vLex closes € 4m investment round led by La Caixa and aims to become the online legal information leader in Latin America

vLex has closed a 4 million euros investment round with La Caixa (through Caixa Capital TIC fund) as the lead investor. Current partners and public investment from the Avanza Plan and ENISA have also joined the round. The round will allow vLex to strengthen its presence in the Latin American market with the aim of becoming the leader for online legal information in Spanish-speaking countries. vLex provides an online legal research platform (http://vlex.com) serving the professional (lawyers and paralegals), government, academic and corporate markets.

vLex.com offers simple and effective search and information management tools. Through a powerful self-learning search engine, the customer can quickly research more than 62 million documents and find the answer to their information needs. vLex also provides access to the service through mobile devices (smartphones and tablets).

Over 40,000 paid users worldwide are subscribed to its online platform, which gives access to one of the most comprehensive publisher catalogues on the market. The company has agreements with over 1,000 publishers worldwide, such as the World Bank, Gale, Proquest or the European Union.

vLex, founded in Barcelona, employs over 120 professionals in its Barcelona, Madrid, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Bogota and Mexico FD offices. vLex’s business model is based on subscription payment.

Among the distinguished clients of vLex are Yale University, the University of California, Berkeley, Petrobas, the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico, the Federal House of Representatives in Brazil, Garrigues and Cuatrecasas in Spain. Founders Lluís and Àngel Faus have led the project since 1999. Other vLex projects are Diariojuridico.com (an online legal newspaper) and Lexdir.com (a lawyers’ directory).

The online legal information market

At a global level, the online information market business was valued at 15 billion US dollars in 2009 and is forecasted to grow to 16 billion dollars this year. (Source: Simba Information ).

Latin America market will show great business opportunities based on its size, strong economic growth and potential technological development.

About Caixa Capital Risc

Caixa Capital Risc is the venture capital arm of La Caixa and invests in Spanish companies with high growth potential, accompanying them in their different stages of development. Caixa Capital Risc invests in innovative companies through three pilars: Caixa Capital Biomed, Caixa Capital TIC and Caixa Capital Micro.

Caixa Capital TIC, funded with a 20 million contribution from “la Caixa” and a minority participation by ICF and ENISA, invests in the information and internet technology sectors. At present its portfolio includes Privalia, Groupalia, Zyncro, Goodeal, i-neumáticos, Apesoft and Genasys.

New contents in vLex Global

vLex Global has added four new prestigious works to its international law collection:

International Free and Open Source Software Law

Editorial Committee of IFOSSLR
ISSN 1877-6922

It is a collaborative legal publication aiming to increase knowledge and understanding among lawyers about Free and Open Source Software issues. Topics covered include copyright, licence implementation, licence interpretation, software patents, open standards, case law and statutory changes.

Jurídica International

Iuridicum Foundation
ISSN 1406-5509

The topics of the journals are planned by the editorial board. A variety of more significant topics have included the Constitution and European integration, the reform of civil law in new member states, fundamental personal rights and freedoms, Civil Code, Penal Code, and other key issues of the legal reform.

A Manual of International Dispute Resolution

Anthony Connerty – Barrister in practice and panel member , World Intellectual Property
ISBN 978-8-0-85092-837-2

Anthony Connerty is an English barrister, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a panel member of various international arbitration bodies including the American Arbitration Association’s international panel and the World Intellectual Property Organization arbitration panel.

American Journal of International Law

Copyright American Society of International Law
Copyright GALE, Cengage Learning
ISSN 0002-9300

The Journal contains summaries and analyses of decisions by national and international courts and arbitral or other tribunals, and of contemporary U.S. practice in international law. Each issue lists recent publications in English and other languages, many of which are reviewed in depth. Earlier issues of the journal contain full-text primary materials of importance in the field of international law.

vLex at the 54th Annual UIA Congress in Instanbul

vLex is proud to be a partner at the 54th Annual Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats (International Association of Lawyers) in Istanbul, Turkey, from 30 Oct – 2 Nov.

Come and visit us to learn about our redesigned platform and new features for international legal research!

About the congress:

The congress will be held in Istanbul, which holds a privileged position among the world metropolises in terms of its geographical location, natural beauty and history dating back to ancient times. Istanbul, which has long been the capital of empires, also holds a very remarkable place in the history of law.

Corpus Juris Civilis, the foundation of laws, which had considerable effect on the development of Roman Law and influenced the whole of continental Europe, was compiled and practiced in this very city 1500 years ago. Along with its history, the young and dynamic population of the city provides a creative energy that makes Istanbul one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

vLex at the International Association of Law Libraries 2010, The Hague

vLex has been exhibiting at the magnificent Peace Palace in the World capital of International Law and Arbitration, in The Hague.

We have been listening to the varying needs of our clients for access to specific international content and sharing vLex´s unique solutions for those needs. While this is the first year vLex is exhibiting at the IALL Conference, the attendees have, for years, been following our efforts to develop new features and add content to respond to their specific needs.

Therefore, everyone is exited about the new platform which is going to be released shortly.