Offshore A-Z is a digital repository of companies operating across major tax havens. Offshore A-Z exploits the inscrutability of such companies to speculate on their possible nature and intent. Each company listed on here is real, but the information surrounding these consist of both actual records, obtained by the Demystification Committee, and speculative images and mission statements, generated by algorithms.

Tax havens, or secrecy jurisdictions, employ laws and corporate regulations different from those of most jurisdictions, using secrecy as a prime tool. Furthermore, the agents operating offshore on behalf of clients elsewhere have been observed by the Demystification Committee to willfully introduce mistakes in the records held on the companies they help forming. (Offshore Investigation Vehicle, p. 87)

When offshore companies are but a bundle of papers held in private storages, these practices contribute to a number of possible configurations of any given offshore company, whose records are at once factually correct and conveniently flawed.

Offshore A-Z plays with the idea that truth is not one nor static, and that it does not need to be upheld equally at all times or in all fora.

Obtaining the data

The data contained within Offshore A-Z comes from a number of sources. Prior to the Offshore Leaks, the snippets of information available on offshore companies were largely confined to the outdated online registrars kept by tax havens, as an empty gesture towards transparency. Employing data scraping techniques, the Demystification Committee extracted records on hundreds of thousands of companies appearing in a number of such registrars.

Yielding varying amounts of information, and naturally full of gaps - sometimes full company details and descriptions, sometimes little more than a name - the records were cross referenced with data from the ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks as well as Financial Secrecy Index scores from the Tax Justice Network, and compiled into a single searchable database.

Training the algorithms

Algorithms were then trained to fill in the gaps in information. Using keywords from the company’s records as a trigger, the algorithms associate images with each nondescript company and complete missing fields by guessing possible incorporation dates or by generating corporate mission statement via a simple neural network. The coherency and accuracy of the neural network is directly undermined by the opaque source material, or incomplete input records. Finally, companies previously named in the Offshore Leaks ( for example) are hyperlinked to the relevant entry on the ICIJ database, allowing user to investigate further.

Compiling the template

The resulting information is autonomously built into a Web 2.0 page, employing a visual grammar similar to that used by existing registrars of companies. However, under intense scrutiny, the template mealts away revealing warm hues and floating forms.

This cycle of actions is repeated for each unreleased company found in the database and publicly announced by a Twitter bot.

Zooming in

Among the companies listed on the Offshore A-Z, a few appearing to be embedded in complex offshore vehicles were further investigated, resulting in three stories focusing on the funding behind Leave.EU, the corporate tax-avoidance of Barclays and the colonial origins of HSBC.

Offshore A-Z is a project by the Demystification Committee.

Company Name Leaked Registered Country
A & A ACHILLEOS BROS ELECTRONICS 14-06-1982
CY
A & A DOROS PERFORMANCE TUNING 09-12-2004
CY
A & A POLYKAMI TRADING 18-05-2006
CY
A & A SEMAPHORE 28-02-1992
CY
A & B PLUMBING AND SUPPLIES COMPANY LIMITED 16-05-1991
BB
A & C ANASTASIOU PRODUCTION LTD 05-06-2009
CY
A & C CENTER PHARMACY 29-11-1993
CY
A & C ENTERPRISES V.O.F. 01-07-2005
AW
A & C KOMODROMOS TRADING COMPANY LTD 30-12-2009
CY
A & C LETSSTUDY LIMITED 02-03-2010
CY
A & C MOVING EARTH LIMITED 26-06-2009
CY
A & C RISINGSTARS KINDERGARDEN LIMITED 03-02-2010
CY
A & CO LIMITED 31-10-2014
BM
A & D BRILLANTE BIJOUX LTD 23-03-2010
CY
A & E ELECTRICAL 16-02-1992
AW
A & E FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVICES N.V. 15-02-1988
AW
A & E THE HOUSE OF AFRICA 07-11-2001
CY
A & F MOTORS (ARUBA) 02-11-2004
AW
A & G AIRCOOL GFG KITCHEN BAZAAR 08-02-2001
CY
A & G ELECTRONICS INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LIMITED 06-06-1980
HK
A & G IORDANOU HOLDINGS LIMITED 22-06-2009
CY
A & G NAKED PANDA LTD 10-12-2010
CY
A & H EXPERTISE & AUTOBODY CARE 01-01-1998
AW
A & I ENTERTAINMENT N.V. 10-08-2002
AW
A & J IMPORTERS & COMMISSION AGENTS 09-05-1974
CY
A & K ENGLEZOU DRESS MANUFACTURING 10-02-1983
CY
A & K KIOSK - MINI MARKET 17-09-2002
CY
A & L LOIZOU TRADING LTD 27-08-2009
CY
A & M ANDREOU CO 03-01-1986
CY
A & M HOLDINGS LTD. 30-07-2001
BM
A & M LEATHERLAND 04-08-1992
CY
A & M PITTA STAR LTD 29-12-2010
CY
A & M PROPERTIES IMPROVEMENT LTD 13-02-2008
CY
A & M READY STEEL 06-09-2004
CY
A & M TECH SOLUTION LTD 17-12-2009
CY
A & P CYPROHOUSE LTD 07-08-2009
CY
A & P SILK HOUSE LIMITED 06-06-1980
HK
A & R GEM STONES INTERNATIONAL 31-07-1989
AW
A & S ORGANIC FERTILIZERS LIMITED 19-08-2009
CY
A & S THERMOGRASIA 01-12-1993
CY
A & SON LUSTHILL ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD 27-08-2010
CY
A & V BOUTIQUE LTD 27-07-2009
CY
A & Y ATHLOMEDICA CYPRUS LTD 08-02-2008
CY
A & YA DRIVEWELL CAR RENTALS 27-10-1990
CY
A & Z KENTΡΟ ΠΡΟΣΩΠΙΚΗΣ ΓΥΜΝΑΣΤΙΚΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΔΙΑΤΡΟΦΗΣ ΛΤΔ 29-06-2010
CY
A & B LTD 30-11-1903
KY
A & G DEVELOPMENT CO. 10-12-1890
KY
A + ECO PRO 01-09-2006
AW
A 1 INVESTMENTS LTD. 07-09-1892
KY
A 1 POINT 03-01-1998
AW