Aurora North Divests its Intapp Practice to Focus on Intellectual Property Solutions
BURLINGTON, Vermont — January 24, 2023 — Aurora North Software, the market leader in Intapp implementation services and specialized Intellectual Property (IP) practice workflow solutions, announced today that it has sold the Intapp solutions practice to the global technology consultancy Wilson Allen and will re-invest to support the growth of their IP solutions business.
Aurora North’s Intapp team will join Wilson Allen, expanding its already market-leading legal-tech services offering. Curtis Russell, Chief Operating Officer at Aurora North, is taking up a new role in the leadership team of Wilson Allen’s Technology Services group.
Following the Intapp team’s move to Wilson Allen, Aurora North will focus entirely on supporting Intellectual Property (IP) practices through its PracticeLink IP practice management software and IP practice advisory services, which have seen breakout growth in recent years.
Chief Strategy Officer Adam Kenney will take over as CEO of Aurora North. Adam brings over 35 years of experience serving the IP industry through advisory services and market-leading software offerings. Aurora North founder and CEO, Chris Kave, will take-on the role of Executive Chairman. "Over the last 15 years, we’ve built two very successful lines of business within Aurora North, each poised for tremendous growth, given the right investments. With this sale, we have found a fantastic home for the Intapp business to thrive, while also securing the capital to accelerate the huge growth our IP business has seen since before the pandemic. I’m very excited about what both businesses are going to do next," says Kave.
Kenney agrees, "We’re at a great place with our IP solutions. We have a truly unique product that delivers real cost savings while making practitioners’ lives easier. We have a ‘dream team’ of industry veterans supporting our clients’ success, and we have a very engaged community of clients who shape our product direction. This investment will accelerate our work to re-define how IP practitioners support the innovation that drives the global economy."
Aurora North was represented by JEGI CLARITY, a leading independent investment bank for the legal, compliance, media and information sectors. Seward & Kissel LLP acted as legal advisor to Aurora North on this transaction.
About LAC + Wilson Allen
Wilson Allen specialists are trusted by the operational leaders of the world’s largest law firms and professional services organizations to help run their businesses more profitably by optimizing their use of technology and data. Wilson Allen and LAC Group, backed by majority shareholder Renovus Capital Partners, merged mid-2022 to form a global industry leader in providing technology and information services to professional services firms and other information-driven enterprises. LAC + Wilson Allen has over 550 employees, an extensive affiliate and partner network, and operates US, Canada, UK, and Europe. In late 2022, legal industry powerhouse HBR Consulting joined the Renovus portfolio, creating a group of companies with a distinct market advantage – a second-to-none competence that spans strategic advisory, technology, and information services, backed by deep domain expertise, market insights, extensive resources, and long-standing reputations for trusted advice and service quality.
About Aurora North
Aurora North Software was founded in 2006 by former legal industry executives around the principles of bringing together outstanding talent, staying closely connected with customers, and delivering practical solutions with no-nonsense advice to the legal industry. Aurora North has partnered with over 300 law firm clients to deliver over 1500 projects to improve efficiency and deploy effective technical solutions. Aurora North is a leader in process and technology solutions for the Intellectual Property (IP) industry, providing expert IP practice management consulting and the PracticeLink workflow platform. PracticeLink automates critical internal processes to improve efficiency and reduce risk for IP practices while ensuring that service to their clients still feels personal.