Activity Patterns for eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments (2001-2017)

Since beginning to track the number of publicly highlighted merger, acquisition, and investment (M&A+I) events in the eDiscovery ecosystem, ComplexDiscovery has noted more than 300 M&A+I events between November 2001 and today. The following article highlights the pattern of these activities on an annual and monthly basis.

Patterns for eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments

Since beginning to track the number of publicly highlighted merger, acquisition, and investment (M&A+I) events in the eDiscovery ecosystem, ComplexDiscovery has noted more than 300 M&A+I events between November 2001 and today.

While not all inclusive due to the fact that M&A+I events are not always publicly disclosed, the abridged listing of M&A+I events maintained by ComplexDiscovery notes key industry business moves by sharing event date, company involvement, and event amount (if known).

Based on an aggregate review of the abridged listing through the lens of annual and monthly activity rates, the following findings, data points, and tracking charts may be useful for understanding M&A+I activity patterns in the eDiscovery ecosystem.

Updated December 30, 2017

Six Key Findings

  • There have been at least 300 M&A+I events in the eDiscovery ecosystem since 2001. (n=317)
  • 2012 has been the most active year for M&A+I events since with at least 49 total events.
  • 2017 appears to be off to the slowest start in terms of total M&A+I events since 2010 (January through November).
  • The decrease in total M&A+I between 2012 and 2013 appears to be the most significant yearly drop in terms of events and percentage of events since 2001.
  • May and June have been the most active months for M&A+I events since 2001.
  • April has been the least active month for M&A+I events since 2001.

M&A+I Data Points

Activity By Year (2001-2017)

  • 2017 – 23
  • 2016 – 36
  • 2015 – 40
  • 2014 – 35
  • 2013 – 22
  • 2012 – 49
  • 2011 – 23
  • 2010 – 19
  • 2009 – 13
  • 2008 – 15
  • 2007 – 12
  • 2006 – 17
  • 2005 – 5
  • 2004 – 4
  • 2003 – 2
  • 2002 – 1
  • 2001 – 1

Activity By Month (2001-2017)

  • January – 31
  • February – 17
  • March – 30
  • April – 16
  • May – 35
  • June – 37
  • July – 26
  • August – 28
  • September – 26
  • October – 30
  • November – 22
  • December – 19

M&A+I Tracking Charts

(Charts Can Be Expanded for Detailed Viewing)

Chart 1: An Overview of Merger, Acquisition, and Investment Events by Year (2001-2017)

2001-2017 M&A+I – Year

Chart 2: An Overview of Merger, Acquisition, and Investment Events by Calendar Month (2001-2017)

2001-2017 M&A+I – Month

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The results of the recent Summer 2020 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey present the unfortunate and continuing impact of COVID-19 on the business of eDiscovery. However, for these pandemic-driven results to be fully understood, they should be viewed through the contextual lens of the results of all nineteen surveys that have been administered to eDiscovery professionals since the inception of the eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey in early 2016.



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