INVENTUS ACQUIRES UNIFIED – ADDS INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE AND EXPANDS SERVICE OFFERINGS
CHICAGO – March 26, 2015 — Inventus, LLC, a leading national discovery management practice to Fortune 1000 corporations, global law firms and government agencies backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., today announced the acquisition of London based Unified OS Ltd. and certain of its affiliates. Unified is a leading provider of eDiscovery and managed attorney review services to Fortune 1000 corporations, global law firms and government agencies abroad. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Inventus’ acquisition of Unified marks its significant expansion into international markets and its focus on adding attorney review to its suite of services. The combined business creates an international, full legal process outsourcing (“LPO”) solution capable of servicing clients operating in multiple jurisdictions around the globe. Inventus will remain headquartered in Chicago and Trevor Campion will continue to lead the combined company as Chief Executive Officer.
“We have been keen to expand internationally and are thrilled to add Unified as the platform for that expansion as we look forward to building on their impressive history of growth and customer satisfaction,” said Campion. “Inventus is committed to expanding the global reach of our platform as we continue to focus on providing our clients with a best in class, comprehensive solution handling all phases of the discovery process.”
Unified’s leadership team will join the Inventus management team led by Campion. Unified’s operations will continue to be led by Paul Mankoo and Noel Kilby, who join Inventus as President of Inventus International and Chief Technology Officer, respectively.
“The combination of our businesses creates a global LPO practice capable of executing on all aspects of the eDiscovery process at the highest levels in any jurisdiction,” said Mankoo. “Inventus is the clear leader in technological innovation and we are thrilled to add their proprietary discovery eco-system, Luminosity, to our client offering. The combined business raises the bar in terms of operating excellence and Unified is now poised to solidify its position as a leading LPO provider in Europe.”
In 2013, Inventus was acquired by Santa Monica, CA based private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. in partnership with management to build a leading LPO solutions provider to global law firms, Fortune 1000 corporations, and government agencies.
“Inventus and Unified have tremendous foundations as leaders in the eDiscovery sector and broader LPO market in the United States and Europe, respectively. Unified has a stellar reputation for consistently providing robust execution on highly complex litigation and regulatory matters which makes it a great fit for Inventus,” said Behdad Eghbali and Prashant Mehrotra of Clearlake. “The European eDiscovery and managed review markets are growing tremendously and we believe this acquisition uniquely positions Inventus as a leading LPO platform in the global market.”
GE Capital’s Telecom, Media and Technology team provided financing to support the transaction.
Inventus, LLC (www.inventus.com) is one of the largest discovery management practices in the US, focused on helping clients reduce the costs and risks associated with the discovery process. Since 1991, it has been providing litigation support services to law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies. Inventus currently has over 150 employees operating in 12 cities across the United States, with operational headquarters in Chicago.
Founded in 2009, Unified (www.unif-id.com) is a leading provider of eDiscovery and managed review services to leading corporations, law firms and government agencies operating across Europe. Unified is headquartered in London, England. Focusing on the full spectrum of litigation and corporate support services, UNIFIED helps its elite law firm and multinational corporate client base manage risk and reduce cost. Its end-to-end process spans advice in managing harvestable data, forensic collection and the processing of both electronic and paper sources through conducting the document review and production process. With an average industry tenure of 12 years, UNIFIED’s experts achieve a deep understanding of client requirements and bring a fresh ‘outcome based’ approach which translates into always meeting clients’ requirements and enabling them to execute their matters in the most efficient, practical and cost proportionate manner.
About Clearlake Capital Group
Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (www.clearlakecapital.com) is a private investment firm focused on special situations and private equity investments such as corporate divestitures, recapitalizations, buyouts, reorganizations, turnarounds and other equity investments. Clearlake seeks to partner with world-class management teams by providing patient, long-term capital and operational expertise to invest in dynamic businesses. Clearlake currently has approximately $1.4 billion of assets under management. Throughout their careers, Clearlake’s senior investment professionals have led over 70 investments totaling more than $3 billion of capital in sectors including automotive, business services, consumer products/retail, defense/public safety, energy/power, industrials, and technology.