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Morae Global ramps up UK advisory capability with acquisition of Janders Dean

Morae Global Corporation has acquired respected legal management consultancy Janders Dean in a deal designed to give Morae a UK-based legal advisory practice group with a particular eye on the large law private practice and corporate legal market.

Morae Global Corporation has acquired respected legal management consultancy Janders Dean in a deal designed to give Morae a UK-based legal advisory practice group with a particular eye on the large law private practice and corporate legal market.  

The eight-strong UK and APAC-based Janders Dean team will complement Morae’s existing US-based advisory team and will assist clients with legal spend management, resource management, process and policy enhancement, and technology and knowledge service transformation. 

Morae, which now has around 600 staff off which around 120 are in the UK, is headquartered in Texas but in May last year began further building out its UK presence with the acquisition of document and information management company Phoenix Business Solutions. Morae is now organised along the lines of managed services, headed by James Rojas; legal technology, now headed by David Boswell (who took over the role in January); and strategic solutions, headed by Joy Saphla. Boswell took over from Phoenix founder and former CEO Matt Crocker, who has been promoted to chief strategy officer for both managed services and legal technology.

The Janders Dean team of senior analysts and consultants in the UK and APAC will continue to be led by founder Justin North in his new role as a managing director. The team will report into Rojas and help to effectively weaponise Morae’s legal tech capability but will work with both groups.

The acquisition follows several joint ventures and collaborations between the two companies and Morae plans to further invest and expand the advisory team over the coming year.  

Founded in 2007 in Australia, Janders Dean expanded into the UK in 2010 and works with many of the world’s largest law firms and corporate in-house legal departments such as Hall & Wilcox, Clyde & Co, Baker McKenzie, Ashurst, Allen & Overy, DLA Piper, BAE Systems, Vodafone and UBS. The company has been in due diligence since the end of 2019. 

Speaking to Legal IT Insider, Crocker said: “We now have ability to offer strategic advice to general counsel and managing partners of law firms and make sure that we’re up to date on what their needs are, particularly coming out of COVID-19. I want to be in the best position to help them so let’s have those conversations. my expectation is that Justin goes in and does the advisory work and maybe we’re looking at costs savings or maybe taking over the contract lifecycle with people, process and technology: Justin’s team will feed both sides of the business.”

North told Legal IT Insider: “This is a great time for Morae. They are in a very interesting growth stage and bringing new people on board and it’s a great opportunity for us because they are the engine and will give us even greater access to clients.”

In a statement out today (1 July), North said: “This is an extremely exciting deal that opens up a range of opportunities for our team and clients, who stand to benefit from the scale and coverage of Morae’s impressive global operations. Now more than ever, the legal industry is reimagining the way it works, from evaluating working practices to assessing cost models. There is a huge appetite to move beyond hype and towards implementing major transformation programmes that deliver measurable value.” 

He adds: “By joining forces with Morae, we can help drive meaningful improvement and lasting change for our clients. We have worked closely with the Morae team over the years and have always shared a common view on the possibilities for the future of the legal industry. This belief crystallised early last year when we worked together on a major transformation initiative for one of the world’s leading financial institutions. It was at that moment our conversations began about coming together. I could not think of a more appropriate place to bring the Janders Dean team. With our collective skills and experience and the strong proven history of the Morae leadership team, we are now able to significantly amplify the delivery of our services to clients around the world.”  

Shahzad Bashir, CEO of Morae Global Corporation, added: “I welcome Justin and the whole Janders Dean team to Morae. Transformation is at the heart of what we are about and for years I have admired Janders Dean’s dedication and unwavering focus on innovation and influencing the market towards new ways of thinking. I have also witnessed first-hand how the ideas they’ve sown across their community have evolved into commonly adopted working practices. These are the skills and characteristics that others try to imitate, but ultimately it is a cultural piece that few have nailed, and that is what makes Janders Dean such an ideal fit for Morae.”  

In May 2017 then Morae Legal Corporation merged with Washington-headquartered legal, risk and compliance analytics and consulting firm Clutch Group, leading to the launch of Morae Global. 

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