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.
Where possible, links have been given to english language pages.
|Company Registries in European Countries|
|Czech Republic|| Malta
|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.
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|
|Company Registries in the Americas|
|Company Registries in the Far East|
|Company Registries in Oceania|
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