Mergers and Acquisitions – Use a Data Room for M&A Due Diligence

Mergers and acquisitions are a popular method of helping companies to expand, but they can be risky. It’s important to understand the pitfalls that can happen in these transactions, and also how to avoid them by using the right tools available. A virtual data room is one such tool that can help navigate the M&A process in a smooth manner, from due diligence to integration after the deal.

M&A due diligence is a common case for a VDR because buyers require access to a large number of sensitive documents as part of the M&A process. A physical data room is costly however a virtual data room has a user-friendly interface that allows both parties to exchange information without having to travel. A VDR can also be revoked anytime and ensures that confidential information is not divulged outside of the M&A deal.

It is vital to complete your online data room with all the data required for M&A due-diligence. This includes a wide range of categories like operational data (customer lists and supplier contracts) and legal data (shareholder agreements, intellectual properties filings corporate documents) and commercial data (market research reports and sales figures). Also, you should consider including any relevant patent documents. Not least, you should include all financial statements that can be used to determine the financial status of the company.