Finding your target in the money laundering capital of the world
David Cameron pledged to break the wall of corporate secrecy when he was British prime minister, and two key datasets were released in late 2017:
- The PSC register unmasks the true owners of companies registered in the UK. It has thousands of Americans and overseas nationals
- Land ownership property data in the U.K. has been made available — owning property here is favored method to launder money by corrupt individuals the world over.
As a result, the assets and cash of corrupt individuals may be hiding in plain sight. In this class, we will follow three prominent individuals, including a U.S. president, through the newly available datasets to show how and why you should turn to the U.K. and her territories to investigate your target.
This class is good for: People who need to investigate targets overseas.
Leila Haddou is data journalism editor for The Times and the Sunday Times in London. She previously worked on investigations for the Financial Times and the Guardian covering corporate fiddles to dump pensions, offshore tax leaks, corporate land banking and issues surrounding social justice. @leilahaddou
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