eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments in Q4 2020

From Nuix and DISCO to Exterro and AccessData, the following findings, data points, and tracking charts highlight information that may be useful for understanding M&A+I activity patterns in the eDiscovery ecosystem from October 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. During 4Q20 there were at least eight M&A+I events, a pulse rate that exceeded the pre-COVID investment pulse rate of seven events during the same time frame in 2019.

Exterro Acquires AccessData

According to Bobby Balachandran, CEO at Exterro, “Converging market forces in DFIR, e-discovery, privacy and information governance are the driving factors behind this acquisition. To effectively address these critical challenges requires the ability to identify, preserve, analyze and present data in a contextual manner, quickly and inexpensively. It also requires a consistent, defensible process. said Bobby Balachandran. Ensuring the integrity of the data supply chain is of the utmost importance. With the acquisition of AccessData, Exterro combines all of these capabilities in a single, integrated platform to give organizations a holistic framework for addressing their Legal GRC challenges and obligations.”

TCDI Acquires Cicayda

According to TCDI Founder and CEO Bill Johnson, “For 30 years, we’ve steadily built upon our innovative, client-driven technology, and this move supports our strategy to meet our clients’ growing needs. Both companies share very similar cultures and philosophies which ensures our clients will continue to get the same high-quality service they expect.”

Epiq Acquires Hyperion Global Partners

According to Ziad Mantoura, SVP and General Manager for Epiq’s legal transformation services business, “The recent pace of legal industry change has acutely accelerated the need for law departments and firms to be run like a business, including the need to embrace digital transformation. Hyperion has a team of expert consultants and a heritage of guiding clients to make intelligent, fact-based decisions to transform their businesses. Joining forces with this team and its impressive market intelligence capabilities adds considerable depth to the solutions we offer our clients as we help guide their digital transformation.”

Rampiva and the RYABI Group Merge

According to today’s announcement, the RYABI Group merger is Rampiva’s first acquisition event since its founding. The combined organization now has offices in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, and Australia. Additionally, with this merger, the RYABI Group’s founders will integrate with the Rampiva team, become active shareholders in the combined company, and transition to operating under the Rampiva brand.

eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments in Q3 2020

From HaystackID and NightOwl Global to Reveal Data and NexLP, the following findings, data points, and tracking charts highlight information that may be useful for understanding M&A+I activity patterns in the eDiscovery ecosystem from July 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020. During 3Q20 there were at least fourteen M&A+I events, a pulse rate that exceeds the pre-COVID investment pulse rate of eleven events during the same time frame in 2019.

Mitratech Acquires Acuity ELM

According to Mike Williams, CEO of Mitratech, “We came to the realization that smaller departments that haven’t yet adopted technology to manage documents, control legal spend, process claims, and otherwise streamline operations have fallen further behind the rest of the industry on the legal technology maturity curve. So we saw an incredible opportunity to help this underserved portion of the market, and Acuity ELM will help us do that.”

Veritas Acquires Globanet

“By integrating Globanet’s technology into our digital compliance portfolio, we’re making it simpler for Veritas customers to find and act on more of their data, no matter where it lives,” said Greg Hughes, CEO, Veritas. “Today’s announcement accelerates and strengthens our vision for the Veritas Enterprise Data Services Platform and improves its world-class compliance capabilities. No matter what communications and data management platform our customers use, we enable them to optimize and monitor all their content as it moves from backup to archive to discovery.”

Innovative Discovery and Integro Merge

“Integro and Innovative Discovery’s services and solutions are highly complementary. Our respective customers will be able to take advantage of greatly expanded skillsets and service offerings now that two of the most respected companies in the industry have joined forces,” noted Scott Burt, CEO of Integro, in today’s press announcement.

Software Growth Partners Makes Majority Investment in Venio Systems

According to the press announcement, industry analysts have enthusiastically supported this investment and confirmed the value this will bring to the eDiscovery industry. Ryan O’Leary, Esq., Senior Research Analyst at IDC, shared, “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the eDiscovery software market has proved to be crucial to business resiliency and has maintained investment. The investment in Venio comes at an opportune time as corporations look to improve their ECA and processing capabilities to drive savings further down the EDRM.”

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