Selective trusts and companies born in the British Virgin Islands have helped anonymous buyers snap up luxury properties in London and other UK locales.
Today we are setting out to demolish the wall of offshore secrecy that hides many UK property transactions.
In our joint investigation with The Guardian, we disclose the identities of some of the people secretly buying up Britain.
Our findings, covering nearly 60 sample premises, demonstrate the way the UK is turning into a property speculators' haven, thanks to tax loopholes and the secrecy offered by the British Virgin Islands. Anonymous buyers are taking over more and more blocks of luxury housing, particularly in London.
Some purchasers live abroad. Other buyers live in the UK itself while they build up property empires using these artificial structures.
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