Press Release: OpenCorporates appoints new CEO to strengthen its leadership in transparent company data

Sarah Arana-Morton succeeds founder Chris Taggart, as OpenCorporates targets ambitious growth in emerging transparent company data market London, August 2, 2021  OpenCorporates, the go-to foundational source of reliable, transparent and real-time company data, has appointed its Chief Operating Officer, Sarah Arana-Morton, as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Arana-Morton succeeds Chris Taggart, the company’s founder … Continue reading Press Release: OpenCorporates appoints new CEO to strengthen its leadership in transparent company data

Case study: ethiXbase automates supply chain risk management with OpenCorporates’ data

“OpenCorporates plays a crucial role in our platform. Receiving company information with global coverage at scale from OpenCorporates helps our users to better understand who they’re dealing with in their supply chains”.  Michael ShortCo-Founder & Managing Director – Special ProjectsethiXbase Challenge Supply chain risk management is an increasing challenge for international companies.  Stringent anti-corruption regulation, … Continue reading Case study: ethiXbase automates supply chain risk management with OpenCorporates’ data

OpenCorporates’ data powers anti-money laundering knowledge graph prototype

Innovative uses of technology and data are critical to creating insight in many areas of business and society, not least the global fight against financial crime.  Graph analytics is one such technology, helping connect the dots in data between disparate entities (nodes) and uncover previously unknown relationships (edges) to identify potential risk. To help accelerate … Continue reading OpenCorporates’ data powers anti-money laundering knowledge graph prototype

Open identifiers: enabling insight & lowering barriers to innovation

Is the era of proprietary identifiers coming to an end? From April 2022, the US General Services Administration plans to stop using the DUNS number to uniquely identify companies registered in their System for Award Management (SAM). This number, which is the classic example of a closed, proprietary identifier for companies, will be replaced by … Continue reading Open identifiers: enabling insight & lowering barriers to innovation

OpenCorporates Annual Report 2020

We’re proud to release the OpenCorporates Annual Report 2020.  The year 2020 will be remembered for decades to come, thanks to the pandemic, and the changes to the world it has brought about. As well as the tragic loss of life, the short-term consequences on people’s livelihoods, on their physical and mental health, and on … Continue reading OpenCorporates Annual Report 2020

Confidence in an uncertain market

What is the one word that best characterises the company data market?  Uncertainty.  Traditional company data providers are increasingly consolidating – with acquisitions, buyouts and IPOs happening frequently. We observed this trend back in 2017, and recent examples suggest it has only accelerated: Moody’s Corporation acquired credit data provider Cortera in February 2021 Dun & Bradstreet … Continue reading Confidence in an uncertain market

Financial crime investigator: OpenCorporates is the ‘starting point’ of any investigation

It’s well documented that legal entities are commonly abused to facilitate financial crime. As far back as 2006, the Financial Action Task Force stated that “Shell corporations and nominees are widely used mechanisms to launder the proceeds from crime, particularly bribery”. That’s why countless transnational investigations into financial crime have started or been enhanced by … Continue reading Financial crime investigator: OpenCorporates is the ‘starting point’ of any investigation

Data provenance: why it helps you make more defensible decisions

Data about companies is used every day to inform all kinds of critical decisions: from analysing risk to vetting potential suppliers. But how do you know what data to trust? And how can you justify important decisions you, or your users, take with the data? The answer is simple: data provenance. Efforts to utilise data, … Continue reading Data provenance: why it helps you make more defensible decisions

[Webinar] Scale Up Anti-Financial Crime Innovation with Transparent Legal Entity Data

Monday, 7 June 2021 11:00 - 12:00 New York / 16:00 - 17:00 London Co-hosted by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and OpenCorporates Register to attend the webinar > OpenCorporates will be co-hosting a webinar with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) – the “largest international membership organization for anti-financial crime … Continue reading [Webinar] Scale Up Anti-Financial Crime Innovation with Transparent Legal Entity Data

What a bribery fine tells us about the Black Box company data market

In April 2018, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation “agreed to pay $9 million to resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges arising from improper payments made by two Chinese subsidiaries”. According to the SEC’s order: “One subsidiary, part of a joint venture with a Chinese company, acquired … Continue reading What a bribery fine tells us about the Black Box company data market