Lawyers for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan are representing the daughter of a former Iranian diplomat in a dispute over a Caribbean central bank’s alleged theft of assets. The filing comes a little over a year after the bank’s home country, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, hit the diplomat with a half-a-billion-dollar verdict for financial improprieties linked to the taking of the property at issue in Tuesday’s filing.
Iranian-American women’s rights activist Dr. Nina Ansary is the plaintiff in the new suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She alleges the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten illegally took control of her shares in Parman International B.V., a corporation in which Ansary has about 16% ownership based in the island nation. She claims efforts to restructure the company started in 2018 following investigations by Curacao regulators into Ennia Group. Ennia was seized as part of the restructuring. The company is linked to the nation’s largest insurance operator and payer of pensions.