Company history

Historical highlights from across Thomson Reuters

Browse our company history dating back to 1799, or contact our archive staff directly for more historical perspectives and research.

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2018

A new strategic partnership for Financial & Risk
Reflecting the strength of our Financial & Risk business and its future potential, Thomson Reuters announces a new strategic partnership with Blackstone. As part of the transaction, Thomson Reuters will sell a 55% majority stake in the F&R business to private equity funds managed by Blackstone, valuing the business at $20 billion.

2017

Accelerating our path toward gender parity
Building on our leadership in diversity and inclusion, CEO Jim Smith announces a new commitment to reaching a minimum of 40 percent female representation in senior leadership roles, globally, by 2020. 

A content marketplace for modern publishing
Driven by the needs of modern day publishing, Reuters launches Reuters Connect, a content marketplace featuring all of Reuters multimedia content, as well as a diverse array of content from other leading media organizations around the world. 

2016

Expanding our Canadian operations
Building on our heritage as one of Canada’s leading international companies, Thomson Reuters announces a new technology centre in downtown Toronto, Ontario, which will create up to 1,500 jobs.

Bringing the legal industry into the 21st century
Designed in partnership with our customers, state-of-the-art Thomson Reuters eDiscovery Point™ combines the robust power of our data, security, and service excellence with cutting-edge technology.

Sale of Intellectual Property & Science business
Strengthening our focus on operating at the intersection of global commerce and regulation, Thomson Reuters announces the sale of our Intellectual Property & Science business unit to Onex Corporation and Baring Private Equity Asia for $3.55 billion.

2015

Innovating through partnership and collaboration
Our Thomson Reuters Labs™ expand to Canada and we continue to partner with organizations across our industries to discover and deliver creative solutions to our customers.

Leading the way for openness in fintech
Our long-standing legacy of innovation in the financial industry continues with the new Eikon App Studio and Elektron API. The two enhancements enable the creation, development, and distribution of custom applications and content across the FinTech landscape.

Reinventing TV news for the digital age
In a groundbreaking innovation for consumers, advertisers and publishers, Thomson Reuters launches Reuters TV – video news when you want it, where you want it, made to fit your day and your device.

Automating global trade management
Optimizing our broad data sets, ONESOURCE™ Global Trade software launches as the world's first truly global trade automation and management solution.

2014

Opening the doors to trade in China
Thomson Reuters helps customers understand the opportunities and challenges of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect – a transformational development for China’s capital markets.

Shedding light on illicit activity with new risk management solutions
Thomson Reuters enhances its suite of risk management solutions with Regulatory Intelligence, World-Check One and the industry’s first end-to-end know your customer (KYC) managed service, Thomson Reuters Org ID.

2013

Compliant, industry-wide instant messaging for financial professionals
In collaboration with many of the financial industry’s largest firms, Thomson Reuters launches the Open Messaging Network with Eikon Messenger, creating the world’s largest community of financial professionals and changing the way our customers communicate with their peers.

Expanding legal content and workflow solutions
Thomson Reuters expands its legal product portfolio with the acquisition of Practical Law Company. A new product strategy is launched, designed to support the evolving needs and workflows of legal professionals through a new class of solutions including: Thomson Reuters ConcourseFirm Central, and Hosted Practice Technology.

Powering decision making in Islamic finance
Thomson Reuters makes strides to better serve the needs of the Islamic finance community through the launch of Zawya Islamic and by organizing and hosting the first Global Islamic Economy Summit in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

Helping governments operate more efficiently
Thomson Reuters launches Aumentum for government customers, enabling them to simplify revenue management and improve services to the public.

2012

01:18

Our CEO, Jim Smith, explains: What makes Thomson Reuters, Thomson Reuters?  (1:18)

Jim Smith is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters

2011

Business transparency solutions become a reality
Thomson Reuters launches Accelus – now Risk Management Solutions – a revolutionary suite of governance, risk, and compliance solutions that combines trusted regulatory, customer and pricing data, intuitive software, and expert insight and services.

2010

05:18

Westlaw 125 years of leadership

Legal research is optimized for professionals on-the-go
Thomson Reuters launches the digital Thomson Reuters Westlaw – formerly WestlawNext – legal research system, incorporating decades worth of search and editorial intelligence with the latest technological innovations.

Streamlining financial platforms and data services
Thomson Reuters launches two new products serving the financial market: Eikon, a single destination for global information, technologies and market access; and Elektron, an open, interactive high-speed trading and data infrastructure.

One workflow solution for the entire tax journey
Thomson Reuters launches the ONESOURCE global tax workstation, a true "one-stop" workflow solution for multinational corporations and large accounting firms.

2009

Thomson Reuters completes the unification of its dual listed company structure
The company’s common shares are now listed on the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: TRI).

2008

The Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group PLC combine to form Thomson Reuters

2006

Kenneth R. Thomson, former chairman of the Board of The Thomson Corporation, dies at the age of 82

The first automated news insight for the financial industry
Reuters launches two products that allow its news output to be “read” by machines for the purposes of automated trading for the first time.

2005

Reuters strengthens its London core operations
Reuters transfers its London headquarters from Fleet Street to Canary Wharf. All London employees, including editorial, are brought into one building.

Reuters launches next generation trading solutions
The launch of a partnership between Reuters and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) links sell-side traders in the interbank FX market to the CME eFX market. The new Reuters Trading for Fixed Income and Reuters Trading for Foreign Exchange shake the industry.

2003

Thomson sells its last newspaper
Thomson sells its 20% interest in Bell Globemedia Inc. for $279 million to The Woodbridge Company Limited. 

The sale of Bell Globemedia, including the Corporation's interest in The Globe and Mail.

2002

David Thomson

Thomson common share offering raises US$1 billion

Thomson begins trading on New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TOC

David K.R. Thomson appointed Chairman of The Thomson Corporation

2001

The Globe and Mail becomes part of Bell Globemedia
The Thomson Corporation holds a 20% ownership position in the Canadian multimedia company.

1990s

Reuters continues to innovate in the foreign exchange space
Reuters launches Dealing 2000, acting as a broker for the first international computerized matching service for foreign exchange rates.

Thomson divests interests in UK newspapers

Thomson acquires West Publishing
The Minnesota based company is a leading U.S. provider of legal information.

Richard J. Harrington is named President and Chief Executive Officer

Reuters and Dow Jones partner to deliver business news services
The joint venture, called Factivia, combines Reuters and Dow Jones interactive business services for corporate and professional markets.

1980s

Thomson sells the The Times of London to News International, Ltd. (UK)

Reuters innovates with video terminals
Reuters Monitor Dealing Service goes live – foreign currency dealers are able to conclude trades over video terminals, a world first.

Reuters becomes a publicly-quoted company
It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ as Reuters Holdings PLC.

Reuters Founders Share Company Limited is formed to hold a “Founders Share” in Reuters and protect the Reuters Trust Principles. The directors are trustees of the Principles who exercise their powers to uphold them.

The Thomson Corporation is formed
Thomson Newspapers merges with International Thomson to form The Thomson Corporation.

1970s

Reuter Monitor Money Rates Service launches
The electronic marketplace for Foreign Exchange is a world-changing innovation. Major western industrialized countries abandon fixed exchange rates.

Roy Thomson passes away
He is succeeded as Chairman by his son, Kenneth Thomson, the second Lord Thomson of Fleet.

International Thomson Organisation Limited is formed
The company restructures UK activities financially and establishes headquarters in Toronto and two main operating subsidiaries in the UK and U.S.

1960s

Roy Thomson is given a hereditary barony and becomes Lord Thomson of Fleet

Reuters leads the industry in international financial data transfer
Reuters helps to lead the way in transmitting market quotations by computer. In that year, Reuters made a loss of £53,000 on a turnover of £3.5 million.

Thomson Newspaper, Ltd is formed as a public company in Canada

Times Newspaper is published for the first time
The Times of London is acquired and, with The Sunday Times, forms Times Newspapers.

1950s

Thomson newspapers expand foothold to the UK
Thomson acquires the Kemsley Group – a UK publicly listed company comprising national and regional newspapers, including The Sunday Times – and merges them with Scottish Television and The Scotsman newspaper. By this time Roy Thomson owns the largest number of newspapers of any Canadian group.

1940s

The Reuters Trust Principles are born
Reuters restructures itself so that it is owned by the British National and Provincial Press, together with (in 1947) the Press Associations of Australia and New Zealand. The Reuters Trust Principles were put in place to safeguard its independence. The principles govern how the company conducts business, committing Reuters to independence, integrity and freedom from bias in the gathering and dissemination of news and information.

1930s

Thomson newspapers begin in Canada
Roy Thomson acquires his first newspaper in Canada: The Timmins Press, Ontario.

1890s

Roy Thomson, grandfather of the present chairman, is born on July 6

1870s

John B. West and Horatio West

West Publishing is founded
The company is founded by John B. West and his brother Horatio in 1872 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1850s

Paul Julius Reuter

Paul Julius Reuter founds a media empire
A German-born immigrant, Paul Julius Reuter arrives in London from Aachen where he has been running a news and stock price information service. Using a combination of technologies – including telegraph cables and a fleet of carrier pigeons that grows to exceed 200 – Reuter establishes an enviable reputation for speed, accuracy, integrity and impartiality.

Reuter opens an office with the help of an 11 year-old office boy at 1 Royal Exchange Building in London's financial centre, located close to the main telegraph offices. Using his "telegraph expertise," he transmits stock market quotations and news between London and Paris over the new Dover-Calais submarine telegraph cable.

1799s


Sweet & Maxwell legal publishing is founded in London