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Disgruntled SPhinX investors seek to remove liquidators

Eleven investors in six collapsed hedge funds known as the SPhinX Group are trying to remove Kenneth Krys and Margot MacInnis, of KRyS Global, as joint official liquidators and replace them with Kris Beighton and Richard Heis, of KPMG.

SEC v. Brian Callahan et al: Temporary Restraining Order

Temporary Restraining Order Freezing Assets and Granting Other Relief in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Brian Raymond Callahan, Horizon Global Advisors, Ltd., and Horizon Global Advisors, LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Rafat Kishtah v. HCA Holdings, Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Rafat Kishtah v. HCA Holdings, Inc., Richard Bracken, Milton Johnson, Christopher Birosak, John Connaughton, James Forbes, Kenneth Freeman, Thomas Frist III, William Frist, Chrostopher Gordon, Michael Michelson, James Momtazee, Stephen Pagliuca, Nathan Thorne, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., JPMorgan Securities LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co., Wells Fargo Securities, Credit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc., Mizuho Securities USA Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC, RBS Securities Inc., SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc., Avondale Partners, LLC, Robert Baird & Co. Inc., Cowen and Company LLC, CRT Capital Group LLC, Lazard Capital Markets LLC, Leerink Swann LLC, Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Susquehanna Financial Group LLLP, Samuel A. Ramirez & Company Inc., The Williams Capital Group, LP, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc., Loop Capital Markets, LLC, Glecher & Company Securities, Inc., CastleOak Securities LP, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC, Caris & Company Inc., and Ernst & Young LLP at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Millennium Global Emerging Credit Master Fund Ltd. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Michael Morrison, Charles Thresh, and Richard Heis, as the Foreign Representatives of Millennium Global Emerging Credit Master Fund Limited and Millennium Global Emerging Credit Fund Limited, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

JSC BTA Bank: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Kazakhstan by Anvar Galimullaevich Saidenov, as the Foreign Representative of JSC BTA Bank, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

SCA hit with class actions lawsuits filed by buyers of municipal bonds

Bermuda-based Security Capital Assurance Ltd., in which XL Capital owns a 46% stake, has been hit with a new wave of class action lawsuits. Already facing class action litigation brought on behalf of shareholders for alleged fraud, the latest lawsuits seek to recover damages on behalf of purchasers of municipal derivatives from January 1, 1992 to the present. The latest class action complaints - numbering three so far - were filed at three different federal courts in the United States from March 12 to April 23, 2008, with eight municipalities or cities and one university as the specimen plaintiffs.

Basis Yield Alpha Fund: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in the Cayman Islands by Hugh Dickson, Stephen Akers, and Paul Billingham, as the Foreign Representatives of Basis Yield Alpha Fund (Master), at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

New World Network International Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Bermuda by Mark Smith, as the Foreign Representative of New World Network International Ltd., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Italys seeks evidence in USA for Parmalat investigation

Article based on an application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation into alleged fraud - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Italy - that was filed at federal court in the USA on March 15, 2004. Individuals and businesses mentioned in the request for assistance include Parmalat SpA, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Citibank, Antonella Ioffredi, Silvia Cavallari, Web Holding Inc., Western Alps Foundation, Boston Holding Corporation, Boston Financial Corporation, Endeavours Fund, Latitalia Group Corporation, Louis Caiola, Heather Lee Harrison, Steven Alan White, Jeffrey Scott White, Epicurum Fund Management Service LLC, Cotton Wood Management Services Inc., Thomas B. Bratvet, Angela D. Williams, NYTE Investments LLC, Calisto Tanzi, Giovanni Tanzi, Anna Maria Tanzi, Fausto Tonna, Parmalat Capital Finance, Gian Paolo Zini, Heather Lee Harrison, Buconero LLC, Calisto Tanzi, Fausto Tonna, Luciano Del Soldato, Maurizio Bianchi, Lorenzo Penca, Claudio Pessina, Gianfranco Bocchi, Gian Paolo Zini, Giovanni Bonici, Stefano Tanzi, Franco Gorreri, Domenico Barilli, Giovanni Tanzi, Paola Visconti, Francesco Giufreddi, Luciano Silingardi, Fabio Branchi, Angelo Ugolotti, Donatella Alinovi, Claudio Baratta, Alberto Maurizio Ferraris, Curcastle Corporation, Carital Food Distributors NV, Bonlat Company, Hit International, and ITC&P SpA.

Italy: Parmalat SpA et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence for a criminal investigation in Italy into Calisto Tanzi, Fausto Tonna, Luciano Del Soldato, Maurizio Bianchi, Lorenzo Penca, Claudio Pessina, Gianfranco Bocchi, Gian Paolo Zini, Giovanni Bonici, Stefano Tanzi, Franco Gorreri, Domenico Barilli, Giovanni Tanzi, Paola Visconti, Francesco Giufreddi, Luciano Silingardi, Fabio Branchi, Angelo Ugolotti, Donatella Alinovi, Claudio Baratta and Alberto Maurizio Ferraris for alleged bankruptcy fraud and related crimes regarding Parmalat SpA.

Lancer Offshore losses could be as high as $400 million

Investors in a British Virgin Islands-registered offshore hedge fund with ties to convicted or suspected fraudsters might be staring at losses totalling $400 million. That is the capital contribution believed to have gone into Lancer Offshore Inc., much of whose "assets" comprise interests in dubious, loss-making, penny stock firms whose shares are thinly-traded.

Glade W. James v. Richard Day et al: Complaint

Complaint in Glade W. James, individually and as Trustee; Kirt W. James, Intrepid International Ltd., HJS Financial Services, Inc., Shibewalt Management, Inc., Intrepid International SA, Oasis Entertainment, LLC, Oasis Entertainment's Fourth Movie Project, Oasis Entertainment Corp, and Glenneyre Capital Corp. v. Richard Day, American Registrar & Transfer Co., Greg Harry, Jeff Harry, Jenna Harry, William S. Stocker, J. Dan Sifford, Jr., Karl E. Rodriguez, Karl E. Rodriguez Ltd., JeffJena Ltd., Anneius Equity Management, Inc., Polyandrous Trading Group Ltd., Exim International Inc., Glenneyre Equity Group Ltd., Dana Leasing, Inc., Patagonia Development SA, Patagonia Commercial SA, Quicksilver Development SA, Marshall Worldwide Ltd., Titan Capital SA, B&V Union Technologies Inc., Jozette Jamie Lee, Pam Fernley, Gaynell T. Harry, The Leeward Family Trust, The Albright Living Trust, Laurencio Jaen, Leopoldo Kennion, Teodoro F. Franco, Nixia Aurora Zerna, Kevin Harrington, Tim Harrington, Reliant Interactive Media Corp., Union Bank of California, Union Securities Ltd., Dominic Busto, Madison Stock Transfer, Inc., Michael Ajzenman, Bank of Montreal, Deborah Caldwell, Equitrade Securities Inc., Don Carrig, Stephen H. Roebuck, Kim Carroll, Canaccord Capital Corp., Brad Scharfe, John Skinner, MJK Clearing Services, Royal Bank of Canada, West America Securities, Banco de Costa Rica, Yorkton Securities, Tar Financial Group Inc., Cal Meese, Tarja Mordo, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., Richard Frank, Emily Ysais, Global Securities, Steve Regoci, Dundee Securities, John Horword, ED&P Investments AG, Erwin Haas, MFC Merchant Bank SA, Marta Pardo, Michael Smith, Golden Capital Securities, Ltd., Mellon Securities Trust Corp., Swiss American Securities, Lines Overseas Management, Trevo Kidd, Cardinal Capital Management Inc., Chris Dorst, Bank August Roth AG, Credit Lyonnais (Schweiz) AG, Bank Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. (Schweiz) Ltd., Public Securities, and Michael Bascetta at the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Anne Kast’s Insurance Fund: Time to buy or sell?

Anne Kast, the Bermuda-based investment advisor who runs the Bermuda Insurance Index Fund, may have been ruing the timing of a recent full-page advertisement in The Royal Gazette newspaper. In an effort to drum up business for the fund, which was launched last year at $10 and is now at $9.40, readers were treated to massively optimistic buy recommendations of Bermuda's insurance stocks from analysts such as Morgan Stanley, Prudential, Merrill Lynch and Warburg Dillon.

Wall Street stock analyst heaps praise on Bermuda

Norman Rosenthal, a senior securities analyst with Wall Street investment firm Morgan Stanley, heaped praise on the Bermuda insurance and reinsurance market yesterday.Mr. Rosenthal, whom the press had been notified in advance was a hard-hitting talker, didn't have a bad word to say about the island's industry during an address yesterday at a lunch organised by Bermuda Insurance Institute.
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