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Bureau Van Dijk


Bureau Van Dijk provides a number of databases that provide different types of company information. The different databases integrate relatively well, and provide data in comparable formats.

  • The Orbis Europe database provides financial, ownership, and other company information for large and very large European companies.
  • Orbis Bankfocus is the preferred source for information on banks, insurance companies, and other types of firms in the financial services industry. Bankfocus provides the company data in formats that are more suitable for these firms.
  • Finally, the Zephyr database has information on mergers and acquisitions and Initial Public Offerings, and is an alternative for the relevant data in SDC Platinum.

Documentation and manuals

Bureau van Dijk provides user guides within the respective websites. These guides are available only if you are logged on to the database.

Other information

Practical information on using this database is also available at the following blogs:

(Although you will not yet find much information on Orbis there, the information for Amadeus, a similar database from Bureau Van Dijk, could also be helpful for Orbis.)

Amadeus (Historical) DVD coverage

The VU previously subscribed to Bureau Van Dijk's Amadeus database. Amadeus has been replaced with Orbis, but we still have the option to access the offline December (DVD) editions of Amadeus for 2007 to present. Financial data is available for the last 10 years on each DVD. The databases can be searched using company name, personnel size and sector. Specific sections are available for financial information, information on ownership, and on the board of directors.

Our Amadeus license includes detailed financial data for about 300.000 companies (all DVDs) and some basic data for a few million companies (DVD 2010-2015).

Amadeus Does NOT contain data on Banks or Insurance companies!

If you need data from these historical DVDs you can send a request to Research Data Services: