World-Check creates in-house role for former EMR GC

Risk information provider World-Check has appointed its first ever general counsel, hiring Jonathan Beak from outsourcing company EMR Europe Insurance Services.

Beak will give legal advice to the senior management at World-Check and oversee all legal matters, including the use of external firms.

David Leppan, CEO and founder of World-Check, said: “We are delighted to have such a high-calibre individual join our senior management team. Jonathan has a broad range of legal and commercial experience and we look forward to leveraging that in the execution of our growth strategy.”

Beak began his career at Speechly Bircham and spent a year at Shell UK followed by five years as general counsel in the M&A group of GE Capital Services. Beak has been general counsel at EMR Europe since 2002.

World-Check operates a database of high-risk individuals, including money launderers, fraudsters and terrorists, which is used by 47 of the world’s 50 largest financial institutions and hundreds of government agencies.