Some 19 British firms are at the center of an investigation into in a mammoth global money-laundering operation. The scheme was allegedly contrived to make $20bn (£12.5bn) of ill-gotten gains appear legitimate.
The dirty money is thought to have originated from criminal gangs and corrupt officials across the globe, attempting to make their tainted money appear clean so it can be spent free of suspicion.
An investigation carried out by The Independent and UK NGO the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) uncovered dozens of companies in a complex global web that are implicated in the criminal scheme.
A minimum of 19 UK firms, potentially implicated in the scam, are currently under investigation. The revelations came to light on Thursday.