Offshore secrecy

How Isabel dos Santos went shopping in Mauritius for shell companies, secrecy and a tax dodge
Will Fitzgibbon · February 25, 2020

The dos Santos brewery masterplan hinged on one of the couple’s favorite business entities: shell companies. This time the couple turned to Mauritius the small island tax haven off the east coast of Africa.

The world’s biggest tax haven lurked behind a dos Santos penthouse
Will Fitzgibbon, Sydney P. Freedberg and Micael Pereira · February 24, 2020

As scrutiny of her business empire increased, African billionaire Isabel dos Santos turned to one of the world’s most secretive tax havens to conceal a $1.8 million luxury apartment.

U.S. poised to celebrate its first Panama Papers tax conviction
Will Fitzgibbon · February 11, 2020

A U.S. taxpayer will plead guilty to tax evasion and money laundering offenses in relation to the 2016 investigation.

PwC head ‘shocked and disappointed’ by Luanda Leaks revelations
Will Fitzgibbon · January 21, 2020

Banks, prosecutors and the head of PWC have responded to our Luanda Leaks investigation in the past two days.

How Africa’s richest woman exploited family ties, shell companies and inside deals to build an empire
Sydney P. Freedberg, Scilla Alecci, Will Fitzgibbon and 2 more · January 19, 2020

Isabel dos Santos made a fortune at the expense of the Angolan people, Luanda Leaks reveals.

Western advisers helped an autocrat’s daughter amass and shield a fortune
Ben Hallman, Kyra Gurney, Scilla Alecci and 1 more · January 19, 2020

Isabel dos Santos created a shell empire to move tainted billions — lawyers, accountants and consultants made it possible.

From Colonization to Kleptocracy: A history of Angola
Antonio Cucho · January 16, 2020

Our visual explainer shows you how Africa’s richest woman rose amid a country divided by war and rich in natural resources.

Citing Panama Papers, Warren announces plan to fight global corruption
Will Fitzgibbon · December 18, 2019

The Democratic presidential hopeful pledged new laws to stamp out shell companies, and also planned to increase global collaboration to fight tax evasion.

Panama Papers and the ‘thin line’ for legal tax dodging
Ritu Sarin, P Vaidyanathan Iyer and Jay Mazoomdaar · November 12, 2019

It’s a thin line that separates tax evasion, which is outright illegal, and tax avoidance, which may or may not be legal.

How global collaboration can be a shield against litigation
David Leigh · October 30, 2019

When HSBC’s lawyers faced off against reporters prior to the publication of the Swiss Leaks investigation, their initial approach was to make legal threats.