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Arachnys country audits offer an up to date, deep dive investigation into the data and regulatory landscapes of key markets worldwide.

The reports analyse sources such as corporate registries, news and litigation with the aim to educate you about the availability, quality and challenges associated with the data in each market. Some of the regions we have covered so far are Brazil, China, UAE and Nigeria.

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The Bahamas Leaks are breaking - where to begin

Following the Panama Papers leaks, 1.3 million documents from the commercial register in the Bahamas have been obtained by Suddeutsche Zeitung, the same newspaper which received the Panama Papers from Mossack Fonseca: the Panamanian firm have also created 15,915 entities in the Bahamas. Whilst...

Behind the Paywall: SSM & 1MDB of Malaysia

After enjoying a reputation for several years as an open, middle income economy, Malaysia has been the subject of numerous scandals related to the divestment of public funds into shell companies.

UK ultimate beneficial ownership data is now available with Arachnys

Our developers have successfully integrated the new beneficial ownership data in the Companies House API from the Developer hub into Arachnys. Whilst this required additional efforts to attain full-integration, the approach paid off as the data is updated live and in real-time.

Behind the paywall: Thailand's Business Data Warehouse

 Image credit: Joan Campderrós-i-Canas, CC-BY-2.0, via Flickr.

Fighting corruption was one of the grounds put forward by the military junta when, in May 2014, they seized power in Thailand, indicting the former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over a rice subsidies scheme, allegedly used to...

Behind the paywall: São Paulo Board of Trade

 Image credit: Júlio Boaro, CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

São Paulo is the name of both Brazil’s most populous state, with 645 municipalities and an estimated 41.9 million inhabitants, and the country’s fastest growing city with approximately 11 million inhabitants. The metropolis of São...

Behind the paywall: Morocco's DirectInfo portal

 Image credit: Magnus Manske, CC-By-SA, via Wikimedia Commons_(6).jpg) 

This is not to hold Morocco up as a model nation: perceived failures to address corruption were a driving force behind street protests in 2011 and 2012 and a high profile leak that allegedly showed corrupt authorisation of...

Behind the paywall: Hong Kong's company registry

Photo CC Flickr User sonotoki

Hong Kong has been prominent in the news in recent weeks, with the pro-democracy protests sadly turning violent over the weekend amid accusations from the Chief Executive, Chun-ying Leung, that unnamed ‘external forces’ were involved. This week, we also visit Hong...

Behind the paywall: Israel's corporate registry

In August this year the Tel Aviv district court indicted the former chairman of the Dawn of the Millenium Corporation for his alleged involvement in a USD $11 million embezzlement scheme. Over the course of 2 years Freddy Robinson helped transfer funds to Milomar, another corporation he owned,...

Behind the paywall: Isle of Man registry

Around the world, paywalls in offshore jurisdictions add another layer of opacity to doing research. This week we take a look at the Isle of Man, a British Crown Dependency nestled in the Irish Sea.

Behind the paywall: Russia

Russia has a reputation as a crooked, dangerous place to operate. Businesses often seem shady. Shell companies abound, and low-level money-laundering - to obtain cash for nefarious purposes like paying bribes or more mundane reasons like paying salaries in cash, evading tax - is commonplace....