Landmark 2,500th Client Signs up to Leading Open Source Intelligence Database

    LONDON, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - World-Check, the global industry pioneer and
leading provider of highly-structured open source risk intelligence, is proud
to announce that it recently celebrated its 2500th client sign-up(1). On an
annual basis 19 million names(2) are manually queried by our client base in
153 countries within World-Check Online, while many millions more are
automatically screened against the World-Check Data-file.
    Founded in late 2000, World-Check was originally created to address the
Swiss financial industry's Know Your Customer (KYC) and risk-reduction
requirements. Today, World-Check's database is relied upon by 47 of the
world's 50 largest financial institutions and more than 200 regulatory and
enforcement agencies across the globe, including 70% of the Egmont Group's
Financial Intelligence Units. Clients also include businesses in the
insurance, legal, gaming, aviation, real estate, consultancy, natural
resources and accounting sectors, to name but a few.
    World-Check's unique database includes profiles of known money
launderers, fraudsters, Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), terrorists,
narcotics traffickers, shell banks, sanctioned entities and many other
categories of high risk individuals and entities. Positioned at the forefront
of international risk research and intelligence, World-Check regularly
profiles heightened risk individuals and businesses years before their names
appear on official sanction lists, making the database the ultimate "early
warning system" against regulatory and reputation risk. This reliability is
testament to the company's ongoing investment in technology and it's
strategically placed international team of multilingual researchers.
    "We are extremely excited about our exceptional growth in such a short
period of time, and are committed to continued investment in innovative
solutions, research specialists and value-added services based on our client
needs" said David Leppan, CEO and founder of World-Check. "World-Check has
played a critical role as the industry leader in the AML, KYC and CTF fields,
and our continued client and partner growth confirms that we lead the market.
In addition our 97% annual client renewal rate for the past seven years
confirms that our database is unparalleled in depth, reliability and


    World-Check provides its global open source intelligence database to more
than 2500 institutions in 153 countries, including 47 of the world's 50
largest financial institutions, and 200+ enforcement and regulatory agencies
in 90 countries. The database is updated daily in real-time by World-Check's
international research team, and is derived from hundreds of thousands of
public sources. Coverage includes Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), money
launderers, fraudsters, terrorists and sanctioned entities - plus individuals
and businesses from over a dozen other high-risk categories. World-Check's
database and tools find direct application in financial compliance, anti-money
laundering (AML), Know-Your-Customer (KYC), PEP screening, enhanced due
diligence (EDD), fraud prevention, government intelligence and other identity
authentication, background screening and risk-prevention practices.
    For more information about World-Check go to


    (1) This number reflects actual institutions and not their branch or
subsidiary networks.

    (2) World-Check, as certified by KPMG, is unaware of the actual names
(search terms) clients search for within World-Check.

For further information:

For further information: Marion Willson, World-Check, Tel:
+44(0)20-8099-7263, Email:

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