North American consulting firm Huron Consulting Group has sold its legal division, Huron Legal, to Consilio, an advisory firm that specialises in litigation and eDiscovery. As part of the deal, more than 450 employees will join Consilio upon closing, planned for December 31st, 2015.
Founded in 2002, Consilio is an eDiscovery and Document Review Service provider with extensive experience in litigation, antitrust, second requests and internal and regulatory investigations. Previously known as First Advantage Litigation Consulting, Consilio rebranded itself in 2013 to emphasize the importance of ‘consulting’ to its strategy and portfolio.
Just four months after Consilio received a financial investment from Shamrock Capital Advisors, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm that bought a majority stake and subsequently drafted an ambitious growth strategy, the company has completed its third acquisition, this time picking up Huron’s legal practice. Huron Legal is one of Huron Consulting Group’s four operating segments and offers a variety of services to law firms and corporate law departments including eDiscovery, document review, information governance and compliance, law department management and legal analytics. The business unit has operations primarily in the U.S., including Chicago, Charlotte, Raleigh, Miramar, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Houston, as well as international locations in London, U.K. and Gurgaon, India.
Andy Macdonald, Consilio’s Chief Executive Officer, says he is excited to welcome Huron Legal’s more than 450 employees, adding “The acquisition of Huron Legal aligns with our strategy to create greater scale, which enables us to broaden our geographic coverage, enhance our technology offerings, and deliver more efficient solutions to our clients.” Bob Rowe, Executive Vice President at Huron Legal, adds: “We are committed to integrating the two practices to create a client-focused business with a unique portfolio of global capabilities to help serve our clients’ legal services needs.”
Previous acquisitions of Consilio since the early September Shamrock deal are the purchase of Backstop, a technology-assisted review and predictive coding firm, and Proven Legal Technologies, a UK based eDisclosure and forensic-consulting services provider.