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LexisNexis® to Sell its Screening Solutions Portfolio to Symphony Technology Group 1/17/2013

ATLANTA – LexisNexis® Risk Solutions today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its LexisNexis screening business to the Palo Alto-based private equity firm Symphony Technology Group (STG). STG plans to combine LexisNexis screening with its portfolio company, First Advantage, to create a global leader in talent acquisition solutions.

"The decision to sell the screening business came after a careful review of the needs of the business and the strategic goals we have in place," said Mark Kelsey, CEO, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. "While the screening business has been a significant offering within the LexisNexis portfolio, there is greater long-term opportunity for the business with an organization like First Advantage, which is focused on bringing background screening solutions to the marketplace." 

"The combination of these two leading companies will transform how employers select and screen their employees, dramatically improving the quality of their talent and their recruiting processes and productivity," said Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, Chairman and CEO of Symphony Technology Group. "The customers of First Advantage and LexisNexis Risk Solutions now have access to the industry's broadest set of services and expertise and the best technology and solutions for acquiring and retaining the best and most skilled talent available."

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, 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 leading global provider of professional information solutions across a number of sectors.

About Symphony Technology Group
Symphony Technology Group (STG) is a strategic private equity firm with the mission of investing in and being a partner in building great software and services companies. In addition to capital, STG provides transformation expertise to enable its portfolio companies to deliver more value to clients to retain and attract the best talent and to achieve best-in-class business performance. All STG portfolio companies are expected to grow through innovation. STG's current portfolio consists of 12 global companies with combined revenue of approximately $2.5bn and thousands of employees spread across North America, Europe and Asia.
For more information visit: www.symphonytg.com.

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Megan Mahoney
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
678.694.6032
404.788.8835
megan.mahoney@lexisnexis.com

Stephen Brown
Cohn & Wolfe on behalf of LexisNexis
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Paul Abrahams
Reed Elsevier
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paul.abrahams@reedelsevier.com