All businesses must evaluate a deal using VDR before negotiating the deal. Virtual data rooms (VDRs) are a great method of protecting sensitive information when businesses have to share data with outside entities such as accountants, lawyers, or compliance auditors. The most frequent use of VDRs is due diligence during mergers and acquisitions, where several parties are reviewing a large number of documents. A VDR lets all parties look over the documents in a secure online environment, and also prevents leaks which could damage the business.
Venture capital and private equity companies typically analyze multiple deals at once, gathering huge amounts of data that require organization. They rely on VDRs to be able to review documents efficiently and not go through emails or Excel spreadsheets. They are looking for an option that has an interface for users that is easy to use on various devices, and that lets them access their VDR anytime. They’re also looking for the vendor that has different file formats and features that allow collaboration between parties.
Life science companies, which are heavily dependent on their intellectual property and research, are a different industry that is heavily dependent on VDRs. The secure platform enables them to share confidential data with partners and investors, as well as keep them safe from rivals. Startups can also utilize a VDR to gauge the interest of potential investors by tracking what parts of their documents are being read the most. SS&C Intralinks reports quarterly variations in the number of VDRs created and planned to be created that give an indication of trends in M&A activity.