[Podcast] Pandora Papers: How open company data enabled the investigation

The revelations of the Pandora Papers, one of the biggest journalism investigations, can’t have escaped your attention recently.  Whilst the findings of the investigation are well-documented, this podcast covers the enabling role open company data plays in investigative reporting. Two exciting guest speakers who were at the core of the International Consortium of Investigative Reporters’ … Continue reading [Podcast] Pandora Papers: How open company data enabled the investigation

Pandora Papers: Another reminder why the world needs open company data

As the Pandora Papers investigation hit the world’s headlines recently, we were proud to confirm that OpenCorporates was one of the data sources used by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and their partners to verify companies mentioned in the 11.9m leaked documents.  Like everyone else, we have been reading through the series of … Continue reading Pandora Papers: Another reminder why the world needs open company data

Meet Julia Apostle: OpenCorporates’ Non-Executive Director, former Twitter & FT lawyer

Julia Apostle joined us as a Non-Executive Director on the OpenCorporates Operating Board. A practicing lawyer, Julia brings almost 20 years of experience spanning the intersection between law, technology and data from the likes of Twitter and the Financial Times.  In addition to her role at OpenCorporates, she is a partner in the Tech Transactions … Continue reading Meet Julia Apostle: OpenCorporates’ Non-Executive Director, former Twitter & FT lawyer

ACAMS Europe: Impact lead to join panel on data analytics in financial crime prevention

Data analytics plays an increasing role in anti-financial crime efforts. After all, it’s through connecting disparate datasets and analysing the results that anti-financial crime professionals can often uncover red flags and patterns of suspicious activity. Company data is critical in this kind of analytics – because you cannot join the dots between companies, individuals and … Continue reading ACAMS Europe: Impact lead to join panel on data analytics in financial crime prevention

Corporate transparency: technical solution & a matter of social justice | Reflections from FinCrime World Forum

Access to fit-for-purpose company data (that is machine readable, contains provenance etc) has fast become an essential ingredient in anti-financial crime efforts. Whether you’re an investigative journalist, a law enforcement agent or a RegTech product manager, everybody in the anti-financial crime community stands to benefit from open access to company data. In this context, Rebecca … Continue reading Corporate transparency: technical solution & a matter of social justice | Reflections from FinCrime World Forum

“Follow the pandemic money” | 6 reflections from NICAR 2021

Governments around the world have allocated trillions of dollars to help companies and individuals survive the economic effects of Covid-19.  The pace and scale this funding has been provided in has left journalists, civil society and enforcement agencies struggling to catch up – as they attempt to investigate potential instances of fraud and other malfeasant … Continue reading “Follow the pandemic money” | 6 reflections from NICAR 2021

Meet Tannah Matus, Chief Financial Officer

What is your role at OpenCorporates? I joined full time as Chief Financial Officer in January 2020 after working as a consultant for OpenCorporates from September 2019. I oversee the finance function and as a result I am also involved in shaping the strategic direction of the organisation from a financial management perspective. What drew … Continue reading Meet Tannah Matus, Chief Financial Officer

Dark Money Conference: Why financial criminals hate OpenCorporates & open company data

Money laundering and other financial crimes are often facilitated via complex cross-border networks, with legal entities acting as key getaway vehicles for those perpetrating illicit activity. Exposing and tackling these networks cannot be achieved by one actor alone. It requires an organised, collaborative and international response from across government, law enforcement, business, civil society and … Continue reading Dark Money Conference: Why financial criminals hate OpenCorporates & open company data

Video: Corporate investigations masterclass & open data

Are you interested in investigating companies and uncovering cross-border connections that have been hiding in plain sight?  Then you’re definitely going to want to watch this masterclass video from Graham Barrow, Director of The Dark Money Files…  From Latvia and back, via the UK, New Zealand and Belize (to name just some locations he touches … Continue reading Video: Corporate investigations masterclass & open data

Is this a fork in the road for EU company data?

8 years ago, OpenCorporates surveyed access to official company register data in the EU. To our knowledge, this was the first time that this had been done in a systematic way.  The results were not good.  Data and access were routinely restricted on a pay-to-play basis. If you had the money, you could access it … Continue reading Is this a fork in the road for EU company data?