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Legility Acquires Inventus

The combined company will deliver a broader range of technology-enabled legal services for the growing global legal operations market and will go forward under the Legility brand. Barry Dark will serve as the combined company’s CEO and Paul Mankoo will continue to be a key member of the executive team with responsibilities across the business.

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eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments in 2019

Since beginning to track the number of publicly highlighted merger, acquisition, and investment (M&A+I) events in the eDiscovery ecosystem, ComplexDiscovery has noted at least 410 M&A+I events between November 2001 and December 2019. In considering M&A+I events in 2019, the following findings, drivers, data points, and tracking charts may be useful for understanding the activity patterns of these business events between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019.

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OpenText Completes Acquisition of Carbonite

“We have confidence in our ability to integrate, innovate and grow the business. As previously highlighted, we are targeting for Carbonite to be on our operating model by the end of Fiscal 2021, or sooner. We expect strong cloud growth and cash flow expansion from the acquisition,” shared Mark J. Barrenechea, OpenText CEO & CTO.

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Pivotal Completes Merger with KLDiscovery

Pivotal Acquisition Corp. and KLDiscovery announced today the closing of their previously announced merger and the issuance of $200 million in convertible debentures. In connection with the consummation of the merger, the combined company was renamed KLDiscovery Inc.

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A Commitment to eDiscovery? Pivotal Announces Additional Backstop Commitments

Pivotal and KLD have received binding commitments from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and another large global financial institution pursuant to which such parties have committed to making an investment of $100 million in the form of one or more debentures to be issued in connection with the closing of the transaction between the Company and KLD.

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Proofpoint Completes the Acquisition of ObserveIT

Companies worldwide are in a constant battle to stop cybercriminals from stealing employee credentials, to correct accidental user behaviors that can result in unintended data loss, and to prevent malicious employee action. Through this acquisition, Proofpoint will provide security teams with the capability to understand and respond to data being mishandled, whether on a corporate device, in a cloud app like Office 365, or via email allowing teams to rapidly detect, investigate, and prevent potential insider threat incidents.

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Active Navigation Secures $11 Million in Funding

“Consumers are demanding better protection of their personal information. As a result, there is a pressing need for companies to prioritize data privacy in all their business operations. Active Navigation has an exciting opportunity in front of it, which was the catalyst for this infusion of capital. This investment will help us to advance product development and scale rapidly to support our customers with data mapping, data minimization and regulatory compliance.”

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A Pivotal (and KLD) Announcement: $150 Million Backstop Commitment and Stockholder Meeting Date

“This financing will substantially increase cash flow and enable KLD to reignite its acquisition program,” said Jon Ledecky, Pivotal’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am excited to work with KLD CEO Chris Weiler and his talented management team to pursue new business opportunities and leverage Pivotal’s corporate and legal community network.”

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OpenText to Acquire Carbonite

“The Carbonite Board conducted a thorough and comprehensive process, which included contact with a number of strategic and financial parties, to identify the best way to maximize shareholder value,” said Steve Munford, Interim Chief Executive Officer and President/Executive Chairman of the Board of Carbonite. “The Board strongly believes that a transaction with OpenText delivers compelling, immediate and substantial cash value to shareholders.”