The VDR platform provides a new method of working on multi-document deals that involve many participants. There is no need to keep a constant stream of emails with groups of documents being tossed across the room or the changes that are constantly neglected or ignored in the process. Instead, all stakeholders have the ability to review and comment on the same documents in a secure virtual data room, while having access to all the most important documents. It’s easier to see potential deal risks and opportunities when everything is organized and clear. With FERPA compliance, GDPR compliance, HIPAA compliance, and eIDAS included, it’s more straightforward than ever to fulfill all the regulatory requirements in M&A.
A great vdr is one that provides a contemporary, intuitive interface that can be accessed on desktops, tablets and mobile devices. It should also provide familiar features like drag-and-drop publishing, support for file formats in many formats, and an easy data room configuration. It should also have security features like active watermarking, 2-step authentication to stop the theft of passwords, audit logs, secure browser connections (https ://),) and 24/7 monitoring.
In addition, a quality VDR for M&A should have end-to-end functionality that supports your process from the initial review to closing the deal and integration. It should also offer access controls, like individual roles, restrictions and announcements. It will also be able to monitor and limit rubber stamping, as well as downloading of sensitive data, to protect you from unauthorized parties. This is an aspect that is often ignored by other VDRs.