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Monday, July 4, 2016

The Panama Papers in the ICIJ database - a sample of information available

Offshore Leaks Database

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is a global network of more than 190 investigative journalists in more than 65 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories.

The ICIJ database contains information on almost 320,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers and the Offshore Leaks investigations. The data covers nearly 40 years up to the end of 2015 and links to people and companies in more than 200 countries and territories.

Note this ICIJ database disclaimer from which the information below was extracted:


There are legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts. We do not intend to suggest or imply that any persons, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly. Many people and entities have the same or similar names. We suggest you confirm the identities of any individuals or entities located in the database based on addresses or other identifiable information.

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If you search the ICIJ database with a string like:
John Smith
it will return lists every of object containing "John" or "Smith" as well as "John Smith".

Entering the search as follows produces what may be intended:
John AND Smith
results  in every object containing names such as "John Smith", "Mr John Smith", "Smith John" and even "John Robert Smith", but none that contain only "John" or "Smith". It also returns both uppercase and lowercase values.

The ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database search page is at

The table below is a very small extract from the ICIJ database to introduce the type of information to explore. It is an opportunity to put a toe in the wading pool before diving in the deep end of the pool.