collective Investment Scheme Licence of Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc, a license that was suspended, on regulatory grounds nearly six years ago, on July 15th, 2014, "following the resignation of key officials and service providers". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert at the Malta Business Registry showed that Brightwell Portfolio Fund SICAV Plc has not had any directors or a secretary since they resigned in May, 2014. The company was originally incorporated in the British Virgin Islands on May 18th, 2006 as Brightwell Portfolio Fund Ltd. and continued to Malta on May 10th, 2011, changing its name at the same time. In its most recent annual return, dated May 10th, 2013, the company's shareholders were identified as Paolo Faldini, a citizen of Italy residing in Monaco, and Conseulo Nardon, a citizen of Italy with addresses in the Netherlands and Luxembourg; its directors as Faldini, Nardon, and Stephen Muscat, of Malta, and its Secretary as Valetta Fund Services Limited. Faldini committed suicide on his luxury yacht - apparently bought with investors' funds - in Monte Carlo on December 31st, 2013, shortly after which Nardon, Muscat, and Valetta Fund Services all resigned their positions and the company's auditor, KPMG (Malta), represented by partner Ray Azzopardi, withdrew its audit opinions for 2011 and 2012 due to "fraudulent misrepresentations", evidently by Faldini, regarding the company and its subsidiaries, Beaumont Cash Management Limited, Beaumont Systematic Trading Limited, Beaumont Discretionary Trading Limited, Beaumont Equity Trading Limited, and Beaumont Homeland Security Limited. Brightwell Portfolio Fund's professional services providers included Princes Gate Investment Management Ltd., of the BVI, as Investment Manager; Arcari Fund Solutions BV, of the Netherlands, as Administrator; Credit Suisse, of Switzerland, as Custodian, and Ganado & Associates, Advocates, of Malta, as Legal Adviser. In the BVI, the company's directors were Curado Trust (Tortola) Limited, represented by Yuck Leen Sprock-Chang and Mavis Reed-Castro, and GM General Management Limited, represented by Mario Bottiroli, c/o Trust Company Complex, in the Marshall Islands, with Harneys Corporate Services Ltd., represented by Kimberly Crabbe-Adams, serving as registered agent. Corporate records show that the company authorized the following lawyers to obtain its Collective Investment Scheme license in Malta: James Farrugia, Andre Zerafa, Henry Saydon, and Stephanie Micallef, now known as Stephanie Farrugia, all of Ganado & Associates.

Insolvent Bermuda Digicel firm files for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in New York

An insolvent Bermuda holding company within the Digicel Group, which provides mobile phone, cable television, Internet, and other communications services in the Caribbean and South Pacific, has filed for Chapter 15 recognition of its Bermuda provisional liquidation at bankruptcy court in Manhattan as part of a plan to restructure debt that totals $7.4 billion.

IIG Trade Opportunities Fund NV: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Curaçao by Valerie P. Maria, as the Foreign Representative of IIG Trade Opportunities Fund NV, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ansager Global Ltd.: Originating Application

Originating Application by Russell Crumpler and Christopher Farmer, as Joint Liquidators of Ansager Global Limited (in Liquidation), at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Schahin Holdings SA et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Brazil by Osana Mendonça, as the Foreign Representative of Schahin Holdings SA, Base Engenharia e Serviços de Petróleo e Gás SA, a.k.a. Schahin Engenharia SA; Schahin Empreendimentos Imobiliarios Ltda, Schahin Securitizadora de Créditos Financeiros SA, Schahin Desenvolimento Imobiliários SA, Companhia Schahin de Ativos, MTS Participações SA, Satasch Participações Ltda, and Deep Black Drilling LLP, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. It is alleged in the petition that the Schahin Group was involved in a bribery scheme involving companies in several jurisdictions, including Austria, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Panama, Uruguay, and the USA.

Silk Road M3 Fund v. Alisher Ali et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in Matthew C. Clingerman, as Receiver for Silk Road M3 Fund, a segregated account of Silk Road Funds Limited, of Bermuda v. Alisher Ali, apparently a citizen of Saint Kitts and Nevis residing in New York; Eurasia Capital Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Eurasia Capital (Mongolia) LLC, of Mongolia; Silk Road Management Limited, of the Cayman Islands; Silk Road Finance Limited, of the Cayman Islands; Apex Fund Services Ltd., of Bermuda, and Peter Hughes, of Bermuda, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

KPMG Bermuda & MD fined by US auditor regulator

KPMG Bermuda and its Managing Director, Damion Henderson, have been fined and censured by the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which regulates auditors of public-traded companies.

Pilatus Bank Plc: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority announcing that it has withdrawn the authorisation of Pilatus Bank Plc.

Keystone Private Equity Investments Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the British Virgin Islands by Russell Crumpler, as the Foreign Representative of Keystone Private Equity Investments Limited, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.