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 Prior to the Offshore Leaks, the snippets of information available on offshore companies were largely confined to the outdated online registrars kept by tax havens, as an empty gesture towards transparency.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
Q (QUINONEZ) CONTRACTOR 04-05-2015
AW
Q & N INTERNATIONAL LIMITED 29-05-1972
BM
Q & S SALES CORPORATION 28-02-1890
KY
Q 11 INVESTMENTS LIMITED 24-03-2010
CY
Q AND Q LTD 05-09-1999
KY
Q CO LLC 18-03-1967
KY
Q INVESTMENT LTD. 11-02-1945
KY
Q INVESTMENTS LTD. 19-01-2001
BM
Q N S LEATHERGOODS 05-03-1978
CY
Q PRODUCTIONS LIMITED 22-04-2010
CY
Q RE BERMUDA ADVISORS LTD. 03-10-2010
BM
Q RE HOLDINGS LP 17-02-2010
BM
Q RE INTERMEDIARY HOLDINGS LTD. 30-12-2009
BM
Q-BLK ALTERNATIVE SPECIALISED FUND LTD. 10-10-1936
KY
Q-BLK FINANCIAL VENTURES (OFFSHORE) L.P. 08-11-1891
KY
Q-BLK GLOBAL RESTRUCTURING FUND LTD. 03-10-1996
KY
Q-BOX TRADING LIMITED 12-04-2010
CY
Q-CAP HOLDINGS LTD 15-12-2010
CY
Q-CORP INTERNATIONAL 26-05-2000
AW
Q-LINE FREEZONE NV 26-09-1995
AW
Q-LINE INTERIOR NV 06-02-1995
AW
Q-mark Trading Company Limited 08-04-2011
HK
Q-ONE TRADING LIMITED 26-01-2010
CY
Q-Print Technology Limited 19-04-2010
HK
Q-RE LLC 23-11-2012
BM
Q-SAFE SAFETY & SECURITY MANAGEMENT 21-09-2015
AW
Q-SERVE LTD 21-10-2009
CY
Q-SHANDRA CONSTRUCTION 05-03-2005
AW
Q-SHIP ENTERPRISES LIMITED 18-11-2003
BM
Q-STATE LIMITED 24-08-2010
CY
Q-TRANSPORT 01-09-2012
AW
Q-TWO LIMITED 08-08-2001
HK
Q-VENTURE HOLDINGS LIMITED 06-05-2008
BM
Q-ZAR HOLDINGS LIMITED 04-06-1993
BM
Q. B. PIGGERIES LIMITED 12-05-1938
HK
Q. LTY PARTY RENTAL 02-02-2006
AW
Q.A + LTD 25-04-1994
MU
Q.A. ASSOCIATES LIMITED 14-03-1977
BM
Q.B. REAL ESTATE 21-04-1992
AW
Q.B.S. HOLDINGS LTD 23-09-2010
CY
Q.B.S. QUALIFIED BUSINESS SERVICES LTD 30-03-2010
CY
Q.C. BIOMEDICAL LIMITED 03-07-2009
CY
Q.C.W. QUICK CAR WASH LIMITED 03-07-2009
CY
Q.D. WENTWORTH INVESTMENTS LTD. 056473 -LI 01-11-1959
KY
Q.E.D. COMPUTERISED BOOKKEEPERS LIMITED 10-06-1980
HK
Q.E.D. FUND LIMITED 27-06-1977
KY
Q.EAST HOLDING LIMITED 21-01-1999
BM
Q.EAST LIMITED 21-01-1999
BM
Q.I.D QUALITY INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT LTD 31-12-2009
CY
Q.M. LEASING A.V.V. 03-07-2001
AW