You can now search the names of the more than 200,000 secret offshore companies involved in the Panama Papers leak.
At 2p.m. EDT on Monday May 9, 2016, the organization behind the global investigation — the ICIJ — released the massive trove of information through a searchable database.
You can use the database to look up information on companies set up in over 21 tax havens around the world, as well as the names of the company’s true owners.
The data comes from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the top players in the offshore world. Fusion was one of over 100 media organizations to take part in the global investigation that revealed the extent of the firm’s dealings.
This data release also includes information about more than 100,000 additional companies that were part of the ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks investigation.
The database is expected to be a popular resource for law enforcement around the world. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, wants look through the data to help criminal investigations he says delve into “matters to which the Panama Papers are relevant.” Bharara has previously asked the ICIJ for access to the data, but they refused under First Amendment protections.
The papers have so far shaken governments in Pakistan, Britain and Iceland. They’ve also exposed politicians, leaders and the super rich in other countries for their use of secret offshore companies. But while this database reveals many of those names, it is not illegal to own a shell company, and the presence of a name does not imply or mean that a company was connected with any wrongdoing.
Our reporting partners at McClatchy have answered all your niggling questions about the data itself.
So go ahead, search away. Does your name pop up?