A company profile is an in-depth report on a company. Public companies issue securities and trade on a stock exchange, whereas private companies are privately owned and do not have shares traded in public exchanges. It is usually much easier to research public companies than private companies because the SEC requires public companies to make financial disclosures.
Bloomberg Law Business Intelligence
Bloomberg Law Business Intelligence offers access to company profiles through its Company Lookup tool. Company information includes financials, holdings, corporate actions, management profiles, issuer credit ratings, filings, capital structures, key financial ratios, and company hierarchies, in addition to news, company data, and litigation analytics.
Another source of company information is the Bloomberg Terminals. The Bloomberg Terminals located in the Robert Crown Law Library will also provide access to Bloomberg Professional's financial analysis and more detailed company information. This is separate from the Bloomberg Law account that law students have access to. GSB has a Bloomberg guide with information about how to use the terminals
Lexis provides access to a Company and Financial collection of company profiles, industry analyst reports, and information and mergers & acquisitions and donations by companies.
Additional Databases Available Through the Stanford GSB Library
The Business Library provides access to several databases containing company reports as well as financial data. Please see the Business Library's Research Databases & Datasets list for a more comprehensive list of databases and their Company Information research guide for guidance on how to use these resources.
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