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

    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 the announcement date, acquired company, acquiring or investing company and acquisition 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.

    Six Key Findings

    • There have been at least 300 M&A+I events in the eDiscovery ecosystem since 2001. (n=301)
    • 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 May).
    • 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 – 8
    • 2016 – 36
    • 2015 – 40
    • 2014 – 35
    • 2013 – 22
    • 2012 – 49
    • 2011 – 23
    • 2010 – 19
    • 2009 – 13
    • 2008 – 15
    • 2007 – 11
    • 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 – 35
    • July – 23
    • August – 27
    • September – 25
    • October – 25
    • November – 20
    • December – 17

    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)

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

    Events vs. Month

     


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    Source: Original Research

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    kCura: UK War with Hosting Partners? (Legal IT Insider)


    Extract from article in May 2017 Legal IT Insider Newsletter

    kCura’s recent decision to bring the UK launch of its SaaS eDiscovery platform RelativityOne forward to the summer of 2017 is not intended to create a war with its local hosting partners but, according to at least one senior figure in the industry, that is precisely the effect it will have.

    The eDiscovery leader announced at its London Relativity Fest at the end of April that RelativityOne will be available in an Azure data centre in the UK in 2018, but it has since expedited that and the cloud solution will be available in a matter of months.

    Behind the scenes, kCura has been growing its London team, including in March hiring Duncan Morley from Millnet, which was acquired by Advanced Discovery in January. In the last 12 months, kCura has added six new people to the London team across support, customer success, solutions, and sales.

    The move is a natural progression for the Chicago-headquartered company, not least because the UK is its second largest market outside of the US and that London is home to its EMEA office.

    However, it will undoubtedly put pressure on the sophisticated network of UK hosting partners that kCura has built up to deliver its until now on premise eDiscovery solution.

    To date partners that provide data hosting have had to buy, install and maintain their own infrastructure – charging a premium to companies that need eDiscovery services as a result.

    Going forward the hardware and software are all available within RelativityOne, prompting one adviser to say shortly after Relativity Fest: “kCura doesn’t see this as a war with its hosting partners but it is. The small ones exist on hosting but kCura is hosting its own data centres and I expect it will be able to do it more cheaply and pass on those savings.”

    Asked if kCura is entering into competition with its partners, vice president of international, Steve Couling said unequivocally: “No, we’re not. e-Discovery is a complex industry, and software and services will always go hand-in-hand.”

    He adds: “With RelativityOne, our partners can take better advantage of the expanding e-discovery services market by focusing on their differentiators – their core capabilities and services – rather than Relativity upgrades, or setting up and managing infrastructure. Additionally, we’ll also continue to support the on-premises version of Relativity, and we see having the choice to leverage a hybrid offering of RelativityOne and the on-premises product as a major benefit for end users. We’re actually developing new functionality that facilitates the hybrid approach, such as a unified workspace portal, where end users can log in, see all of their Relativity workspaces, and access any of them, whether they’re on-prem or in the cloud.”

    Read the complete article in the May 2017 Legal IT Insider (PDF)

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    Shields Up? A Short List of Privacy Shield Certified eDiscovery Providers

    Extract of content from PrivacyShield.gov

    Privacy Shield Program Overview

    The EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks were designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission and Swiss Administration to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union and Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce.

    On July 12, 2016, the European Commission deemed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework adequate to enable data transfers under EU law. On January 12, 2017, the Swiss Government announced the approval of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as a valid legal mechanism to comply with Swiss requirements when transferring personal data from Switzerland to the United States.

    A Short List of Privacy Shield Certified eDiscovery Providers

    The following short list of companies highlights eDiscovery providers that have been certified with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as of May 24, 2017. Providers noted with an asterisk (*) are also certified with the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The listing may not be all inclusive, so please check the U.S. Department of Commerce Privacy Shield List for the latest additions.

    Alphabetically Ordered

    Click here to highlight additional certified eDiscovery providers.


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    Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

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    Source: Public Domain Research


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    Activity Patterns for eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments (2001-2017)
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    Packaged services may help legal technology providers bridge the gap between traditional hourly cons…

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    Five Great Reads on Information Governance and eDiscovery: Ethics, Fights, and Business Edition
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    This edition of the newsletter highlights five key posts on information governance and electronic di…

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