Ankura adds on-premise Relativity to China e-discovery offering

28 March 2023 2 min. read

Global consulting firm Ankura has brought its international partnership with Relativity to the Chinese market.

Already a partner of Relativity in countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, and Hong Kong, Ankura can now also offer Relativity’s on-premise solution to its clients in China.

The on-premise offering is an important addition to Ankura’s e-discovery offering, because it caters to strong demand for forensic data analysis services conducted within the contours of the Chinese market.

Ankura adds on-premise Relativity to China e-discovery offering

The Relativity suite helps companies (main users: legal, compliance and forensic data teams) manage their e-discovery process – a form of digital investigation into potential illicit activity such as fraud, financial crime, or embezzlement.

Ankura is a global partner of Relativity, and works with both the on-premise (Relativity) and cloud-based solution (RelativityOne). While RelativityOne has as a key advantage its cross border scalability and more efficient cost structure, its drawback is that data can be transferred to other jurisdictions for storage and analysis. Relativity meanwhile ensures that data is stored on premise, or in the cloud but nationally.

“The addition of an on-premise solution to our China practice further enhances our ability to support local clients in maintaining and analysing data locally, catering to the ever-evolving data protection landscape,” said Han Lai, a Senior Managing Director in Ankura’s Data & Technology practice in Shanghai.

Chris Marks, a Senior Managing Director and Leader of the Data & Technology practice across Asia Pacific, added: “This partnership enables us to better serve clients with document review needs within China. The growing legal framework of the Data Security Law, Cybersecurity Law, and Personal Information Protection Law, alongside the long-held requirement to consider states secrets, make document review and cross border matters more complex than ever.”

Globally, Ankura has more than 300 professionals specialised in digital forensics, data privacy, and information governance.

Other consultancies that partner with Relativity include counterparts such as Alvarez & Marsal, Grant Thornton, FTI Consulting, Kroll, and Big Four firms KPMG and PwC.