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.
N.B.: Financial data in both Orbis Europe and Orbis BankFocus originates from specific financial statements that are based on different levels of consolidation. Make sure to check for this if this is relevant for your research as this influences comparability of the data between companies.
Bureau van Dijk provides user guides within the respective websites. These guides are available only if you are logged on to the database.
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.