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Searching International Company Registries Online

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 September 2015


This article by Rachel Brett highlights the key issues to be aware of when carrying out international company searches and reviews the information available online from the national company registries for some of the key European and offshore jurisdictions including: Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

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Copyright © The Author(s) 2015. Published by British and Irish Association of Law Librarians 

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2 Companies House, ‘Guidance: Overseas registries’ (, 22 December 2014) <> accessed 20 June 2015

3 GBR Direct <> accessed 20 June 2015

4 EBR Members (EBR, 2015) <> accessed 13 June 2015

5 ‘Business registers in member states’ (European e-Justice Portal, 12 June 2015) <> accessed 20 June 2015

6 Nigel Banerjee (ed),  International Corporate Procedures  (Release 81, Jordan Publishing, 2015); available online via Jordan Publishing's Company Law Online

7 Barry Spitz and Giles Clarke (eds), Spitz & Clarke Offshore Service (Release 132, LexisNexis, May 2015); available online via Lexis Library

8 ‘Orbis Directory’ (Bureau van Djik, 2015)   < > accessed 20 June 2015

9 Graham Rhind, ‘Summary: Company legal forms’ (Global Sourcebook for International Data Management, 2014)  <> accessed 20 June 2015;    ‘Company extensions and security identifiers’ (CorporateInformation, 2000–2015) <> accessed 20 June 2015

10 Miles Johnson, ‘Anonymous groups that bet against Quindell and Blinkx unmasked’  Financial Times (London, 20 November 2014) <> accessed 20 June 2015