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What Is Mossack Fonseca Group?

A Mossack Fonseca law firm logo is pictured in Panama City, April 3, 2016

Mossack Fonseca Group

Who: Firm was founded by Jurgen Mossack, who was born in Germany in 1948, and Ramon Fonseca, who was born in Panama in 1952

When: Established in 1977; became Mossack Fonseca in 1986, when the two men merged their law firms

What: A global company that provides comprehensive legal, trust and wealth management services. Incorporates and administers companies in offshore jurisdictions such as Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands and Malta, as well as in the U.S. states of Nevada and Wyoming.

Where: Located in Panama

Global presence: Considered the fourth-largest provider of offshore services

Response to Panama Papers: Firm declined to comment on specific allegations, citing client confidentiality, but said it acted responsibly and complied with international protocols, saying, “The companies we incorporate are not being used for tax evasion, money laundering, terrorist financing or other illicit purposes." However, they added, "We regret any misuse of our services and actively take steps to prevent it.”