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April 30, 2008

Deloitte FAS acquires document review specialists

Deloitte Financial Advisory Services has acquired a stake in Barrasso Consulting, a New Jersey-based firm specialising in planning and executing litigation discovery programmes, as well as assisting companies in the efficiency of file organisation.

As part of the agreement, 80 Barrasso employees will be fully integrated within Deloitte FAS forensic and dispute services practice and will form a new document review services team.

Deloitte FAS said the acquisition completes the broad range of discovery services the firm offers, including all aspects of electronic discovery, document review, complex forensic investigations and analysis.

Deloitte FAS chairman and chief executive Frank Piantidosi said: “Advances in business technologies have made it easier and less expensive for companies to create, share and keep information throughout their organisation. At the same time, the sheer volume of this information makes preservation, review and collection of documents in a complex business dispute or regulatory investigation a considerable task. Acquiring Barrasso Consulting will enhance our existing suite of discovery services and our ability to help our clients in this challenging area.”

Barrasso founder and president Diane Barrasso joins Deloitte FAS and will act as a principal and national service line leader of the document review services team. She has 19 years of litigation process management experience. Jean Weir, a senior Barrasso manager, will also join as a director.

Deloitte FAS national leader of forensic and dispute services practice Greg Swinehart said: “[Barrosso] has built a successful, growing business with a proven client service track record in document preservation, review and collection, which will be a tremendous complement to our existing forensic and dispute services practice.”

Barrasso added: “Deloitte FAS has been a leader in the forensic and dispute marketplace and we are thrilled to become part of this world class organisation. We look forward to working with our new colleagues and tapping into the deep industry knowledge, technical expertise and global network of Deloitte FAS.”

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