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Elevate Acquires Cognatio Law, Launching Operations in Hong Kong

Flexible lawyering provider Cognatio extends Elevate’s global capabilities in Asia Pacific market


HONG KONG – January 25, 2019 – Law company Elevate today announced it has acquired Cognatio Law, a Hong Kong-based flexible lawyering and legal consulting business serving in-house legal and compliance teams as well as law firms across Asia Pacific. Cognatio will integrate its operations into Elevate’s business, which provides consulting, technology, tech-enabled managed services and flexible lawyering support to the legal sector globally. This move expands Elevate’s reach and local expertise in Hong Kong and Singapore, building upon the company’s operations that already serve customers on four continents.

Cognatio joins a growing list of leading law companies acquired by Elevate in the past three months, including legal AI technology and consultancy LexPredict, contract lifecycle management (CLM) provider Sumati Group, UK NewLaw legal resourcing firm Halebury, and Yerra Solutions, a law company providing consulting, technology and managed services. Elevate’s global team of 1,200, fluent in over 20 languages, serves customers from locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

“Cognatio is a key element of our strategic growth plan,” explains Elevate CEO Lokendra Tomar. “Our customers tell us they want consulting, technology, and tech‑enabled services from a single provider with a global footprint and deep experience in each regional market. Cognatio’s experience in Hong Kong and Singapore, especially with flexible lawyering, will enable us to better serve customers in Asia.”

Lesley Hobbs, Founder and CEO of Cognatio, says, “We are delighted to join Elevate. As the Hong Kong flexible legal services market continues to grow, we believe joining forces with a full-service global provider like Elevate is the best way to reach more in-house legal teams and law firms that need support on legal, compliance and risk matters, including global financial institutions and multi‑nationals with operations across Asia Pacific.”

About Elevate
Elevate is a global law company, providing consulting, technology and services to law departments and law firms. The company’s team of lawyers, engineers, consultants and business experts extend and enable the resources and capabilities of customers worldwide. Elevate is the most-used law company according to the 2017 State of the Industry Survey published by the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and has been ranked as a top global legal services provider by Chambers & Partners for four years in a row. More at

About Cognatio Law
Cognatio Law provides a flexible lawyering business model to a new generation of in-house legal teams. Based in Hong Kong, the company offers a fresh platform for clients and lawyers who need to manage legal and compliance resourcing requirements through innovative, flexible and cost-efficient means. With deep experience working with legal, compliance and risk professionals across the Asia Pacific region, Cognatio has a proven track record placing professionals in a wide range of sectors including investment and private banking, funds, insurance, telecoms, media and technology, FMCG and manufacturing. More at


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