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Litéra Change-Pro/Metadact Selected by SJ Berwin for Lifecycle Management

International Commercial Law Firm Replaces Workshare Professional with Next-Generation Content Management Solutions from Litéra

Litéra, the leader in next-generation document lifecycle management (DLM), today announced that its document comparison and metadata cleansing solutions have been licensed by SJ Berwin, a highly respected international commercial law firm headquartered in London. Professionals at SJ Berwin, which has offices worldwide, will use Litéra's Change-Pro and Metadact products to manage their document comparison and metadata cleansing requirements.

Established in 1982, SJ Berwin delivers commercial legal advice to blue chip financial institutions, international companies and growth businesses determined to succeed in today's competitive environment. The firm employs 600 lawyers, including around 170 partners, working from 12 offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

"The firm was looking for a comparison and data cleansing product that would help move us forward from our old solution," said Simon Kosminsky, IT Director at SJ Berwin. "We looked at Litéra for a long time. We liked the product, the people, the company and the value for money. Our due diligence showed that Litéra met our standards in terms of reliability, ease of use and support."

"In conjunction with our Document Production Unit and various secretaries and lawyers throughout the firm we undertook a comparison of WorkShare with Litéra using our standard methodology for product comparison" said Terry Lawley, project delivery manager, SJ Berwin. "Litéra exhibited superior performance during the evaluation which reflected the feedback received from those in the business who had been using both products for a number of months."

Change-Pro's patent pending solutions enable legal professionals to compare all versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents and PDF documents, including granular comparison of compound MS Word documents with embedded objects (e.g., Excel, Visio and ChemDraw objects) and inserted images (e.g., JPG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, etc), revealing all changes in those compared documents. Metadact enables safe and effective metadata cleansing of Microsoft Office and PDF documents electronically exchange with outside parties.

"We are honoured to include SJ Berwin as our newest valued client," said Paul Hoffbrand, director of UK operations, Litéra Corp. "The firm's reputation and commitment to the incorporation of world-class technology is testament to Litéra's best of breed DLM solutions for legal professionals."

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Joe Austin is Vice President, Client Relations, at Ventana Public Relations. He joined Ventana PR in 2006 with more than 14 years experience in high-tech strategic communications. His media relations experience spans both broadcast and print, and he maintains longstanding relationships with editors and reporters at business, IT, channel, and vertical publications. Austin's relationship with the media includes marquee outlets including CNN, BusinessWeek, USA Today, Bloomberg, and the Associated Press for clients ranging from startups to billion-dollar enterprises. Experience includes working with Maxell, McDATA (Acquired by Brocade), Center for Internet Security, Securent (Acquired by Cisco), Intrepidus Group/PhishMe, FireEye, Mimosa Systems, Xiotech, MOLI.com, EMC/Rainfinity, Spinnaker Networks (Acquired by NetApp), ONStor, Nexsan, Asigra, Avamar (Acquired by EMC), BakBone Software, Dot Hill, SANRAD, Open-E and others. With more than a decade of strategic planning, media tours, press conferences, and media/analyst relations for companies in the data storage, security, server virtualization, IT outsourcing and networking arenas, Austin's domain expertise assists in positioning clients for leadership. Austin was recently recognized as a “Top Tech Communicator” for the second year in a row by PRSourceCode. The editorial community – represented by more than 300 participating IT journalists – rated each winner based on best overall performance and recognized those who added the most value to their editorial processes in terms of responsiveness, reliability, and overall understanding of editorial needs.