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The business of certainty

Welcome to the business of certainty

When you need to understand the companies in your ecosystem, you’ll benefit from a certain approach. We capture and treat private company information for better decision making and increased efficiency.

With information on nearly 250 million companies in all countries worldwide we are the resource for private company data.

Certainty is a highly-prized commodity in business. We do all we can to add certainty to your decision making by delivering information derived from rigorous processes, a huge variety of sources, and treating it to make it as easy as possible to compare companies internationally.

Data really is in our DNA. At Bureau van Dijk, a Moody's Analytics company, providing our customers with the best quality data, is our most important objective. We have unique experience in the information world. Data defines who we are and what we do. Our dedication to quality means we won’t tolerate unreliable data. We are committed to certain standards, providing the best breadth and depth of information in the market.

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A certain attitude

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A certain attitude

The Bureau van Dijk culture is one of genuine passion and drive: we are committed to giving our clients the very best. Our people love what they do and are constantly pushing boundaries to meet your needs. We have a certain attitude, constantly striving to improve the data we deliver and the service we offer you.

The solutions we provide are designed to inform more certain decision-making and boost success. We work closely with our clients to understand their businesses and help them get the most from data to reach their goals in risk management, efficiency and revenue growth, making a genuine difference to organisations around the world.

Positively disruptive innovation

Too many businesses settle for substandard data. Bureau van Dijk is challenging that status quo and disrupting the market with data that sits in a different league. Through constant innovation and exploration, we are re-defining what private company information is and what it can mean for businesses.

We offer free trials so you can be certain of the quality you are getting, before you commit to a purchase. We always deliver a consultative approach. So, we’ll work with you to help you get the best out of the information on our products, as well as the information you already hold on your clients, suppliers or prospects. We can create great solutions by helping you blend our data with yours.

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Our three key product ranges

Data, Catalyst and Custom

  • DataComprehensive company databases. We specialise in private company data, corporate ownership including beneficial owners, M&A data and financial strength metrics. Our international data is standardised so you can compare companies where ever they are in the world. 

  • CatalystOur range of Catalysts speed up your research and analysis - and we have Catalysts for a number of business challenges including compliance and third party due diligence and supplier and credit risk 

  • CustomOur custom team can develop customised and bespoke solutions for you.




 

Proprietary information

We enhance company information with specific proprietary data sets that are unique to us:

M&A Deals

Our teams of researchers and journalists monitor deal activity worldwide. We collect information on deals and rumours and create links to the financial information we hold on our products.

Corporate ownership information and company hierarchies

Our corporate ownership information is becoming increasingly important to our customers’ research processes. When we were initially developing our international products, it became clear that there was no viable source of pan-European, or international, company ownership information. We decided to merge and link the information from our IPs, and complement this with our own research. This has now become an important part of our offering and a significant operation. Our bespoke research includes many sources such as local stock exchanges, newswires, companies’ reports and accounts and direct contact with the companies themselves. We show very detailed, direct and indirect, ownership information, a company’s level of independence in relation to its shareholders plus the global and domestic ultimate owners. Our company hierarchies are widely used across a number of business functions and particularly valuable for anti-money laundering to research beneficial ownership.

Company overviews

We have proprietary research on companies’ activities, history, the countries they operate in and their main products and services, for approaching one million companies around the world.

Directors and contacts

We research and supplement information on the contacts we get from our IPs - directors, executives, shareholders and advisors - to create a global database of individuals associated with companies.

Financial strength risk metrics

Provided by 7 independent companies, all experts in their fields, we have models that have been designed to work with our data to help you assess companies' financial strength and probability of default.

Press releases

The latest press releases from Bureau van Dijk. We can provide you with information to support your research - contact us to find out more.

Our software

Helping you search and analyse

Our software helps you create sophisticated searches and analysis whilst being easy to use. All our software is proprietary and created by our team of developers working to specifications designed by our analysts. All our analysts are experts in their fields and have a thorough knowledge of data content and user-requirements. The result is products that are robust and that demonstrate a thorough and practical understanding of information.

Customisation and integration

We offer a number of options to help you integrate your systems and data with our products, and customise how you use them. These range from simple Add-Ins to help with customised analysis, to accessing our Web Services architecture for customisation. We offer advice and support at all stages and can help with all kinds of data management projects. 

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Our company history

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Our company history

Bureau van Dijk is a Moody’s Analytics company.

Officially our name is Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing (we’re known as Bureau van Dijk, or just BvD).


We were established as a separate entity in 1991 following the division of activities within the former Bureau Marcel van Dijk. We now have nearly 1,000 employees working in more than 30 offices across the globe including: Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Vienna, Washington D.C. and Zurich.

Our research teams collect both global M&A data and intelligence around corporate ownership structures, and are based in Manchester, Brussels and Singapore. We also have a team of journalists writing news stories on deals and rumours.

Product management and software development are based in our Geneva and Brussels offices. We have always been profitable and have been ISO 9001 compliant since 1998.

Bureau van Dijk became a Moody's Analytics company in August 2017.

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Our M&A research subsidiary

Zephus

Zephus, our M&A research subsidiary, is based in Manchester and also has a team working from our office in Singapore. Zephus is managed by BvD's head of M&A products, Lisa Wright.

The Zephus researchers translate all deal information into English and work in over 30 languages.

As well having teams to research and compile deal data for our M&A product range, Zephus has an editorial team to create M&A reports plus content on breaking and noteworthy deals.

The team also delivers bespoke research for the media.You can submit your deal information, or request M&A research for journalism, using these links.

Submit deal information
Media/journalism enquiries

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E-publishing division

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Information partners

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Information partners