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Easy Hedge Fund Operational Due Diligence - Merrill DataSite

“We need higher levels of timely disclosure as a precursor to investing and maintaining our current allocations.”

Traditionally, hedge fund due diligence has been undertaken piecemeal and through non-secure means. Documents have typically been e-mailed or downloaded from the manager's website, with no control over forwarding or use. Now there is a more secure way: Merrill DataSite.

In the world of secure document management, Merrill DataSite is the financial industry's acknowledged leader in enhancing a hedge fund’s operational due diligence. Many of the world's leading private and public companies rely on Merrill DataSite to manage information disclosure for a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, private-placements, and class-action litigation suits.

Merrill DataSite allows hedge fund managers to maintain tight control of operational due diligence, providing insight into user behavior and actions on a page-by-page basis. Outputs ranging from risk analytics to third-party administrator reports can be created, while searches for any word or phrase can cover the entire database — a very powerful resource for all users and overall hedge fund due diligence.

Manage your documentation at every stage of the fund life cycle

Merrill DataSite is a complete and confidential way to manage a fund's documentation and data reporting. Accessible online or through seamless routing from the manager's website, Merrill DataSite enables consistent disclosure to multiple parties, while retaining the direct link between the manager and each individual user. By providing a secure repository for all fund documentation and operational due diligence, Merrill DataSite offers broad applications across the life of a fund, assisting with:

  • Fund launch and initial marketing exercise
  • Pre-investment in addition to ongoing due diligence
  • Regular investor monitoring and risk reporting
  • Counterparty and regulatory reporting
  • Fund board liaison
  • Third party fund administrator reporting
  • Managed account reporting

Using Merrill DataSite as a hosting platform, all relevant documents are captured and indexed to a secure online database. Because all rights are designated by the hedge fund administrator, security and control are guaranteed. Each user's ability to view, print or access source documents is set up by the client administrator and can be changed at any time. Automatic watermarks deter unauthorized transmission. Merrill DataSite provides useful tools, including detailed user tracking and audit capability, Q&A and full word search, along with user alerts for new documents.

Companies have taken advantage of Merrill DataSite’s virtual data room and found the following benefits:

Tightest security. Merrill DataSite is the first virtual data room to be fully accredited with the highest-level security certification, ISO 27001:2005. In addition, documents are 256-bit SSL encrypted, watermarks are tamperproof and customized, and data can be viewed, printed and downloaded only by the account holders you designate.

Minimized costs. Our price is totally inclusive: there are no hidden costs, unlike with most other virtual data room providers. All the support and training is included; you won’t need to acquire any third-party software; and you won’t have to pay extra to include more participants in your data room.

Best-in-class support. Customer service and the handling of confidential, business-critical information is Merrill’s core competency. You’ll meet your project team on the very first planning call and they will remain with you throughout the duration of the project to ensure your goals are achieved. Plus, your dedicated project management team is available 24/7/365.

Ease-of-use. DataSite is designed to flow like many familiar web-based applications so it’s easy to use. Plus, the site and Customer Service are available 24/7/365, so you can conduct due diligence whenever, wherever, knowing that assistance is only a phone call away.

The best solution

Merrill DataSite is the world’s leading virtual data room for due diligence, and has successfully handled mission critical documentation for its clients for decades. Our award-winning platform provides advanced technology and in-depth functionality so that you can deliver the right data to your team members easily and instantaneously.

2015 WINNER – Acquisition International "Best Virtual Room Provider for Hedge Funds"
2014 WINNER – M&A Advisor International Information Management Services of the Year
2013 WINNER – M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards Information Management Product/Service of the Year
2013 WINNER – 3rd Annual ACG New York Champion’s Awards Product/Service of the Year
2012 WINNER – Global M&A Advisor M&A Product/Service of the Year Award
2011, 2012 and 2013 WINNER – M&A Advisor International Product/Service of the Year Award