Thomson Reuters agrees to buy GRC outfit Paisley

Source: Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI; TSX: TRI; LSE: TRIL; Nasdaq: TRIN), the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Paisley, an industry-leading software provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions, which help multinational corporations, large accounting and consulting firms, and governmental agencies manage financial controls, internal audit processes, and enterprise risk management.

Based in Plymouth, Minn., Paisley has various offices in the U.S. and around the world and employs approximately 230 people. Upon closing, Paisley will become part of the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters.

Paisley's web-based enterprise and SaaS software products enable their customers to automate, manage and control their internal processes associated with financial regulatory compliance across multiple geographies and jurisdictions around the globe. Compliance with financial regulations has become increasingly important due to the increasing complexity resulting from globalization and the convergence of accounting, compliance, and financial reporting standards. Paisley's comprehensive solutions include Enterprise GRC, and GRC on Demand. Paisley software has now been deployed in more than 40 countries.

"Paisley is a great fit with Thomson Reuters," said Roy M. Martin, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters. "They have become the GRC solutions vendor of choice around the world, and their leading software and critical relationships with key partners are highly complementary to our position as a leader in providing compliance software and digital research and accountancy guidance solutions for multinational corporations and large accounting firms."

Paisley solutions will be integrated with other leading Thomson Reuters software and digital solutions such as Checkpoint and ONESOURCE. The integration of these assets will give customers a broader set of integrated solutions to support global regulatory compliance from one established provider, Thomson Reuters.

"Paisley has always worked to deliver innovative and compelling solutions that provide value to our customers, and we believe Thomson Reuters will offer us a significant opportunity to increase this value and further invest in our products, services and employees," said Tim Welu, chief executive officer andicer and co-founder of Paisley. "We look forward to becoming part of the Thomson Reuters family and extending our leadership position in the governance, risk, and compliance industry."

The Paisley product line, which is used by many of the largest global accounting firms and 30 percent of Fortune 500 companies, will continue to provide an open architecture that supports all major vendors in the global financial compliance market. Paisley's software is currently offered in eight languages.

"A Paisley combination with Thomson Reuters is a real win for our customers," said Mark Schlageter, president of Research & Guidance for the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters. "GRC is an increasingly complex area for corporations and accounting firms around the globe. By providing deep integration between Paisley's software and Checkpoint -- our industry-leading digital platform for research, guidance, and compliance -- we can give customers a one-stop solution to help them more effectively manage compliance with financial regulations, and secondly, more precisely manage their internal financial controls."

The closing of the acquisition is subject to a number of customary conditions, including regulatory approvals.

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