eDiscovery leader Consilio has continued to bolster its presence in the United States with the announcement that it has acquired Houston-headquartered eDiscovery and litigation support provider EQD.

In a reflection of the rapidly consolidating and globalising eDiscovery sector, this is Consilio’s fourth acquisition in the past 12 months. Other acquisitions include Proven Legal Technologies, Backstop and Huron Legal.

In addition to its eDiscovery core competency, EQD provides services in data collection, managed services and attorney reviews for corporate law departments, as well as compliance and litigation support teams.

“Multinational corporations increasingly need the ability to collect, process and review data outside the United States, which is why we are excited to offer Consilio’s worldwide capabilities to our clients,” said Jeff Cole, managing director at EQD. “Joining forces lets us leverage Consilio’s investments in security infrastructure, round-the-clock services and support resources, as well as tremendous scale; which positions us well within our client accounts. This aligns very nicely with our passion to deliver service excellence to our clients.”

In December, Huron Consulting Group divested Huron Legal to Consilio, which is private equity-owned and in August 2015 announced a new partnership with Shamrock Capital Advisers. While a pre-Huron Consilio had a strong presence in Europe, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the Huron acquisition gave it greater strength and breadth in the U.S., thanks to Huron’s offices in Chicago, Miramar (San Diego), Charlotte, Raleigh, New York, Washington, San Francisco and Houston (with international offices in India and London.)

EQD, meanwhile, has locations in Houston, Dallas and New York City.

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