Athennian raises $550,000 and names PwC as first global customer


Calgary-based legaltech startup Athennian, formerly known as Paper, has raised $550,000 in funding and secured PwC Law LLP as its first global customer.

James Lochrie, co-founder of Wave and an Athennian advisor, led the funding round with participation from individual investors SkipTheDishes co-founder Andrew Chau, Symend founder Hanif Joshaghani, EscapeCode Ventures founder Matt Mastracci, and Triovest SVP Mike Mannix. BlueSky Equities, Harvey Partners, Castle Financial, and Viewpoint Investment Partners were institutional investors in the round.

“We believe the drivers that will fundamentally transform legal services are culture and teamwork,” said Katie McLean, chief growth officer. “From native support for outsourced shared services to better in-firm collaboration, Athennian’s products are designed to scale the power of teams and accelerate transformation of work culture in the legal industry.”

Athennian’s platform is meant to provide an all-in-one dashboard for legal teams including document automation, eSign, collaboration, and legal entity management. The company is expanding to include minute book and corporate services management.

“Clients want an integrated global service, simpler and more digestible output, providers with deeper understanding of their business, and processes to which their in-house teams can actively contribute,” said Jean-Philippe Couture, partner at PwC Law LLP. “We’re thrilled that this platform will help clients focus more time with their customers.”

Athennian said it currently has 1,000 users.