Wednesday, June 13, 2012
If you are clerking this summer, you may find yourself with research requests to find information on people and companies – and you may not have access to Westlaw or LexisNexis. Here are some tips on researching private companies that may be helpful. This post from Law Technology News lists some good resources.
“When it comes to privately owned (or privately held) companies, sometimes that wealth of information just isn't available. Most resources on companies pull their data from 10-K filings with the SEC, a rich source of accurate data on public companies. Private companies have no duty to disclose the information available in 10-Ks, so all their public information is voluntarily disclosed or found by reporters. The depth of information available is often directly proportional to the size of the private company.”
These resources may be of help –
- The company’s website;
- Google Maps (to help with demographics);
- Dun & Bradstreet;
- Factiva, Hoover’s, Reference USA Directory, Standard & Poor’s, & DataMonitor;
- News Sources;
- Industry Groups (Professional Associations);
- General Web Searching; and
- Public Records.
Check with the librarian (either at your employer or your law school – or both) for more information and assistance. We are here to help!