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Advanced Delivery: Fuse by Allen & Overy

Collaborative tech innovation space to explore, develop and test legal, regulatory and deal-related solutions

Fuse, the tech innovation space where tech companies, Allen & Overy lawyers, technologists and their clients can collaborate to explore, develop and test legal, regulatory and deal-related solutions launched in September 2017.

Fuse cohort 2  

Allen & Overy has started its new application process for the second cohort in Fuse begin of January. The deadline for submitting applications has been closed mid February and we are currently reviewing the submissions. If you would like to learn more about Fuse, please contact Jonathan Brayne or Shruti Ajitsaria.

Fuse acts as a remarkable radar, enabling us to understand what’s out there in terms of technology-driven solutions to the challenges that we and our clients face every day. It has been fascinating to witness the practical application of some of the technologies created by the companies in the first cohort.

Jonathan Brayne, Chairman Fuse

 “It’s clear that our first cohort achieved some quite extraordinary things in a very short space of time, so we’re excited about what Cohort 2 may bring. We look forward to receiving applications from innovative businesses with brilliant ideas.

Shruti Ajitsaria, Head of Fuse


Why we have launched Fuse

The legal market is embracing technological disruption and three particular areas of innovation where the pace of change has recently accelerated and on which Fuse is targeting are:

  • legaltech: technology supporting legal advice, law firms and in-house legal functions;
  • regtech: technology supporting regulatory compliance; and
  • dealtech: technology that transforms how companies and financial institutions transact and negotiate deals with each other.

The launch of this space builds on other Allen & Overy advanced delivery projects aimed at developing both the wider legal market and its own business model to meet the changing needs of its clients.  They include aosphere, its online subscription business, and MarginMatrix™, a digital derivatives compliance system. It also complements Allen & Overy’s well-established engagement with the fintech sector.

Who is currently working in Fuse?

The first company invited by Allen & Overy to join Fuse was Nivaura, which is developing an automated and vertically integrated cloud based service for the issue and administration of financial instruments by small and medium-sized issuers.  As entrepreneurs-in-residence, Nivaura team members will help to guide the tech companies selected to work in the space by sharing advice and business experiences whilst continuing to develop their own business.

Seven other companies have been selected to join Nivaura in Fuse:

  • Avvoka – a digital platform incorporating a contract creation, workflow and analytics tool.
  • Corlytics – a business providing regulatory risk intelligence, using forensic analysis and forecasting of fines and sentencing globally.
  • iManage – previously known as RAVN, a business developing natural language processing and machine learning technology to organise, discover and summarise documents.
  • Ithaca – a charitable not-for-profit enterprise aiming to create a mobile-responsive online technology platform to assist asylum seekers in gaining access to pro bono legal representation and advice.
  • Legatics – a company that turns ‘paper and email’ based legal processes into simple and innovative software.
  • Opus 2 International – originally a developer of litigation and transcript management software, now developing a tool to support lawyers with the prospectus verification process.
  • Vable – a provider of content aggregation, automation and intelligence software.


Get in touch

Businesses interested in collaborating in Fuse should contact their Allen & Overy Relationship Partner, Jonathan Brayne or Shruti Ajitsaria, Chairman and Head of Fuse, respectively.

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