Last week the unstoppable Elevate announced that it had acquired the assets of U.S.-based e-discovery company E-STET, bringing Relativity in-house. The eagle-eyed among you may have been left wondering about the details of the deal because EY announced in November that it had acquired E-STET and the E-STET team joined the EY eDiscovery team.
We asked for some clarification and it turns out that Elevate has acquired E-STET’s infrastructure and a number of customers who opted not to transfer across to EY. Vice president of legal services, Kunoor Chopra (pictured), said: “There were assets that didn’t transfer over and we purchased those.”
An announcement last week (23 May), which makes more sense to us in light of this clarification said: “The acquisition included E‑STET’s infrastructure, including colocation servers running Relativity software and office space in downtown Los Angeles, as well as several former E‑STET customers.”
Chopra said in a statement: “Alongside our partnership with cloud e‑discovery technology provider, Everlaw (which will continue after this acquisition), Elevate’s litigation support business has offered Relativity through a partnership with E‑STET over the past five years.
“This acquisition allows us to provide those services in‑house now.”
Elevate’s litigation support division provides end‑to‑end litigation support including litigation process and legal hold consulting, data preservation, data processing and analytics, technology assisted document review, and managed services to corporations and law firms of all sizes.