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2016

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.

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.

Reuters TV App - customizable mobile video news

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 Rueters Org ID.

An employee counts yuan notes at a bank in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu province June 17, 2006.
REUTERS/Sean Yong

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 Concourse, Firm 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

Jim Smith is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters.
Our CEO, Jim Smith, explains: What makes Thomson Reuters, Thomson Reuters? (1:18)

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.

Connecting the entire drug development life cycle.
Thomson Reuters launches Cortellis, the next generation solution for the life sciences industry that transforms the way pharma and biotech professionals access and use data across the entire drug research and development life cycle.

2010

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.
A man polishes a new logo of Thomson Reuters at the Reuters head offices at Canary Wharf in London April 16, 2008.
REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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.

Silhouetted workers walk in front of office towers in the Canary Wharf financial district in London February 16, 2011.
REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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

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.

David Thomson

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

West Publishing is founded.
The company is founded by John B. West and his brother Horatio in 1872 in St. Paul, Minnesota. 
John B. West and Horatio West
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1850s

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.

Paul Julius Reuter and first news scoop
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1799

Sweet & Maxwell legal publishing is founded in London.