6 Ways to Boost Due Diligence & Maximize the Value of Your Deal

Posted by John Badger on Jul 24, 2015 8:59:30 AM

due-diligenceIn today’s robust economic climate of mergers, acquisitions, private equity and venture-backed investment activity, many businesses, at some point in their life cycle, can expect to be put under the due diligence microscope. At ShareVault we’ve facilitated thousands of transactions worth tens of billions of dollars in 46 countries and we’ve learned through experience that the speed and effectiveness of the due diligence process can have a direct impact on deal success and valuation.

Here are our top six best practices for streamlining the due diligence process and maximizing the value of your deal:

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Topics: M&A, Due Diligence

Oil & Gas Industry Trends & Challenges

Posted by John Badger on Jul 21, 2015 2:24:18 PM

oilrigThe Oil and Gas industry is in the midst of a game-changing transformation as traditional practices and assumptions are reevaluated and redefined, and new opportunities and technologies emerge.

Today’s industry leaders are continuously challenged with finding novel approaches to meet tomorrow’s energy demands, including developing innovative techniques needed to access hydrocarbon reserves in new frontiers and to maximize production from mature oil and gas fields. And, while overall industry outlook among executives is high, there are concerns about certain barriers to growth, including rising costs, weaker pricing, skill gaps and tougher competition.

To meet these challenges, Oil and Gas industry leaders are recognizing the need to be less vertically integrated and to increase focus on the benefits of partnering, collaboration and consolidation.

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Topics: Information

New Batch Print Feature Merges Files To Accelerate Secure Printing of Multiple Documents

Posted by John Badger on Jul 7, 2015 3:11:00 PM

On June 7th, 2015, ShareVault introduced a powerful new feature to allow ShareVault users to batch print selected documents as a merged, organized document. This easy-to-use feature works as follows:

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Topics: Products, Software Update

Overcoming SharePoint Security Challenges

Posted by John Badger on Jul 1, 2015 8:08:18 AM

sharevault_for_sharepointOne of the greatest challenges facing today’s increasingly decentralized business organization involves securing corporate information housed in internal sharing systems when it becomes necessary to share that information with parties outside the corporate firewall. Much of this information is business critical or proprietary and must not only be managed efficiently, but also stored, shared and tracked securely.

Over the last ten years, companies have increasingly adopted SharePoint™ as a platform to facilitate their internal collaboration needs. SharePoint allows employees across the enterprise to connect, to engage with other team members, to share ideas and to collaborate with colleagues in real time. Over the years, SharePoint has evolved and matured from a simple document sharing platform to being utilized as one of the most important enterprise platforms within many organizations, essentially reinventing the way people work together. Today, SharePoint is Microsoft’s most successful server software product with over 65,000 companies deploying it and with over 125 million individual users. But, SharePoint was never designed to be deployed as an extranet application; it simply does not have the functionality necessary for securely sharing confidential content with outside parties.

Companies in many different industries using SharePoint as an intranet are realizing that extranets are the next real challenge. But extranets raise critical security and privacy concerns that IT must address.

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Topics: Security, White Papers

8 Ways to Accelerate Due Diligence Using ShareVault

Posted by John Badger on Jun 22, 2015 10:28:05 AM

fastduediligenceDuring due diligence, time is not your friend. The longer the diligence process stretches out, the higher the probability that concerns will arise, and purchase price adjustments will occur. Careful examination of your company from an external perspective and addressing potential buyers’ concerns in advance will not only increase the likelihood of receiving the price that was agreed to in the term sheet, but will also make the deal move faster and improve the chance of a successful outcome.

Since the pace of due diligence can directly affect valuation, it becomes imperative that the data room you choose streamlines and accelerates the process rather than slows and impedes it.

A good virtual data room can expedite the due diligence process in two important ways: First by accelerating the process of getting ready for due diligence, and second, by accelerating document review for the user during due diligence. At ShareVault we understand the importance of expedited diligence timelines, which is reflected in the ease of use and functionality of our data rooms.

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Topics: Information, Company

4 Key Ways to Prepare for Due Diligence

Posted by Richard Andersen on Jun 10, 2015 10:28:00 AM

successful_merger-1Due diligence is a buyer’s detailed investigation into the affairs of your company before they acquire it. But, assuming that due diligence is a one-sided process performed only by entities looking to buy companies can be a fatal mistake. The reality is that being prepared for the due diligence process, long before an exit is anticipated, will not only make you look more attractive to potential buyers, but will also maximize the value of your company and expedite the transaction timeline. Conversely, responding to the rigorous demands of the due diligence process when a buyer is already at the door puts an incredible demand on you and your resources and can give a buyer the perception that you are unprofessional, as well as that there may be operational difficulties in your company.

When your company is well-prepared for the exit process it means that everything a buyer will want to scrutinize—contracts, employee records, customer agreements, compliance documentation, HR and IP issues, etc.—is accurate, up-to-date and organized in a way that makes it easy to review. Exit readiness is really about creating, gathering, organizing, and maintaining all the data that a potential buyer will want to scrutinize before buying your company. Having this information assembled and organized in a state-of-the-art virtual data room is the ideal way to be prepared.

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Topics: Information, White Papers, M&A

ShareVault Attends Life Science Innovation Northwest

Posted by Steve Joseph on Jun 4, 2015 12:05:00 PM

Life Science Innovation Northwest logoOn June 30th and July 1st ShareVault will be exhibiting at WBBA’s (Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association) Life Science Innovation Northwest, North America’s largest, fully-integrated life science exposition.

Life Science Innovation Northwest, held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, connects world-class industry leaders and showcases the Pacific Northwest as a global center for life science advancement.

The exposition provides life science organizations with the opportunity to showcase their innovations and technology to regional, national and international investors. It also provides a forum to learn from high-level executives about current life science investment trends as well as the opportunity to network with peers, investors and potential partners.

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Topics: Life Sciences, Events

How to Extract the Most Value from Your Exit

Posted by John Badger on May 20, 2015 7:21:00 AM

WP-TASOHMAV-smGiven today’s very active technology merger and acquisition market, which continues to look strong in 2015, it makes sense to proactively prepare to achieve the most value from your exit.

Too often, technology companies seeking a profitable exit make the flawed assumption that the due diligence and valuation process is driven solely by the buyer. This assumption can lead to fatal positioning and diligence mistakes, which undermine value, slow the evaluation process, or ultimately kill the deal. The truth is, as a selling team you have an enormous opportunity to shorten due diligence timelines and proactively repair those areas acquirers look to press their advantage, thus maximizing the value that the buyer assigns to your company.

Perhaps you’ve heard the saying that technology companies are generally bought, not sold. That’s true. The largest, most active buyers—companies like IBM, Google, Oracle, and Microsoft—are continually seeking out and evaluating emerging technology companies to expand their portfolios.

This has two important implications for the selling company:

First, you never know when a potential buyer will “knock on your door,” so your senior team should be prepared for a rapid, comprehensive due diligence process now.

Second, you need to understand the core aspects of the technology buyer’s key valuation criteria and then scrutinize your company from the buyer’s perspective, or from “outside in.”

Remember, during the due diligence process, time is not your friend; the longer the diligence process stretches out the higher the probability that concerns will arise, and purchase price adjustments will occur. Careful examination of your company from an external perspective and addressing potential buyers’ concerns in advance will not only increase the likelihood of receiving the price that was agreed to in the term sheet, but will also make the deal move faster and improve the chance of a successful outcome.

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Topics: M&A

Secure File Sharing for Legal Services—5 Essential Benefits

Posted by Richard Andersen on May 18, 2015 7:21:11 AM

legal_scalesThere may be no profession with a greater need for sharing large volumes of information than the document-centric legal world. Moreover, the process involves sharing these large volumes of documents both quickly and with meticulous attention to security. Any successful legal process—for the corporate legal department and private law firm alike—depends on the ability to effectively and securely manage critical information exchange between multiple parties.

Gone are the days when lawyers would carry sensitive legal documents in a briefcase or the trunk of their car. Just as these physical means of security were relatively easy to breach, electronic means of document sharing, including email, FTP sites and other archaic document delivery methods, have also proven to be both insecure and inefficient.

The best way to navigate today’s legal processes is to utilize a centralized cloud-based repository that is not only organized, secure, and auditable, but also provides authorized users secure and customized access from anywhere, at any time.

ShareVault provides lawyers and their clients a powerful, secure and easy-to-use online data repository that manages the exchange of critical legal documents, facilitating communication and collaboration, while also serving as a powerful tool to establish a state of readiness for key legal events. With ShareVault, law firms and in-house counsel can easily access, publish, manage and search all case-relevant documents on a 24/7 basis, as well as share them with multiple parties, including legal teams, clients, expert witnesses, litigation support vendors or anyone else who has been granted appropriate access.

ShareVault gives law firms the ability to exchange thousands of confidential documents with multiple parties in diverse locations, thus streamlining the legal process as well as reducing costs. And, because it’s equipped with powerful reporting tools and works in concert with existing document management systems such as Microsoft SharePoint, it meets litigation’s exacting compliance and risk management standards.

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Topics: Information, Security

ShareVault Immune to VENOM Vulnerability

Posted by Phil Bandy on May 15, 2015 8:43:12 PM

venom_logoTwo days ago, the VENOM vulnerability (CVE-2015-3456) was exposed.  The ShareVault security team immediately investigated our infrastructure to confirm that the ShareVault platform and underlying infrastructure is immune to this vulnerability.

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About ShareVault

Simple & Secure Document Sharing

ShareVault offers virtual data rooms for securely sharing documents with third parties. Typically used to share due diligence documents during M&A, partnering, fundraising and other dealmaking scenarios, ShareVault is increasingly being used for a wide variety of other applications, primarily in highly regulated industries, for securely sharing documents with third parties. ShareVault can be set up and deployed in an hour, yet offers enterprise-grade security and scaleability.

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