OpenSanctions KYB is a group of datasets related to corporate ownership and control. They are published in a well-defined data format and can be used to build complex knowledge graphs and analytical applications.
The datasets provide information regarding the control and ownership of companies in various jurisdictions. They are collected from public sources, and are published here in a cleaned and transformed structure, using the FollowTheMoney entity format.
Beneficial ownership data is used by businesses that want to understand if they're dealing with risky counterparties, and investigators who want to understand who is behind a particular company.
OpenSanctions KYB data is a building block, not an end-user product. Here's some ways you can use it:
Our OpenSanctions default dataset collects entities that are directly or indirectly associated with some risk indication. This doesn't apply to the vast majority of companies.
The KYB datasets represent full company databases, irrespective of risk indications. Some company records from these datasets are routinely added to OpenSanctions core via data enrichment.
Unlike the OpenSanctions core data, the KYB datasets are not de-duplicated. This means that if a source registry publishes multiple records that describe a single person or company, they will be reproduced in this data as-is.
We update most sources once a week. This doesn't apply to data sources which - by their nature - do not change on a regular basis (e.g. the ICIJ OffshoreLeaks database).
Updates also exclude the Russian company database: since the Duma has passed laws which allow sanctioned companies to hide their information in the registry, we're using a static version dated 1. Jan 2022 as the last safe point of reference for Russia.
Brilliant, come talk to us! The OpenSanctions dataset is free to use for non-commercial purposes, including users from academia, activists and journalists. If you're interested in licensing the data for commercial purposes, please contact us.
|Companies House (UK) Persons with Significant Control
|Cyprus company registry
|Czechia business register
|Denmark Central Business Register (Centrale Virksomhedsregister - CVR)
|Deutsches Handelsregister (OffeneRegister.de)
|Estonia e-Business Register (E-äriregister)
|GLEIF Concatenated Data File
|Register of Enterprises of the Republic of Latvia (Uzņēmumu reģistrs)
|Russian Unified State Register of Legal Entities (EGRUL)
|Slovakia Public Sector Partners Register (Register partnerov verejného sektora - RPVS)
|State Register of legal entities in the Republic of Moldova
|Ukraine Consolidated State Registry (Edinyy Derzhavnyj Reestr)
|US CorpWatch EX-21 Filings