Navigant expands Legal Technology Solutions into Asia

17 March 2016

Navigant is expanding its Legal Technology Solutions practice into the Asian market, to better service local clients. The move sees Tanya Gross, formally based in the UK, move to Hong Kong to oversee the expansion and local team.

Legal risks, among others, in a global environment, remain a key issue for many businesses that enter new markets or develop new products. In addition, the digital age has seen the amount of information created by organisations explode; which creates headaches for data management, as well as legal discovery in the case of disputes.

Against this backdrop consulting and legal firms have in recent years invested significantly in providing companies with services that leverage digital solutions to support e-discovery and data structuring. One such offering is Navigant’s Legal Technology Solutions practice (GLTS). The service line focuses on providing clients with a range of e-discovery solutions as well as tools to better manage their data.

In a bid to bolster its market share in Asia, Navigant has expanded its footprint in the region, a move which sees the consultancy set up shop in Hong Kong. To oversee the expansion of the local GLTS practice, Navigant’s formally UK-based Director within the GLTS practice, Tanya Gross, will move to Hong Kong, where she will lead the new team. Gross has been with the firm since 2013, prior to which she worked in a senior role at KPMG.

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“The addition of data management and technical capabilities in Asia is part of our strategy to leverage the platform we have built over the past several years in serving our clients’ economic expansion and regulatory challenges in the region,” says David Tortorello, leader of Navigant’s Disputes, Forensics & Legal Technology segment. “Our Asia-based team is well placed to understand our clients’ objectives and execute the full range of services required for complex investigations in the market.”

“Navigant’s expanded presence in Asia will be a key benefit to our global clients, particularly in light of increasing cross-border regulatory investigations,” states Craig Freeman, Global Leader of Navigant’s GLTS practice. “It is important clients have the ability to review content locally due to strict data privacy rules and have access to a team that understands the local culture and local jurisdictions, and works in the clients’ own time zone.”

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”