About the Paradise Papers Investigation


International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Nov 2017 – The Paradise Papers is a global investigation into the offshore activities of some of the world’s most powerful people and companies.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and 95 media partners explored 13.4 million leaked files from a combination of offshore service providers and the company registries of some of the world’s most secretive countries.

The files were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The Paradise Papers documents include nearly 7 million loan agreements, financial statements, emails, trust deeds and other paperwork from nearly 50 years at Appleby, a leading offshore law firm with offices in Bermuda and beyond.

The documents also include files from a smaller, family-owned trust company, Asiaciti, and from company registries in 19 secrecy jurisdictions. The records range from complex, 100-page corporate transaction sheets and dollar-by-dollar payment ledgers to simple corporate registries of countries, such as Antigua & Barbuda, that do not publicly list names of company shareholders or directors.

As a whole, the Paradise Papers files expose offshore holdings of political leaders and their financiers as well as household-name companies that slash taxes through transactions conducted in secret. Financial deals of billionaires and celebrities are also revealed in the documents.

The Paradise Papers files include far more information about U.S. citizens, residents and companies than previous ICIJ investigations – at least 31,000 of them.

ICIJ collaborated with more than 380 journalists working on six continents in 30 languages. Many team members spent a year using online platforms to communicate and to share documents. Journalists tracked down court records, obtained financial disclosures of politicians in Africa, Europe, and Latin and North America, filed freedom of information requests and conducted hundreds of interviews with tax experts, policymakers and industry insiders.

Special thanks go to the the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for supporting visual elements of the project, and Neo4j for database support.

Inside Paradise Papers:

Paradise Papers

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The Team:

ICIJ Director: Gerard Ryle

Project Manager: Marina Walker Guevara

Editors: Michael Hudson, Dean Starkman, Martha M. Hamilton, Gerard Ryle, Marina Walker Guevara, and Tom Stites

Research Editor: Emilia Díaz-Struck

Chief Technology Officer: Pierre Romera

Online Editor: Hamish Boland-Rudder

Engagement Editor: Amy Wilson-Chapman

Data Editor: Mar Cabra

Associate Editor and fact-checker: Richard H.P. Sia

Fact-checker and copy editor: Joe Hillhouse

Consulting Digital Editor: Carlos Monteiro

Reporters: Scilla Alecci, Simon Bowers, Sasha Chavkin, Ryan Chittum, Will Fitzgibbon, Martha M. Hamilton, Cecile S. Gallego and Spencer Woodman

Data and Research Unit: Matthew Caruana Galizia, Rigoberto Carvajal, Miguel Fiandor Gutiérrez, Julien Martin, Delphine Reuter and Manuel Villa


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