Wednesday, January 28, 2009

FTI Consulting Advances Position in Fast-Growing $6.6 Billion E-Discovery Market

FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN), the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance their enterprise value, today announced that it has successfully completed the full integration of Attenex Corporation into its technology segment -- less than seven months after completing the acquisition in July 2008. The combined business segment, now called FTI Technology, includes a fully integrated research and development organization, combined sales and support functions, and a worldwide team of more than 600 employees. Achieving this milestone so quickly underscores the inherent cultural and technology compatibility of the two organizations, as well as the shared vision of delivering the industry standard for e-discovery software, services and consulting, an industry which IDC Research(1) estimates will reach $6.6 billion in revenues in 2009.

"As we have planned from day one, the merging of the visual analysis and rapid review capabilities of Attenex technology with the enterprise-class case management and production features of Ringtail software has the potential to completely change the game in the e-discovery marketplace," said Jack Dunn, president and chief executive officer, FTI Consulting. "The integration of these two market leaders creates an unmatched global force and technology platform in a market expected to grow as much as 35% annually through 2012. This directly benefits our clients through continued product innovation, seamless service and support, and greater speed and flexibility through all phases of the e-discovery process."

Recent surveys show that the world's largest corporations are managing, on average, more than 500 legal and regulatory matters at any one time. The scope of these matters can range from smaller investigations involving a few gigabytes of data to large-scale "bet-the-company" types of cases in which hundreds of terabytes of data are collected for review as potential evidence. These companies often need the easiest, most cost-effective and defensible processes and technology in which to secure the best possible outcomes. The combination of FTI and Attenex software, services and consulting will offer these companies an unprecedented level of speed and flexibility, backed by a worldwide organization of unmatched knowledge and consulting expertise.

"For years, Attenex Patterns, Ringtail and FTI's technology consulting and services have been the go-to offerings for global corporations and their trusted advisors, including many of the world's largest and most respected law firms," said David Remnitz, senior managing director and segment leader of FTI Technology. "Now, with a fully integrated technology platform and client experience, FTI Technology provides corporations and their law firms with a new a one-stop resource for flexible and tailored offerings to meet their most critical business information challenges."

The FTI Technology segment offers on-premise and on-demand e-discovery software as well as complementary services and consulting to give customers unprecedented flexibility to address e-discovery challenges at any stage of the process. The legacy knowledge and unmatched R&D investment of FTI Technology uniquely position the company to expand its share of the e-discovery software market, which Gartner Research estimates will grow between 25% and 35% per year until 2012. Gartner Research recently named FTI Technology as a "strong positive" in the 2008 MarketScope for E-Discovery Vendors(2) report, one of only four vendors named in the highest category and the only one to offer software, consulting and services that span the entire e-discovery process.

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