Our History

Wood Mackenzie has been a trusted source of forward-looking insight for over 40 years. From our earliest days, we have delivered high quality analysis based on a rigorous approach.

We produced our first oil report four decades ago in 1973, when the North Sea oil industry was in its infancy. Since then we have evolved to become a global source of commercial intelligence for the energy, chemicals, metals and mining industries.

We have been careful to maintain our commitment to insight based on proprietary information and deep industry knowledge as we have grown and entered new markets.

1973: North Sea Service, Wood Mackenzie's first industry research offering, was launched

1986: Wood Mackenzie purchased by Hill Samuel, the UK merchant bank, with successive ownership by NatWest and Bankers Trust

1999: Bankers Trust (including Wood Mackenzie) purchased by Deutsche Bank

2001: Management and employee buy-out from Deutsche Bank backed by the Bank of Scotland

2005: Refinancing deal, involving Candover Partners acquiring equity through the exit of Bank of Scotland

2007: Creation of coal team via acquisitions of Hill & Associates and Barlow Jonker. Divestment of Life Sciences division

2008: Creation of metals team via acquisition of Brook Hunt

2009: Refinancing deal, involving Charterhouse Capital Partners acquiring the majority equity stake in the business through the exit of Candover

2010: Acquisition of PetroPlan Refinery Model

2012: Refinancing deal, involving Hellman & Friedman acquiring majority shareholding whilst Charterhouse Capital Partners retains a minority stake

2015: Acquisition of Deloitte's Petroleum Services Group (PSG), a specialised oil and gas information business including a widely respected database of Exploration & Production (E&P) information

2015: Acquisition of Wood Mackenzie by Verisk Analytics

2015: Acquisition of Infield Systems, a leading independent provider of business intelligence, analysis, and research to the oil, gas, and associated marine industries

2015: Acquisition of PCI Chemicals, an industry-leading chemicals business that offers integrated data and subscriptions research in the chemicals, fibers, films, and plastics sectors

2016: Acquisition of Greentech Media, an industry-leading information services provider for the next-generation electricity and renewables sector