Case Study

FTI Technology Responds to Large European Commission Phase II Request Within 24 Days

A large European corporation in the midst of an acquisition received a wide-reaching request for information (RFI) from the European Commission. With only weeks to respond, the organisation selected FTI Technology for the team’s extensive merger control expertise and market-leading technology solutions, to successfully respond to the inquiry on time.

Our Role

FTI Technology’s Digital Forensics & Investigations experts were engaged to lead the project and provide around-the-clock support to meet the impending deadline. The team collected data from 165 separate sources, including laptops, email mailboxes, servers, mobile phones and chat platforms. Further complicating the effort was the fact that many data sources had multiple layers of encryption in place, requiring FTI Technology’s teams to rapidly develop custom workflows to decrypt the data and render it searchable for legal review.

Once the data was defensibly collected and accessible, the team quickly scaled its technology deployment, e-discovery experts and managed document reviewers. This included a team of eight consultants, who staggered shifts to provide 24/7 coverage and support. More than 2.7 TBs of data were processed within five days, allowing the client’s law firm to begin testing search terms as quickly as possible.

FTI Technology’s team also oversaw a managed document review team of 38 qualified lawyers who conducted a 28-day review to ensure no privileged information was disclosed to the EC. More than 200,000 French, Dutch and Flemish documents were reviewed in less than four weeks.

Nearly 1 million documents were produced to the regulator, with all privileged material and personal information removed. Disclosures were hand-delivered in Brussels to comply with DG Comp’s requirements for large data deliveries.