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We’re long past the early days of NLP in the first search engine and spell-check. Now an essential component of contract management, NLP is going to have an increasing influence on the way you do legal. Natural Language Processing (NLP) has been part of your life since the early 1990s. Spell check and simple searches (remember Ask Jeeves?) was one of the first applications, now it’s omnipresent. Email, Alexa, Siri, chatbots, search results, translations –…
Every year we like to look back and take stock – what have we achieved, where are we going in the next 12 months and what is going to have the biggest impact on our business from a market and competitive perspective. And 2020 is no different. Our CEO, David Holmes has more years in the industry than he’d admit, but that’s what makes his predictions so sought after. Below he gives his annual take…
Every year we like to look back and take stock – what have we achieved, where are we going in the next 12 months and what is going to have the biggest impact on our business from a market and competitive perspective. And 2020 is no different. Our CEO, David Holmes has more years in the industry than he’d admit, but that’s what makes his predictions so sought after. Below he gives his annual take…
It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new election season – which means big changes are on the horizon for labor and immigration regulations in the U.S. As 2020 ramps up, employers are turning their focus to how they’ll navigate the new immigration legislation. We’re living in a time of increased immigration enforcement, where visa denials have gone up and employers’ liabilities and risks are bigger than ever. So, how can employers stay…
While AI might be seen as the answer to business growth, it’s the power of Human Intelligence that really drives the technology – it’s just happening in a way that you haven’t even considered yet. AI is, without doubt, the biggest opportunity for businesses today. Whether legal, services, manufacturing, or agricultural, there is little doubt that AI can help your organization improve in some shape or form.  The challenge is ensuring that your business is…
If data privacy is Wonderland, then CCPA is the rabbit hole. It’s an entry point that marks a gateway into a broader world of changing privacy standards. Related legislation, such as GDPR in the EU, started the trend — but CCPA marks a true evolution in the movement, particularly for U.S. data privacy laws. Organizations can no longer cross their fingers and assume they’ll be able to continue business as usual: data privacy is…
During a merger and acquisition (M&A), the in-house counsel and legal team are responsible for most of the arduous processes involved in due diligence. Issues always arise during the transaction — and preparing for everything is never on the table. However, there are several strategies the team can implement to ensure a smooth and successful M&A due diligence process. 1. Prioritize Confidentiality Keep the entire transaction as confidential as possible during the planning, drafting, negotiation…
Between 70-90% of corporate Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) deals result in failure, depending on which reports you read. And yet according to the latest Harvard Law School M&A report, total deal volume in 2017 made it the fourth busiest year on record for M&A activity. For General Counsel (GCs), those numbers making for nervous reading; the likelihood of you playing a major role in M&A activity is increasing, even though the risks are greater…
We wanted to blow the assumptions about data analytics, creativity and legal out of the water. And that’s exactly what we did at our recent  Exigent Mashup held recently at The Chicago House of Blues, where art and music meet! The mentality that it’s either data or creativity, right brain or left brain, legal or business, is outdated, old fashioned and the key to a short corporate lifespan. That’s according to our keynote speaker, Dr.
Dr. Crystal Morrison, founder and CEO of EverRise, explains why data should be your greatest asset and how you can use it to unite your organization for smarter decision making that drives results. I heart data. As a graduate student, I could spend hours, days, weeks crunching numbers to loud music.  I couldn’t wait to see where the numbers landed. Would my hypothesis be supported? Or was there another story hidden in my data?…