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Our History

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1899
The state of Delaware adopts its General Corporation Law, simplifying the legal process of incorporation and granting certain tax advantages to corporations.
Otho Nowland, president of Equitable Guarantee & Trust Company, shares an idea with Christopher Ward, a young Wilmington attorney. Nowland proposes that Ward establish an agency to assist companies with incorporation and act as their registered agent. Ward agrees and, with an initial investment of $1,500, launches the Delaware Incorporators’ Trust Company.
Josiah Marvel, a well-respected attorney and leader of the American Bar Association, Delaware Bar Association and Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, pioneers a similar incorporation company designed to register companies as corporate entities within the state of Delaware.
1920
Ward and Marvel join forces to create Corporation Service Company.
Ward Marvel
1920s - 1970s
CSC works exclusively with Delaware corporations. Business grows steadily as a result of word-of-mouth referrals. CSC prospers, as does Delaware’s reputation as the “Corporate State”.
1975
Daniel R. Butler joins CSC as part-time president. CSC has only a dozen employees at the time.
Dan Butler
1976 - 1979
Under Butler’s direction, CSC grows from a small, regional service provider to one of the industry’s leading privately held companies, achieving record annual sales increases.
1980 - 1985
CSC continues to grow and is further boosted by the sale of its successful subsidiary, Delaware Charter Guarantee & Trust Company. The proceeds from this sale are reinvested in the business, a clear indication of CSC shareholders’ commitment to growth.
1990
CSC acquires Florida-based Corporation Information Services. This acquisition marks the first in a series of region-based acquisitions designed to broaden CSC’s marketplace beyond the state of Delaware.
1991 - 1996
CSC acquires nine respected service providers including the venerable Prentice Hall Legal & Financial Services in 1995.
CSC continues to open new offices and service centers in key locations throughout the United States.
1996 - 2000
CSC demonstrates technology leadership with the launch of Incspot.com, the industry’s first internet portal designed for the legal and corporate service markets.
CSC expands its market by offering incorporation and registered agent services to targeted small-business sectors with its acquisition of The Company Corporation (one of the first companies to provide incorporation services via the Internet).
The Capital Trust Company of Delaware is formed to provide corporate trustee services to personal and Delaware business trusts.
Bruce Winn is promoted from within to become CSC’s CEO in 1998.
2002
CSC acquires the Powerbrief® litigation management application, offering lawyers and their clients an affordable litigation and matter management service.
Corporate Domains Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSC, becomes an ICANN-accredited registrar, managing domain names for many Fortune 500® companies.
CSC continues technology leadership with the launch of RecordsCenter, an integrated online suite of compliance, governance and intellectual property services.
2003
CSC acquires Lexis Nexus Document Solutions™ to become the industry leader in Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), secured lending and motor vehicle services.
2004
CSC becomes the market leader in assisting with new company formations in Delaware.
2005
CSC further strengthens its product offerings through key acquisitions. The purchase of Diligenz, Inc. and US Corporate Services enhances and expands CSC’s UCC services, while the purchase of eBrandSecure expands CSC’s global domain name management services.
CSC completes the acquisition of Entity Services, the largest and most respected non-bank, full-service Passive Investment Company (PIC) service provider.
CSC introduces SameDay SOP, a revolutionary new service for receiving, processing and distributing Service of Process (SOP), enabling same-day electronic delivery of SOP to registered agent clients.
Diligenz
2006
CSC becomes the world’s leading provider of corporate domain name management and brand-protection services when it acquires Register.com’s corporate services division.
2007
CSC acquires NameProtect, enhancing and expanding its trademark clearance services and digital brand-monitoring products and services.
CSC named a “Best in the Business” company. This award is based on a survey completed by employees, which recognizes CSC as one of Delaware’s best places to work.
NameProtect
2008
CSC introduces the CSC Matter Management system, enabling corporate legal departments to mitigate risk and reduce costs with a single, integrated platform.
CSC is named to the “Best in the Business” list for the second consecutive year.
2009
CSC marks 110 years of outstanding service in the corporate, legal, and financial industries.
CSC named to the “Best in the Business” list for the third consecutive year.
2010
Rod Ward is elected as president and CEO following Bruce Winn’s retirement from the company. Ward previously served as a board member for 15 years and is a fourth-generation descendant of Christopher Ward, one of the company’s founders.
CSC launches CSCNavigator, a unified legal and compliance portfolio management platform.
CSC acquires Iron Mountain’s domain management business.
For the fourth year in a row, CSC is awarded “Best in the Business” distinction for the state of Delaware.
CSC named #1 in customer approval for domain name/online services by World Trademark Review.
Rod Ward elected CEO
2011
CSC named a “Top Workplace” by the research firm WorkplaceDynamics.
CSC launches CSCDomainManager, an innovative application designed to help our customers easily manage domain name portfolios of any size.
CSC named #1 for Entity Management by readers of New York Law Journal.
CSC acquires OptimalAssets, a leading provider of commercial real estate document recording services.
CSC acquires MLM Information Services, the industry’s foremost corporate tax management services provider through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Corptax Inc. and Tax Compliance Inc. (TCI).
CSC acquires Ingeo Systems, firmly establishing us as the industry’s only “one-stop” provider for residential and commercial real estate document recording services.
CSC’s history is a story of consistent growth, innovation and commitment to its customers and employees. The best is yet to come!
CorptaxTCIIngeo
2012
CSC named a “Top Workplace” for the sixth consecutive year.
CSC named #1 for Entity Management by readers of the New York Law Journal for a second consecutive year.
CSC Ingeo receives an honorable mention in the 2012 Mortgage Technology Awards for its “Lasting Impact” on mortgage finance.
CSC named the industry’s best provider of incorporation services by readers of the New Jersey Law Journal.
2013
CSC acquires Melbourne IT Digital Brand Services, establishing it as the premier global provider of online brand protection services.
CSC Digital Brand Services - Corporation Service Company™
2014
CSC named Top Workplace for the 8th year in a row.
CSC Digital Brand Solutions opens new Hong Kong office.
CSC Digital Brand Services acquires IP Mirror, a Singapore-based provider of corporate domain registration and online brand protection service.
CSC Digital Brand Services - Corporation Service Company™
2015
CSC named Top Workplace for the 9th year in a row.
Top Workplaces 2014
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