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Finding data

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.
  • The Zephyr database has information on mergers and acquisitions and Initial Public Offerings, and may be an alternative for similar 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 on these blogs, the information for Amadeus, a similar database from Bureau Van Dijk, could also be helpful for Orbis.