We're experts in company information

Adding value to company information
Our product range includes databases of company information and business intelligence for individual countries, regions and the world. Our global database, Orbis, combines information from more than 150 sources and covers 200 million companies. We are always looking to enhance our coverage and sourcing new information that can enrich existing coverage or help us increase our universe of companies.

We have extensive coverage of private companies, detailed company hierarchies, standardized financial reports so you can compare companies across borders plus financial strength metrics to assess financial viability of companies. 
Increasingly our customers blend our detailed data with their own to get insight on their customers and suppliers to assess risk and from a business development perspective.  

Our areas of expertise

Private companies
We have detailed information on listed companies, but our private company coverage is unrivalled. Over 99% of the companies we have information for are privately owned. We have regional and international coverage.
Listed companies
We have information on over 70,000 listed, and major unlisted and delisted companies worldwide.
Industry-specific products
Bankscope over 30,000 banks worldwide
Isis over 12,000 insurance companies
M&A deals and rumors
Zephyr has information on deals and rumors, with editorial, for deals worldwide.

We source content ourselves and from regulatory and other sources. We add value to this information by:

  • standardizing financials and ratios
  • linking data sources
  • creating unique identifiers
  • linking directors and contacts
  • adding bespoke research
  • appending and linking corporate structures
  • integrating our information on M&A deals and rumors
  • applying data verification, cleansing and quality control

The result is a range of comprehensive databases. Our global information is standardized for international company searching and comparisons. Our products are available across a range of interfaces and solutions, that can be blended with your own data and integrated into your workflow. 

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Proprietary information
M&A deals
Our teams of researchers and journalists monitor deal activity worldwide. We collect information on deals and rumors 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 approximately 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 metrics
Provided by six 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. 

Our software - helping you search and analyze

Our software helps users create sophisticated searches and analyses, while 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 a range of robust products that demonstrate a thorough and practical understanding of information.

Customization and integration
We offer a number of options to help you integrate your systems and data with our products, and customize how you use them. These range from simple Add-Ins to help with customized analysis, to accessing our Web Services architecture for customization. We offer advice and support at all stages.
Our Catalysts speed up the use of our products for specific applications. They're tailored to your business challenges and help you get to the right data for your projects - in the format you need it.
BvD Custom
We have a dedicated team of experts ready to create a completely customized solution for your business. 

How our customers use our products
Our information is used across a wide range of business challenges including the following:

E-publishing division
We also provide state-of-the art e-publishing solutions. These are based on open and flexible platforms and offer features such as search, secure delivery, e-commerce, rendering systems and hosting. Our clients include publishers of books, STM journals, news, directories and reference guides. We deliver tailored solutions via our Service Orientated Architecture. Find out about our latest project.