Madoff Trustee Fires Next Salvo of Clawback Lawsuits

Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee tasked with marshalling assets for defrauded victims of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, filed the next round of clawback lawsuits stemming from his previous settlement with the largest Madoff feeder fund, Fairfield Sentry.  Picard filed six more lawsuits Thursday, seeking an additional $219 million from entities he claimed were subsequent transferees of Fairfield Sentry, which is alleged to have received over $3 billion in "fraudulent transfers" from Madoff subject to avoidance under federal and New York law.

The latest institutions targeted join a growing list of lawsuits related to Picard's previous settlement with Fairfield Sentry, under which Picard secured the right to pursue customers of Fairfield who had withdrawn partial or total amounts of their investment with Madoff.  Since August 1, Picard has sued at least thirteen institutions that invested through Fairfield for nearly $600 million, including the investment arm of Abu Dhabi.  The current lawsuit brings the total to nearly $800 million, and targets six entities:

  • Barclays PLC - $67.4 million
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. - $54.3 million
  • Korea Exchange Bank - $33.6 million
  • Cathay Life Insurance Co. - $41.7 million
  • Banque Privee Espirito Santo SA - $11.4 million 
  • Banca Carige SpA - $10.5 million

A copy of the Barclays Complaint is here.

A copy of the Sumitomo Blank is here.

A copy of the Korea National Bank Complaint is here.

A copy of the Cathay Complaint is here.

A copy of the Banque Privee Complaint is here.

A copy of the Banca Carige Complaint is here.