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 Prior to the Offshore Leaks, the snippets of information available on offshore companies were largely confined to the outdated online registrars kept by tax havens, as an empty gesture towards transparency.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
K - MAN DEVELOPERS LTD 086264 -SO 26-11-1919
KY
K & A ANTONIOU BETTING LTD 15-02-2008
CY
K & A COACHES LTD 07-12-2009
CY
K & A METAL WORKS 08-11-2005
CY
K & B HOUSEHOLD GROUP LIMITED 10-09-2007
HK
K & BROTHERS LIMITED 04-03-2014
HK
K & C ELEFTHERIOU CATERING 09-08-1991
CY
K & C PROPERTY AGENCY LIMITED 10-05-2000
HK
K & C TRADING COMPANY LIMITED 01-08-2001
HK
K & CH QUANTITY SURVEYOR SERVICES 09-12-1981
CY
K & D LTD. 14-08-2009
BM
K & E COMMERCE LIMITED 20-04-2010
HK
K & E CONANN LTD 08-11-2010
CY
K & E INTERNATIONAL LIMITED 01-05-1998
HK
K & E SHIPPING LΙΜΙTΕD 04-03-2010
CY
K & EV ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING SERVICES 23-11-1998
CY
K & F HADJIGEORGHIOU 30-10-1969
CY
K & G CATERING EQUIPMENT LTD 11-03-2010
CY
K & G INSULATIONS 18-10-1993
CY
K & G INTERNATIONAL 30-09-2001
AW
K & G INTERNATIONAL 30-09-2001
AW
K & G LTD 21-09-1982
BM
K & G TRADING (BERMUDA) LIMITED 22-06-1999
BM
K & I INDUSTRY JAPAN CO. LIMITED 12-01-2005
HK
K & J CO.LTD. 02-03-1990
MU
K & J FARM 17-11-2009
AW
K & K AESTHETICS LIMITED 08-08-2001
HK
K & K MARMODOM LTD 04-10-2010
CY
K & K STEELWORKS 06-07-1993
CY
K & K.G.M HIGH TECH LIMITED 08-12-2009
CY
K & L LAND INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED 04-09-1970
HK
K & M SEAFOOD CO. 14-04-1977
CY
K & M CORPORATION HONG KONG LIMITED 28-04-1999
HK
K & M DIANELLOU SPORTS 07-06-1995
CY
K & M PETROU PAINTERS 09-10-1995
CY
K & M PRODUCTS A.V.V. 04-01-1993
AW
K & M SCOOTER RENTALS N.V. 14-10-1988
AW
K & M WATT GREEN LIMITED 11-03-2010
CY
K & O MISS MIA 18-09-1991
CY
K & P INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS LIMITED 13-09-1996
BM
K & P KYPRIANIDES & CO 07-01-1999
CY
K & P QUICK IRONING SERVICES LIMITED 20-10-2009
CY
K & S EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 24-08-1993
CY
K & S KITCHENS LIMITED 20-02-2008
CY
K & S TECHNOMEC ENGINEERING COMPANY 25-06-1993
CY
K & T CORPORATION LIMITED 05-05-1999
HK
K & A EQUITIES LTD. 09-02-1876
KY
K & A HOLDINGS LTD. 24-09-1951
KY
K & C COMPANY LTD. 20-09-1996
KY
K & D CORPORATION 18-04-1934
KY