E.Law Australia Pty Ltd - completed acquisition of Ringtail Asia Pacific Pty Ltd and CCH Workflow Solutions Pty Ltd

Acquirer(s)

  • E.Law Australia Pty Ltd

Target(s)

  • CCH Workflow Solutions<br/> Ringtail Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

Summary

Market definition

The ACCC considered the completed acquisition in the context of national markets for the following:
- electronic data discovery,
- imaging and coding,
- case management software, and
- consultant and project management for legal IT.

However the ACCC did not consider it necessary to consider whether the above product types represented markets in their own right, or were part of a broader market for legal document management.

Competition analysis

The ACCC considered that the completed acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any of the relevant markets. Factors informing this conclusion included:
- the presence of alternative suppliers of each of the products identified above, and
- barriers to entry appeared low for new entrants seeking to supply the products identified above.

Timeline

DateEvent
20/11/2009E.Law Australia Pty Ltd acquired CCH Workflow Solutions Pty Ltd and Ringtail Asia Pacific Pty Ltd.
23/11/2009ACCC commenced review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines.
30/11/2009Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
09/12/2009ACCC announced it would not oppose the completed acquisition.