HireRight’ Merger with General Information Services


Paul, Weiss is representing General Information Services (GIS), a portfolio company of Paul, Weiss client General Atlantic, in its merger with HireRight.

HireRight and General Information Services (“GIS”) entered in a definitive agreement under which HireRight and GIS will merge. HireRight and GIS are both leading providers of background screening and talent acquisition services including background checks, drug testing, driving records, employment and education verification, electronic onboarding, and a variety of industry-specific compliance and screening solutions. Leveraging HireRight’s advanced client and applicant background screening tools and GIS’ reputation for dedicated customer service, the combination will create the preeminent background screening company, providing innovative solutions for customers while expanding geographic and sector diversification.

The combined company will serve more than 200 countries and deliver an industry-leading suite of customer solutions across all sectors, including healthcare, technology, financial services, transportation, education, retail, and staffing. The merger accelerates a united strategy building upon HireRight’s strong integration into over 25 applicant tracking systems (ATS) and GIS’ recent investments in additional research and development to enhance product offerings and operational efficiency. The combined company will remain dedicated to providing the highest quality of service in the industry.

The transaction, which is expected to close during the third quarter of 2018, is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.


General Information Services, Inc. provides background screening services to various industries. Its background screening services include criminal history screening, national criminal database, verifications and references, identity verifications, credit reports, motor vehicle reports, fingerprinting, ongoing criminal monitoring, compliance services, and other screening services; and programs comprise employment, vendor and contractor, insurance producer (agent), volunteer and non-profit, student, and consumer background screening (self-check) services.

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Law Firms: Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison;

Clients: General Information Services (GIS);

Author: Ambrogio Visconti