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    A 2018 Legal Technology Salary Mashup

    A 2018 Legal Technology Salary Mashup

    This new legal technology salary mashup contains general salary data points gathered from an aggregation of publicly available technology and legal technology industry research, reports, and anecdotal evidence.

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    An eDiscovery Market Size Mashup: 2017-2022 Worldwide Software and Services Overview

    An eDiscovery Market Size Mashup: 2017-2022 Worldwide Software and Services Overview

    Taken from a combination of public market sizing estimations as shared in leading electronic discovery reports, publications and posts over time, the following eDiscovery Market Size Mashup shares general worldwide market sizing considerations for software and services in the electronic discovery market for the years between 2017 and 2022.

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    Avoiding Glittering Generalities in Selecting eDiscovery Software

    Avoiding Glittering Generalities in Selecting eDiscovery Software

    In navigating the glittering generalities presented by individuals and organizations seeking to influence eDiscovery software selection decisions, remember that there may be many right choices for your specific needs. Considering those choices through the lens of security, capability, complexity, and cost may help ensure that you not only make the right choice but make the best choice for your needs.

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    An Abridged Look at the Business of eDiscovery: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments

    An Abridged Look at the Business of eDiscovery: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments

    The presented listing highlights key industry business moves by sharing the announcement date, acquired company, acquiring or investing company, and acquisition amount (if known) of significant eDiscovery-related mergers, acquisitions, and investments.

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    A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

    A Running List: Top 100+ eDiscovery Providers

    Based on a compilation of research from analyst firms and industry expert reports in the electronic discovery arena, the following “Top 100+Provider” list provides a short listing that may be useful in the consideration of eDiscovery providers. This listing is taken primarily from eDiscovery provider mentions in selected key formal industry reports and surveys published between August 2011 and today.

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    The GDPR: Lawful Basis for Processing

    Extract* from the UK ICO Office

    The Requirement to Have a Lawful Basis for Processing

    The requirement to have a lawful basis in order to process personal data is not new. It replaces and mirrors the previous requirement to satisfy one of the ‘conditions for processing’ under the Data Protection Act 1998 (the 1998 Act). However, the GDPR places more emphasis on being accountable for and transparent about your lawful basis for processing.

    The six lawful bases for processing are broadly similar to the old conditions for processing, although there are some differences. You now need to review your existing processing, identify the most appropriate lawful basis, and check that it applies. In many cases, it is likely to be the same as your existing condition for processing.

    The biggest change is for public authorities, who now need to consider the new ‘public task’ basis first for most of their processing, and have more limited scope to rely on consent or legitimate interests.

    You can choose a new lawful basis if you find that your old condition for processing is no longer appropriate under the GDPR, or decide that a different basis is more appropriate. You should try to get this right first time. Once the GDPR is in effect, it will be much harder to swap between lawful bases at will if you find that your original basis was invalid. You will be in breach of the GDPR if you did not clearly identify the appropriate lawful basis (or bases, if more than one applies) from the start.

    The GDPR brings in new accountability and transparency requirements. You should, therefore, make sure you clearly document your lawful basis so that you can demonstrate your compliance in line with Articles 5(2) and 24.

    You must now inform people upfront about your lawful basis for processing their personal data. You need therefore to communicate this information to individuals by 25 May 2018, and ensure that you include it in all future privacy notices.

    The Lawful Basis for Processing

    The lawful basis for processing is set out in Article 6 of the GDPR. At least one of these must apply whenever you process personal data:

    (a) Consent: the individual has given clear consent for you to process their personal data for a specific purpose.

    (b) Contract: the processing is necessary for a contract you have with the individual, or because they have asked you to take specific steps before entering into a contract.

    (c) Legal obligation: the processing is necessary for you to comply with the law (not including contractual obligations).

    (d) Vital interests: the processing is necessary to protect someone’s life.

    (e) Public task: the processing is necessary for you to perform a task in the public interest or for your official functions, and the task or function has a clear basis in law.

    (f) Legitimate interests: the processing is necessary for your legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party unless there is a good reason to protect the individual’s personal data which overrides those legitimate interests. (This cannot apply if you are a public authority processing data to perform your official tasks.)

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    Exterro Announces Strategic Investment from Leeds Equity Partners

    Press Announcement

    Exterro® Inc., the preferred provider of software specifically designed for in-house legal and IT teams at Global 2000 and AmLaw 200 organizations, today [May 23, 2018] announced a strategic investment from Leeds Equity Partners, a sector-focused private equity firm with a two-decade history of investing in the knowledge industries. The investment will enable Exterro to accelerate development of its market-leading orchestrated e-discovery solution and continue to strengthen the resources required to deliver world-class support to its customers.

    “Exterro was founded with the simple vision that applying the concepts of process optimization and data science to the way companies respond to litigation would drive more successful outcomes at a lower cost,” said Bobby Balachandran, President and CEO, Exterro. “I am excited to begin work with our new partners from Leeds Equity Partners to increase operational efficiency, drive growth and create long-term business value for our customers.”

    Leeds Equity is the leading private equity firm with an exclusive focus on investing in the Knowledge Industries, a sector which includes information services, education and training, and software. The firm’s investment professionals dedicate significant time and resources to each portfolio company, working closely with senior management to execute on strategy, drive innovation, and invest in growth, all with the goal of better serving customers and creating long-term business value.

    Leeds Equity’s experience investing in the legal sector includes its investment in BARBRI, which is one of the largest providers of practical legal education to law students and attorneys throughout their careers. At the core of BARBRI is its bar review offering, which has helped more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world pass a U.S. bar exam. Also included is The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), a member-based organization for professionals in the private and public sectors who work in the field of e-discovery.

    “Bobby and his team have built a very successful business through deep strategic vision, leading product innovation, focus on customer success and strong operating fundamentals,” said Jacques Galante, Managing Director, Leeds Equity Partners. “We look forward to partnering with them to develop and execute on the numerous strategic growth opportunities within the e-discovery and information governance markets.”

    The investment will enable Exterro to accelerate product development across their entire Orchestrated E-Discovery platform. For example, the company recently announced the launch of Exterro Smart Labeling, the industry’s most advanced use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Exterro Review product. Exterro Smart Labeling leverages the latest Deep Learning technology innovations to help guide reviewers by constantly analyzing and understanding the context of their labeling decisions, and suggesting/queueing the most relevant unreviewed documents, saving significant time and cost. Exterro Smart Labeling is the first instantiation of Exterro’s Artificial Intelligence vision to infuse AI throughout the entire E-Discovery process. In the near future, Exterro will be launching new AI capabilities that will drive efficiency in the identification, preservation and collection stages of the process. Marks Baughan served as financial advisor to Exterro on this transaction.

    About Exterro
    Exterro®, Inc. is the preferred provider of e-discovery software specifically designed for in-house legal and IT teams at Global 2000 and Am Law 200 organizations. Built on a simple concept of process optimization, Exterro helps organizations improve and simplify e-discovery activities. With Exterro’s Orchestrated E-Discovery Suite, traditionally fractured and fragmented e-discovery efforts are mended by orchestrating and automating tasks in a coordinated workflow across the entire e-discovery process, reducing time, cost and risk associated with e-discovery. For more information, visit exterro.com.

    About Leeds Equity Partners
    Leeds Equity Partners, LLC, is a sector-focused private equity firm dedicated exclusively to partnering with management teams in the education, training, software and information services industries (the “Knowledge Industries”). Leeds Equity has been investing in the Knowledge Industries for over twenty years, having deployed over $2.6 billion of capital across its portfolio of companies. Given its deep domain experience and sector immersion, Leeds Equity offers a unique combination of acquisition and growth capital, strategic insights and operational advice.  Learn more at www.leedsequity.com.

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