FTI Consulting expands Relativity e-discovery offering to China

29 April 2020 Consultancy.asia

Global advisory FTI Consulting has expanded its partnership with data software firm Relativity to bring their e-discovery software solutions to China.

After pushing out its Relativity managed e-discovery services across the Americas, Europe, and parts of the Asia Pacific over the past two years, global professional services firm FTI Consulting is now expanding the solution to China. Suitable for local and cross-border matters of all sizes, the service aims to help regional legal teams and related entities with their e-discovery challenges and cost containment needs.

“With our practice’s growth in China and our recent infrastructure refresh, we are introducing new platforms and services to meet the needs and preferences of our client base,” said FTI Senior Managing Director and Asia technology co-leader Christopher Marks. “Adding Relativity to our portfolio gives us more ways to help legal teams reduce risk and navigate any range of e-discovery challenges with a single, trusted service provider.”

Established in its present guise in 2007, today Relativity counts more than 180,000 users in 40-plus countries, including the U.S. Department of Justice and almost all of the Am Law 200. Leveraging machine learning and visualisation technology. the Relativity software at its core allows legal and related entities to search through, analyse, collect and manage massive volumes of electronic data on a single cloud-based platform.

FTI Consulting expands Relativity e-discovery offering to China

FTI Consulting contends that its use of expert workflows and advanced analytics helps to set its Relativity offering apart, reducing the cost and complexity of large, and often global, e-discovery matters. In addition, the firm leverages its own proprietary technology as well as add-ons from software partners and the expertise of its consultants to further enhance its Relativity e-discovery service for clients.

Indeed, FTI Consulting has of late been bolstering its forensics and cyber expertise across the region, with Marks himself joining the firm in China approximately a year ago after more than fifteen years with EY.

Since then, FTI has also added former FBI Legal Attaché Kyung Kim in Seoul to head up its regional cybersecurity wing, while more recently the firm recruited forensics tech experts Daisuke Nakajima and Suguru Yoshida in Tokyo.

The one message has been clear throughout; there’s a growing need for such services in China and the wider region. “Our clients turn to us for help with a wide range of matters, and our expertise across a number of leading platforms helps us find the best tool for the client. As we see the increase of cross-border investigations that involve Chinese companies, best-of-breed technology like Relativity can help our clients make informed decisions,” said Marks.