Wolters Kluwer

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Wolters Kluwer

legal form NV
ISIN NL0000395903
founding 1987
Seat Alphen aan den Rijn , Netherlands
management Nancy McKinstry ( CEO )
Number of employees 18,134 ( FTE ) (2018)
sales EUR 4.3 billion (2018)
Branch Media , software , publishing
Website www.wolterskluwer.com

Wolters Kluwer NV is a Dutch information service provider that emerged in 1987 from the merger of Kluwer Publishers and Wolters-Samson. The company headquarters are in Alphen aan den Rijn . The shares are listed on the AEX and Euronext 100 , among others . The company is one of the world's market leaders in the publishing industry and one of the largest knowledge and information service providers today, with offices in more than 40 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia.

Wolters Kluwer offers specialist information in the form of literature , software and services in the areas of law , economics, taxes, accounting , finance , auditing , healthcare and compliance .

Wolters Kluwer achieved sales of 4.3 billion euros in 2018 and employed around 18,000 people worldwide.

The company is divided into the areas

  • Legal & Regulatory (law),
  • Tax & Accounting (taxes, bookkeeping, accounting),
  • Health (healthcare) as well
  • Governance, Risk & Compliance (finance, compliance).

Wolters Kluwer Germany , headquartered in Hürth, is part of Wolters Kluwer NV


Wolters Kluwer NV developed from four Dutch publishing families in the 19th century: Wolters Schoolbook-Verlag was founded in 1836 and Noordhoff-Verlag was founded in 1858. The Kluwer publishing house was founded in 1891, a traditional Dutch science publisher. Schoolbook-Verlag and Noordhoff merge in 1968. In 1972 Wolters-Noordhoff merged again with the Information and Communications Union of the Samson family. In 1987 Kluwer and Wolters-Samson merged to form what is now Wolters Kluwer NV in order to fend off a takeover of Kluwer by Elsevier . A planned merger of Wolters Kluwer with Reed-Elsevier in 1998 was forbidden for anti-trust reasons.

After the merger with Kluwer, strong international expansion began. In the 1990s they acquired the traditional American publisher JB Lippincott (Philadelphia, especially medicine) from HarperCollins , they took over the tax and law publisher CCH (Commerce Clearing House, 1995) and the law and medicine department of Little, Brown and Company. They acquired Ovid Technologies ( Medline medical database ), Plenum publishing house and the traditional Dutch science publisher D. Reidel Publishing Company .

The company reacted to the crisis in the print media from the 2000s and expanded its online and software division. In 2002 they sold Kluwer Academic Publishers to financial investors (Cinven and Candover Investments) who integrated it into Springer Science + Business Media . In 2017 Wolters Kluwer Education was sold to Bridgepoint Capital .

At the head of the group is Nancy McKinstry , the only female CEO of a group listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Silchester International Investors holds 10%, Bestinver Gestion 5%. The rest of the company is in free float .


law and order

Law and Order is divided into two groups: Legal & Regulatory and Corporate Legal Services. Both groups offer specialist information and software for professional users in the fields of law and economics. Customers include law firms , corporate legal departments and educational institutions.

Taxes and Accounting

With a turnover of 1,132 million euros (2015), the tax and accounting division is one of the world's largest providers of software, specialist information and services for all aspects of tax and accounting. The products are used by tax consultants and companies of all sizes as well as self-employed and end consumers .


This area offers medical information in the form of electronic media, books, magazines (e.g. L'Infirmière Magazine ) and software for professional users, students and medical institutions.

Management, risks and guidelines

This area works for organizations from industries such as B. banking or transport as well as insurance with software and services in the areas of risk, compliance, finance and audit.

Online products (e.g. databases), software and services now account for 70 percent of sales.

The scientific publishing house Kluwer Academic Publishing merged with the publishing house Springer Akademischer Verlag in 2004 and no longer uses the Kluwer brand .


Jurion (also: Jurion law ) was a product division of the publishing house introduced in 2011. It was created through the acquisition of the Legal and Regulatory divisions from LexisNexis Deutschland GmbH . The word mark Jurion had existed since 2000.

Jurion had specialized legal databases with mostly its own content, including works by Carl Heymanns Verlag . This made Jurion, alongside Juris and Beck-Online, one of the largest providers of electronically processed legal specialist information.

In autumn 2018, legal research was integrated into the Wolters Kluwer Online portal . Since then, Jurion customers have been able to continue using their online works and modules there, while Jurion was discontinued in March 2019 after a transition phase .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Group profile on mediadb.eu
  2. ^ A b Federal Agency for Civic Education: bpb.de - Mediendatenbank - International - Wolters Kluwer nv. In: www.bpb.de. Retrieved December 10, 2016 .
  3. Wolters Kluwer Annual Report 2018. Wolters Kluwer, accessed September 25, 2019 .
  4. Fredriksson, The Dutch Publishing Scene, Elsevier and North-Holland, in: Einar Fredriksson (Ed.), A Century of Science Publishing: A Collection of Essays, IOS Press, Amsterdam 2001, p. 71
  5. Entry at the German Patent and Trademark Office
  6. JURION became part of Wolters Kluwer Online. Wolters Kluwer, accessed August 5, 2019 .

Coordinates: 52 ° 7 ′ 36.8 ″  N , 4 ° 39 ′ 14.8 ″  E