Thomson Reuters has agreed to acquire Casetext, a legal startup with an artificial intelligence-powered assistant for law professionals, in a $650 million all-cash deal.
Thomson Reuters’ chief financial officer, Michael Eastwood, said last month that the company planned to spend about $100 million a year to invest in artificial intelligence (AI).
In addition, Thomson Reuters, the news and information company, has a merger and acquisition budget of about $10 billion from now till 2025.
One of Casetext’s key products is CoCounsel, an AI legal assistant launched in 2023 and powered by GPT-4 that delivers document review, legal research memos, deposition preparation, and contract analysis in minutes.
Casetext was granted early access to OpenAI’s GPT-4 large language model, allowing it to develop solutions with the new technology and refine use cases for legal professional.
California-based Casetext employs 104 employees, and its customers include more than 10,000 law firms and corporate legal departments.
The acquisition of Casetext is another step towards bringing generative AI solutions to customers, said Steve Hasker, president and CEO of Thomson Reuters.