When they bought Wintris he was working as a journalist and she is an anthropologist. Until his failure to disclose the asset, he apparently broke no laws. But the country remembers the financial crisis all too well and thought it had put it in the past. The parents of his wife, Dorrit Moussaieff , operated the company — Dorrit Moussaieff's deceased father and her mother, now 86 years old and the registered owner of the Lasca ownership stake.
Dorrit and her sisters Tamara and Sharon will inherit her fortune, considered among the largest in the world. Bjarni Benediktsson , Iceland's finance minister and the chairman of Gunnlaugsson's coalition partner, comes from one of Iceland's wealthiest families. It was still active in , when Benediktsson was already a member of parliament with financial disclosure requirements. He said he registered the company with tax authorities, and he was not aware that it was registered in the Seychelles. She said that the company was founded for her husband but was never used, so she did not think she had to disclose it.
The Irish Times newspaper handled the Irish component of the leak. Former long-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi , who had been already convicted for tax evasion and expelled from the Parliament , was included in the papers.
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Indications in the Maltese press of Mizzi's links to an offshore trust  did not prevent Mizzi from being elected deputy leader for party affairs of the ruling Labour Party on 25 February , following a change in the party statutes to enable a sitting MP to be appointed. Mizzi stepped down as deputy leader of the Labour Party on 28 April Schembri, a businessman who managed the electoral campaign of the Labour Party in the Maltese general elections, and serves as chief of staff to Muscat, was reported to hold an offshore company based in the British Virgin Islands,  and owns an anonymous shell company in Panama, called Tillgate Inc, held by a trust established for him in New Zealand.
Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri acquired their shell companies in Panama, Hearnville Inc and Tillgate Inc respectively, via the Mossack Fonseca representatives in Malta, who also tried to open bank accounts linked to the two shell companies of the two politically exposed persons in various jurisdictions. In a declaration of assets, dated 8 February and submitted to the Maltese Parliament at the end of March , which Muscat said he'd been shown in draft form before the Panama Papers were leaked, Mizzi listed the trust in New Zealand and the shell company in Panama.
On 28 April Muscat announced a cabinet reshuffle; Mizzi lost his ministerial portfolio of Health and Energy, but was retained as a minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister. Malta is the only member of the European Union that have a minister implicated in this scandal and to date. Not withstanding Mizzi and Schembri's involvement in this scandal they still hold very high positions in the Maltese government.
Mark A. Sammut wrote a book about the case, called L-Aqwa fl-Ewropa. The Panama Papers and Power. In October , Daphne Caruana Galizia , a blogger who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta, was killed by a car bomb near her home. The Norwegian Tax Administration expects to demand access to information from DNB Norway's largest financial services group about approximately 30 companies formed by DNB that are owned by Norwegians, 20 of whom are living in Norway. The ICIJ 's Offshore Leaks Database shows that Portugal had Offshore Entities, Officers, 40 Intermediaries and Addresses linked to the activities described in the Mossack-Fonseca papers,  with newspapers reporting the involvement of several politicians, government officials, bankers and company managers.
They quoted Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman and US State Department documents saying that Russia is a " kleptocracy " and a "mafia state" respectively. Putin has criticized offshore companies as "unpatriotic" on several occasions since  and in a law was passed banning foreign bank accounts for government officials. Putin's name does not appear in any of the records released to date, but those of his associates do.
Construction billionaires Arkady and Boris Rotenberg , musician Sergei Roldugin and business magnate Alisher Usmanov are mentioned in the leaked documents,  as are Putin's long-standing friend, billionaire Gennady Timchenko ,  as well as his press secretary's spouse, his cousin, and former KGB colleagues,  as well as several oligarchs connected to Mossack Fonseca shell companies. Sergei Roldugin , a cellist with the St Petersburg orchestra who is the godfather of Putin's eldest daughter and who has been described as Putin's "best friend", appears prominently in the Panama Papers.
The leaked documents do not show whether they were repaid. Shortly before the loan was granted, Arkady Rotenberg's company had been awarded the tender for the South Stream pipeline project, worth billions. Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov called Western reporting of the Panama Papers "Putinophobia", said that they target Putin and are part of a conspiracy against Russia orchestrated by the Central Intelligence Agency , the United States Department of State and others. Putin denied "any element of corruption", and said his opponents are trying to destabilize Russia.
Initially, mainstream Russian media almost entirely ignored the leak. On April 14, a company came to light that he had owned on Jersey until , while mayor of Las Palmas. Soria was put in a critical political position as a result of his confusing and changing explanations on the issue, and resigned the next day.
He has been charged by Spain with alleged tax offenses, money laundering and corruption among individuals in other cases of corruption. She assembled a company called Delantera Financiera, in , and was its president and administrator. She initially denied this when her name appeared in the Panama Papers. Her husband, who died in , was secretary-general of the corporation. His son, Bruno Gomez-Acebes, is treasurer and manager of this company. He told the newspaper El Confidencial he was "absolutely ignorant". Francisco Franco Suelves, his older brother, also opened Vamfield Alliance Limited in as a director.
His Pujol family, parents and children, are charged with several counts of tax fraud and corruption, among other crimes. He had intended the offshore company to be an intermediary in a project to build a skyscraper in the capital of Panama, not to hide money. Francisco Paesa , an important spy for the CNI , while working for the Ministry of Interior , opened an offshore account after faking his death in Thyssen's lawyer said his company was fully declared to tax authorities and Ruiz-Picasso declined comment.
Agustin responded saying he closed the company in and it paid all of its taxes. Showbiz personality Carmen Lomana said that after the death of her husband, owner of the offshore company, she took care of it but without knowing anything at all about the business or about tax. Osborne said his account was legal and that he used it as recommended, to save money. He is also involved in a scandal over fraud to the Treasury, with actress and fellow protagonist on the series, Ana Duato.
After being named, he decided to take legal action against La Sexta , who revealed his involvement in this scandal. The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority FI said on April 4, , it would investigate the actions of Nordea , one of the largest financial institutions in the Nordic countries, after the Panama Papers revealed the bank's Luxembourg office had helped to set up nearly offshore companies for its clients between and in Panama and the British Virgin Islands for their customers.
The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority FI has said that "serious deficiencies" exist in how Nordea monitors for money laundering , and had given the bank two warnings. In Nordea had to pay the largest possible fine—over five million EUR. Yves Bouvier and Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev , in litigation over art pricing, both have Mossack Fonseca companies.
The leaked papers also shed light on the ownership of shell companies in protracted litigation in Lausanne over ownership of artwork from the Gstaad chalet of the late Greek shipping tycoon Basil Goulandris. Swiss-based Diacore is a Mossack Fonseca client, and has approximately thirty companies through them. Diacore is run by Daniel Steinmetz, but until recently his brother Beny Steinmetz had a power of attorney for the company. Diacore is part of the Steinmetz Group. When Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko took office in , a popular uprising had just toppled his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych.
The move had the potential to save him millions of dollars on his Ukrainian taxes. Anti-corruption group Transparency International believes that the "creation of businesses while serving as president is a direct violation of the constitution". The news about Poroshenko's offshore business came as his government campaigned against offshore companies.
In the Ukrainian Parliament , relations between the Poroshenko bloc and the People's Front party of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk had over previous months already soured, with mutual accusations of corruption. Nearly one in 10 of the 31, tax haven companies that own British property are linked to Mossack Fonseca. Included among the Panama Paper documents are the names of six members of the House of Lords , several of whom have been donors to Cameron's Conservative Party , as well as other Conservative donors.
As the United Kingdom still exercises varying degrees of control over British Overseas Territories and Crown dependencies which make up a large number of the many tax havens and "secrecy jurisdictions" that exist, pressure mounted on Prime Minister David Cameron to make changes. British Overseas Territory Anguilla was 7th on the list.
Cameron criticized complex offshore structures in , saying that it is "not fair and not right what some [companies] are doing by saying 'I've got lots of sales here in the UK but I'm going to pay a sort of royalty fee to another company that I own in another country that has some special tax dispensation. Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn said "The government needs to stop pussyfooting around on tax dodging"  and called for "direct rule" to be imposed over British Overseas Territories and Crown dependencies that act as tax havens.
Jennie Granger, a spokeswoman for HMRC, said that the department had received "a great deal of information on offshore companies, including in Panama, from a wide range of sources, which is currently the subject of intensive investigation". Prominent politicians criticized the involvement of the Cameron family in the scandal; Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn urged an immediate independent investigation into the tax affairs of Cameron's family as well as tighter laws on UK tax avoidance.
Poghosyan, who has a degree in economics, was the sole owner of Sigtem and Hopkinten,   which together owned Best Realty Ltd, recently awarded government contracts. Poghosian resigned April 18, saying that it was unacceptable that he had caused Armenia's name to be mentioned alongside that of Azerbaijan, whose president Ilham Aliyev "actually embezzled billions of dollars. Varuzhan Hotkanian, head of the Armenian branch of the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International, said that perhaps Poghosian was forced to resign by the country's leadership, since the evidence pointed directly to him.
But, he said, he still questions the government's commitment to fighting corruption. A investigation, by Radio Free Europe and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project OCCRP discovered that through overseas holding companies, the daughters of Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev owned an interest in a gold mine operation created by a presidential decree forming a consortium, then awarding it a year lease over environmental and transparency objections in Parliament. But the Panama Papers made it possible to trace some of the elaborate network of shell companies that manage the ownership of the mines, and in OCCRP was able to establish that in fact the daughters control the mining operation.
These companies were registered in Panama, according to the documents obtained from Panama Registry of Companies. Nasib Hasanov. Kitts and Nevis with same addresses.
Founder of Nobel Oil Group also is Mr. The investigation's reporters, established that Globex was owned through shell companies in Panama, and that these shell companies belonged to the president's daughters and a Swiss businessman whose name appears in other shell companies such as those that manage Azerphone, the family telecommunications monopoly. They became angry and did not believe the reporters when they said the president's family had a stake in the mine.
Following the May publication of this report, the National Assembly passed a law making it illegal to report company ownership  and another giving former presidents and first ladies lifelong legal immunity. She was threatened and eventually arrested. She is currently serving a 7. Leaked Mossack Fonseca documents made it possible to establish that the daughters also owned Londex, the majority partner in the gold enterprise.
It is not entirely clear why they shut the operation down but industry experts familiar with the consortium say it did not seem very experienced and may have rushed into production. According to the ICIJ, Aliyev's daughter Arzu not only has financial stakes not only in gold rights but also in Azerfon, the country's largest mobile phone business.
She has shares in SW Holding, which "controls nearly every operation related to Azerbaijan Airlines" Azal , from meals to airport taxis. Leaked documents show that daughters Leyla and Arzu Aliyeva both hold shares in Exaltation Limited, incorporated in April for "holding UK property". The family of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev leads a well-off life thanks in part to financial interests in various sectors of the nation's economy. His wife ascendants are privileged and powerful family that owns banks, insurance and construction companies, a television station and a line of cosmetics.
She is well known for her pre-eminent charity work that has led to the construction of schools, hospitals and the country's major sports complex. On April 7, , the Anti Corruption Commission Bangladesh launched an inquiry to obtain details of the businesses and individuals allegedly affiliated with Mossack Fonseca. Relatives of highly placed Chinese officials including seven current and former senior leaders of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China have been named, including former Premier Li Peng 's daughter Li Xiaolin , former Communist Party general secretary Hu Yaobang 's son Hu Dehua and Deng Jiagui , the brother-in-law of current general secretary Xi Jinping.
Deng had two shell companies in the British Virgin Islands while Xi was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee , but they were dormant by the time Xi became General Secretary of the Communist Party paramount leader in November Others named include the son and daughter-in-law of propaganda chief Liu Yunshan and the son-in-law of Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli. Despite these figures "probably exclud[ing] the private investments of the many family members of the ruling elite who have channelled money through the BVI", both figures exceed Chinese investment in the United States and United Kingdom.
China's government is suppressing mention of the Panama Papers on social media and in search engines results,  and reportedly told news organizations to delete all content related to the Panama Papers leak. Chinese authorities consider the material a concerted foreign media attack on China, and ordered Internet information offices to delete reports reprinted from the Panama Papers, and with no exceptions not to follow up on related content. Hong Lei , spokesman for China's foreign ministry, responded that he had "no comment" for "such groundless accusations" at an April 5 news conference.
A screenshot showed that authorities had forced all websites to delete content about the Panama Papers. However, the name of Xi's brother-in-law got through, and Weibo users tried to circumvent them with less obvious language such as "brother-in-law", "Canal Papers" for the Panama Canal , and so on. Chinese entertainment magnate and art collector Wang Zhongjun also appears in the documents and did not respond to a request for comment.
According to the Tax Justice Network , Chinese investors sometimes use overseas companies to take advantage of incentives China offers to foreign investors. Mossack Fonseca's Hong Kong office was its busiest, says the ICIJ, as Chinese officials and other wealthy figures would carry funds across the border and deposit them there to be channeled to offshore entities. Newspaper Ming Pao fired deputy editor Keung Kwok-yuen following a front-page article on the Panama Papers which mentioned many prominent Hong Kong citizens.
The paper blamed a "difficult business environment," but had previously fired another editor in over another leak of offshore documents.
Polytechnic University has two offshore companies set up by Mossack Fonseca in and Bollywood celebrities Amitabh Bachchan , his daughter-in-law and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and actor Ajay Devgan are listed in the papers. Corporate services provider First Names Group acknowledged erroneously providing his information to Mossack Fonseca. He acknowledged having had offshore companies but said he shut them down after a short period of time.
The name of deceased drug kingpin Iqbal Mirchi has also surfaced in the papers. Some Indian citizens appear to be mentioned. Indian government ordered an inquiry, and subsequently announced that it was constituting a special multi-agency group comprising officers from the investigative unit of the Central Board of Direct Taxes and its Foreign Tax and Tax Research Division, the Financial Intelligence Unit and the Reserve Bank of India.
Some Israeli companies and Israeli shareholders are listed. Among the Israeli names found in the leaked documents are top attorney Dov Weissglass , who was the bureau chief of deceased prime minister Ariel Sharon ; Jacob Engel , a businessman active in the African mining industry; and Idan Ofer , a member of one of Israel's wealthiest families, according to Haaretz.
Weissglass' name appears as a sole owner of one of four companies set up by his business partner Assaf Halkin. The company, Talaville Global, was registered in the British Virgin Islands in May , according to Haaretz, and seven months later, all of its shares were mortgaged against a loan from a Vienna bank. Weissglass and Halkin told Haaretz that the company "was registered for the purpose of receiving a loan from the bank in order to invest in European properties.
The bank would only allow a loan to a corporation The required tax on the said activity is paid in Israel. Many leaked documents reference Bank Leumi , primarily its branch on the island tax haven of Jersey. One of its customers, billionaire Teddy Sagi , made his fortune developing online gambling technology in England and recently developed the Camden Market commercial real estate space. Sagi is sole shareholder of at least 16 Mossack Fonseca offshore companies, mostly real estate ventures.
Israeli businessman Beny Steinmetz was also a Mossack Fonseca customer, with companies. Nawaz Sharif was the second top official to be ruled out as the result of information disclosures in the Panama Papers. Supreme Court disqualified him from office. One judge said that Mr Sharif was no longer "eligible to be an honest member of the parliament". The Supreme Court verdict was announced in the context of heightened security in the capital. Over 3, armed police and members of the Pakistan Rangers paramilitary force were deployed around the Supreme Court.
The verdict followed months of dramatic news coverage and social media debates, the divisions falling largely along party lines. A hearing on October 18, resulted in an indictment for Sharif,  who has faced allegations of corruption since the s. The Panama Papers corroborated a federal inquiry in the mids and name both Nawaz Sharif and his younger brother, Punjab chief minister Shebaz Sharif. They also link in-laws of Shebaz Sharif and children of Nawaz Sharif to offshore companies. The two companies subscribed to Mossack Fonseca services in July Samina Durrani, mother of Shebaz Sharif's second wife, and Ilyas Mehraj, brother of his first, also figure in the documents.
Mehraj has denied knowing anything about "any company whether incorporated in the Commonwealth of Bahamas or anywhere else under the name: Haylandale Ltd. We are also holding 1,, shares in Orix Leasing Pakistan Limited. Hussain Nawaz said his family won't hamper any investigation, and urged one of former president Pervez Musharraf as well. Opposition politicians said a judge, not a retired judge, should investigate. Numerous judges recused themselves. The late Benazir Bhutto was also a Mossack Fonseca client.
Mossack Fonseca had deemed Bhutto's first company, the similarly named Petrofine FZC, politically sensitive and "declined to accept Mrs Bhutto as a client. Bhutto and the Pakistan Peoples Party denied it. King Salman is mentioned in the leaks in relation to two companies based in the British Virgin Islands—Verse Development Corporation, incorporated in , and Inrow Corporation, incorporated in The vessel boasts a banquet hall and can comfortably sleep Former Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef is also named in the papers.
Adham controlled offshore companies involved in the B. The Ministry of Finance and Monetary Authority of Singapore said in a statement that "Singapore takes a serious view on tax evasion and will not tolerate its business and financial centre being used to facilitate tax related crimes. If there is evidence of wrongdoing by any individual or entity in Singapore, we will not hesitate to take firm action.
Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said his panel will investigate Sri Lankan names that come up in the Panama Papers, as well as the 46 who appear in the Offshore Leaks, according to the Daily Mail , since earlier leadership apparently did not do so. Rajapakse has denied diverting funds. The current government came to power in January on an anti-corruption platform. He was subject to sanctions by the United States and the European Union , and controlled Syria's oil and telecommunications business.
By then, Makhlouf had already cut ties with his bank. HSBC told the law firm that the Swiss authorities had frozen Makhlouf's accounts, and that "they have had no contact with the beneficial owner of this company since the last 3 months". The Bangkok Post reported that the " Anti-Money Laundering Office AMLO is seeking information from its foreign counterparts regarding twenty-one Thai nationals reportedly included in a list of people worldwide using a Panama-based law firm apparently specializing in money laundering and tax evasion.
The Panama Papers include at least names of individuals based in Thailand and another 50 companies based in Thailand. Some are foreigners or foreign-owned companies, but individual addresses in Thailand appear in the documents that have surfaced to date, including the CEOs of giant companies Bangkok Land and Phatra Finance. Ninety Taiwanese, including the singer and actor Nicky Wu , were included in the papers. The publisher concludes that: "Taiwanese companies and individuals are believed to be extensively using offshore shelters to avoid or evade taxes This time, it appears that big Taiwanese banks, law firms and accounting firms did not often use the services of Mossack Fonseca, which does not have a presence in Taiwan.
The forty-six Taiwanese brokers that did work with Mossack Fonseca were relatively small-scale consulting firms operating in Greater China. Most of the Taiwanese entities that set up shell companies through the Panamanian law firm were small, unlisted companies or individuals. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has denied any involvement in the affair, saying he had "entirely and completely been transparent about mine and my family's finances.
That is something I learned early on that Canadians expect from their leaders. RBC works within the legal and regulatory framework of every country in which we operate," said a bank spokesman. His administration's effort to implement tax increases and reforms has met strong resistance from opposition and business figures. Leaked documents suggest that Mossack Fonseca helped tuna export company Borda Azul set up a shell company in the British Virgin Islands in order to avoid Costa Rican taxes. The firm, now out of business, was headed by Hermes Navarro, president of the Costa Rican Football Federation from to According to ICIJ investigative partners DataBaseAR and Seminario Universidad, Mossack Fonseca helped Borda Azul fabricate invoices to allow it to report both inflated costs—to reduce its taxes—and inflated exports, to allow it to continue to qualify for the tax credit certificates.
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In a letter dated October 19, , a Mossack Fonseca lawyer explained the investigation to the Panama City office and concluded:. In the worst of circumstances, being very fatalistic, the Costa Rican government could, after years of investigation, suspend the transfer of CATs to Borda Azul for irregularities but never send anyone to jail. More than thirty Costa Rican law firms are mentioned in the Panama Papers as referring clients to Mossack Fonseca, resulting in the creation of more than shell companies. Jamalot , Sep 1, I gotta get a pool! I'm missing out on some great parties!!!!
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