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LexisNexis® Acquires Tracesmart, Leading Provider of Consumer Data and Identity, Risk and Tracing Solutions to Help Business and Government Sectors Combat Fraud in the UK

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions today announced it is expanding its identity management and fraud prevention solutions for the banking, insurance and public sectors with the acquisition of United Kingdom-based Tracesmart®. Founded in 1999, Tracesmart is a provider of consumer data and identity, risk and trace solutions serving UK clients by delivering web-based software for tracing, identity verification/fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, debt collection and data cleansing.

“Tracesmart brings to LexisNexis a robust set of UK consumer records, allowing us to extend our capabilities beyond the US in order to better serve our customers. They are a leader in identity management and fraud solutions in the UK, and will be a natural complement to our core competencies,” said Rick Trainor, CEO Business Services, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “Leveraging our HPCC Systems technology and expertise, this strategic acquisition will help provide the foundation for us as we scale the LexisNexis risk business globally.”

Tracesmart’s client base includes financial services, life and pension, collections, insurance, retail, gaming, non-profit, public sector and consumer sectors.

“LexisNexis and Tracesmart share a vision for product innovation and development, supported by strong people, powerful data and cutting edge technology, said Mike Trezise, Managing Director, Tracesmart. “I’m delighted that we have been able to conclude this agreement; it’s a significant and fitting outcome for Tracesmart and its workforce. The management team and staff can now look forward to drive the business to the next level and beyond, under the umbrella of a global organisation.”

Acquiring Tracesmart, along with the recent acquisitions of Verid Knowledge Based Authentication Technology, WorldCompliance and MapFlow reaffirm the Company’s commitment to provide, enhance and extend its capabilities in identity management and fraud prevention solutions globally.

About Tracesmart

Tracesmart is a leading provider of consumer intelligence services, based in Cardiff, Wales. Specialists in the provision of online tracing and identity verification solutions, Tracesmart is prominent in the financial services, life and pension, collections and insurance sectors. Its fraud prevention and anti-money laundering solutions are employed by a growing legion of businesses ranging from SME to FTSE 100 listed companies.

About LexisNexis Risk Solutions

LexisNexis Risk Solutions (www.lexisnexis.com/risk/) is a leader in providing essential information that helps customers across industries and government predict, assess and manage risk. Combining cutting-edge technology, unique data and advanced analytics, LexisNexis Risk Solutions provides products and services that address evolving client needs in the risk sector while upholding the highest standards of security and privacy. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is part of Reed Elsevier, a world leading provider of professional information solutions.

About Reed Elsevier

Reed Elsevier Group plc is a world leading provider of professional information solutions. The group employs approximately 28,000 people of whom half are in North America. Reed Elsevier Group PLC is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV; the combined market capitalisation of the two parent companies is approximately £19bn/€23bn. Its shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK and ENL.

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