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International e-Discovery

International e-Discovery

KPMG eDiscovery specialists from China, the USA and the UK give their views on key issues faced by companies where data collecting and reviewing spans multiple borders and jurisdictions.


Managing Director, Forensic Technology



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In recent years there has been an increased need for eDiscovery that expands beyond a single jurisdiction and spans multiple countries or continents. e-Discovery refers to the process in which electronic data is needed, located, collected or secured and searched in response to a regulatory or HR issue or during litigation. Companies may have electronic data that resides across multiple countries or in a different country to that of the data owner. This global nature increases its complexity and brings up a unique set of issues, including data protection laws, privacy requirements, data consent requirements, transfer laws, cultural and language considerations as well as logistics. In addition, there has been a big geographical shift, with regards to where data is created and housed, away from traditional jurisdictions in the U.S. and Europe and towards Asia - mainly China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Darren Pauling, Managing Director KPMG in the UK and Kelli Brooks, Principal KPMG in the U.S. discuss these, and other matters, with Financier Worldwide.

Download our International e-Discovery report. (24 min read)

Highlights from the discussion and report include:

  • Is technology helping to reduce overall cost of international e-discovery?
    It is a key component to achieving that objective because it can allow reviewers to focus on the most relevant data to reduce reviewer time and associated costs.
  • How important is it to have native language capabilities?
    It is not only essential that your processing and reviewing platforms can deal with native languages but also that native speakers are available at all stages of the process for custodian interviews, liaising with IT, in-house and law firm counsel and also to understand the content of the documents.
  • How can analytics and visualisation techniques be utilised?
    As an example, ERP, HR, finance or other related databases can be introduced into the e-discovery process. By using these data sources, we can correlate reported suspicious financial transactions to entities or individuals.

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