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EY expands global legal managed services offering with acquisition of Riverview Law

07 August 2018   |   BizLawyer

Acquisition helps give EY first-mover advantage in legal managed services * Acquisition further establishes EY as a leading disruptor of legal services

EY today announces an agreement to acquire Riverview Law, a leading innovative legal services firm that will support the expansion of EY legal managed services globally. The acquisition will help to enhance and scale the EY Law legal managed services offering and help EY clients to increase efficiency, manage risk, improve service transparency and reduce costs of routine legal activities. Riverview Law has a strong technology practice that uses a disruptive software from Kim Technologies for delivery of its legal services.

The acquisition of Riverview Law will extend the existing EY Law offering and add talent in legal innovation and operating model transformation, as well as further driving the current EY technology approach to legal managed services. The acquisition is led by Chris Price, EY Global Head of Alliances – Tax, who will become CEO of EY Riverview Law once the acquisition is complete and will work closely with the existing Riverview Law leadership team to bolster the EY cross-sector, multidisciplinary approach to legal services that can be scaled to serve EY clients across the globe.

Kate Barton, EY Global Vice Chair – Tax, says: “When it comes to legal managed services, clients need access to best in cost and best in class law functions that offer the specialist tools and technologies to keep pace with the disruptive change they are facing. The acquisition of Riverview Law expands EY Law Services so that we can continue to provide these innovative approaches that can help meet EY clients’ biggest challenges.”

Cornelius Grossmann, EY Global Law Leader, says: “Legal managed services is one of the fastest growing segments of the legal market. This acquisition underlines the position of EY as a leading disruptor of legal services; it will provide a springboard for current EY legal managed services offerings and bolster the capabilities that we can help deliver for EY clients. We recognize the expertise that Riverview Law has in this growing market area, which when married with the global EY footprint and legal understanding will help drive significant opportunities for EY clients.”

EY Law now comprises more than 2,200 law practitioners in member firms across 81 jurisdictions. The acquisition will bring together the international reach and multidisciplinary approach of EY with an award-winning, best-in-class technology provider. The addition of the Riverview Law platform will help organizations to manage legal instructions coming into the function, re-direct work that does not require legal input, triage work that does require legal support to the right team and manage all stages from case opening to case closing, including document creation. Critically, the acquisition also combines comprehensive quality, risk management and dashboard tools and a dedicated client support team that understands the culture, risk appetite and demands of legal services clients, helping them to streamline their legal function so that legal teams can focus efforts on key tactical and strategic legal work.

Chris Price, EY Global Head of Alliances – Tax, says: “There is a need for a greater range of service options in the legal market that provides the right service, with the right quality, at the right price to the legal functions of EY clients. I have yet to meet a general counsel function that is under employed; so providing a simple mechanism to assess tasks, assess the requisite skills to achieve those tasks and allocating internal and external advisor skillsets appropriately while helping the legal function to drive the maximum value and service quality is what we will seek to do. The acquisition of Riverview Law will help enable the creation of an EY service offering focused on doing just that.”

Karl Chapman, CEO of Riverview Law, says: “The legal profession is going through a period of significant global upheaval. Changes in regulation, technology and most importantly customer expectation create an opportunity for a more flexible and customer-centric approach to the provision of legal services. Becoming part of EY is a real strategic fit for our team and is in line with our commitment to deliver world-class service and counsel to Riverview Law clients who are at the core of everything we do. As part of EY, we will have even greater resources to help them drive business outputs from their legal inputs. Put simply, we are excited by the next stage in our journey. We believe that the combination of the Riverview Law operating model, operating platform and people, alongside the EY brand, EY clients, existing legal services offering and global scale is a winning formula for the legal market.”

The acquisition, which is conditional on the satisfaction of closing conditions, is expected to complete on 31 August 2018. Riverview Law will be known as EY Riverview Law.






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