BDO Netherlands Deploys Nuix To Drive Forensics And Litigations Investigations

Global technology company Nuix has announced a deal with the forensic investigations arm of BDO Netherlands, the business advisory firm. It has selected Nuix as its software provider of choice to regularly conduct large-scale, complex investigations.

The department of Forensics & Litigation Support of BDO Netherlands provides services to leading law enforcement, prosecution and regulatory agencies, as well as for corporations, major banks and law firms. The alliance between Nuix and BDO Netherlands refers to the handling of large volumes of data for digital investigations, insider threats, cybersecurity, eDiscovery, information governance, compliance and privacy.eDiscovery techniques have a unique place in the Netherlands, as the Dutch law system rarely uses proceedings for pre-trial discovery or disclosure – as is more commonplace in the United States or United Kingdom. As such, BDO Netherlands’ use of Nuix is critical, in that clients must be able to bring forth relevant evidence – no small task when digital trails are growing exponentially across multiple file types.

“The Dutch civil legal system places the emphasis on both parties to yield evidence for their claims, and this in turn puts the emphasis on eDiscovery capabilities. This is why Nuix is the perfect partner for us. It helps us narrow in on the critical piece of information. Nuix’s software is second-to-none in how it allows us to process huge amount of unstructured data, in a wide variety of file types, quickly. Most of all, it helps us and our clients make sense of the vast pools of information that reside within their networks. The speed of investigations is incredible and the feedback from clients has been resounding” said Martijn Hin, Partner BDO Advisory (Forensics & Litigation Support).

BDO Netherlands’ prior eDiscovery software was falling short of the processing capabilities needed. Instead, Nuix eDiscovery Workstation – a complete and scalable off-the-shelf solution for processing, investigation, analysis, review and production has been deployed. Meanwhile, Nuix Web Review & Analytics has mobilised the workforce as investigators and clients are not required to reside in the office to collaborate on investigations.

“Our prior solution had very few of the attributes of Nuix. We’ve run several projects with Nuix, with a total data load of 10 terabytes and it has been faultless. The speed and accuracy of Nuix will allow us to conduct investigations with larger data sets than ever before, and help clients quicker and more efficiently. It’s a win-win.” said Bart Bleeker, Technology Manager Forensics & Litigation Support, BDO.


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As well as responding to investigations, eDiscovery is a growing area of proactivity in the Netherlands. With impending regulations like GDPR – and specifically the need to locate data – companies are undertaking audits of their systems to check for any wrongdoing.

Both Nuix tools have also gone a long way to making BDO Netherlands more agile. With Nuix Director, experienced investigators can create easy-to-use investigation templates, meaning that more staff can engage in investigations without the need for additional training. BDO Netherlands has also been able to empower end customers to examine their own data sets too.

“The Dutch market provides an interesting case for eDiscovery software, with the specific legal processes in the market meaning it must be as effective as possible. For BDO Netherlands to have such resounding confidence in Nuix’s technology is very pleasing. Coupled with their extensive investigative expertise, it’s a very productive partnership.” said Jonathan Rees, CEO, EMEA, Nuix.

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