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A tide of financial transparency is sweeping across the world. Swimming against it is folly; it will have severe reputational and financial consequences

5 May 2016

The revelations from the recent Panama Papers leaks continue to make headlines around the world. The leaks have laid bare the private affairs of high-profile politicians, celebrities, and sports personalities from around the world.

The media have been careful (no doubt for reasons of legal liability) to point out that offshore entities are often used for legitimate purposes. This will be of little consolation for the tens of thousands of lower-profile Mossack Fonseca clients who will have their personal data released into the public domain in early May, as the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has promised to do.

The large majority of Mossack Fonseca clients would not have suspected their offshore registration agent was also being used by dictators, oligarchs and politically exposed persons. These clients now face reputational, financial and emotional harm by ...

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