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Further consolidation in UK ediscovery market as Consilio buy Proven Legal

Consilio, a global provider of ediscovery and document review services, has just acquired UK based Proven Legal Technologies, an edisclosure and forensic consulting services provider and Relativity premium-hosting partner. This acquisition will strengthen Consilio’s growth in Europe and enable it to offer Relativity hosting services to its global clients. Proven Legal Technologies was founded in 2006 as Palmer Legal Technologies.

Consilio, a global provider of ediscovery and document review services, has just acquired UK based Proven Legal Technologies, an edisclosure and forensic consulting services provider and Relativity premium-hosting partner. This acquisition will strengthen Consilio’s growth in Europe and enable it to offer Relativity hosting services to its global clients. Proven Legal Technologies was founded in 2006 as Palmer Legal Technologies.

COMMENT: So are concerns about Safe Harbor issues driving US companies to buy EU-based service providers? And will the last independent UK edisclosure business please turn off the lights?

3 replies on “Further consolidation in UK ediscovery market as Consilio buy Proven Legal”

I think that’s likely to be considered the simplest way out of this “problem” for US companies with cash in their pockets and an appetite for expansion. What will be interesting to see is how long the marriage between the US and UK management teams lasts. There will need to be a lot of compromise (probably not in this instance, though).

One of my SCL predictions for 2016 was a further consolidation of the marketplace. There are a lot of drivers here other than the Schrems ruling. To my knowledge there are roughly 30 large US eDiscovery firms who want to expand. They have quickly found 1) You can’t transplant your US employees over here (work visas all gone), 2) You can’t buy significant quantities of UK people (limited pool, most locked into current firms), 3) Organic growth is slow, though possible (both IRIS and Lighthouse have gone down this route). What’s left? Buy an existing firm. What’s the long term strategy of most UK eDisclosure suppliers? Hit the jackpot and be bought by a US firm.
I agree with Jonathan that there are some significant cultural issues to be overcome in mergers like this, but as Huron’s UK eDisclosure arm came from buying Trilantic, he has corporate history to draw upon.

Well, who could have guessed it? Huron Legal to become part of Consilio!

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