Before we hear about the latest M&A, joint venture, IPO or fundraising deal in the news, every transaction is clouded in secrecy. So much so that a special code name is used when referring to each deal.
If you are about to start work on an M&A, IPO or fundraising deal, you’re also about to come across virtual data rooms (VDRs).
Now, you’re probably thinking, ‘why should I pay for a VDR when platforms like Dropbox or Google Drive let me do something similar, but for free?’
A Virtual Data Room is very different to a Dropbox or Google Drive. Here are 5 instances where you always should consider a VDR:
1) You’re sharing highly sensitive information and need 100% security
VDRs were built for enterprises to store and share confidential information about a transaction. Dropbox was built for people to quickly share photos of their pets and latest holiday with their friends.
The result is that security is paramount to data room providers.
VDRs have international third-party security certificates and data centers that are physically secured by biometric access and monitored 24/7. In comparison, Dropbox’s security has been breached on a number of occasions.
Furthermore, VDRs allow you to revoke access to a document even after a user has opened that same document. You can also keep all files (regardless of their format) protected with passwords, personalised watermarks and customisable NDAs. Dropbox only lets you password protect your links.
Mergers and acquisitions are a delicate process due to the speed at which they need to happen, the amount of legislation and compliance involved and the number of key stakeholders that need up-to-date, sensitive documentation at their fingertips.
Perivan, the UK’s leading financial printer, managed services and enterprise technology solutions provider and EthosData, a world-class, award winning, global Virtual Data Room specialist, have today announced a strategic partnership following the recent transfer of the Millnet Financial Printing business (EthosData’s previous UK partner) to Perivan.
M&A transactions are complicated, and with increasing compliance requirements and data legislation set to make the process even more difficult, it’s becoming harder to make quick decisions based on critical insight. With a need to focus on the deal, the efficiency of a successful transaction and a thorough due diligence process are becoming increasingly important.
Although the data is hard to pin down, the body of research suggests that around half of mergers and acquisitions fail and fail to add any value. While this might make uncomfortable reading for any company about to undergo the M&A process, it is a timely reminder of the importance of the due diligence process and undergoing a thorough audit and evaluation process before anything is signed.
Virtual data rooms for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have become an increasingly vital part of the transaction process and have been used widely, not only in due diligence but across the whole deal timeline.
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