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The former owner of Russia’s insolvent Vneshprombank, who is fighting fraud allegations from the bank in the UK, has sought permission to appeal an order allowing VPB to convert a cash security into a bank guarantee, saying the guarantee is uncertain in the face of Russia sanctions.
17 June 2022
The UK-based former director of a South African cryptocurrency exchange has agreed to transfer all of the exchange’s assets under his control – including a USB stick containing Ethereum – to liquidators in Pretoria, after an English court extended an asset preservation order obtained against him earlier this month.
18 May 2022
Offshore firm Ogier has been prevented from coming off the record as counsel to Russia’s VTB Bank, as a British Virgin Islands court declined to discharge local receivers appointed for the sanctioned bank's benefit, while permitting them to take no further actions in fulfilment of their role.
24 March 2022
The liquidators of a Cayman fund embroiled in a fraud scandal have secured recognition in New York, days after a Cayman court hailed a resolution they entered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission as a “significant and progressive step” in cooperation between the two jurisdictions.
18 February 2022
A New York bankruptcy court has recognised the Israeli insolvency proceedings of investment company EGFE Israel and its CEO – a “wanted” alleged fraudster who is suspected to be behind one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Israeli history.
03 November 2021
A bankrupt’s Hong Kong trustees can take steps to determine whether he has property interests in the UK, after an English judge partially granted a letter of request from their appointing court under Section 426 of the Insolvency Act: but broader requests for relief lifted from the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations will have to wait for "full argument" in November.
09 July 2021
The Israeli trustee of a property investor once rumoured to be Israel’s largest private bankrupt has persuaded an English court to transfer him the rights to a UK company believed to be at the top of a structure intended to hide German assets – though no assets have been identified as yet, even by private investigators.
08 April 2021
Earlier this year, the BVI Commercial Court delivered its first ever written judgment on whether jurisdiction exists to make a committal order against a personal judgment debtor who is not domiciled or resident in the BVI. Kobre & Kim's John Han, Merrick Watson and Timothy de Swardt explain how the ruling came about and how significant it is for the territory.
09 March 2021
English courts might have jurisdiction in the strict sense to extend an interim freezing injunction after a debtor’s bankruptcy has been recognised in the UK – but to exercise that jurisdiction would set the UNCITRAL Model Law loose from its "insolvency moorings", a judge has found.
25 February 2021
Once foreign bankruptcy proceedings have been recognised, the English courts lack “small j jurisdiction” to continue a pre-recognition freezing injunction against the debtor, counsel to a bankrupt Russian businessman argued this week – ahead of a new recognition hearing in the Isle of Man.
19 February 2021
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