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Where to Get Financial Information on Overseas Companies


Trading with Companies in Other Countries

If you are considering offering credit terms to a company in another country, it is prudent to check their finances first. In the UK, you might turn to Companies House to make sure they really exist and have a look at their statutory accounts, but what is the equivalent source of information in other countries? Here, we have compiled a useful resource showing links to the company registries in a range of countries.

Not all countries make company financial returns available online free of charge as is the case in the UK. Some do not make any financial information available. The register is a good starting place to make sure that a company really exists. If independent data is not available, then it is good practice to request copies of accounts from the business itself and consider taking a bank reference.

Europe

Where possible, links have been given to english language pages.

Company Registries in European Countries
  Albania   Italy
  Andorra   Jersey
  Belgium   Latvia
  Croatia   Lithuania
  Cyprus   Luxembourg
  Czech Republic   Malta
  Denmark   Netherlands
  Estonia   Norway
  Finland   Poland
  France   Portugal
  Germany   Romania
  Gibraltar   San Marino
  Greece   Serbia
  Guernsey   Slovakia
  Iceland   Spain
  Ireland   Sweden
  Isle of Man   Switzerland

It's also worth checking out the European Business Register, which aims to bring all the different country registries together into one place.

The Americas

In the USA company registries are held by the state in which the company is registered. Many companies are registered in Delaware, which has company-fiendly laws. Over 50% of publicly traded companies are listed in Delaware.

Another source of financial information for publicly traded companies in the USA is the Securities and Exchange Commission, which maintains a register of these.

Company Registries in the USA
  Alabama
  Montana
  Alaska
  Nebraska
  Arizona
  Nevada
  Arkansas
  New Hampshire
  California
  New Jersey
  Colorado
  New Mexico
  Connecticut
  New York
* Delaware   North Carolina
  Florida
  North Dakota
  Georgia
  Ohio
  Hawaii
  Oklahoma
  Idaho
  Oregon
  Indiana
  Pennsylvania
  Illinois
  Rhode Island
  Iowa
  South Carolina
  Kansas
  South Dakota
  Kentucky
  Tennessee
  Louisiana
  Texas
  Maine
  Utah
  Maryland
  Vermont
  Massachusetts
  Virginia
  Michigan
  Washington
  Minnesota   West Virginia
  Mississippi
  Wisconsin
  Missouri
  Wyoming

Company Registries in the Americas
  Brazil   Canada
  Colombia    
       

 

Asia

Company Registries in the Far East
  Hong Kong   Singapore
  India   Sri Lanka
  Malaysia   Thailand
  Philippines    

 

Oceania

 

Company Registries in Oceania
  Australia   New Zealand
       

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