Monday, January 29, 2007

UK’s Centric, Fox Mandal and the Hinduja Group to float LPO JV

UK-based contact centre Centric has entered in to an alliance with the Hinduja Group and leading Indian law firm Fox Mandal Little to set up one of India's largest legal process outsourcing (LPO) firms. The three-way JV, to be called Centric LPO, is likely to employ over 1000 lawyers initially and aims to make India an outsourcing hub for international legal practices. It will be 40% owned by the UK-based outsourcing major and 60% by the JV between Hinduja TMT Technologies and Fox Mandal, with Hinduja TMT holding the majority stake. Hinduja TMT had recently completed the acquisition of US-based BPO Affina. The Hinduja TMT-Fox Mandal JV will have four members on the LPO board while Centric will have two. Centric will use its existing customer base in these markets to woo clients for the new business. Similarly, Fox Mandal will provide the legal expertise while the Hindujas the process skills. The JV will become operational in the next two months and that Centric had already lined up business from UK and US clients. The LPO will focus on every legal aspect-from the low-end secretarial works to law firm accounting and high-end legal work. In two years, it will ramp up to 2000 people.

The LPO segment is poised to cross $6 bn by 2010 and $15-$20 bn by 2015. LPO customers include legal departments of multinationals, international law, legal publishing and legal research enterprises. As of now, it accounts for less than 11% of the $6.3-billion ITeS-BPO pie. Other prominent players in the Indian LPO space include Pangea3, OfficeTiger and Integreon, which is also a BPO player, and law firms such as AZB & Partners.

Read the article in The Economic Times.

1 comment:

Chakshu said...

Even UnitedLex has VC's such as Helion Venture Partners who believe LPO is huge scope