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Editor’s Note: Introduced via news announcement on October 15, 2020, the European Commission and the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union highlighted their welcoming of the political will expressed by all 27 Member States for a next-generation cloud for Europe. In this milestone achievement, the signatory Member States agreed to work together towards deploying resilient and competitive cloud infrastructure and services across Europe. As cloud computing is considered fundamental for a genuine and competitive single market for data and services, this secure and competitive cloud offering is viewed as essential to providing trustworthy data processing infrastructure and…
ComplexDiscovery* regularly highlights data and legal discovery insight and intelligence ranging from original research to aggregated news for use by business, information technology, and legal professionals. Monthly, ComplexDiscovery publishes Five Great Reads on eDiscovery, a newsletter with a selection of research, reports, and articles. Click here to read the complete newsletter of the latest Five Great Reads Click here to view recent Five Great Reads Newsletters Click here to subscribe to Five Great Reads Update Individuals and Organizations Highlighted in the October Edition include: Ali Shahaab Baretz+Brunelle European Digital Rights Federal Trade Commission Gartner Dr. Imtiaz Khan ComplexDiscovery October Newsletter
Editor’s Note: The results of the recent Fall 2020 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey present the continuing impact of COVID constraints on the business of eDiscovery. However, for these pandemic-driven results and their potential impact on the business of eDiscovery to be fully understood, they should be viewed through the contextual lens of the results of all twenty surveys that have been administered to eDiscovery professionals since the inception of the eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey. Initiated in January 2016, the survey has been administered twenty times with 2,272 individual responses. The Business of eDiscovery in the Fall of 2020 The eDiscovery…
Editor’s Note: Shared with permission from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license, the article titled “Estonia is a ‘Digital Republic’ – What That Means and Why It May Be Everyone’s Future,” highlights unique attributes of one of the world’s leading digital societies. Attributes, ranging from online voting to infrastructure interoperability, that are becoming increasingly important in today’s highly digitized and decentralized world. Registered as a private limited company in Estonia, ComplexDiscovery OÜ operates virtually worldwide and takes advantage of many of the capabilities of Estonia’s advanced digital infrastructure, capabilities that may also be of interest to legal, business,…
Legal Technology Leader DISCO Raises $60 Million Media Release Company valuation of $785 million demonstrates investor confidence in legaltech as a category of enterprise cloud computing AUSTIN — October 15, 2020 — Legal technology leader DISCO today announced a $60 million equity financing, valuing the company at $785 million. Georgian Partners led the financing. Existing investors Bessemer Venture PartnersLiveOak Venture Partners, and The Stephens Group all participated, and new investor Breyer Capital also invested. This latest funding brings total investment in DISCO to $195 million, confirms the company’s status as the leader in enterprise legal technology, and establishes…
Editor’s Note: The results of the recent Fall 2020 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey present the continuing impact of COVID constraints on the business of eDiscovery. However, for these pandemic-driven results and their potential impact on the business of eDiscovery to be fully understood, they should be viewed through the contextual lens of the results of all twenty surveys that have been administered to eDiscovery professionals since the inception of the eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey in early 2016. Initiated in January 2016, the survey has been administered twenty times with 2,272 individual responses. The latest survey was administered in the fall of…
Gartner Identifies the Legal and Compliance Technologies to Focus on Post COVID-19 Media Release Gartner’s New Hype Cycle for Legal and Compliance Technologies Helps General Counsel to Focus on the Most Meaningful Technology Innovations COVID-19 has accelerated the push toward digital business transformation for most businesses, and legal and compliance leaders are under pressure to anticipate both the potential improvements and possible risks that come with new legal technology innovations, according to Gartner, Inc. To address this challenge, the Gartner Hype Cycle for Legal and Compliance Technologies, 2020 lists the 31 must-watch legal technologies to allow legal and compliance leaders…
Editor’s Note: From time to time ComplexDiscovery highlights publicly available educational content for readers of its blog. While ComplexDiscovery highlights this content, it does not assume any responsibility for content assertions or educational requirement tracking (e.g. continuing legal education tracking). To submit recommendations for inclusion in ComplexDiscovery’s educational content, click here. A Legal Education Presentation prepared and presented by HaystackID { “channelId” : 16859, “language”: “en-US”, “commId” : 446660, “displayMode” : “standalone”, “height” : “auto” } Register Now via the BrightTalk Network About HaystackID  HaystackID is a specialized eDiscovery services firm that helps corporations and law firms find, understand, and learn from data when…
Editor’s Note: This is the eighth quarterly eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey from ComplexDiscovery that has included three optional questions regarding business operational metrics. Since the introduction of specific operational questions around Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR), and customer revenue distribution, more than 960 legal, information technology, and business professionals have responded with their thoughts. 74 respondents shared their opinions on these three questions as part of the most recent survey and the aggregate results of the answers to all eight quarterly surveys seeking answers to these questions are shared in the following observations and charts. The Kinetics…
Baretz+Brunelle Research Uncovers Hidden Trend: 35% of Am Law 100 Firms Are Also Providing ‘Alternative’ Legal Services Media Release* The world’s largest law firms have been quietly mobilizing to recapture billions in revenue that has flowed in recent years to technology-driven upstarts known as alternative legal service providers, according to a report released today [October 6, 2020] by Baretz+Brunelle, a leading advisory firm to the legal industry. According to Home Court Advantage: The Am Law 100 Moves Into Alternative Legal Services, 35 of the Am Law 100 have created in-house, or captive, ALSPs – a surprisingly large number that…
Editor’s Note: The eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey is a non-scientific quarterly survey that shares insight into the business confidence of individuals working in the eDiscovery ecosystem. The survey consists of nine core questions on factors related to the creation, delivery, and consumption of eDiscovery products and services. Additionally, the survey contains three optional questions focused on the business operational metrics of days sales outstanding (DSO), monthly recurring revenue (MRR), and customer revenue distribution. Administered for the twentiet time in the fall of 2020, the survey has been conducted three times during the current COVID-19 crisis. The Fall 2020 eDiscovery Business…
Editor’s Note: Shared with permission* from European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of civil and human rights organizations from across Europe, the new booklet titled Data Retention Revisited explores the history of data retention in Europe, the legal framework, and the impact of data retention practices on fundamental rights. The booklet includes commentary on the intrusiveness of metadata and explores how necessity and proportionately fit into data retention practices, as well as its effectiveness, showcasing problems such as false positives and “technological solutionism.” The excellent booklet was written by researchers from the Information Law and Policy Lab in the Netherlands.…
Rampiva and the RYABI Group Combine to Create Global Data Automation Company Media Release Leading data processing automation platform for Nuix combines with certified reseller and enters next stage of expansion and enterprise growth. Rampiva Technology Inc., an automation and reporting platform for the Nuix data processing engine, and The RYABI Group, a certified Nuix and Rampiva reseller, today announced the formation of Rampiva Global, LLC (Rampiva). This integration will accelerate Rampiva’s growth trajectory by aligning sales, operations, and client success. “We’ve worked with The RYABI Group for nearly two years. They combine decades of experience in eDiscovery and information…
Editor’s Note: Since beginning in November 2001 to track the number of publicly highlighted merger, acquisition, and investment (M&A+I) events in the eDiscovery ecosystem, ComplexDiscovery has recorded 444* M&A+I events. While not all-inclusive due to the fact that M&A+I events are not always publicly disclosed and some announcements may not represent event completion, the abridged listing of M&A+I events maintained by ComplexDiscovery notes key industry events by sharing event date, company involvement, and known event amounts. eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments in Q3 2020 Based on an aggregate review of the abridged listing through the lens of Q3 2020, the…
Mitratech Acquires Acuity ELM, Enhancing its Legal Operations Solutions Portfolio Media Release Positions itself to serve matter, claims, and spend management needs of legal departments of any size. Mitratech, a leading global provider of legal and compliance software, today [September 29, 2020) announced its acquisition of Acuity ELM, a provider of SaaS e-Billing, matter management, claims defense, and legal hold products to small and mid-size corporate legal teams. With this acquisition, Mitratech will now be able to offer a comprehensive and complementary range of ELM solutions to suit the needs of legal and claims departments of any size, including small…
Editor’s Note: Veritas, a global leader in data protection, availability, and insights leader, today highlighted in a media release and Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) overview that they have acquired Globanet, a global leader for compliance solutions that enable customers to streamline compliance with global regulatory requirements and capture content from over 80+ data sources. The FAQ also noted that in addition to its proprietary software solutions, Globanet also provides a broad range of professional services including policy and solution design, installation, configuration, email archiving migrations, custom add-ons, and project-based consulting. Veritas Acquires Globanet, Extending Its Leading Digital Compliance Portfolio Media…