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Company typePrivate
IndustryRegistered agent, corporate governance, corporate compliance, domain name and intellectual property management
FoundedJanuary 1, 1899; 125 years ago (January 1, 1899)
HeadquartersWilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Number of employees
ParentWMB Holdings, Inc.

CSC is a US company founded on January 1, 1899, that provides corporate, legal, and tax services. It is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, and has offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. It specializes in business formation, corporate domain management, and providing corporate tax software. CSC is the largest corporate domain registrar in the world.[2]


Corporation Service Company (CSC) was founded in 1899 by Otho Nowland, then president of Equitable Guarantee & Trust Company, and Christopher L. Ward. With an initial investment by Nowland, Ward, and another friend, Willard Jackson, The Delaware Incorporators’ Trust Company was created.[3] A similar company was formed separately by Josiah P. Marvel, an attorney and then-leader of the American Bar Association, The Delaware Bar Association, and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.[4]

In 1920, Ward and Marvel combined their two companies under the name Corporation Service Company. Throughout the 1970s, CSC continued to serve only Delaware business entities. WMB Holdings is the parent company of CSC.[5]

CSC's Corporate Domains business provides services to Apple, Inc. and, Twitter, Starbucks, Lego, Sony Group Corporation, The Walt Disney Company, Ford Motor Company, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, Toyota Motor Corporation, Vodafone Group Plc, among others.

CSC received a cash infusion from the sale of its subsidiary company, the Delaware Charter Guarantee & Trust Company, which it had acquired in 1977. During the September 11 attacks, the company had offices on the 87th floor of the World Trade Center's South Tower. All 60 employees present at the time of the attacks managed to evacuate the tower before the second plane struck.[6] In 2017, CSC opened its new headquarters[7] in Wilmington, Delaware and rebranded[8] from "Corporation Service Company" to "CSC."


Bruce R. Winn began serving as CSC’s president in 1997 and its chief executive officer in 1998. In 2010, CSC announced the election of Rodman Ward III as its president and chief executive officer. Ward previously served as a board member for 15 years and is a fourth-generation descendant of one of the company’s founders, Christopher Ward. Ward also sits on the Delaware Prosperity Partnership[9] in an aim to lead Delaware’s economic development efforts to attract, grow and retain businesses.


In 1990, CSC acquired Florida-based Corporate Information Services. Between 1989 and 1998, CSC expanded through the acquisitions of nine other service providers, including Prentice Hall Legal & Financial Services in 1995, and Entity Service Group, LLC in 1998.[10]

In 2003, CSC acquired Lexis-Nexis Document Solutions[11] to supplement its Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), secured lending, and motor vehicle services. In 2011, CSC acquired MLM Information Services, the industry's foremost corporate tax management services provider. In 2012, CSC purchased Ingeo Systems, Inc., a provider of electronic real estate document recording (eRecording) services.[12]

In 2013, CSC acquired the corporate domain name and online brand services division of Melbourne IT. The unit operates under a new name, CSC Digital Brand Services, and offers domain name management, trademark searching, phishing protection, secure sockets layer certificates, domain name system services, and new gTLD solutions.[13]

In 2014, CSC announced that it had acquired IP Mirror, a Singapore-based provider of corporate domain name registration and online brand protection services.[14] The acquisition of IP Mirror grew CSC Digital Brand Services’ ability to provide service in the Asia-Pacific region.

CSC acquired several companies in 2015, including Koehler Group.[15] Koehler Group is a Hong Kong-headquartered provider of incorporation, tax, accounting, and trade support services. Koehler Group’s offerings add to CSC’s services and provide CSC with additional business process outsourcing capabilities. CSC currently has offices located throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

CSC also made acquisitions in 2016, including NetNames. NetNamesNN,[16] is a European provider of domain name management and online corporate brand protection and specializes in domain name management, Internet monitoring, digital certificate management, and new gTLD management.

In March 2022, CSC offered to buy Dutch-based rival Intertrust Group for $2 billion.[17] The acquisition completed in November that year.[18]


  1. ^ "Careers | CSC".
  2. ^ "Fitch Assigns First-Time 'BB' IDR to Corporation Service Company; Outlook Stable". Retrieved 2023-12-28.
  3. ^ George, Pam (2016). Incorporating a Legacy: The CSC Story, Rehoboth, Delaware: Portfolio Books
  4. ^ How Delaware Became No. 1
  5. ^ "Sustaining the Family Business Legacy" (PDF).
  6. ^ Moore, Martha (September 2, 2002). "Delay meant death on 9/11". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  7. ^ "CSC Opens New Headquarters". 27 June 2017.
  8. ^ "CSC Announces Major Rebrand". 22 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Board of Directors". Business in Delaware | Delaware Prosperity Partnership. Retrieved 2023-07-10.
  10. ^ "Incorporated In Delaware: Firm Thrives On The Work CSC Networks Has Been So Successful That It Has Been Able To Expand".
  11. ^ "LexisNexis selling Illinois unit". Dayton Business Journal. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Electronic Document Recording Corporate Profile".
  13. ^ "CSC acquires DBS from Melbourne IT".
  14. ^ "CSC acquires IP Mirror".
  15. ^ "Corporation Service Company Acquires Koehler Group".
  16. ^ "Corporation Service Company® (CSC®) acquired NetNames".
  17. ^ "CSC formally launches $2 billion offer for trust office manager Intertrust". Reuters. 30 March 2022.
  18. ^ Owens, Jacob (9 November 2022). "CSC closes $2B Intertrust acquisition". Delaware Business Times.
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