With the shift towards digital transformation and big data analytics in business, the legal market is also increasingly becoming a data-driven industry. In this context, we provide LegalTech consultancy services to help:
- identify and source the right LegalTech tools check out our LegalTech Marketplace to see what we have in mind!
- implement LegalTech tools in practice see our solutions for GDPR audits or M&A document reviews!
- handle legal big data across organizations check out our Legal Big Data Consulting!
- map out traditional legal processes & help rethink and innovate legal operations see what we mean by Innovation for Legal Departments.
Legal Data Review
The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that enters into force on May 25, 2018, signals a shift in how organizations (located within or outside the EU) processing personal data of EU citizens need to manage data privacy.
GDPR focuses on the rights of data subjects and imposes fines up to €20M (or 4% of annual turnover) if requirements are breached. Compliance may need organizational change and coordination – see our GDPR checklist and good to know bullet points in the InvestCEE GDPR Brochure.
Moving beyond the immediate regulatory compliance necessity, we view GDPR as an opportunity to invest into structuring and managing your data, in particular data hidden in contracts and legal documentation. Getting data privacy fundamentals right offers some key payoff:
- Competitive edge: driving customer choice by demonstrating focus on the privacy & dignity of individuals
- Culture of privacy: understanding and mitigating the risk created for individuals in exchange for using their personal data; valuing the impact of your work and business ethic on society
- Innovative forward thinking: getting ready for taking the leap towards blockchain and self-executing (smart) contracts (once the time is right for that move).
Careful planning and AI-based tools help achieve overall efficiency and accuracy in contract review & legal data analysis. In our Tech-enabled Document Review Brochure we explain how our approach to due diligence is different from traditional methods in scope, methodology, data extraction and visual reporting elements.
In short, we found that getting the document review process right involves the following:
- Instead of a manual process, use AI-based tools to connect to servers, gather contracts in a centralized repository — data is accessible quickly and efficiently, with reduced human error
- In addition to identifying potential risks, use LegalTech to uncover information that helps achieve specific business goals — get actionable business intelligence from the document review exercise
- Share contract data and insights across all workstreams (not just legal) on a common platform — reduce multiple work by different teams
- Apply a broader approach to reviewing contracts — ensure valuable insights across the entire data corpus
- Use LegalTech to access a dashboard view of data hidden in thousands of contracts — get high level insights (e.g. contract types) and drill down to a specific data set or contract (e.g., change of control clause)
“Humanized” AI-based tools (i.e., a capable team applying efficient software) work for the benefit of all parties involved. While the software can read, understand, extract and summarize contract data, it leaves human experts to focus on the actual analytics. Asking relevant questions, analyzing and interpreting data gathered by the engine requires human skills — and this human aspect is what ensures the overall efficiency and accuracy of due diligence tasks.
Take a look at our Tech-enabled Document Review Brochure to get a deeper insight into how we apply innovative technology in legal document review. Get in touch with our LegalTech consultancy team to discuss potential projects.
Going to all the efforts of an M&A project, a 2017 market study found that the success of an M&A deal really lies with successful post-merger integration. Read our Tech-enabled Document Review Brochure to see how we apply innovative technology to help you succeed with integration.
In short, LegalTech tools are apt to leverage the quality and extent of post-merger integration by:
- mining data in legacy and newly acquired servers to identify synergies — leaving human teams to analyze, interpret and implement opportunities for integration
- empowering in-house lawyers to do a more hands-on strategic approach and work together with IT, finance and business teams
- enabling a data-based contract management system live up to the expectations
While “people-only” document review and post-merger integration inherently limits efficiency due to inconsistent analysis, high risk to human errors, limited scope, time & cost considerations as well as moral issues (people get fatigue with repetitive and unchallenging work), “humanized” AI-based tools (i.e., a capable team applying efficient software) work for the benefit of all stakeholders involved.
See our Tech-enabled Document Review Brochure to understand how we apply innovative technology in post-merger scenarios. Get in touch with our LegalTech consultancy team to discuss potential projects.
Legal Big Data Strategy
“The growing need for organizations to treat information as an asset is making metadata management strategic.” Gartner Report, Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions, 2016
A Legal Big Data Strategy is an organization’s internal policy acknowledging the value of its data hidden in contracts and other legal documentation combined with tech-enabled tools to harness legal big data analytics.
Whether for regulatory compliance (like GDPR), document review of any sort (like M&A due diligence) or other specific business goals, structuring and extracting legal data is essential for driving intelligent and forward-looking business decisions. See our Tech-enabled Document Review Brochure for particular use cases of legal big data analytics.
Early adopters of artificial intelligence (AI) based contract management solutions have identified some key business benefits of a Legal Big Data Strategy:
- Easy scan and search functions across contract corpus and drilling down to individual contracts through metadata (tags) applied to contract terms
- Integrating the legal database with other internal systems (ERP, CRM, etc.)
- Tracking and gaining visibility of contract workflows
- Easy access and sharing of information among permitted and relevant stakeholders by centralizing contract data and clarifying access authority
- Identifying errors and inconsistencies by easily comparing language to standardized forms or model clauses
- Allocating people’s time more efficiently, motivating workforce
Take a look into our Tech-enabled Document Review Brochure and get in touch with our LegalTech consultancy team to see how we can help your organization adopt and implement a customized Legal Big Data Strategy.
A strong Legal Big Data Strategy helps an organization manage data hidden in contracts and other legal documentation transparently and effectively. A Legal Big Data Strategy builds on legal data analytics to 1/ achieve lean, frictionless legal process and 2/ gain valuable insights into legal risks and specific business opportunities hidden in contracts.
LegalTech tools enable structuring of contract metadata by applying tags over clauses and key data in agreeements across an organization. We work together with your in-house legal team to implement a customized Legal Big Data Strategy designed for your own business environment. This in turn helps maintain accurate information flow within the legal department and enhance communication with the business operations. Accordingly, a Legal Big Data Strategy reduces response time from the legal department and ensures that customers, regulators, management, employees and other stakeholders can easily and quickly access relevant data in accordance with the established rules.
With our consultancy services, we help you 1/ realize the power of your contract data and 2/ analyze it to help steer towards actionable business insights. In this process, we work closely together with your legal department to complete the tremendous task of digital transformation in legal operations. A successfully implemented Legal Big Data Strategy empowers your legal team to take a hands-on strategic approach and collaborate with IT, finance and business departments to efficiently manage contracts across the entire organization.
Get in touch with our LegalTech consultancy team to see how we can help your organization adopt and implement a customized Legal Big Data Strategy.
With our LegalTech consultancy services, we are on a mission to help:
- acknowledge the value of enterprise legal data hidden in contracts and other legal documentation
- define your organization’s customized strategy to structure and analyze legal big data
- identify LegalTech tools appropriate for your business to harness its legal big data capabilities and
- work together with existing internal and external expert teams to implement the LegalTech tools that are the optimal choice for your organization’s specific needs.
A strong Legal Big Data Strategy leads to intelligent business insights by accessing legal data and acting upon knowledge gained from contract analytics. Get in touch with our LegalTech consultancy team to see how we can help your organization adopt and implement a customized Legal Big Data Strategy.
Legal Process Innovation
With organizations increasingly going through innovation efforts, digital change in the legal department may be particularly burdensome. We are on a mission to help organizations effectively follow-through their innovation strategy specifically in the legal department.
Our ultimate goal is to empower lawyers and legal teams to adopt a more hands-on strategic approach to legal operations. With the Legal Operations Health Check Survey (powered by Xakia Technologies), we help assess a legal department’s innovation needs. Also, we work together with IT, finance and business teams to define and implement a Legal Big Data Strategy. In summary, we enable digital transformation directly in the legal department.
We form alliances with in-house legal teams, business executives and their respective external legal advisers. Get in touch with our LegalTech consultancy team to discuss digital transformation needs in the legal department of your organization. Alternatively, take a look at the Legal Operations Health Check Survey (powered by Xakia Technologies) to know where to start with innovating legal processes.
Going to all the efforts of an M&A project, coordinating the various internal and external teams and managing the complexity of the documentation can get particularly difficult. The traditional “people-only” approach to deal management inherently limits the process efficiency due to inconsistent focus, high risk to human errors, time & cost considerations as well as moral issues (people get fatigue with repetitive and unchallenging work). Instead, practical LegalTech tools help keep the deal on track.
Take a look into our Tech-enabled Document Review Brochure to see how LegalTech adds value to M&A projects.
For example, a tech-enabled M&A project management platform helps to:
- Ensure transparency & clarity of information among all teams
- Manage NDA & information memorandum distributions and responses on the platform
- Manage & evaluate bids on the platform
- Centralize and simplify due diligence with built-in data room capabilities
- Collect, manage, update real-time and control versions of all deal documentation
- Get to closing checklist & closing binders quickly and efficiently
- Simplify signature processes with automatized signature blocks and built-in signature tracker tool
- Get visual insights & reporting on the deal process
Powered by Xakia Technologies, this 100 point Legal Operations Health Check is a survey designed for legal departments of any size to self-assess their legal operations capabilities. The questions asked are designed to be relevant to any legal team from 2 to 2000 members. Your results for the Legal Operations Health Check will be summarized in a report that helps your legal team identify priorities and access relevant resources for next steps.
“Before we can solve big problems with smart contracts, we need to start by structuring existing legacy contracts.”
Daniel M. Katz, LexPredict
In a data driven economic environment, managing legal big data is increasingly becoming a business necessity. Easy access to specific contract terms may be needed for:
- compliance or regulatory purposes – e.g., locating personal data or relevant contract clauses under GDPR
- enterprise expansion – e.g., identifying change of control provisions in a transaction context or
- any innovation goal – e.g., structuring a legal database.
Our LegalTech consultancy team helps optimize, structure and manage a data focused legal department.
Best practice tip: in addition to immediate benefits like GDPR compliance and efficient enterprise search, early adopters of LegalTech tools have identified a number of additional business benefits of using technology in legal operations.
Forward thinking idea: consider the value of implementing a legal database strategy in preparing an organization for the next levels of technological change, in particular blockchain & self-executing smart contracts.