Onit acquires SecureDocs to extend contract management to the mid-tier

Onit, Inc. today (11 January) announced that it has acquired SecureDocs, a global software company for contract management, virtual deal rooms and electronic signatures. The acquisition is intended to expand Onit’s product portfolio from enterprise-level CLM to include a quickly deployable contract management solution for new and growing legal operations teams outside of the Fortune 500.

SecureDocs will integrate with legal operations software provider SimpleLegal, which has helped companies such as Instacart, Zenefits and Fender to scale up.

“The acquisition of SecureDocs – like Onit’s acquisitions of legal CLM AI innovator McCarthyFinch and document automation leader AXDRAFT – furthers our commitment to move the industry forward and provide comprehensive and sophisticated solutions for our customers,” said Eric M. Elfman, CEO and co-founder of Onit.

“We established a successful pattern with the launch of Onit’s enterprise legal management (ELM) a decade ago and the subsequent acquisitions of SimpleLegal, Bodhala and BusyLamp – extending ELM to everyone regardless of location or size. Now Onit is continuing this mission in CLM, offering a contract management solution for every company. I’m excited to welcome SecureDocs and its team to Onit as we enter the next phase of our CLM expansion.”

SecureDocs was founded in 2012 and has subsequently launched ContractWorks and e-signature solution ReadySign.

Listen here to the Legaltech Matters podcast with Elfman, in which he talks to Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill about the acquisition of BusyLamp and Onit’s wider strategy. https://legaltechmatter.zencast.website/episodes/an-insider-look-at-onits-acquisition-strategy-with-ceo-eric-elfman



“SimpleLegal and SecureDocs are an ideal combination to solve the challenges faced by companies starting or establishing modernized legal operations,” said Mark Weidick, general manager of SimpleLegal. “Our shared philosophy has contributed to our mutual successes at SecureDocs and SimpleLegal. We both build simple to use and modern software to help our customers manage everything that matters in legal operations.”


“SecureDocs is thrilled about this significant step in our company history,” said Will Reynolds, CEO and co-founder of SecureDocs. Reynolds will continue to lead the company post-acquisition as general manager of SecureDocs. “We’ve found great synergy with SimpleLegal and Onit, and together, we’ll provide a more comprehensive suite of solutions to help customers streamline time-consuming processes so they can focus on strategic initiatives.”


SecureDocs joins Onit at a time of exponential growth. In the past 15 months, the company has acquired five other companies, including BusyLamp, a Europe-based provider of legal spend and matter management software; Bodhala, a legal spend analytics, benchmarking and market intelligence company; AXDRAFT, a document automation provider; andMcCarthyFinch, which is now the Onit AI Center of Excellence. SimpleLegal, Onit’s first acquisition, closed in May 2019.


SimpleLegal and SecureDocs customers who would like to learn more about the acquisition can reach out to their customer success teams or account managers. You can also read more about it in this blog post.