Legal management startup Clio nabs $110M to expand its platform
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Legal practice management startup Clio today announced that it closed a $110 million series E round, valuing the startup at $1.6 billion post-money. Clio says that the funding will be used for strategic acquisitions and partnerships and growing the company’s workforce, with a focus on product and engineering teams.
Contract management is often a time- and money-sucking endeavor for law firms, regardless of their size. According to a 2016 survey conducted by Apptus, 39% of legal departments are forced to rely on non-lawyers to manage their contracts, while 50% take a week or longer to turn out documents like non-disclosure agreements. Moreover, only 40% of firms say that they have an automated contract management tool.
Jack Newton and Rian Gauvreau cofounded Vancouver, Canada-based Clio in 2007 with the goal of building a legal services orchestration platform. When the company launched its software in 2008, it was one of the first cloud-based practice management software developed for law firms, Clio claims.
Clio helps to manage cases, organize contacts, and automate documents as well as keep track of financials and client legal accounts. The platform supports a range of billing options including online payments, automated billing, and customized plans. Clio also offers tools that allow clients to create intake forms, automate client communication like emails, reminders, and requests, and organize referrals.
According to a recent Gartner survey, the share of corporate legal operations leaders responsible for coordinating law firm billing and tracking outside counsel spend increased in the past two years by 53% and 32% percent, respectively. According to one report, the global legal operations software market will reach $3.57 billion by 2027, growing from just $1.08 billion in 2018.
In October 2018, Clio made its first acquisition in Los Angeles, California-based software provider Lexicata. Lexicata’s product later served as the foundation for Clio Grow, a client intake and invoicing toolkit.
By the time Clio purchased Lexicata, the former’s app directory — a portfolio of integrations — had reached 120 connectors. It’s now grown to 200, enabling Clio’s platform to sync with other commonly used legal software apps.
T. Rowe Price and Omers Growth Equity led Clio’s latest funding round. It brings the company’s total raised to date to over $386 million following a $250 million series D in September 2019.
In recent years, “legaltech” has become one of the most active sectors for investors. Investment activity accelerated as the pandemic spurred legal firms to shift to digital-first business models. As of November 2020, there were 80 investments in legaltech, totaling $490 million for the year.
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