On 20 November 2009, Australia’s e.law completed its acquisition of the business assets of CCH Workflow Solutions from Wolters Kluwer.
The news of the acquisition broke whilst I was between conferences and although I heard from both Allison Stanfield at e.law and from Scott Gillard at CCH Workflow Solutions, I have not really had the chance to catch up with the full implications for the merged business, for their clients and for the Australian e-Discovery market.
There is a brief announcement here, but the only way to find out all about it is to go there and see for myself which I hope to do in the first half of 2010. The arc which extends from Melbourne through Singapore to Hong Kong has hit my radar a fair bit this year and I want to follow this up.
Both parties to the deal had very good names in the market and I wish them well together.
Meanwhile, I seem to have missed an apparently rather larger transaction. One of the web searches which hit my site yesterday was < FTI Consulting acquires Australia >. Such searches are often the first tip-off I get about companies in this market, often beating even Twitter as a source of news. FTI is a large and ambitious company with wide global interests, but that sounds a mite ambitious even for them.