Legal Information Provider BNA Goes From Employee-Owned to Mayor-Owned

Today news broke that Bloomberg has designs to acquire BNA, a D.C. area-based legal information services company, for $990 million.

(Keeping up with the Jones’s is expensive when the Jones’s are the Thomson Reuters’s.)

As such, the terminal manufacturers will welcome BNA’s 350ish publications and 600-odd reporters into their fold. BNA specialize in tax and regulatory law, which makes it useful for Bloomberg’s burgeoning BGov and for competing with Reuters’s News & Insight: Legal division, launched in March.

A sad footnote to this is that BNA sounds like it was a really great company:

According to its website, its been wholly employee owned–employees and retirees still own 100% of the company’s stock–since 1947, and has racked up a number of best companies to work for awards from FORTUNE, Working Mother, Washingtonian.

But then, Bloomberg has free trail mix and one of a handful of the escalators the world that turn a curve.

 

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    BNA was a great company.  It was one of the first in the DC area to extend benefits to domestic partners or any orientation.  Their benefits package was top-notch.  The company truly balanced the needs of the business with the needs of the employees.  It’s a shame to see it relegated to being a cog in a giant corporate machine.  But at least the employee owners will be well taken care of by this deal.