Acquisition of ChoicePoint Inc. completed

Reed Elsevier announced today that its acquisition of ChoicePoint Inc has been completed. 
On 21 February 2008, Reed Elsevier announced that it had reached agreement to acquire ChoicePoint for a total cost of $4.1 billion.  ChoicePoint brings to Reed Elsevier’s risk management business a leading position in providing unique data and analytics to the insurance sector and highly complementary products in the screening, authentication and public records areas.  On 16 September 2008 Reed Elsevier announced that the acquisition had received clearance from the US Federal Trade Commission.

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