World-Check Appoints new Head of Research

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Mr. Pienaar joins World-Check from the Sanlam Life Group where, over a nine year period, he was most recently Head of Forensic Investigations and Group Money Laundering Reporting Officer.

World-Check, the leading provider of end-to-end risk management solutions, today announced the appointment of Ernst Pienaar as Head of Research. He assumes responsibility for managing the global research team after the retirement of Mrs. Trish Van Zyl who has led the team since the company was founded in 2000.

Mr. Pienaar joins World-Check from the Sanlam Life Group where, over a nine year period, he was most recently Head of Forensic Investigations and Group Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Previously he was a Senior State Advocate with South Africa's Office for Serious Economic Offences (OSEO/IDSEO), and began his career as a State Prosecutor in Johannesburg. He holds a Masters Degree in Constitutional Law, and LL.B and B.lur degrees.

Mr. Daniel Peak, Chief Executive Officer of World-Check, said "Ernst demonstrates an impeccable record of investigating financial irregularities, large corporate fraud, serious crimes and corruption over the past sixteen years. His meticulous attention to detail made him the perfect candidate for the position as this quality drives all World-Check researchers, operations and processes and is the reason why we remain the industry leader."

Mr. David Leppan, Chairman of World-Check said, "Trish has been a valuable asset to the company and it is as a result of her outstanding commitment and hard work that our risk intelligence continues to outpace the world's official sanctions lists. We are confident that Ernst will not only maintain the high standards that Trish has set, but will also introduce new research initiatives in meeting the evolving needs of our clients across the varied business sectors we support."

Headquartered in London, World-Check provides risk intelligence to entities worldwide for due diligence processes supporting Anti Money laundering (AML), Counter Terrorist Financing (CFT) and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance obligations such as those required under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the USA Patriot Act. World-Check recently acquired IntegraScreen and now offers International Enhanced Due Diligence (IEDD) reports for companies conducting pre-merger and acquisition inquiries and pre-IPO research; entering into new international joint ventures; engaging a critical business partner in an emerging market; reviewing international hedge funds and implementing best practices for regulatory compliance and corporate governance.

About World-Check:
Trusted by more than 3,000 institutions in 162 countries, including over 90% of the world's largest banks, World-Check offers an end-to-end solution for assessing, managing and remediating financial, regulatory and reputational risks.

World-Check's global database, Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) reports, passport verification and country risk assessment tools provide the means to address the full spectrum of risk across all markets and industries.

Represented across five continents, World-Check's international research team monitors emerging risks in more than 40 languages, covering over 240 countries and territories worldwide.

For more information visit http://www.world-check.com/

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