Information Today
Volume 17, Issue 8 • September 2000
The Thomson Corp. Acquires Aktuell Arbetsrätt, Brazilian Tax and Regulatory Publisher

Thomson Legal & Regulatory (TLR) has announced the acquisition of Aktuell Arbetsrätt AB, a leading Swedish publisher specializing in employment law. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Aktuell Arbetsrätt will be integrated into Fakta Info Direkt, The Thomson Corp.’s legal and regulatory information provider to the Swedish market. The Thomson Corp. has also announced that it has agreed to purchase IOB, one of Brazil’s leading regulatory publishers.

Aktuell Arbetsrätt
Founded in 1988 by Tommy Iseskog, Aktuell Arbetsrätt produces a range of products, including a Web-based database and a newsletter to meet lawyers’ and human resource specialists’ needs for current news and in-depth information on employment law.

The acquisition will strengthen Fakta Info Direkt’s leading position in the human resources information market. It will also provide an opportunity for the further development of its growing number of electronic products.

“We are delighted to add Aktuell Arbetsrätt products to Fakta’s portfolio in Sweden,” said Mike Boswood, managing director of Thomson Legal & Regulatory–Europe. “They are complementary and will add important expert content and advice. The Internet database will be an excellent addition to our current digital offerings.”

The operations of Aktuell Arbetsrätt will be migrated to Fakta Info Direkt in Stockholm, Sweden. A long-term contract with Isekog will ensure updating and cooperation on future product development.

Isekog said: “I am confident that Fakta and Thomson will continue to provide high-quality products and services to our customers. I am also impressed with Thomson’s expertise in the area of electronic information and look forward to working together with them in the future.”

Maria Hamrefors, managing director of Fakta Info Direkt, said: “Employment law is an area of high importance to organizations in our country, and the market is extremely demanding. Aktuell Arbetsrätt has proven its ability to meet these demands. By combining Aktuell Arbetsrätt’s domain knowledge and our experience in electronic development, we are in an excellent position to take advantage of new opportunities as the electronic information market continues to grow.”

TLR–Europe currently has interests in the U.K., Spain, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland.

IOB is made up of the following companies: IOB Informações Objetivas e Publicações Jurídicas, IOB Cursos de Legislação Empresarial, Mapa Fiscal Editora, and IOB Informática Ltda. IOB will become part of Thomson Legal & Regulatory (TLR), a major market group of The Thomson Corp. TLR is a leader in e-information and solutions products for legal, regulatory, tax, accounting, and intellectual property professionals around the world.

The acquisition of IOB is the latest step in Thomson’s global strategy to establish a major presence in strategic markets worldwide. Over 700,000 attorneys and 300,000 accountants—TLR’s largest customer groups—practice in Latin America. “This acquisition represents a  key addition to our Latin American operations—IOB will serve as a cornerstone for our further expansion in the region,” said Richard J. Harrington, Thomson Corp.’s president and CEO. “IOB publications add a rich new dimension to the universe of TLR products, services, and solutions that support legal and regulatory professionals around the world. We are absolutely committed to strengthening the already exceptional products and services IOB provides the Brazilian marketplace.”

In addition to IOB in Brazil, TLR owns leading legal and regulatory information and solutions businesses in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden,  the U.S., the U.K., and other key markets.

Brian H. Hall, president and CEO of TLR, noted that IOB is an excellent fit with the TLR group of companies. “IOB is a leading brand, well recognized and respected by Brazilian practitioners. Their products and services enhance our portfolio of well-known brands and businesses, which includes West Group, RIA, Carswell, Sweet & Maxwell, Editorial Aranzadi, and others,” he said. “Additionally, this acquisition will allow IOB and TLR companies to share core knowledge in areas such as editorial and technology.”

“We are pleased to be a part of Thomson,” said Alberto Bugarib, director of IOB’s legal and consulting division. “We believe the global reach and world-class resources Thomson offers will provide significant benefits to our customers and employees.”

Source: The Thomson Corp., Toronto, 416/360-8700;

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