Start by asking the virtual data room these 10 key questions:
Early mornings. Late nights. Lots of running around in between... The life of running a startup!
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). A VDR allows multiple parties to share and collaborate on a deal’s critical information through a secure and encrypted web platform.
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?’. Well, to be precise, a Virtual Data Room is very different from Dropbox or Google Drive.
Here are 5 instances where you should consider a VDR, always:
Every M&A transaction faces unique challenges, depending on the nature of the transaction itself, participants involved and where they are located, budget, or who has access to what documentation to name just a few. And just as every deal is different, there is a marketplace full of virtual data room providers claiming to make the process easier.
Some companies may have a list of requirements for a data room provider, but for others it can be difficult to know which vendor offers the type of service that will be required.
The use of virtual data rooms increases every year, and while North America remains the biggest user of the technology, Europe and Asia are rapidly catching up. The growth is driven mainly by a few key factors, which all fit comfortably under the heading of due diligence. Data room technology offers the ability to reach across borders. It speeds up processes by reducing time frames and frustrations of document access during high-level deals, and gives peace of mind to all parties involved.
If you are looking for ways to share files, you probably have asked yourself the following question:
'Why should one pay for a Virtual Data Room when file-sharing platforms such as Dropbox, Box.net, or Google Docs are free?'
So, let's find out...
Physical data rooms are quickly being replaced by virtual data rooms, partly because of the complex procedures that are necessary to protect the information held in these rooms. Having confidential deal information in a specific location means that the parties in a deal need to travel to and from the location each time they view documents, which also results in high costs associated with transport, accommodation, premises and security. Another complex issue is the on-site management of the venue, which needs to be restricted to only those who are essential to the due diligence process. Use of Virtual Data Rooms has considerably evolved over the years over its Physical counterpart in many ways.
Let’s take a closer look at the procedures involved in using a physical data room.