More than 100 Belgian intermediaries have been identified in the leaked files from the law firm Mossack Fonseca in Panama. The intermediaries were identified by Le Soir, De Tijd, Mo and Knack as part of the investigation of the “Panama Papers” by the international consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ), reported Le Soir on Wednesday (8 June).
These intermediaries are 117 accountants, consultants, trustees and lawyers.
Their exact roles are diverse. Some appeared in the files as potential clients. Others helped to register shell companies in tax havens and participated in their management for their customers by concealing their identities and agreeing to become directors, proxy holders or shareholders of these offshore structures, says Le Soir.
The newspaper further states that the most active intermediaries are working in Luxembourg, Monaco and Switzerland.