Frederik Obermaier

investigative reporter and author

Frederik Obermaier is a book author and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermayer he founded the Munich-based investigative newsroom paper trail media. In Germany, paper trail media is exclusively partnering with the magazine Der Spiegel and the public broadcaster ZDF. In Austria, paper trail media collaborates with Der Standard. Obermaier is one of the two reporters first contacted by the anonymous source of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that prompted a global investigation involving hundreds of journalists. He also co-initiated the Paradise Papers-revelations and the Suisse Secrets-investigations.

Frederik is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, board-member of Arab Reporter for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), co-founder of the Anti Corruption Data Collective and co-author with Bastian Obermayer of the international bestsellers Panama Papers – Breaking the story of how the rich and powerful hide their money (Oneworld Publications, 2017) and The Ibiza Affair - Inside views of a scandal (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2019). Together with Obermayer and the journalist Hannes Munzinger he co-authored the book Suisse Secrets - How bankers hid money from tax evaders, torture generals, dictators and the Catholic Church - with the help of politics (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2022).

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