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The Boys Are Back In Town as Team iManage complete management buyout from HP

After 18 months of negotiations, the senior management team at iManage just announced that it has completed a buyout from Hewlett-Packard (HP) for the purchase of the complete iManage business, including its brand, products and services. iManage co-founder and current General Manager Neil Araujo is the CEO of the management-owned company, while Rafiq Mohammadi, also a co-founder and former CTO of iManage, is returning to the company as the Chief Scientist.


After 18 months of negotiations, the senior management team at iManage just announced that it has completed a buyout from Hewlett-Packard (HP) for the purchase of the complete iManage business, including its brand, products and services. iManage co-founder and current General Manager Neil Araujo is the CEO of the management-owned company, while Rafiq Mohammadi, also a co-founder and former CTO of iManage, is returning to the company as the Chief Scientist. The terms of the financial deal have not been disclosed.

“With this buyout now complete, the iManage team has rededicated itself to our customer and partner community around the world,” said Araujo. “They have trusted us with their most important assets, and we are proud to begin a new era of innovation and market leadership in partnership with them. For us, iManage is much more than a product; it’s a community that spans our people, partners, customer organizations and nearly one million users, many of whom have been with us for a decade or more,” said Araujo. “This buyout allows us to serve the community we care about and with a culture based on listening and working with customers, developing innovative products and providing best in class services and support.”

In addition to Worksite (document and email management – being rebranded as iManage Work), the HP products in this transaction include LinkSite (secure file sharing – being rebranded as iManage Share), Universal Search (enterprise search and analytics – being rebranded as iManage Insight), and WorkSite Records Manager (records and information governance – being rebranded as iManage Govern). iManage will also resell relevant HP products, including Teleform and HP Process Automation, and will have continuing access to other relevant technology.

It’s all about the White Rabbit

In an exclusive briefing, Dan Carmel, the new CMO (chief marketing officer), explained that while the company’s values would remain the same, iManage would not be complacent and was already engaged in an extensive R&D project – codenamed White Rabbit – to ensure their “work product management” applications evolved to meet the needs of a changing workplace and workforce. “Never mind New Law, this is the era of New Lawyers. Among our customers, between 40-to-60% of out attorneys are under 35.” To this end White Rabbit is placing a huge emphasis upon simplicity, flexibility, agility and security. “Customers want systems that ‘just work,’ are accessible anytime, anywhere, and are always on, on any platform,” adds Carmel.

Initial Industry Response:

“This is very exciting news. At Seyfarth we constantly look for better ways to serve our clients and iManage is key to our business as it helps our attorneys manage client work product. We believe an independent iManage will have the ability to have industry focus, scale and agility to drive the innovation we need to deliver legal services more efficiently, more effectively and more transparently.” Andy Jurczyk, CIO, Seyfarth Shaw

“As stewards of information for our clients we need systems that enable us to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and rigor in how our client work-product is created, tracked and managed,” said Colin Smith, Director of Information Technology for Pinsent Masons LLP “iManage has served this very important need for us for over a decade and we are excited that the founding iManage team is taking the company back to its roots as an independent software company focused exclusively on our needs as an industry.” …Colin Smith, Director of IT, Pinsent Masons

“Worksite is by far and away the best software purchase I have made in my 16 years at Macfarlanes, and I’m looking forward to the return of the original team who I know will be breathing fresh life into the product.” …Maurice Millen, Head of IT, Macfarlanes

“Over the years, this team delivered innovations that have reshaped how lawyers and other professionals work with information. We look forward to continued innovations from iManage that empower our attorneys to be more productive from anywhere and on any device, while meeting the highest client expectations for security, reliability and governance.” …Chris White, Global CIO, Clyde & Co

“Welcome back boys, it’s like you’ve never been away.” …Nigel Blackwood, BIS Director, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co


• The management team owns the controlling interest in the newly independent iManage. HP has no financial interest.
• iManage counts among its global customers 1,800 law firms, including 80% of the top 100, and over 400 corporate legal departments, 120 government agencies and 250 financial services firms.
• All the most recent in-house legal deals have been been for hybrid cloud/hosted implementations.
• iManage continues to grow; in its last full fiscal year under HP, iManage added one new customer on average every two business days.
• The company is profitable and well capitalized through a financial partnership with Bank of Montreal.
• iManage will be headquarted in Chicago with offices in Silicon Valley, London and Bangalore.
• The iManage team first got together as NetWrite in 1995, with the original iManage business being founded in 1998
• Although the company was subsequently acquired by Interwoven, then Autonomy, then HP, the core DMS R&D, sales and management team has remained together.
• The business currently has 188 staff (including 12 in the UK) but plans to recruit a further 70 people (primarily in R&D and customer support) over the next few months.
• The corporate email format is


COMMENT: And about time too. The core iManage DMS business has always been sound and has even managed to keep its act together despite the vicissitudes of its subsequent owners. The less said about the toxic Autonomy brand the better but with HP now splitting and continuing to shed staff, the iManage MBO means the company can now distance itself from the uncertainties that would have inevitably surrounded the longer term future of the business unit, had it remained with HP. As Geoff Hornsby (one of the management team who has been with the company from the beginning and is now General Manager EMEA) commented “The new iManage has the mindset of a startup but a startup that is already profitable and has an established customer base.”


15 replies on “The Boys Are Back In Town as Team iManage complete management buyout from HP”

Thanks Charles and thank you to all our customers and partners for your support and friendship. We look forward to a great future and to giving 100% focus to the community we serve. Any questions you can get me on 238088

Congrats Geoff, good luck going forward with the original team, a great move by the looks of things.

Comment sent in by Phoenix Business Solutions…

Phoenix would like to congratulate them on their new venture. While HP had provided a solid environment for WorkSite/IUS/IRM to continue its market dominance, this move will be beneficial to iManage’s core clients and enable the company to provide greater responsiveness and agility moving forward.

As market leaders in this arena and with key partners such as Phoenix, iManage is now best placed to consolidate their position and drive the next wave of evolution in the industry with modern and exciting solutions.

Since our founding in 2003, Phoenix has been a key partner for the original iManage founders and is excited about working with the same team for this next chapter in their evolution.

Congratulations to the team at iManage. DocsCorp has been proud to work with iManage and its customers for the past 10 years across the world, and knows the value that entrepreneurial spirit brings to a company that is run by its owners in building great product and fantastic support. We look forward to working even more closely with the iManage team in the future. Congrats to Neil and the team for taking the step 🙂

Congratulations to the team! As the founders and many of the employees of Prosperoware were iManage employees, we extremely excited for the return of iManage. The new iManage office is around the corner from the Prosperoware Chicago office. Cab no longer required.

We are excited to see the innovation that will be unleashed now that the team has full control again of their destiny.

Good news for the development of the product – iManage should be small enough to listen and big enough to deliver. Congrats to the team…

Congratulations to iManage! DocAuto is proud to say that we’ve been a development partner for the iManage Partner since 1999 and we look forward to continuing to work with the iManage team as they begin this exciting new chapter!

It better be a white bear. The product has stagnated for a decade. They have a lot of catching up to do.

Congratulations indeed to all our friends in the new iManage business.

Both our customers and ourselves are very excited to hear this great news. A new focus, with new solutions in development – it’s exciting times all round in the new iManage! Take, for example, the White Rabbit initiative; this is going to be a real game changer in content management and we simply can’t wait to get our hands on it – it’s fantastic!

On behalf of the team here at Tiger Eye Consulting and our customers, we wish you every success going forward. Well done folks!

To quote the immortal words of AC/DC, “For those about to rock, we salute you…”

iManage is about to rock! < Yeah, but which member of the management team is Angus Young and gets to wear the short trousers & schoolboy's cap? ..Ed

Here’s a letter HP just sent out to customers…

Re: Transition of HP’s Worksite product family to iManage Corporation

HP is pleased to announce that that we have entered into an agreement with iManage Corporation to acquire the assets of our Worksite family of software products and services. iManage has effectively acquired control of this business, effective July 21st, 2015.

iManage is a strong, global provider of innovative solutions to the legal and professional services sector through on premises and hosted delivery models. The company has deep expertise in the application space, and excellent support and professional services capabilities. iManage is a US-based company, headquartered in Chicago, Ill, with a highly dedicated team of employees bringing best in class solutions to over 3,000 customers globally, including 80 of the top 100 Law Firms. As a result of this transition, you can expect to see a stronger solution set from iManage in the months and years ahead.

Your implementation of iManage solutions will continue to operate as it does today, with no changes. Your existing HP product licenses will be valid for the comparable iManage products. iManage will provide updates to their product(s) to you for no charge, as long as you have an active support contract.

Nothing will change in the way you currently request support for your Worksite environment, however support will now be delivered by the iManage support organization. When your current HP contract expires, you will renew support with iManage Corporation. You may continue to purchase expansion licenses from HP until July 21st, 2015. After that date, you may purchase licenses directly from iManage or an authorized iManage reseller.

We believe this decision represents the best outcome for you and will provide increased value to your organization.

If you have further questions, or for more information, please or send a message to


Robert Youngjohns
Senior Vice President and GM
HP Software

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