M&A Data Room by iDeals: Best Solution for your Deals

Virtual Data Room for M&A

The proper or incomplete management of a transaction can break or build the boldest strategy. iDeals virtual data room provides absolute control and security throughout the entire deal execution.

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Why do M&A dealmakers need virtual data rooms?

Successful financial transactions require superior strategies, comprehensive due diligence, and well-developed integration plans. In mergers and acquisitions, both the sell and buy sides require convenient access to sensitive documents to complete the due diligence process and meet target closing dates. The best solution to achieve this and ensure proper deal management is a virtual data room (VDR). Here’s how a virtual data room helps during each stage of the due diligence process.

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Exploratory or pre-marketing phase

To facilitate the due diligence process, before the M&A is planned, the seller prepares the virtual data room and uploads sensitive pre-marketing documents that need to be available at short notice to all potential investors.

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Due diligence phase

Historical information, compliance documentation, financial statements, and other crucial confidential documents are easily distributed to virtual data room users. During this process, potential buyers may ask questions about documents or even request additional ones. Once due diligence is completed, the deal is closed and the content of the virtual data room is archived.

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Post-merger integration phase

The virtual data room helps merged companies integrate their financial, legal, IT, and other departments. As the new company continues its growth path, the virtual data room serves as a corporate document repository and assists executive communications. Storing corporate information in the virtual data room instead of a traditional physical data room results in seamless collaboration.

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Reduced M&A timeline and expenses

Today, virtual data rooms are the industry standard for secure document sharing. Compared to a physical data room, M&A virtual data rooms save travel time and expenses, make document access easier, and access management less costly. More importantly, virtual data rooms enable several deals to be conducted at the same time within a shorter period, which would be difficult to do with physical data rooms. No matter what kind of deal you’re preparing for — initial public offering, M&A, or investment banking round — data rooms are designed to ensure it’s conducted smoothly and rapidly.

Secure and controlled deal environment

Although sometimes wrongly labeled as “virtual data rooms,” the typical file-sharing products are not ready to support dealmakers. The main point is that only virtual data rooms provide enhanced security measures and the possibility of having absolute control of the environment.

  • Unlike FTP or file sync and share applications, the higher security standards implemented in virtual data rooms for M&A allow transferring files safely between multiple interested parties.
  • Virtual data rooms for mergers and acquisitions also allow restricting access to such features as printing, downloading, or even viewing certain documents before the second round of due diligence.
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Ease of setup and use

A thorough preparation normally precedes the due diligence process. Nevertheless, in the modern business world, a deal can start when it is least expected. In such an intense environment, it is no surprise that most dealmakers trust to work with the best data rooms for M&A. In most cases, a virtual data room can be opened within a few minutes. Most virtual data rooms offer multilingual access, a mobile user interface, and many other convenient options that traditional data rooms can’t provide.

Legal compliance

The use of M&A data rooms facilitates compliance with international legal requirements such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Since the obligation to provide all the documents required by the law is usually a primary concern, most M&A virtual data room providers have legally compliant due-diligence index templates that help the seller with the document preparation phase of an M&A deal. Once documents are prepared and uploaded into the VDR, they become accessible to all potential buyers, and the system tracks every action for each document. After a deal is finished, both parties, sell-side and buy-side, get the DVD or Flash-drive archive of the deal documents accompanied by audit trail reports of their detailed activities. They can be used as evidence in case of legal dispute.

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Upload due diligence documents

  • Right-click functionality and familiar drag and drop handling feature help to quickly add, delete, and move folders and files to the due diligence index.
  • Easy and quick upload by dragging and dropping multiple files and entire folders into the virtual data room.
  • Accelerated upload process with iDeals Sync enables direct synchronization of files on local and network drives to the cloud storage.
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files are automatically converted to secure PDF format during the upload process. This helps eliminate issues with document preparation.
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Organize data room index

When all necessary information is uploaded, deal documents should be well-organized and named, so potential buyers can easily find them.

  • Folder structures and files can be easily organized before they are accessible and made “live” to interested buyers.
  • Automatic index numbering eliminates the need of manually reorganize or rename files and folders. When files are reorganized, the added or deleted document index is automatically rebuilt.
  • Easy file and folder renaming by right-clicking and selecting “rename” is another time-saving feature.
  • Add notes to folders and files to provide additional instructions for your interested buyers (bidders) and other interested parties.
  • Easily notify all users of changes by right-clicking on any files or folders you made changes to.
  • Labels allow you to categorize documents for faster search. Use multiple labels to organize files in a way that meets your project needs.
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Manage bidders access

Throughout the deal, users can be continuously added, and virtual data room administrators can easily manage their permissions. Invite participants and assign their access permissions quickly, so bidders can begin and complete their due diligence sooner.

  • Make entire bidder teams live on your VDR in minutes: import lists of users from Excel or “.csv” files directly into the data room.
  • Easily and quickly add and remove participants and apply document access rights by using simple wizard-like tools.
  • Set bidders faster: organize users into groups and batch assign permissions based on folders or file types.
  • Prevent potential leaks and assign proper access permissions to the right people. The iDeals virtual data room gives administrators the ability to restrict access to certain online data room members and control over who can view, download, and print information.
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Make better-informed decisions quickly

Insufficient or delayed due diligence processes are a very realistic and common risk when pursuing a deal. With iDeals virtual data room, dealmakers, and corporate executives can leverage cutting-edge technology to anticipate different scenarios in the accelerated pace of modern M&A deals. The iDeals platform enables them to:

  • Accelerate the M&A with quick and easy document access on any device, including mobile.
  • Eliminate file distribution issues and document loss. Users have full access to reporting tools and can verify who had access to the sensitive data, when this was done, and who has been more active on the M&A virtual data room.
  • Reduce legal risks. A full audit trail in the virtual data room can assist in case of possible litigation.
  • Quickly and efficiently respond to bidder requests. With an advanced Q&A, hundreds of users can monitor question status, automate the communication workflow, and add attachments from the virtual data room to their messages.
  • Monitor the deal process in real time. Use dashboards and reporting tools to receive up-to-date progress tracking and workflow transparency.