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Merrill DataSite® and Axial Partner for End-to-End Transaction Support

Partnership to connect deal sourcing and virtual data room services

St. Paul, Minn. — Merrill Corporation, a leading global provider of technology-enabled services for the financial, legal, health care and other corporate markets, announced today that its virtual data room business, Merrill DataSite® has partnered with Axial, leaders in online deal sourcing.

Merrill DataSite is the leader in virtual rooms for private market transactions and Axial is the largest online network for professionals who run, advise, finance, and acquire private companies. Together, they now represent a complete end-to-end solution for companies and their advisors to access the private capital markets.

The partnership includes:

  • End-to-end integration – Private market professionals can now move easily from deal sourcing and relationship development to due diligence and process management, easing the transaction process while using the best market leading solution for each stage of the deal.
  • Education and marketing – The changing landscape of technical solutions and financing options means that all participants need education on succeeding in the new environment. Axial and Merrill DataSite are creating educational webinars, event experiences, and other marketing programs focused on deal development and financing for their mutual customer bases.

The two organizations will build integrations on their shared goal of empowering private businesses and their representatives, from the largest companies to specialty and regional teams around the world. The goal of the integration is to ease deal management and provide more predictable access to capital for both growth and exit strategies for the middle market.

“The partnership between Merrill and Axial cements the many ways technology has evolved the capital markets,” said Ed Bifulk, president of Merrill DataSite. “We are looking forward to connecting our customers, large and small, to a platform that can increase and improve deal flow and real-time private market connections. Axial created the deal sourcing category and we are excited to formally introduce this powerful platform to our 30,000 plus customer relationships.”

“At Axial, we began with a focus on improving the transaction process for the middle market. We look forward to offering our members easier workflows with connections to the industry leader in virtual data rooms,” said Peter Lehrman, chief executive officer of Axial. “Merrill DataSite is the pion