Elevate expands consulting capabilities in Asia-Pacific with hire of Steven Walker
Elevate continues to build its international consulting capability with the appointment of Steven Walker as managing director of law department and contracts consulting for Asia Pacific.
Walker worked for several years as vice president and South Pacific general counsel for Hewlett Packard and was instrumental in the company’s global legal transformation and contracting optimisation programs. Most recently, his consulting business, Gen2Law, has helped law departments and firms navigate strategy and technology, and he will continue to work with these customers at Elevate, which serves both law firms and corporate legal teams.
“Steven brings 20 years’ experience in managing complex and innovative legal services for multinational technology companies in the region,” says James Odell, Elevate’s Managing Director of APAC. “Combined with Elevate’s global expertise, technology and capabilities, Steven’s proven track record of designing and delivering transformational legal services will be invaluable for law departments moving towards next generation legal services.”
Based in Australia, Walker will work alongside Jon Kenton, Elevate’s Head of Consulting for APAC, to help solve challenges faced by law departments.
“Steven brings the GC perspective to our consulting practice in APAC,” says Kenton. “He understands the needs of our customers from the top down, and he is uniquely qualified to help our customers with both strategic transformations and function-specific solutions, such as contracting optimisation and modernisation.”
Walker’s hire only shortly follows the announcement that Elevate has launched operations in Poland, and in June it hired Craig Conte from Capgemini as managing director, head of contracts consulting.
In the Spring, Elevate secured financing from a credit fund managed by growth private equity fund Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, which it said it will use for strategic acquisitions, investment in its Cael enterprise legal management software and expansion of its delivery capabilities.
The company has grown by over 30 percent per annum every year since incorporation in 2011, with current annual sales of over $40 million. Its most recent acquisition was legal technology company Legal OnRamp in 2016.
One of its big recent client wins was Hogan Lovells, which this year launched a new flexible lawyering programme powered Elevate.