Ankura deepens e-Discovery offering with Relativity partnership

01 August 2022 2 min. read

Global management consulting firm Ankura has deepened its forensic & litigation capabilities in the Middle East through a new regional partnership with Relativity.

Ankura has been a dedicated partner of Relativity – a provider of one of the world’s leading e-Discovery solutions – for over a dozen years. The firm works with both the on-premise solution, Relativity, as well as the cloud-based solution, RelativityOne.

Relativity has more than 300,000 users in 40+ countries serving thousands of organisations globally primarily in legal, financial services and government sectors. Its solution spans the full breadth of e-Discovery – from legal hold, all the way through to production, while remaining compliant with local privacy and security regimes.

Ankura deepens e-Discovery offering with Relativity partnership

In the UAE, Ankura is now a certified partner of Relativity. According to a release by the consulting firm, the addition to its forensic data offering will “enhance our capabilities to support clients in maintaining and analysing data locally through GDPR-compliant hosting and catering to the ever-evolving data protection landscape.”

“With the powerful Relativity product, Ankura will be able to further leverage its e-Discovery expertise to provide more value and better results for its clients. Our consultants use Relativity’s features to provide clients with the most innovative solutions to their data needs in a variety of risk environments, including regulatory requests for information, fraud investigations and cybersecurity response work.”

Additionally, the on-premise capability means the firm meets the UAE’s data laws and enables localization of data, a critical factor for a number of sectors, particularly in financial services and healthcare.

The partnership is led by Ankura’s Global Data & Technology practice, which comprised professionals experienced across a spectrum of disciplines including digital forensics, data analytics, cyber security, and information governance.

The launch comes at a timely moment for the consultancy. The immense surge in data storage and usage – among other factors – is triggering a growing number of cyberattacks and data breaches. Enter digital forensics, the ‘art’ of conducting data discovery in legal proceedings such as litigation, government investigations, or Freedom of Information Act requests.

To meet growing demand for e-Discovery services, consulting firms across the forensic & litigation space are ramping up their services and adding tooling to their portfolio.

Outside of the Middle East, Ankura has Relativity and/or RelativityOne partnerships in India, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and the United States, among others.

In the Middle East, Ankura is led by Senior Managing Director Muthmainur Rahman, who joined the firm in 2021 from rival FTI Consulting.