A “loophole” in new legislation means more than half of the offshore entities which own hundreds of Scottish properties, including entire estates, can stay secret.
The governments of China, Qatar, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates have extensive property portfolios in Scotland collectively worth nearly £250m.
Dozens of firms registered at an Edinburgh address involve a man sanctioned by the United Nations who is linked to a gas tycoon blacklisted by the UK Government for aiding Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.
Two Edinburgh addresses are cited as the official headquarters for businesses that use opaque financial structures linked to alleged money laundering and tax abuse, The Ferret can reveal.
The number of companies registered in tax havens investing in Scotland over the last decade has increased by nearly 60 per cent.
The leader of a Scottish Family Party breached electoral law by failing to submit a record of his personal campaign spending after running in the 2019 general election, The Ferret can reveal.
Registers of Scotland data shows 3,237 Scottish properties were owned by companies based outside of the UK in 2019.
An £1,800 fine imposed on a Tory dark money trust is "derisory" and "an advert to break the rules", say politicians and campaigners.