About My Business:
We are best known for our range of company information products that is co-published with many renowned information providers.
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 around 100 sources and covers approaching 65 million companies. We are always looking to enhance our coverage and sourcing new IPs that can enrich existing coverage or help us increase our universe of companies.
Our software helps users 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.
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.
BvD was established as a separate entity in 1991 following the division of activities within the former Bureau Marcel van Dijk. BvD has 500 employees working in 29 offices. Around 200 staff work in Brussels in product management, analysis, software engineering, quality control, sourcing, production and hosting. A further 250 staff work in sales, marketing and customer support in Amsterdam, Bahrain, Beijing, Bratislava, Brussels, Chicago, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Vienna and Zurich.
We also have 50 specialist researchers in the UK and Singapore collecting global merger and acquisition data plus a team of journalists writing stories on deals and rumours. BvD has always been profitable. We are owned by the private equity company BC Partners and our senior management.
We have been ISO 9001 compliant since 1998.
Our strength is in combining data sources and creating links between them. We supplement, and link, the ownership and contact information we receive from our IPs with our own research, and integrate our own M&A data, creating reciprocal links between deals and company financials.
These are some of our areas of expertise:
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 national coverage.
We have information on over 60,000 listed and major unlisted and delisted companies worldwide.
Bankscope 30,000 banks worldwide
Isis 9,000 insurance companies
M&A deals and rumours
Zephyr has information on deals and rumours, with editorial, for deals worldwide.
Proprietary BvD information
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.
Our 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.
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.
Customisation and integration
In our BvD Toolkit 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 Addins to help with customised analysis, to accessing our Webservices architecture for customisation. We offer advice and support at all stages.
Our Catalysts speed up the use of our products for specific applications. They include our credit management tool, FACT, that helps you develop your own scoring, modelling and rating analyses using a combination of data sources. TP Catalyst is a wizard-led product that helps create professional Transfer Pricing reports.