EthosData Dataroom Blog

Virtual Dataroom in Spain. Our 8 year experience

Posted by Francisco Lorca on Apr 14, 2014 9:00:00 AM

We started providing virtual data room services in Spain from our Madrid office in 2008. Back then, most of our efforts were aimed at “educating” 

the market and potential users of the benefits of datarooms versus traditional paper datarooms (like with this very succesful dataroom whitepaper). Our effort paid off and the adoption of virtual datarooms in Spain to run M&A and other corporate transactions grew significantly in our first years there.

However, this growth came to a halt when the economic crisis in Spain deepened and the market almost froze.  Investors and trade buyers became “allergic” to the word “Spain” and very few transactions took place. There was then a period of 2-3 years where M&A activity was very low. During that time the Spanish virtual dataroom projects that we worked on were launched for restructuring, bankruptcy process or real estate portfolio sales.  On the flip side, some of those datarooms were among the largest projects we have undertaken in the last seven years with page counts in the hundreds of thousands and even millions. 

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Topics: Spain Dataroom

Heartbleed Bug: Our Dataroom is safe

Posted by David Diez on Apr 12, 2014 12:32:00 AM

EthosData virtual data room platforms are NOT affected by the Heartbleed this bug.

On April 7th researchers made public the existence of Heartbleed. Heartbleed is a vulnerability found in OpenSSL software used on millions of servers to help guard confidential credentials such as passwords and usernames.

The  HeartBleed Bug provides attackers with a potential way to intercept and access the secure communications of many websites, impersonate a website and even steal login-data.

Our virtual data room platforms are NOT affected by this bug and our data, user details and passwords remain safe.  

However, we recommend to users that have used the same password in EthosData and in a compromised site to change their EthosData password (video guide).

For more detailed information on the HeartBleed Bug please visit heartbleed.com

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

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Topics: security

Dataroom tips: Hiding information in your non data room PDFs

Posted by Kamal Raj on Apr 10, 2014 5:55:00 PM

As a Virtual Dataroom provider with more than ten years of experience, we have managed millions of documents.  Besides the day to day data room questions that we get from our clients and partners, we are also frequently asked questions about security, documents and technology in general.
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Virtual Data Room in China: Our experience

Posted by Di Wu on Apr 1, 2014 8:21:00 AM

We’ve been providing virtual data room services in China since 2008, and we’ve learnt a lot in this time. Here are some of the experiences we’ve gained and our insights into the ways in which the Chinese dataroom market differs from others.

In most world markets, the adoption of the virtual data room services has been driven by their use in mergers and acquisition (M&A) transactions, which usually consist of multiple bidders located across a number of regions. In China, however, the usage of datarooms was been spearheaded by IPOs and only recently have data rooms been adopted for other purposes, such as joint ventures and M&As.

A New Concept in China

Many Chinese businesses still follow older practices than other developed countries. Documents are shared using email, USB drives, FTP or perhaps even physical data rooms. They haven’t been immune to the risks of the digital environment, though, and have begun to realize how important security is for sensitive information. This has led to an increase in the use of document encryption, password protected files or FTP

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Virtual Data Room Service: Now even easier !

Posted by Francisco Lorca on Mar 7, 2014 2:19:34 PM

Virtual_Data_Room_Service_Update-1The secret to finding a good virtual data room provider is to find one that offers great service. Sure, the platform is important, but given the way technology has developed, a good number of the most reputable providers offer platforms that do not differ enormously.  Top-notch platforms are becoming simpler; users are now used to the concept and the technology in general is faster.

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Announcing our China Virtual Data Room Name 德信!

Posted by Di Wu on Mar 3, 2014 4:35:00 PM

We have been providing virtual data room services in China since 2008.  We made a big investment very early and through our partnership with HeterMedia our local service based in Beijing and our great platform, we believe that we have made our dataroom the leading player in the Chinese market. 
The key to our sucess providing dataroom services in China has been that we have always looked at the market locally.  We are now taking another important step in the market introducing our new Chinese name. This is no small step and certainly reflects our commitment to the Chinese market.
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Topics: dataroom

5 Common mistakes in running and setting up virtual dataroom

Posted by Kamal Raj on Feb 19, 2014 4:11:00 PM

Virtual data room are now the norm and paper datarooms have become an exception for companies when sharing deal information. Building a data room was once a complex process but due to the hard work of players in the industry and the quality service offered by many providers, data rooms have become accessible to many more clients.

Whether you’re an expert deal maker with years of experience or you’re setting up your very first data room, you’ll want to avoid these 5 common mistakes.

Mistake #1: Forgetting to Plan

Planning is vital for every activity in business, and setting up a virtual data room is no different. By creat

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Topics: virtual data room, VDR

Happy Chinese New Year – The year of horse

Posted by Di Wu on Jan 27, 2014 9:24:00 AM

It’s that time a year again when the red and yellow paper lanterns are hung with care all around China. It’s Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The year of horse begins on Jan.31, 2014.

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Topics: Chinese New Year

Document scanning tips from a Dataroom Provider

Posted by Harsh Batra on Jan 22, 2014 11:02:00 AM

A virtual data room provider´s perspective about scanning is very different to general public.  We think it is an exciting topic!  

We started offering virtual data room services 12 years ago.  Back then, most of our datarooms projects included big scanning jobs.  Right now most of our projects are all digital and although we still do a bit of scanning, most documents come to us digitized.  In many cases, our clients and partners ask for advice regarding scanning.   

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Topics: VDR, dataroom, Document Scanning

Evolution and History of Datarooms

Posted by Kamal Raj on Jan 14, 2014 2:30:00 PM

I was invited last week to share with a group of MBA students our perspectives on the history of Virtual Data Rooms. This is a brief compilation of what I shared with them on my experience in this business line. Experience, you see, is a precious commodity because someone was present, involved and personally learned from an event – and hence can share their story first hand to let people relate to it in much better way.


Starting from the humble beginnings when the world’s first VDR was created and used for Debt Underwriting, the industry has grown significantly. VDRs have become the norm in almost all transactions that are in the due diligence phase substituing Physical Data Rooms. But back then, it was a whole different story as the people were reluctant to shift from traditional Datarooms to a Online one. Lets have a look at some of the challeneges that the industry faced when it was nascent .

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Topics: Data Room, virtual data room, VDR

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