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 Prior to the Offshore Leaks, the snippets of information available on offshore companies were largely confined to the outdated online registrars kept by tax havens, as an empty gesture towards transparency.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
G & A AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 10-03-1995
CY
G & A CHRISTOUDIA CO LIMITED 09-03-2010
CY
G & A ECO COOL LTD 26-10-2009
CY
G & A ELECTRIC SHOPPINGS 17-04-2008
CY
G & A ELECTRIC SHOPPINGS LTD 06-07-2009
CY
G & A INTERNATIONAL AVV 17-09-1994
AW
G & C CARGO SERVICES 01-03-1997
AW
G & C ENTERPRISE (H.K.) COMPANY LIMITED 19-10-1993
HK
G & C JUICE CAFE LTD 22-07-2009
CY
G & C KIOSK 08-01-2010
CY
G & C MORE ORANGE 27-05-2009
CY
G & C SAVVIDES & SAVVIDES 19-05-1992
CY
G & C WATER LTD 08-11-2010
CY
G & D MARKETING LTD 18-11-2010
CY
G & D SEA CAVES SAFARI 26-04-1999
CY
G & D SERVICES LTD. 31-08-2001
BB
G & E DIMITRIOU COSMETICS LTD 19-06-2009
CY
G & E GEORGIOU (KEBAB HOUSE - TAKE AWAY) ΄COSTAROS΄ 17-02-2006
CY
G & E HADJINEOPHYTOU & CO 27-08-2003
CY
G & E STYRIXIS CONSULTING SERVICES LTD 26-10-2010
CY
G & F BEVERAGE CO LIMITED 12-03-2010
CY
G & F TRANSPORTERS 01-09-2010
AW
G & G ( GREAT AND GOOD) PRODUCTIONS 01-02-2010
AW
G & G ACCOUNTANTS 01-05-1992
AW
G & G DE JESUS (BERMUDA) LTD. 15-11-1999
BM
G & G EUROPEAN TILING LTD. 22-04-2004
BM
G & G INVESTMENT CO., LIMITED 29-07-1980
HK
G & H DENTAL LAB 12-01-1984
CY
G & I COMPANY N.V. 31-01-1989
AW
G & I LIQUOR 27-06-2005
CY
G & L CENTRAL SUPER MARKET 28-11-1980
CY
G & L EXPERT CLEANERS 03-06-1999
CY
G & L TRENCHING LTD. 05-01-2000
BM
G & M COMPANY LIMITED 20-03-1970
HK
G & M IMPORT AND EXPORT 28-02-1985
AW
G & M KWIK FIT TYRE 26-05-2008
CY
G & M KWIK FIT TYRE LTD 29-06-2009
CY
G & N MEGALOS PEFKOS RESTAURANT 09-12-1981
CY
G & N & M CLEANING SERVICES LTD 13-02-2008
CY
G & O LIMITED 23-03-1984
BM
G & P LATSI HOTEL APARTMENTS 20-05-1981
CY
G & P EXPRESS TELESCOPIC LTD 28-05-2009
CY
G & P INVESTMENTS LIMITED true 22-09-1982
BB
G & P LAZAROU VALUATION SERVICES LIMITED 08-12-2010
CY
G & P TEXTILES 22-10-2004
CY
G & P TRADING LIMITED 05-10-2009
CY
G & R DISTRIBUTORS INC. 24-02-1995
BB
G & R PRIMA LTD 08-06-2010
CY
G & S TRADING (H.K.) LIMITED 11-03-1969
HK
G & T CONTRACTOR 15-05-1990
AW