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Spellbook Secures $20 Million in Series A Funding Amid Rising Interest in Legal AI

Spellbook, an innovative legal software startup specializing in contract management, has successfully secured $20 million in a Series A funding round. The round was led by Inovia Capital, a venture capital firm based in Montreal. Notably, the funding round also saw participation from significant investors, including The Legaltech Fund, Bling Capital, and Thomson Reuters Ventures, which is operated by Reuters’ parent company, Thomson Reuters.

AI-Driven Legal Solutions on the Rise

Spellbook’s platform utilizes generative artificial intelligence, specifically building upon large language models like OpenAI’s GPT-4. This advanced technology equips the tool to offer unique features for contract drafting and review, catering to the needs of corporate and commercial lawyers in both law firms and in-house legal teams. The AI-driven tool is designed to suggest suitable contract language and negotiation points, streamlining the complex process of contract management.

Targeting a Diverse Clientele

Scott Stevenson, CEO and co-founder of Spellbook, highlighted the company’s focus on a diverse range of clients, from small and midsize firms to solo lawyers. However, Stevenson also noted that larger firms and in-house legal teams are among their clientele. Spellbook’s customer base includes prominent names like Addleshaw Goddard, a large law firm based in London, KMSC Law from Alberta, Canada, Carbon Chemistry in Denver, and New York’s life sciences venture capital firm ATEM Capital.

Spellbook’s Evolution and Market Potential

The recent funding marks a significant milestone for Spellbook, which rebranded from its original name, Rally, in 2019. Since its inception, the company has evolved from automating routine legal tasks to focusing on AI-driven contract management. Stevenson observed a “very big shift in the level of investor interest” in legal technology, particularly after the advent of generative AI in late 2022.

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A Competitive Legal AI Landscape

The legal AI market is rapidly growing, with no clear market leader yet emerging. This sector is attracting increasing attention from investors, evidenced by recent funding activities in the space. For instance, Norm AI recently announced an $11.1 million seed round for its regulatory AI product, while Robin AI secured a $26 million Series B round. Additionally, Harvey, another player in the field, raised $80 million in a Series B round, valuing the company at $715 million.

Spellbook’s successful funding round reflects the burgeoning interest and potential in the legal AI market, signaling a transformative phase in legal technology and its applications.

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