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AI Case Study

Portolano Cavallo reduces manual document review time by 33% for merger and acquisition due diligence using Luminance's machine learning platform

Portolano Cavallo implemented Luminance's document review platform to perform due diligence in its mergers and acquisition (M&A) department. The platform identified and extracted clauses from 700 uploaded documents in several languages, reducing the manual time spent on document analysis by one third.


Professional Services


Project Overview

"Portolano Cavallo decided to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) within its M&A department to assist with the organisation and comparison of multilingual documents in cross-jurisdictional reviews. Portolano Cavallo selected Luminance’s market-leading platform after completing a short initial trial of the technology in the firm’s Milan office, becoming the first Italian law firm to adopt AI. Luminance, founded by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, uses machine learning technology based on Bayesian probability theory to speed up contract review processes, such as M&A due diligence, without sacrificing accuracy. The system can sort, cluster and classify an entire data room in under one hour, presenting information in an intuitive dashboard while detecting anomalies that may pose a risk to a transaction. 'Luminance is a platform: a website that allows you to upload documents, contracts or judicial documents and then begins to analyse them by finding the thread that unites or differentiates them,' explains Yan Pecoraro, a partner in the firm’s New York office. Luminance was quickly deployed within the firm as a secure cloud-hosted solution. On an initial project, the firm uploaded over 700 documents, written in Italian, English, French and German, for document review and clause extraction. The language agnostic technology immediately began to organise the data room and identified a number of new clauses. Portolano Cavallo’s lawyers could label these clauses with no technical training at all.

Reported Results

"In the initial project the firm conducted using Luminance, time savings of 33% were found compared to manual review alone. However, the firm expects this to rise as the M&A team continues to examine more documents using the Luminance platform and it gains more familiarity with Italian-language legal concepts."



Legal And Compliance



"Portolano Cavallo is a leading Italian law firm. Founded in 2001, the firm has offices in Milan, Rome and New York and employs over 50 legal professionals. Practice areas include litigation, M&A, venture capital, intellectual property, employment, cybersecurity, technological transactions and regulatory issues. The firm’s client base is largely international: over 60% of its clients are
headquartered abroad, mainly in the United States. Therefore, it has an in-depth understanding of other legal systems and often advises its clients on issues of a transnational nature."



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