In an unusual acquisition that will in a roundabout way reunite a startup with its founder, Litera is acquiring Allegory Law, a litigation management platform sold in 2017 to Integreon by founder Alma Asay, who joined Litera this year as an evangelist. Allegory director Corey Barnes is joining Litera.

The acquisition comes as Litera bolsters its contentious capability and shifts its focus from building drafting functionality in the Microsoft Word ribbon to creating its own legal workspaces – you can expect that Allegory and Transact, Litera’s transaction management platform, will be combined to create a dual sided workspace for lawyers.

Allegory is a cloud-based litigation platform designed for complex, document-intensive litigation. It brings together all of the relevant information that a litigation team needs to prepare a case including litigation knowledge, case administration, evidence, witnesses, and case documents which are all managed and analyzed in context, in a single, collaborative platform. The software can be accessed from desktops, and various mobile devices and tablets.

This purchase follows Litera’s acquisition of market leading table of authorities Best Authority in March, which will bolster Litigation Companion.

Haley Altman, global director of business development and strategy at Litera, said: “Litera is increasingly becoming part of the DNA of a law firm, supporting all types of legal teams throughout their workflow, and in whatever environment they’re working in. Last year the company set about transforming legal workspaces by bringing Doxly and Workshare Transact together to create a best of breed, truly global, deal management offering. With the acquisition of Allegory, we’re set to transform workspaces again, this time that of the litigation teams.”

Corey Barnes, director at Allegory, said, “We’re seeing a fundamental shift in the way that legal teams are working, in particular the way in which they collaborate on cases. Understanding Litera’s vision for supporting the modern practices and workflows in law firms and legal departments – and how Allegory will help accelerate that – is something we’re very excited to be a part of.”

Alma Asay, founder of Allegory and Litera evangelist, added, “In the few months since I joined Litera, I’ve seen firsthand the way the company approaches deployment of the right people and the right processes to build first-rate technology. Litera takes a long-term outlook when investing in development in order to truly meet the needs of our clients. I can’t imagine a better home for Allegory and look forward to seeing it thrive here.”