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Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner Merge Successfully into Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Supported by Innovative Integration and Collaboration

SeeUnity and HighQ Partnership Enables Secure Collaboration – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (BCLP) was officially launched April 1, 2018; an integration of two highly innovative firms: Bryan Cave LLP (BC) and Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (BLP). Both firms bring to the table numerous accolades proving their commitment to staying on the cutting edge of technology and services by promoting a culture of collaboration.

A significant hurdle for BCLP after the merger was how to quickly bring together the two cultures in order to leverage their collective expertise and remain productive. Decisions needed to be made related to how the groups efficiently and securely work together on projects, such as mirror matters, that needed immediate attention. As each firm owned a different DMS with their own HighQ instance, the groups needed an integrated collaboration solution.

Information Services (IS) was looking to enable the newly merged firm’s internal teams to work together productively, in a controlled and secure manner that was in line with their Information Governance (IG) initiatives. This proved to be a challenge, as legacy BC attorneys work within eDOCS DM, whereas legacy BLP attorneys work within their iManage Work. Other IS considerations included audit requirements, such as being able to locate and pull any documents or data from their content systems. And due to client security requirements, the eDOCS DM repository of record on the legacy BC side must remain on premise. 

Prior to the BCLP merger, both BC and BLP had independently worked towards providing a collaboration solution for their attorneys. Each firm needed a platform that could provide secure extranet sites for collaboration and sharing sensitive information, along with administrative control over access and permissions for their external partners. 

SeeUnity Solution Benefits

Echo Content Synchronization streamlines workflow processes between repositories with rules-based sync, increased productivity, and supports IG with secure collaboration while documents remain in the chosen repository of record. Echo also utilizes native DMS API’s to maintain audit and history data. 

“This integration and collaboration solution will allow our attorneys to be up and running with the mirror matters quickly, with reduced learning curves. Workspaces in eDOCS and iManage are tied to the respective legacy firms’ matter numbers. Echo Content Synchronization works behind the scenes to sync and correlate the matter numbers between all of the systems, enabling our teams to work together on the documents securely.” 
   – Angela Price | Intranet & Web Tools Manager, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Read more to see how SeeUnity and HighQ’s partnership helped BCLP successfully and seamlessly merge.

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