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 Prior to the Offshore Leaks, the snippets of information available on offshore companies were largely confined to the outdated online registrars kept by tax havens, as an empty gesture towards transparency.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
T BINNENHUISJE 24-11-1999
AW
΄APOSTOLI΄S MELODY΄ TAVERN 03-08-2005
CY
-SG- THE OUTSOURCE COMPANY 03-10-2000
AW
.COMDOMINIO, LTD. 27-09-2000
BM
''AMIRA'' BELLYDANCE LTD 14-10-2010
CY
''ΤΟ ΠΑΛΑΤΑΚΙ ΤΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΚΗΣ'' ΛΤΔ 22-02-2010
CY
"""ANDREAS & ZOE THEOCHARIDE "" HOLDINGS LIMITED" 28-09-2009
CY
"""ANGEL"" TOWER DISPENSERS COMPANY" 25-08-1967
CY
"""APOLLO 12"" POTATOES CRISPS" 10-07-1973
CY
"""APPIS"" TABLE WATER COMPANY" 12-05-1973
CY
"""AVRAAMSIA TRADING CO.""" 18-04-1972
CY
"""AXA"" REAL ESTATE OFFICE" 11-11-1981
CY
"""BRITANNIA"" TRANSPORT COMPANY" 20-08-1969
CY
"""BYBLOS BANK"" S.A.L." 31-10-1984
CY
"""CANBULAT"" MATBAACILIK SIRKETI" 10-03-1973
CY
"""CHEMICOS MANUFACTURING COMPANY""" 09-11-1965
CY
"""CHRISTOFOROS"" VIDEO CENTER (KLIROU)" 24-01-1989
CY
"""CHRYSOMALLO DERAS NATURAL TABLE WATER LTD""" 02-06-2009
CY
"""D. & K."" LATEX AND RUBBER PRODUCTS" 01-09-1969
CY
"""D.D.A."" ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING" 17-08-1973
CY
"""DEMETRA"" INDUSTRIAL & AGRICULTURAL SUPPLIES." 30-12-1954
CY
"""DISCOTHEQUE NUMBER ONE""" 27-02-1974
CY
"""ELPA"" PRESS" 26-03-1958
CY
"""EMEFA"" PHARMACEUTICAL TRADING CO." 01-11-1974
CY
"""EMIGRANT"" INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC HUMANITARIAN FUND" 14-06-2001
CY
"""ENVECO""" 25-01-1972
CY
"""ERGANO"" COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES" 08-02-1960
CY
"""GREEN HOUSES' FARM""" 07-08-1975
CY
"""HAPPY CORNER"" CHILDREN WEAR" 26-11-1992
CY
"""HO"" RANCH CO." 09-03-1977
CY
"""J.VENTURE""JOANNOU & PARASKEVAIDES LIMITED & MEDCON CONSTRUCTION LIMITED, NEW NICOSIA LIMASSOL HIGH" 15-02-1983
CY
"""JAMAICA"" ΑΝΘΟΠΩΛΕΙΟΝ" 05-02-1983
CY
"""JOINT VENTURE"" JOANNOU & PARASKEVAIDES LIMITED AND MEDCON CONSTRUCTION LIMITED KALAVASOS DAM" 31-03-1983
CY
"""K & S DROUSSIOTIS TRADING CO.""" 16-06-1975
CY
"""KRANMECO"" TRADING COMPANY" 16-05-1972
CY
"""L 'ART CHEZ VOUS"" DECOR INTERIEUR" 09-09-1982
CY
"""LA BAMBA"" DANCING SCHOOL" 10-10-1988
CY
"""LAZEL"" IMPORTS - EXPORTS" 30-06-1979
CY
"""LIDL CYPRUS""" 25-09-2003
CY
"""LIFECARE"" MEDICAL HOSPITAL & LABORATORY EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES CO" 28-07-1995
CY
"""LIFECARE"" MEDICINE EQUIPMENT" 13-06-1984
CY
"""MAGIC"" VIDEO GAMES" 05-04-1986
CY
"""MAGIC"" VIDEO GAMES" 11-01-1994
CY
"""MARKETE X""" 18-09-1971
CY
"""METAL INVESTMENTS COMPANY"" (ZAO MIKOM)" 14-01-1998
CY
"""MIRACLE"" ΒΙΟΜΗΧΑΝΙΑ ΥΠΟΚΑΜΙΣΩΝ" 26-03-1971
CY
"""MITROS BROS"" ENTERPRISES" 05-10-1966
CY
"""MORPHO"" FURNITURE SHOP" 04-11-1955
CY
"""NEAL""" 01-12-1956
CY
"""NEW YORK MANHATTAN"" CAFE" 17-03-1988
CY