Monday, June 16, 2014

Iris Data Acquires Clarity Litigation Support

KANSAS CITY, June 16 2014Iris Data Services, a leading provider of discovery solutions, today announced the successful acquisition of Clarity Litigation Support. Clarity is a top discovery and litigation support firm with offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Iris Data Services is a leading supplier of discovery solutions including electronic discovery, managed litigation services and document review technologies, including kCura’s Relativity, which consists of Relativity Analytics and Relativity Assisted Review. With this acquisition, Iris Data Services will strengthen its expertise in delivering premium eDiscovery solutions to clients.

“We welcome Clarity Litigation Support to our team,” said Major Baisden, Iris’ President. “This powerful acquisition gives our New Orleans customers even more support in each of our core discovery services — eDiscovery, forensics, imaging, online hosting, and attorney document review.”

“We are excited to work with the Iris team,” said Clint Shirley, former Managing Partner of Clarity Litigation Support and Iris’ new Regional Sales Director.  “Our combined resources will enhance our service offering to clients in the Southern region, giving them one company to turn to for all their discovery needs.”

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ricoh Canada agrees to acquire Commonwealth Legal

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jun 11, 2014 -- Ricoh Canada Inc. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Commonwealth Legal Inc. The acquisition is anticipated to close within the next 60 days. 

The transaction provides tremendous benefits for both organizations, and significantly impacts the quality of products and services available to Canadian customers in the litigation support services space. Commonwealth Legal will continue to service their customers as they do today, and will effectively remain unchanged from an operational perspective. 

According to Glenn Laverty, President and CEO of Ricoh Canada, "Commonwealth Legal and Ricoh Canada are an ideal fit for each other. The mark of a great acquisition is where both parties gain a competitive advantage, and are able to mutually show an immediate and positive impact. This is the exact scenario we have here." 

Commonwealth Legal is a well-respected litigation support and ediscovery provider that specializes in secure cloud-based ediscovery and archiving solutions and services with an emphasis on security, quality and defensibility. This expertise, along with their unique Managed Services offering, complements Ricoh Canada's strong reputation for Legal Document Services (LDS) - a portfolio of services that deliver Document Management/Content Management offerings, including document imaging and IT services, tailored specifically to the legal market. 

"As a division of Ricoh Canada we will be able to combine our expertise and technology solutions with Ricoh's capacity, resources, and commitment to customer service," says Karen Brookman, President of Commonwealth Legal. "We have always operated as a specialized boutique service provider to Canadian law firms, government agencies and corporations. Now as part of Ricoh Canada, a trusted Canadian company with global reach, we will deliver an unparalleled full-service offering to our clients with more ease and accessibility than ever before."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

OmniVere Launches After Acquisition of Three eDiscovery Providers

CHICAGO, IL -- 05/13/14 -- OmniVere, a new leader in the eDiscovery industry, announced the formation of the business through the acquisition of three of the leading providers of discovery services. OmniVere is creating one of the most dynamic and fully-integrated discovery management companies in the U.S. OmniVere is uniquely positioned to provide customers with a suite of solutions to more effectively manage an organization's Legal Risk and Compliance (LRC) matters, along with providing "Big Data" analytics to better manage their business.

Headquartered in Chicago, IL, OmniVere combines the professional experience of Superior Discovery in New York City & Washington D.C.; Lighthouse Document Solutions in Houston, TX; and the Litigation Support Services division of Access Data, located in Houston, TX and Valhalla, NY. Although OmniVere is a new entity in the discovery management space, the dynamic companies that came together are each leaders in their respective areas of expertise, and allow OmniVere to continue serving existing clients while providing much more robust offerings, covering clients' needs throughout the entire e-discovery lifecycle.
The CEO of OmniVere, Erik Post, stated, "This will benefit our clients by reducing cost and data risk while improving customer service through its extensive footprint around North America." The company's mission "is to act as a business partner with our clients to enable them to better manage their discovery process... OmniVere will bring cutting-edge technology and innovative thinking to the legal support and discovery services market." "OmniVere: Local Service. Global Presence."

With nearly 100 people in 6 locations around the United States, including New York, Washington D.C., Illinois, and Texas, OmniVere is emerging as one of the largest integrated companies in the discovery management space. The executive team at OmniVere has deep and varied experience with all aspects of the legal technology and discovery business. The team is made up of CEO Erik Post, formerly Managing Director at Navigant; COO Kevin Byrne, formally of Navigant and Oracle USA; CFO Teresa McMahon, formerly Managing Director at Navigant and FTI; and CSO Dan Bellopede, formerly Director of Sales at Recommind. By combining experts in the various disciplines of the discovery process at the incumbent firms, the synergies will make the whole greater than the parts. OmniVere is uniquely positioned to provide services that truly encompass all aspects of litigation support, from Project Management, Review Support, and Hosting Management to Attorney Review, Production and Trial Exhibit and Document Management.

Belstone Capital advised Omnivere, LLC on the transaction. Belstone Capital is a merchant bank based in New York focused on advising and investing in privately held companies.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Capital Digital Document Solutions buys Sacramento based Califorensics

Sacramento, California, May 07, 2014 -- Capitol Digital Document Solutions and Califorensics have announced they are joining forces. Captiol Digital is Sacramento’s largest litigation support service provider, serving the needs of law firms, corporations and government agencies with copying, digital scanning, translation and eDiscovery services.

Califorensics is a top-tier computer forensics and eDiscovery firm in Roseville, led by former FBI Agents and non-practicing attorneys. The combination of the two firms, through the purchase of Califorensics by Capitol Digital, yields a company of nearly 50 professionals able to respond to law firm needs from the early consultation regarding evidence or discovery, to the capture of data, analysis, testimony and finally, hosting of data for review.

Dave Wilkinson, President and Co-Owner of Capitol Digital, commented that “This transaction unveils the next chapter in the evolving story of what began for us in 1997 as a traditional copy services firm, and how it has successfully reinvented itself, staying in front of the industry curve and investing in top talent".

Lucas Mageno, Founder and Co-Owner of Capitol Digital, added "We have purchased a powerhouse boutique data forensics firm, staffed with highly trained examiners and expert witnesses, experienced analysts and seasoned leaders in one of the hottest industries in the global marketplace.”

This combination of two already thriving firms of this sort has become a common site in the industry, usually resulting in a company better equipped to take on larger litigation matters with faster response times.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New York based Smart Data Consulting purchased by Xerox

NORWALK, Conn, April 8, 2014 -- Xerox Corp. said Tuesday it has purchased Smart Data Consulting Corp., a New York legal electronic discovery services firm.

Xerox announced the acquisition of Smart Data Consulting — a move that significantly boosts the range of products that Xerox Litigation Services (the printing giant's e-discovery division) can offer clients in the legal and corporate enterprises.

Smart Data established itself as an authority on Viewpoint, the e-discovery platform developed by Lateral Data (a company that Xerox bought in 2012). It enables corporate legal departments and law firms to manage the entire e-discovery lifecycle using a single product, consolidating tasks such as collection, processing case assessment and analytics.

Smart Data provides hosted and on-site services using the Viewpoint software. The acquisition will blend key capabilities from each company, said Manoj Sharma, executive managing director of Xerox Litigation Services:
Smart Data's depth of expertise and customer-focused team will be a valuable addition both to Xerox and for our clients choosing to use Viewpoint to manage their e-discovery projects.
It's likely that Smart Data's e-discovery managed services, via Viewpoint, will fill the gap left by Xerox's existing technologies — the OmniX cloud-based review platform and the CategoriX technology-assisted review service.

Beyond rounding out Xerox's suite of services, the Smart Data acquisition consolidates the playing field in the e-discovery market.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

National Legal Services is Formed with $8 Million in Financing from Central Valley Fund

The Central Valley Fund provided $8 million financing for Temecula-based litigation support company RSP & Associates to buy Quest Discovery Services.

Sacramento, April 8, 2014 -- Based in Davis and Fresno, the Central Valley Fund provided the acquisition capital in March. It announced the deal today.

The two companies will combine under the name National Legal Services LLC, and the new company will be led by Ken Croney, the current CEO of Quest. RSP has a single office in northern San Diego County.

Quest is based in San Jose and has offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Santa Rosa and Fresno.

Ed McNulty, partner with the Central Valley Fund, takes a board seat at the newly formed company.

Started in 2005, the Central Valley Fund is a lender that uses mezzanine lending or preferred equity financing to help mature companies expand or to fund buy outs. Mezzanine financing is an intermediate step in financing. It is basically the sale of equity to the lender. The debt is junior to bank debt, and it improves the creditworthiness of the company. The lender gets repaid by being bought out either by the borrower or in a larger sale.

Friday, December 20, 2013

eDiscovery Industry Insider Makes Investment in Discovia

Greg Mazares, Company's President of Sales, Becomes a Large Shareholder

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 19, 2013 -- Discovia, one of the nation's fastest-growing providers of electronic discovery and related services to corporations and law firms, today announced that Gregory J. Mazares, its president of sales,  has made a substantial investment in the company, making him one of its largest individual shareholders.

Mazares, who joined Discovia's senior management team in April 2013, has more than 25 years of legal services industry experience in electronic discovery, document review, deposition services, trial consulting and legal staffing. Notably, he led the turnaround and growth of Encore Discovery Solutions as its president and CEO, resulting in the sale of Encore for $100 million in April 2011.

"As president of sales, Greg is leading the expansion of our business development team across the country and the globe," said Discovia CEO Christian Lawrence. "His financial investment in our continued growth demonstrates his total commitment to helping Discovia continue as one of the industry's premier companies."

Mazares said, "My wife, Constance, and I have been very impressed with the great team and business that Christian Lawrence and Ciaran Power have built over several years.  Today, Discovia is an extremely well-run company, operationally and financially, with a very bright future. We are excited to become shareholders and to help lead the organization's future growth in the United States and beyond."