Virtual Data Room Blog

New Private Equity Deal Flow....

04-Oct-2010 08:15:12 / by Francisco Lorca posted in M&A News, M&A, ethosdata, virtual data room, Private Equity


The last few weeks have been very intense in the Virtual Data Room industry worldwide with in increasing number of transactions (finally).    There has been a significant change in the make up of the data room users with private equity becoming much more important in the buy side.

Bloomberg has covered this in two recent articles from two different approaches.  The first one argues that the increasing appetite of many funds is driven by the "deploy or return" situation that many funds are in.  The second one (Pass the Parcel...) claims that the significant amount of rollover deals benefits funds but not so much LPs.
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7 (+1) steps to start a hedge fund: Use a Dataroom

29-Sep-2010 03:25:37 / by Francisco Lorca posted in ethosdata, Hedge Fund, analytics


Vanity Fair just published an educative article with the 7 steps to set up a hedge fund.  Very entertaining reading.  Missing one step.

Step 2.5. Get simple technology infrastructure. Including a good analytics/CRM package (Pertrac for example) and an market leading reporting and document sharing platform to manage all the flow of documents to and from potential investors.
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Uses of Virtual Data Room Services

23-Sep-2010 02:56:17 / by Francisco Lorca posted in M&A News, M&A, ethosdata, Data Room, virtual data room, IPO, hedge funds, Private Equity, Hedge Fund


Virtual data rooms (VDRs) have become the norm in the due diligence stage in most M&A transactions, substituting the traditional paper-based data rooms (see Know-how article “Virtual data rooms: the due diligence evolution”). However, in the last two years, the use of VDRs has expanded dramatically: both deeper in the M&A process and beyond M&A transactions. We believe that this shift in the role of Virtual Data Rooms is driven by the positive experiences that advisers and clients have had with the convenience, simplicity and functionality of VDRs and with their satisfaction and trust in the level of service provided by dataroom specialists.

During the next few weeks, we will talk about the the use of VDRs in different areas of the corporate world.  Among others, we will focus on:

    • Hedge funds

    • IPO Transactions

    • Restructuring (Bankruptcy)

    • Health

    • Corporate Repository

We will share our experiences in each area with specific examples.  Please send us comments and thoughts!
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When should you use a Virtual Data Room

20-Apr-2010 16:36:18 / by Francisco Lorca posted in M&A, ethosdata, due diligence, virtual data room, IPO, Uncategorized, Hedge Fund


In general, you should consider engaging a virtual dataroom (VDR) provider to share and control documents with an outside party while maintaining confidentiality and being able to track access to a given document. In particular some of the areas you should focus on are:

  • Preparing documents for a transaction, especially when documents need to be put together from different sources and shared with different parties.

  • Circulating information memoranda or teasers. A good virtual data room will make the process easier and will provide valuable tracking and audit information.

  • Turning around drafts of legal agreements. A good dataroom offers a very simple, secure and easy-to-use document versioning system without the expense of complex dedicated document sharing platforms.

  • Conducting due diligence, as a substitute for a paper or email-based data room.

  • Closing a transaction, as a substitute for hard copy deal bibles. Very useful when reps and warranties are a key component of the transaction.

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