GI Partners’ Acquisition of Consilio and Advanced Discovery


Jefferies served as exclusive financial advisor and Paul Hastings acted as legal advisor to GI Partners. BlackArch Partners represented Advanced Discovery as its exclusive financial advisor. Harris Williams represented Consilio as its exclusive financial advisor.

GI Partners, a leading private investment firm, announced today that it will acquire Consilio, a global leader in eDiscovery, document review, and legal consulting services, and Advanced Discovery, a global eDiscovery and risk management provider, and combine the two businesses. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined company will operate as an unparalleled global technology-enabled service platform and the #2 global leader in eDiscovery.

Advanced Discovery is expected to close in late March 2018. Consilio and the subsequent merger are expected to close in the second quarter of 2018, subject to usual and customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The combined company will consist of over 2,500 employees and operate more than 60 offices, review centers, and data centers spanning 11 countries. The company’s global operations will support large-scale, fast-moving matters that need to process, host, and review vast repositories of data. The full solutions suite will include information governance, risk management, eDiscovery, and document and contract review.

GI Partners, LLC is a private equity and real estate investment firm specializing in management buyouts, platform investments and leveraged buildups, add-on acquisition, management turnarounds, distressed market, divestitures or spinouts, and purchases of under-valued businesses or asset portfolios in middle market asset based businesses and properties. The Firm, led by Richard A. Magnuson and Roy S. Kelvin, is based in San Francisco.

The Paul Hastings team is led by Corporate partner Brandon Howald (Picture) and also includes Corporate partner Jason Rednour, Leveraged Finance partner Lindsay Sparks, Tax partner Ziemowit Smulkowski and Employment partners Dan Stellenberg and Eric Keller; Corporate counsel Jeremy Rocklage and Leveraged Finance counsel Seth Chandler; and associates Colby Gifford, Joe Swanson, Anna Twardy, Sam Ghaffarzadeh, Cameron Cotton and Alisa Lalana.

Involved fees earner: Brandon Howald – Paul Hastings; Jason Rednour – Paul Hastings; Jeremy Rocklage – Paul Hastings; Colby Gifford – Paul Hastings; Joseph Swanson – Paul Hastings; Sam Ghaffarzadeh – Paul Hastings; Cameron Cotton – Paul Hastings; Alisa Lalana – Paul Hastings; Lindsay Sparks – Paul Hastings; Seth Chandler – Paul Hastings; Ziemowit Smulkowski – Paul Hastings; Anna Twardy – Paul Hastings; Dan Stellenberg – Paul Hastings; Eric Keller – Paul Hastings;

Law Firms: Paul Hastings;

Clients: GI Partners;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti