Industry case study from Accellion: Latham & Watkins

Background
Founded in 1934, Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,200 lawyers in offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The firm has internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas.

Challenge
File size restrictions: A law firm the size of Latham & Watkins generates a massive amount of content in the form of legal documents such as contracts, affidavits and deeds. Sharing these documents was taxing the firm’s Microsoft Exchange Server, particularly since the files were often too large to be shared via email. This prompted Latham to find a more secure and more effective way for its attorneys to send and receive critical client information.

Transparency: Both lawyers and staff needed insight into file sharing activities, including whether sent files had been opened and/or downloaded. These activities can be an excellent indicator of the status of time-sensitive projects. Latham’s IT department also needed the ability to provide an audit trail of all documents
accessed by employees within the firm, as well as documents accessed externally by clients and partners.

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