Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Kroll expands legal technologies practice in Asia

Newly appointed managing director Ben Pasco will lead division, providing Asia pacific business and legal firms with industry leading electronic discovery and computer forensics offerings operated by Kroll Ontrack

Minneapolis – July 1, 2008 – Kroll, a global risk consulting company, today announced its Hong Kong office is expanding to include Legal Technologies services provided by Kroll Ontrack, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kroll. Kroll Ontrack has appointed Ben Pasco as managing director of the Legal Technologies practice in Asia. Pasco will be based in Hong Kong, which serves as the region's headquarters.

As the recognized world leader in helping companies manage their electronically stored information (ESI), Kroll Ontrack will specifically aid businesses in the Asia Pacific region with their electronic discovery and computer forensics needs for litigation, regulatory matters and internal investigations. US, UK and European companies and law firms will also benefit from this expansion when their matters require data collection or in-country data handling in the Asia-Pacific region.

Formerly employed as director of electronic discovery, litigation technology and computer forensics with a major consulting organization serving Hong Kong, Greater China and South Asia, Pasco has over 26 years experience of professional technology and legal experience. Specifically, Pasco’s experience includes a full career in Royal Engineers in which he completed his service in the post of Chief Technology Officer in the Hong Kong Government. He also played a key role in building the Analytical and Forensic Technology practice for Greater China at a Big Four accounting firm, and currently serves as the director of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In his new role, Pasco will be responsible for developing a regional business strategy that takes into account local environments and regulations as well as oversight for the company’s electronic discovery, paper discovery and computer forensics engagements in the region.

“The rise in sheer volumes of electronically stored information has led to a dramatic increase in demand for discovery and computer forensic experts to assist with litigation, regulatory matters and internal investigations,” said Anne Tiedemann, regional managing director for Kroll’s operations in Asia. “Ben’s extensive electronic evidence expertise will be a tremendous asset to our business in Asia as our clients attempt to navigate the increasingly complex world of electronic data.”

“Ben is a proven industry leader and strategist, bringing vast legal technology experience and a track record of excellent local client service to Kroll,” said Kristin Nimsger, president of Kroll Ontrack. "I am confident that Ben will play a key role in advancing Kroll Ontrack’s mission to deliver superior technology products, services and solutions to the global markets it serves.”

For more information regarding international electronic discovery and computer forensics solutions, contact Kroll Ontrack at +852-2884-7788 in Hong Kong.

About Kroll

Kroll, the world’s leading risk consulting company, provides a broad range of investigative, intelligence, financial, security and technology services to help clients reduce risks, solve problems and capitalize on opportunities. Headquartered in New York with offices in more than 65 cities in over 33 countries, Kroll has a multidisciplinary corps of more than 3,800 employees and serves a global clientele of law firms, financial institutions, corporations, non-profit institutions, government agencies, and individuals. It is a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MMC), the global professional services firm.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.

Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers recover, search, analyze, produce and present data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, advanced search, paper and electronic discovery, computer forensics, ESI consulting, and trial consulting and presentation services. Kroll Ontrack is a technology services division of Kroll Inc., the global risk consulting company. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.com; www.ontrackdatarecovery.com; www.engeniumsearch.com; www.trialgraphix.com.