eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments in Q2 2020

From UnitedLex to Onna, ComplexDiscovery findings, data points, and tracking information from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020, may be useful for understanding merger, acquisition, and investment activity patterns in the eDiscovery ecosystem during the historically unique and COVID-constrained second calendar quarter of 2020.

UnitedLex Acquires Data Science, Analytics, and Investigations Team from Paul Hastings

According to DSAI Team Leader Tom Barnett as reported by Artificial Lawyer, “It’s an incredible opportunity to realize the full potential of what we started during a time when most law firms were not even thinking about – let alone developing – AI and machine learning technology to solve legal problems. We will now be in a position to expand the model to serve legal departments and law firms worldwide.”

eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments in Q1 2020

From HaystackID and Everlaw to Cellebrite and Carbonite, ComplexDiscovery findings, data points, and tracking information from January 1, 2020, to March 29, 2020, may be useful for understanding merger, acquisition, and investment activity patterns in the eDiscovery ecosystem during the first calendar quarter of 2020.

Pandemic Drives Temporary Changes in Antitrust Investigations from DOJ and FTC

For mergers currently pending or that may be proposed, the DOJ Antitrust Division is requesting from merging parties an additional 30 days to timing agreements to complete its review of transactions after the parties have complied with document requests. If circumstances require, the Division may revisit its timing agreements with merging parties in light of further developments.

How Many Second Requests? Adding Context to eDiscovery Provider Claims of Experience and Expertise

Taken from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) reports and data sets, the numbers represented in the following charts highlight metrics that may be useful for law firms, legal departments, and legal services providers seeking to understand the annual pulse rate of Hart-Scott-Rodino Act mandated merger transaction reviews and Second Requests. The charts may also be useful for considering the claims of eDiscovery providers regarding their expertise and experience in supporting Second Requests.

Kenyon Group Advises Information Governance Solutions on its Sale to Access

“The IGS acquisition, together with our prior acquisition of Montaña & Associates, brings world-class solutions and services to Access clients for electronic and physical information management and compliance,” said Rob Alston, Chief Executive Officer of Access. “Information governance advisory services and software are crucial to data security and risk reduction in the entire information management lifecycle-from document management to secure record destruction.”

Three Rules-of-Thumb: FTC Highlights New HSR Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced the new HSR thresholds, which will become effective on February 27, 2020. As shared directly by the FTC, the following three rules-of-thumb should help parties determine the relevant thresholds and any resulting reporting obligations that apply based on when the filing is made, when the transaction closes, and when the thresholds adjust.

Mindcrest Acquired by Law Firm DWF

According to Ganesh Natarajan, CEO at Mindcrest, “We are excited to become part of the DWF family. As one of the oldest legal services companies, Mindcrest has established a reputation for high quality and exceptional client service. This will be enhanced with DWF Mindcrest, bringing the right talent, technology, and processes coupled with strong project management to develop innovative integrated solutions for our clients across the globe.”

Considering Second Requests? The Requirement, Task, and Prevalence

While leveraging many of the technologies, techniques, and tactics used in traditional eDiscovery activities supporting audits, investigations, and litigation, Second Request discovery is different in the fact that it typically has unique characteristics that need to be considered in each case.

A SOLID Look from Europe? Legal Tech Merger and Acquisition Activity with Mike Bryant and John Jacobs

From Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) to the recent flurry of...

Gimmal Acquires Sherpa Software

According to Mark Johnson, Chief Executive Officer at Gimmal, "With the...

Magnet Forensics Closes $115 Million IPO

According to Adam Belsher, Magnet Forensics' CEO, "I'm proud of the...

XDD Acquires Paralaw

According to Bob Polus, XDD Founder and CEO, “As part of...

A New Era in eDiscovery? Framing Market Growth Through the Lens of Six Eras

There are many excellent resources for considering chronological and historiographical approaches...

An eDiscovery Market Size Mashup: 2020-2025 Worldwide Software and Services Overview

While the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for worldwide eDiscovery software...

Resetting the Baseline? eDiscovery Market Size Adjustments for 2020

An unanticipated pandemeconomic-driven retraction in eDiscovery spending during 2020 has resulted...

Home or Away? New eDiscovery Collection Market Sizing and Pricing Considerations

One of the key home (onsite) or away (remote) decisions that...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for April 2021

From X-Road® and risk management to business confidence and cybersecurity, the...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for March 2021

From data breach economics and vulnerabilities to private-equity investments and vendor...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for February 2021

From litigation trends and legal tech investing to facial recognition and...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for January 2021

From eDiscovery business confidence and operational metrics to merger and acquisition...

Gimmal Acquires Sherpa Software

According to Mark Johnson, Chief Executive Officer at Gimmal, "With the...

Got Interoperability? CloudNine Launches Discovery Portal

According to Jacob Hesse, VP of Product at CloudNine, “Discovery Portal...

Magnet Forensics Closes $115 Million IPO

According to Adam Belsher, Magnet Forensics' CEO, "I'm proud of the...

XDD Acquires Paralaw

According to Bob Polus, XDD Founder and CEO, “As part of...

Ready for Takeoff? Eighteen Observations on eDiscovery Business Confidence in the Spring of 2021

In the spring of 2021, 60.0% of eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey...

Issues Impacting eDiscovery Business Performance: A Spring 2021 Overview

In the spring of 2021, 25.0% of respondents viewed budgetary constraints...

Happy Days are Near Again? eDiscovery Operational Metrics in the Spring of 2021

In the spring of 2021, 93 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey participants...

A Splash of Optimism? Spring 2021 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Results

This is the twenty-second quarterly eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey conducted by...