by Margarida Fontes and Margot Gibbs

Cape Verde’s finance minister has ordered an immediate investigation into how a bank owned by controversial billionaire Isabel dos Santos was granted a licence to operate in his island nation.

Olavo Correia, who is also the deputy prime minister, has instructed the country’s officials to launch a probe after he was shown details of a Finance Uncovered investigation into Ms dos Santos’s business in Cape Verde.

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A major leak of secret documents detailing the finances of Africa’s richest woman has raised serious questions about the role played by the winter sun islands of Cape Verde as she built her controversial business empire across the world.

The cache of files, known as the Luanda Leaks, show how Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of Angola’s former president, used her own bank on the trendy tourist archipelago to route millions of dollars in payments from Chinese and European contractors working on construction projects in her father’s country.

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ConocoPhillips, the US oil giant, has finally paid tax to Vietnam on a $896m gain from the sale of two oil fields in 2012 – marking a significant climbdown amid embarrassing legal action and international criticism.

Conoco’s “capitulation” comes after Finance Uncovered revealed in 2018 the company was using an obscure British law to try and avoid a Vietnam capital gains tax bill estimated to be worth up to $179m.

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Finance Uncovered worked with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), The Times and a host of other news organisations (see below) to shine a light on a murky corner of the UK’s corporate laws – an aspect that makes Britain so attractive to money launderers, fraudsters, and kleptocrats. Read More

Russia’s richest woman, who moved to London after her husband was dismissed as mayor of Moscow amid corruption allegations, has been forced to resign as a trustee of a major London charity as a result of a Finance Uncovered investigation into a six-figure donation.

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Finance Uncovered worked with a senior journalist in Angola to publish a version of the following article in The Times newspaper on Tuesday, August 13 2019. The piece was followed up by MailOnline and Tatler.

A publicly aired planning dispute over a proposed west London house extension has inadvertently revealed the billionaire daughter of an African kleptocrat to be the owner of a £13 million mansion in one of Britain’s most secretive gated communities. Read More

Confidential documents leaked as part of a major collaboration between investigative journalists reveal how international companies profit and conceal their pivotal role in the deadly shipbreaking industry.

The commercial contract, obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and analysed by Finance Uncovered as part of the Mauritius Leaks project, provides a rare insight into how blue chip corporations boast about their environmental ethics on the one hand, while on the other Read More

Today, The Guardian publishes an investigation we have carried out with them into Kenya’s biggest betting company, SportPesa. With its name emblazoned on the shirts of Premier League club Everton FC and a Formula One racing team, SportPesa is Kenya’s most powerful gambling firm – operating in a sector that sucks $2bn from Kenyans every year.

Its shareholders include Bulgarian businessmen, one of whom, Guerassim Nikolov, has a background in casinos Read More