Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

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| Editors: Deborah C Poff, Alex C. Michalos

Panama Papers

  • Alex C. MichalosEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_276-1

Synonyms

Definition

The Panama Papers is the largest set of tax haven documents released so far, focused primarily on one company but revealing the worldwide use of financial intermediaries to help wealthy individuals and corporations avoid and evade taxes, rules, regulations, laws, and obligations at the expense of other citizens, competitors, and governments.

Description

Sometime in 2015, Bastian Obermayer, a journalist with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, was contacted by someone calling himself or herself “John Doe.” Doe was apparently a whistleblower offering Obermayer “secret data” apparently stolen from a firm incorporated in Panama by the name of Mossack Fonseca, Mossfon for short. In a statement written for Obermayer and Obermaier ( 2016, pp. 340–344), Doe wrote,

For the record, I do not work for any government or...

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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Northern British ColumbiaPrince GeorgeCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Alex C. Michalos
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  1. 1.University of Northern British ColumbiaPrince GeorgeCanada