Normally, diagrams will focus on a given Entity and show all Parties with either ownership or control interests in that Entity, either directly or indirectly. However, you may wish to adopt a different focus or limit which parties or interests are shown.
Your diagram’s focus determines which Parties and interests are included.
Diagrams have either an Owner or Entity Focus. That is, they either:
Diagrams with an Entity Focus (the most common) show all the Parties that exist in the reverse direction of the Arrows from the selected Entities (usually just one). For instance, it may trace all of the Parties interested in a specific Company, back to a set of Persons.
Diagrams with an Owner Focus show all the Parties that exist in the forward direction of the Arrows from the selected Beneficial Owners (usually just one). For instance, it may show all the interests of a specific Person.
Normally, BOVS diagrams show both ownership and control interests, that is, they lack an Interest Focus.
You may choose to adopt an Interest Focus, that is, include only one type of interest. If so:
Diagrams have a Depth, which, unless you decide and note otherwise, is unlimited. All Chains in the diagram are cut short at a length equal to the Depth.
In Entity Focus diagrams, the Chains in the reverse direction from the Entities at the end should be cut short after the specified Depth. This allows you to focus on:
In Owner Focus diagrams, the Chains in the forward direction from the Beneficial Owners at the start should be cut short after the specified Depth. This allows you to show either:
Depth should be limited only for the above reasons, that is, not for cosmetic reasons, to make diagrams fit into a given space, or to hide Parties not relevant to your point. If this is your chief concern, use Stacks rather than limiting your diagram’s Depth.
If you choose to use a Depth that is not unlimited: