Merrill Corp, the US provider of SaaS tools for M&A clients, will launch an update to its DatasiteOne platform in June that will let project administrators block sensitive text for certain users, said Chief Product Officer Thomas Fredell.
The Minnesota-based provider of virtual data-rooms (VDRs) has conducted research that shows that blocking text is a critical action that is used in at least 75% of deals, Fredell said. The new service will be called Redaction and will let administrators redact and un-redact documents within the VDR, he said.
“Redaction is a massive undertaking that often requires several members of the deal team,” Fredell said. “Not only does our redaction tool save deal teams time from having to manually manage sensitive information with permanent markers or other tools, it also provides a more secure, easy way to block or unblock sensitive information, as needed.”
Merrill Corp believes in constantly innovating its VDR platform, Fredell said. Its approach is based on deeply understanding customer problems and developing many iterations of new tools before formally launching them, he said.
In April, the company updated DatasiteOne with a new dashboard, visual analytics and Q&A functionality. The new visualization tool gives different advisers different levels of granularity, based on whether they are executing a deal or looking at the big picture, Fredell said.
The new visualization tool also helps vendors identify potential problems in due diligence processes, Fredell said. The tool shows which parts of a due diligence process are attracting more attention than others from buyers, he said, adding that this allows vendors to troubleshoot potential problems.
The company was founded in 1968. It has more than 670 employees spread across 25 locations across 13 countries.
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Omaha Legal News features findings from our Dealmakers Get Ready to Return to the Office survey that shows 60% of legal dealmakers are feeling pressure to hold in person meetings in support of building client relationships.
CPO Thomas Fredell shares his story, what’s driving continued M&A activity, and how Datasite is helping dealmakers get more done, in this Digital Executive podcast interview. The interview also features tips on product design.
Above the Law features highlights from our Return to Work Survey, which shows that dealmakers, including lawyers, are facing pressure to have in-person meetings to service business relationships.
SUCCESS magazine looks at companies that are doing more than just changing their logos to a rainbow for pride month. Datasite’s Inclusion and Diversity Council is highlighted as an example of how companies should aspire to something beyond just ‘Performative Rainbows.’
Chief Product Officer Thomas Fredell discusses three factors that will be key to innovating in a post pandemic world. The article considers how direct engagement and an attitude of openness will help drive innovation as businesses move forward.
CMO Doug Cullen comments in Business Insider on some of the findings from Datasite’s Dealmakers Return to Work survey, which shows that women dealmakers were more burned out and had poorer mental health compared to their male counterparts during the pandemic. The article also explores the experience of one woman PE dealmaker during the pandemic and the efficacy of working remotely while juggling personal responsibilities.
Findings from Datasite’s Dealmakers Return to Work survey were included in this eFinancial Careers article on bankers returning to their offices. The article focuses on the plans several banks have announced as restrictions from the pandemic ease.
Chief Human Resources Officer Deb LaMere discusses the company's focus on talent and how its people strategy has evolved to meet employee needs in the wake of the pandemic. The article also features tips on health and safety and preventing burnout.
CEO Rusty Wiley shares insights on how artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing how deals get done, both on the sell-side and buy-side. The article highlights how these technologies can aid in efficiently and effectively managing the entire M&A process, a critical action for companies that not only want to survive but to thrive in a post pandemic world.
General Counsel Patty Elias share insights on five ways legal advisors are adopting new norms and workflows to help power the post-pandemic recovery. The article considers how new protocols and workflows can help M&A lawyers manage everything from truncated timelines to burnout.
By Sydney Halleman in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Yiqin Shen in New York with analytics by Philip Segal High multiples and increased M&A activity are expected to continue in the US after a strong performance in 1Q21, industry experts said during Mergermarket’s M&A Momentum: USA Webinar last week.
Yoichiro Shimizu, Head of Datasite Japan, discusses key factors holding back the digitization of M&A processes in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). The article references findings from a recent Datasite report, including the main barriers for dealmakers adopting digital M&A processes, and the technologies that will help accelerate M&A in the next five years.
Yoichiro Shimizu, Head of Datasite Japan, discusses key factors holding back the digitization of M&A processes in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). The article references findings from a recent Datasite report, including the main barriers for dealmakers adopting digital M&A processes, and the technologies that will help accelerate M&A in the next five years.
By Sydney Halleman in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Yiqin Shen in New York US special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) remain attractive this year despite a recent lull in IPOs and an unexpected regulatory shift, industry experts said during Mergermarket’s M&A Momentum: USA Webinar last week.
Chief Human Resources Officer Deb LaMere highlights diversity and inclusion initiatives at Datasite and shares steps that other organizations can take to create more inclusive cultures. The article also discusses topics like the value of greater workplace flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of providing physical and mental wellness resources for employees.
CEO Rusty Wiley discusses why M&A is soaring, where it's headed next, and how dealmakers are responding to higher valuations and more competition. The interview draws on insights from the 10,000 deals Datasite facilitates each year, as well as results from a recent Datasite survey on the broadening options dealmakers are now pursuing to succeed.
Americas CRO Mark Williams comments on the impact of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) on the M&A industry. The article, which focuses on how SPACs work, why they've recently increased in popularity, and the benefits and risks to de-SPACing, also includes comments on whether SPACs are expected to stick around.
Initial public offerings of special purpose acquisition companies on Canada’s stock exchanges, which have so far paled in comparison to the frenetic pace of US SPAC issuance, will likely increase this year, industry experts said during Mergermarket’s Canadian M&A Forum.
Merlin Piscitelli, Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA, shares insights on the benefits and challenges of using special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) to go public. The article features his comments on why technology companies are taking advantage of the transaction trend and how there is still a great deal to prepare in terms of diligence for the transaction.
By Sydney Halleman and Rachel Stone Environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns are increasingly important for Canadian companies during acquisition due diligence, industry experts said during Mergermarket’s Canadian M&A Forum.
by Rachel Stone and Sydney Halleman After a couple of mega deals in the first quarter, mid-market deal flow in Canada is expected to be strong for the rest of the year, industry experts said during Mergermarket’s Canadian M&A Forum.
CEO Rusty Wiley shares insights on how dealmakers can harness technology to seize the moment, as global dealmaking soars. The article also includes information on how dealmakers are broadening their transaction options to include partnerships and SPACs, and other factors that are expected to impact M&A this year.
Chief Product Officer Thomas Fredell discusses how the pandemic has impacted global dealmaking, and how innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, are changing and modernizing how M&A gets done. The interview also includes insights on the current state of M&A and the history of virtual data rooms.
Marcio Moerback, Head of AMERS Marketing, shares insights on how technology and being deal-ready can lead to smoother transactions for health care organizations. The article discusses ways that early preparation can streamline and improve collaboration, and how virtual data rooms can help organizations to better manage disclosure and oversight.
Mergers & Acquisitions highlights findings from a recent Datasite survey that shows where dealmaking is headed for the rest of 2021. The article focuses on which regions will see the most activity and the staying power of virtual dealmaking.
By Rupert Cocke M&A deal volumes have continued to flourish in the first quarter of the year, setting up 2021 for healthy activity levels, particularly when a long-awaited wave of restructuring deals emerges, according to providers of virtual data rooms (VDRs). Datasite has seen a significant increase in activity on its platform since the end of last year, CEO Rusty Wiley said. This is mostly driven by sellside mandates and merger activity, he said.
CEO Rusty Wiley discusses M&A during the pandemic and into the second half of 2021, including a potential surge in distressed deals, once government intervention subsides. The article also highlights how environmental, social and governance factors are impacting deals and the outlook for continuing to conduct deals remotely, going forward.
CEO Rusty Wiley discusses the importance of implementing policies and programs that build more equitable environments within organizations. The article highlights the benefits of a continued, sustained effort to champion diversity and cultivate inclusion, and highlights some of the steps that Datasite has taken to support flexibility, family-friendly benefits and the recruitment, retention and promotion of diverse talent.
Chief Human Resources Officer Deb LaMere highlights diversity and inclusion initiatives at Datasite and shares steps that other organizations can take to create more inclusive cultures. The article also discusses topics like the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce, and ways that diverse viewpoints can lead to higher rates of innovation within an organization.
Chief Product Officer Thomas Fredell discusses the digital tools that dealmakers can use to take advantage of projected M&A trends in 2021. This interview with the Association for Corporate Growth features best practices for sell-side teams to optimize valuations and buy-side teams to acquire the best targets, as well as highlighting other tools that dealmakers may not already be deploying or using to their full advantage.
CEO Rusty Wiley discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the M&A industry, and the ways that new tools and technologies will shape dealmaking in 2021 and beyond. The article highlights several factors that impacted M&A trends, as well as the importance of remaining 'deal ready.'
Chief Human Resources Officer Deb LaMere discusses several ways that Datasite promotes and supports diversity and inclusion. The article highlights initiatives such as recharge days, a single bank of paid time off for employees to use how they want, and regular celebrations that promote diverse talent, including International Women's Day.
CHRO Deb LaMere explores strategies organizations can take to shape a more equal future. The Nasdaq contributed article focuses on how the pandemic has hit working women especially hard and that now is a good time to reinvigorate efforts to support gender equality.
Alvaro Ortega, Head of Sales, Iberia and Italy, provides commentary on the role of technology in ensuring M&A success. The article discusses the three key factors that will define M&A in 2021, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the market.
CEO Rusty Wiley discusses how a vaccine and proposed changes to tax policies will shape the M&A outlook for the year ahead. This interview with the Association for Corporate Growth also highlights findings from a recent Datasite poll which shows that M&A is expected to increase in 2021.
EMEA Chief Revenue Officer Merlin Piscitelli looks back at shifts to the Privaty Equity landscape in EMEA in 2020, and provides insights on expected trends for for 2021. The interview explores how due diligence has adapted to a remote and virtual environment, the impact of Brexit, and the role that new technologies will play in PE in the coming year.
Alvaro Ortega, Head of Sales for Iberia and Italy, discusses the 2021 Spanish M&A outlook and how technology is improving dealmaking efficiency. The article further explores the M&A outlook for Spanish banking, energy, technology and health sectors.
CEO Rusty Wiley discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic affected 2020 M&A activity, and what dealmakers can expect in 2021. The article highlights key M&A trends from the last year, and explores how factors such as US tax reform, the availability of a safe COVID-19 vaccine, and additional government stimulus will impact M&A this year.
Yoichiro Shimizu, Head of Datasite Japan, shares his insights on how the global pandemic affected 2020 M&A in Japan and the outlook for 2021. Shimizu's article discusses the benefits of being deal ready and the increasing role environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors will play in shaping successful deals.
CEO Rusty Wiley discusses the potential impact of the Biden-Harris administration on the outlook for M&A. The article explores the sectors that are likely to benefit or not benefit under the new administration, as well as tax reform plans that could change corporate income and capital gains taxes, which could dampen M&A.
VP of HR Deb LaMere discusses how to lead organizational change in this Workology podcast. The episode highlights strategies Deb has put in place at Datasite to support its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, and best practices for adopting new technologies and other company-wide changes.
Datasite, a Minneapolis-based SaaS technology provider for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) professionals, plans to accelerate its growth through acquisitions backed by its new sponsor, CapVest, said CEO Rusty Wiley
Jerome Pottier, Head of Western Europe Sales, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the M&A industry in France. The article explores different ways that businesses have adapted, and highlights shifts that may have a lasting impact.
Datasite's acquisition by CapVest is featured in FinSMEs. The article highlights key information about the organization and the Datasite platform.
CEO Rusty Wiley discusses Datasite's acquisition by CapVest with Refinitiv. The article notes that the acquisition is one of the latest several private equity-backed deals for software and technology companies, that show staying power beyond the pandemic.
Datasite's acquisition by CapVest is featured in Crowdfund Insider. The article includes comments from CEO Rusty Wiley on the company's growth plans in 2021 and beyond.
CEO Rusty Wiley discusses the outlook for M&A with PE Hub. The article highlights findings from a recent Datasite poll, which shows that M&A is expected to increase in 2021, and that technology has made it easier for transactions to continue despite the pandemic.
CEO Rusty Wiley discusses Datasite's acquistion by CapVest with the Star Tribune. The article highlights Datasite's strong performance in 2020, as well as plans for the next phase of growth in 2021 and beyond.
CEO Rusty Wiley reviews M&A in 2020 and the outlook for deals in 2021. The interview highlights findings from a survey of 200 dealmakers on several geopolitical and economic factors that could impact global M&A over the next 12 months.
Deal volumes have proved surprisingly resilient to the COVID-19 pandemic in recent months, creating a sense of optimism for 2021, according to providers of virtual data rooms (VDRs).
CEO Rusty Wiley provides an overview of M&A trends in 2020 and offers insights on what dealmakers can expect in 2021. The article discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on M&A, as well as other economic, governmental and medical factors that will dictate 2021 activity.
CEO Rusty Wiley offers insights on the M&A outlook for 2021. The article references Wiley's recent Nasdaq article discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on M&A, as well as other economic, governmental and medical factors that will dictate 2021 activity.
Yoichiro Shimizu, Head of Datasite Japan, shares insights on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the M&A industry. The Magazine Summit article highlights key takeaways from the recent Datasite webinar, M&A Deal Drivers: Japan 2021.
Nicheee! shares key takeaways from a recent Datasite report, The New State of M&A: An APAC Perspective. The report explores the current state of M&A trends in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as its prospects for the future.
VP of UK Sales Rosie Corcoran provides advice for emerging sales leaders on how to be successful, and the importance of seeing the big picture. In this episode of Sales Game Changers, Rosie also discusses the benefits of regular communication with customers, the importance of empathy, and the power of teamwork and cross-functional partnerships at Datasite.
VP of HR Deb LaMere shares advice on how to best navigate communication with colleagues and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article discusses the use of video calls during remote working, and offers guidance on establishing boundaries and guidelines to help combat "Zoom fatigue."
VP of Product Management Kamil Msefer shares insights on Datasite's customer-centric approach to product development and discusses how AI technology can leveraged to solve business problems throughout the M&A lifecycle. The article also explores innovation and productivity at Datasite, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.