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The celebs and lawmakers hit by ‘Panama papers’

The sign in front of the building that houses law firm Mossack Fonseca in Panama City, Panama.

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The celebs and lawmakers hit by 'Panama papers'

A massive anonymous leak of financial documents Sunday has shone a light on the hidden financial dealings of politicians and public officials around the

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the team that is co-ordinating the data, published what are being called the "Panama Papers"—more than 11.5 million encrypted internal documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm.

CNBC highlights some of the celebrities and world leaders that have been named in the documents, either directly or via close association with others.

But remember, a lot of the practices mentioned in the release, including having an offshore company, aren't illegal. Mossack Fonseca, meanwhile, has responded by saying that it has never once in its history been charged with criminal wrongdoing and says several recent media reports have portrayed an inaccurate view of the services it provides. CNBC has not been able to independently verify the allegations.

—By CNBC's Matt Clinch.

First published April 06, 2016.