March 04, 2021

Market Spotlight: Semiconductor technology at a crossroads in EMEA

By Merlin Piscitelli, Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA

As highlighted in our new Deal Drivers: EMEA FY 2020 report, among the largest deals in the EMEA market in 2020 was US-based NVIDIA’s proposed acquisition of UK-based semiconductor technology firm ARM from Japanese telecoms and technology conglomerate SoftBank. Announced in September, the €32.5bn deal is awaiting regulatory approvals.

The vital importance of semiconductors was highlighted at the start of 2021 when global shortages led to spikes in prices for consumer goods and halts to automotive production around the world. Chipmakers had paused their production of automotive semiconductors when the COVID-19 crisis began, but auto sales have bounced back sooner than expected, catching the industry off-guard.

At an inflection point
The semiconductor sector has been at an inflection point for a number of years. Starting around 2015, consolidation swept through the industry, as firms sought scale to cut costs, build complementary portfolios, and invest in crucial research and development in cutting-edge new products.

Semiconductor firms have been facing a squeeze to their profits as their products became commoditized, all while the need for expensive investment in innovation grew. Chips are now more widely used than ever before – not only have consumer products like smartphones and tablets proliferated, but the growth of the internet-of-things (IoT) has also meant increasing demand for new kinds of chips for everything from smart thermostats to internet-connected industrial equipment.

Creating a complementary portfolio
At the time of its acquisition of ARM in 2016, which designs and licenses technology to chipmakers around the world, SoftBank was expected to be a long-term investor. But in the years since, SoftBank has experienced a series of challenges and setbacks, which have prompted it to announce share buybacks and asset disposals.

As the digitalization trend continues to transform industries and geographic regions across the world, demand for semiconductors will only grow. The NVIDIA/ARM deal creates a complementary portfolio, matching NVIDIA’s high-end chips for AI and high-performance computing with ARM’s mobile device chip technology. The deal also gives NVIDIA access to ARM’s IoT technology, which is expected to be boosted by 5G roll-outs around the world.

Demand for consumer electronics is expected to remain high as the world transitions back to post-pandemic life. With revenues and share prices high, semiconductor firms could continue to use M&A to seek synergies as well as the next generation of chip technology.

Deal Drivers: EMEA FY 2020

What other EMEA M&A deals made the headlines last year? Which sectors and countries saw the top bidders and values? Where do the opportunities lie going forward?

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3 Ways Legal Advisors Can Sustain Profitability in Uncertain Times

Advances in legal technology prove decisions in M&A transaction management can bolster productivity and improve work product while reducing the reputational risk of law firms to drive profitability and client retention.

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New Product: Datasite Acquire – Speed Up & Simplify One-to-One Transactions

There is a better way to execute buy-side due diligence. Datasite Acquire, our newest product, is the first truly dedicated buy-side due diligence virtual data room designed to meet the needs of corporate development teams.

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#iblifehacks Networking Tips from Top Dealmakers

A few key takeaways emerged from our conversations with industry experts to discuss career insights and how the global pandemic has reshaped the dealmaking workplace.

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How Legal Teams Can Overcome 3 Major Buy-Side M&A Challenges

Datasite recently announced a new M&A solution designed to address the most common challenges buy-side teams experience during due diligence. Here are three reasons why Datasite Acquire resonates in a particularly profound way for legal advisors.

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The New State of Play: M&A Leaders Offer Insights in the Wake of a Pandemic

The global pandemic has shaken up all the rules in the Americas M&A market. So what's next? Read the key takeaways we heard from M&A leaders on our recent live webinar roundtable in partnership with the Financial Times.

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Local Spotlight: Healthcare & Life Sciences Deal Drivers in China - Expert Insights

China’s biotech sector saw a 78% increase in 1H deal value year-on-year with deal activity thriving amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Investments and IPOs in the healthcare sector are expected to gain momentum and pick up going forward, according to industry experts speaking at a webinar hosted by Datasite and Mergermarket.

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Value Preservation & Transaction Tools for M&A in Critical Times

Many businesses are facing an uncertain future due to the effects of the current pandemic. As a result, value preservation is being considered as a way forward. But what can firms do to ensure a future? What tools are available to help them?

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NEW Feature: ‘MD Analytics’ provides functional data to help senior bankers win deals and execute faster

Datasite Outreach has recently launched new analytics capabilities, providing even more insights for your next deal marketing process.

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The Case for Technology & Information Officers in Law Firm Business Planning

Law Firm executives exploring pathways for sustaining profitability would benefit from strong representation from the technology and information teams in planning committees – individuals immediately positioned to identify opportunities for cost savings and efficiency gains.

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Local Spotlight:The New EMEA Restructuring Landscape

COVID has created challenges for many businesses and left more than a few wondering what the future holds for them. Find out how the restructuring landscape is changing in EMEA, and how companies can stabilize and move forward.

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NEW Feature: Redaction AI

Redaction AI for Datasite Diligence enables dealmakers to speed up redaction using Artificial Intelligence. Redaction AI utilizes pattern recognition to locate occurrences of data types such as names, addresses, postal codes, email addresses, and currency mentions. Redaction AI also takes lists of user-defined terms, phrases and images and marks them for redaction. Redaction AI cuts redaction times by two-thirds vs. manual redaction. And because we enable users to tag each redaction with a reason, you can unredact in seconds by de-selecting by reason. Redaction AI is fast and easy to use.

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IB Career Management for Post-MBA Associates

We put together a few pointers for MBA students who are starting their Associate program or will be in the future.

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German M&A Advisory in the Digital Age

At a recent roundtable discussion, Eighteen M&A thought leaders from Germany discussed how digitalization changes the work of M&A advisors.

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Local Spotlight: Healthcare & Life Sciences Deal Drivers in China - Pulse of the Market

During the webinar we hosted with Mergermarket, our expert panel discussed potential future investment hotspots in the healthcare and life sciences sector in China, as well as how regulatory changes can give dealmakers an advantage in closing more deal opportunities.

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3 Pro Tips for Easing the Burden of Managing Transactions

For those charged with leading financial transactions – M&A, divestitures, capital raising, restructuring, etc. – the prospect of managing the deal team and other relevant stakeholders while meeting target deadlines often seems elusive at best. Here are a few pointers to help transaction managers maintain the requisite swagger needed to move through the deal lifecycle as a winner. Quickly.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in the Nordics

M&A in the Nordics had a tough first half of the year, with the upward trajectory experienced in Q1 being quickly reversed by the COVID crisis. Is the region starting to recover? Find out what the experts think.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in Greater China – Expert Insights

Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR, having been the earliest regions to be impacted by COVID-19, saw initial signs of deal recovery in Q2 and further recovery is expected in 2021, according to industry experts speaking at a webinar hosted by Datasite and Mergermarket.

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Embracing Tech in Swedish M&A

Sweden is one of the most innovative countries in the world and home to some of the most well-known names in the tech sector. Why is this so, and does it extend beyond the sexy start-ups to traditional M&A? Find out in our blog.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in Greater China - Pulse of the Market

In a live panel discussion with CITIC Capital, China International Capital Corporation, UBS, and Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong, we took stock of M&A activity in Greater China and considered the areas where financial stress is of greatest concern, as well as opportunities for growth in the coming months.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in Australia & New Zealand - Expert Insights

M&A in Australia and New Zealand saw some signs of a recovery starting in May after deals globally witnessed significant declines due to COVID-19 since the start of the year, according to industry experts speaking at a webinar hosted by Datasite and Mergermarket.

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The New Normal for New Dealmakers

Key Insights from #iblifehacks: Career insights from the top minds in dealmaking webinar hosted by Datasite

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NEW Feature: Lighten your mental load with search alerts

If you’re engaged in document review, you will be looking through the data room for a specific word or phrase. Search alerts is another way our Landing Page gives you easy visibility and access to the project information you need, when you need it.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in Italy, Spain & Portugal

Southern Europe has been hard hit by the current pandemic. Like other regions, the Q1 figures that looked so promising have since taken a downward turn. Will recovery in M&A take as long as it did with the 2007/08 crisis for this region? And what will drive it forward?

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in SE Asia & India - Expert Insights

Gain insight from our panel of experts as they take stock of the response to date in two of Asia Pacific’s regional economies and consider the areas where financial stress is of greatest concern for dealmakers in Southeast Asia and India. And get exclusive access to the bonus Q&A handout with additional insights from the panelists.

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7 Tips for Maximizing Your VDR for Restructuring

A VDR is a critical resource when going through the restructuring process, providing a secure document repository for complex situations. Make sure that you're using your VDR to its full potential.

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EMEA Spotlight: M&A Recovery, Restructurings, and the Role of Technology

What will drive M&A recovery in EMEA, both generally and specifically? And will there be lasting effects from our time in lockdown on M&A in the region, in particular with technology? We asked these questions to M&A and restructuring professionals at the different virtual briefings and webinars we hosted in the past five months. While aligned in many areas, there were some interesting differences.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in Australia New Zealand - Pulse of the Market

In line with the global plunge in M&A activity amid the pandemic, M&A deal value in Australia and New Zealand dropped 53% year on year in Q1 to US$5.4bn and deal volume fell 26% to 114 deals. Learn how dealmakers in these regions are adapting to the crisis and continuing to get deals done.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in the Middle East

The Middle East has not suffered quite as badly from the current pandemic as other regions, but neither has it been spared. While the outlook seems fairly positive, the region is not yet at average levels for dealmaking. Find out what the experts had to say about recovery in the region and more.

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EMEA M&A: A new state of play – what do dealmakers say?

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, a new state of play appears to be unfolding for the M&A industry. We asked a panel of experts for their views on how the virus affecting volumes, how dealmakers are adapting, and what will be the lasting effects on the industry.

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The Emergence of Lawyers as Technology Stewards

Key insights from the Embracing Automation: Productivity Hacks for Transactional Legal Teams webinar hosted by Datasite and Law.com.

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NEW Feature: Document translation

Datasite’s new document translation tool significantly reduces time spent on data room preparation while improving user experience and increasing security.

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New Product: Datasite Prepare

Datasite has released its newest product, Datasite Prepare. Designed to help deal makers streamline the deal preparation process.

Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in Japan - Bonus Q&A

What is the outlook for Japanese investors in terms of Southeast Asia and Asia in general? How should the impact of COVID-19 be considered in business valuations? These are some of the audience questions our panel tackled in this bonus Q&A to our webinar.

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M&A in DACH: Difficult, But Feasible

At our recent webinar, in partnership with FINANCE Think Tank, our panel of experts discussed how M&A in the DACH region has been faring since the pandemic began.

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Prepare Your Next Transaction: Refinancing. Restructuring. Rebuilding.

Get ready for a possible restructuring transaction. Learn how to pick strategy and prepare your business.

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Datasite Diligence - new features

The latest new features, focused on improving Q&A and document watermarking, will help you save time setting up and managing a deal.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in Benelux

The Benelux region has been hard hit by the current pandemic, with Belgium recording one of the highest death rates in Europe and M&A recording its lowest quarterly value since 2014. But cross-border transactions from China and the US have been providing a boost. What lies ahead for M&A in the region?

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Datasite Slays the Deal Preparation Challenge

As deal professionals you have the herculean task of getting the deal room ready in days. You have hundreds or thousands of documents to upload, review, index, categorize and redact before the data room can go live. While important this work is mind-numbingly manual and slow. But it must all be done correctly, or the deal can be delayed or worse.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

M&A in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has held up fairly well compared to the rest of Europe, with 108 deals worth €7.1bn to date. However, Q2 has been experiencing a slowdown. Will CEE be able to bounce back? If so, what will drive a recovery? And how can technology help dealmakers get the deals done? Find out what the experts had to say.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in SE Asia & India - Pulse of the Market

M&A deal flow has experienced a slowdown in Southeast Asia and India because of the COVID-19 crisis, and the outlook remains uncertain. Learn how dealmakers on the ground are adapting and continuing to close deals despite the current situation.

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Restructure with Foresight: Potential, Challenges & Outlook in APAC - Bonus Q&A

Looking back at the last financial crisis, how do you think the APAC M&A market will be able to rebound after the COVID-19 crisis? Will China now be less willing to allow failure of SOEs to reduce impact on the economy and jobs? Are funds looking for higher returns than prior to COVID crisis, for same level of risk? These are some of the audience questions our panel tackled in this bonus Q&A to our webinar.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in Japan - Expert Insights

Gain insight from our panel of experts as they take stock of the response to date in one of Asia Pacific’s major economies and consider the areas where financial stress is of greatest concern for dealmakers in Japan.

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NEW Feature: AI Indexing

When we looked at where administrators spend a lot of time in the platform and where Datasite gets many help requests, document organization and index set-up stood out. Our new tool saves time with automation around appropriate index locations and folders for new documents.

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NEW Feature: Redaction Reasons

Datasite releases Redaction Reasons, the only dataroom integrated application that lets dealmakers unredact strategic, commercial or privacy-related (e.g. PII or GDPR) content in seconds.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in Japan - Pulse of the Market

At our recent webinar with Mergermarket, experts on the ground shared the challenges the are experiencing today and their outlook for Japan M&A in the coming months.

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Local Spotlight: Deal Drivers in the United Kingdom

What does M&A look like for dealmakers in the United Kingdom as we navigate the current waters? What might UK M&A look like going forward? What will drive a recovery? And which technologies will help deliver deals? We asked the experts and the audience during our recent live virtual briefing. Read our latest blog to find out their views.

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Restructure with Foresight: Potential, Challenges & Outlook in APAC - Expert Insights

Over 500+ dealmakers and restructuring professionals from across Asia Pacific shared their thoughts on the opportunities, challenges and outlook for APAC’s distressed M&A market, the types of restructuring that will be prevalent in coming months, and the technologies that would help them the most to navigate this storm.

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Restructure with Foresight: Potential, Challenges & Outlook in APAC - Pulse of the Market

Over 500+ dealmakers and restructuring professionals from across Asia Pacific shared their thoughts on the opportunities, challenges and outlook for APAC’s distressed M&A market, the types of restructuring that will be prevalent in coming months, and the technologies that would help them the most to navigate this storm.

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CXO Insight with Wouter Van Wersch, General Electric APAC

At the 2019 CXO Summit co-organized by Datasite and IJK Partners, we spoke with some business leaders and asked them about their expectations and growth strategies for their organizations in the Asia Pacific region.

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U.S. Restructuring Outlook: 3 Key Insights

In these unprecedented times, even companies with strong balance sheets just a few months ago find themselves exploring restructuring or strategic alternatives. Is Chapter 11 bankruptcy the only way out? If not, what other options do companies have?

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European Market Gears Up for Full Restructuring Cycle as Borrowers Try to Push Balance Sheet Reworks Away - Webinar Coverage

As countries across Europe prepare for phase two of the coronavirus pandemic, with lockdown measures set to be gradually lifted and economic support measures being implemented, the restructuring community is prepping up as well for what will likely be a long and busy restructuring cycle..

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CXO Insight with Oliver Rippel, Asia Partners

At the 2019 CXO Summit co-organized by Datasite and IJK Partners, we spoke with some business leaders and asked them about their expectations and growth strategies for their organizations in the Asia Pacific region.

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Game-planning for Volatility: Expert Panel Offers Advice to Navigate the Storm

Take a global pandemic, add a shock to oil prices, and you have a recipe for entire industries looking for answers. Get a summary of the insights shared from our panel of C-level experts from our webinar, "Navigating the Storm".

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European Restructuring: Challenges and Outlook for Q2 2020 and Beyond

European dealmakers shared their thoughts on the outlook for distressed M&A, the types of restructuring that will dominate going forward and what technology would help them the most. While there is no immediate fix for the current challenges, the good news is that people and businesses are working towards finding the right solution sooner than later.

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CXO Insight with Choong Lien Luen

At the 2019 CXO Summit co-organized by Datasite and IJK Partners, we spoke with some business leaders and asked them about their expectations and growth strategies for their organizations in the Asia Pacific region.

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CXO Insight with Jeanne Lim

At the 2019 CXO Summit co-organized by Datasite and IJK Partners, we spoke with some business leaders and asked them about their expectations and growth strategies for their organizations in the Asia Pacific region.

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CXO Insight with Dato Karim Abdullah

At the 2019 CXO Summit co-organized by Datasite and IJK Partners, we spoke with some business leaders and asked them about their expectations and growth strategies for their organizations in the Asia Pacific region.

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M&A Tech in World with COVID-19

Technology is now more crucial than ever for M&A activities and communications -- from asset marketing to due diligence -- to continue despite all the uncertainty.

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Blog: Opportunities for Restructuring in Tourism & Travel

No industry has been harder hit from the global crisis than tourism and travel. Read the blog to learn how the tourism and travel industry is navigating the storm.

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Blog: In the Energy & Power Sector, a Time for Cool Heads and Thoughtful Action

Energy & Power has faced no shortage of challenges in recent years. It was therefore understandable that uncertainty permeated the minds of dealmakers entering the new year. Would growing whispers of a recession come to fruition or an unexpected black swan event send the industry spiraling into turmoil?

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Blog: Navigating the Storm: Opportunities for Restructuring in Healthcare & Pharma

On the surface, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies should be somewhat immune from the growing global financial crisis, given the level of investment being injected into the industry. However, market events also may accelerate break-ups, restructuring, and bankruptcies.

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Blog: Navigating the Storm: Opportunities for Restructuring in Retail

A confluence of long-term trends was already disrupting Retail & Consumer companies. Now, the sector finds itself at the center of market volatility as global brands, SMEs, and consumers alike learn how to navigate in this tricky environment.

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Blog: Navigating the Storm: Opportunities for Restructuring in Industrials

The Industrials sector enjoyed a relatively healthy 2019, despite trade wars, slowed job growth, and other headwinds. Unfortunately, the market conditions of 2020 have not been so kind.

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Local Spotlight: M&A Innovation in Portugal

At our M&A Innovation Breakfast in Lisbon, we asked Portuguese M&A practitioners for their thoughts on the market and how technology could best help them in the future. What did they say? That they clearly understand where innovation can add value in the M&A process.

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Local Spotlight: M&A Innovation in Poland

We caught up with local practitioners at our M&A Innovation Breakfast in Warsaw to learn how technology can help them. They are ready to embrace it and keep up with the trends to stay relevant and competitive.

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Blog: Navigating the Storm: Opportunities for Restructuring

For many of us watching the global economy crash to a halt due to Covid-19 these last few weeks, the experience feels eerily familiar. Of course, no one expected a pandemic to push us into another down cycle, but echoes of financial crises past appear everywhere. Here are some practical steps you can make now that will help prepare you for whatever happens next.

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Navigating the Storm: Opportunities for Restructuring in Transport & Logistics

At the start of 2020, the most prominent commercial uncertainties for the transportation and logistics sector were the impact of Brexit and US-Sino trade relations. Today, these business growth apprehensions have been replaced by concerns over the economic impact of a global pandemic.

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Local Spotlight: M&A Innovation in the Middle East

We surveyed Middle Eastern M&A practitioners to find out their thoughts on how technology and innovation can help accelerate deals in the region. Read our blog to find out which stages of the M&A process could be most transformed by technology, which technologies could benefit them the most, and more.

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Local Spotlight: M&A Innovation in Africa

We surveyed local practitioners in Africa to find out their thoughts on the market, technology and more. Despite a predicted dip in South Africa’s M&A market in 2020, practitioners in the region remain optimistic and ready for technology to transform the M&A process to help them secure success.

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Big Pharma’s Big Shopping Spree

Record numbers of pharma and biotech firms are looking outside their organizations for innovation, turning to inorganic growth to feed development pipelines. Whether through in-licensing, out-licensing, or full-scale M&A, this trend has the potential to affect your business for the next decade.

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CXO Insights for 2020

As economies and industries across Asia Pacific continue to grow, it is very important for us to be ready for the future’s evolving businesses. Entrepreneurs, companies and organizations must learn to quickly adapt to a competitive and rapidly changing environment. Are you set up for growth in 2020?

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Iberia: Poised for Further M&A Growth in 2020

Despite a rocky year for M&A last year in Iberia, Merrill Corp has experienced explosive growth there, and is poised for more. Governments have finally been formed and mid-market M&A remains fairly healthy. Read our blog to find out more.

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5 Energy & Power Trends to Watch

Early preparation in any situation usually comes with minimal risk and significant upside. As global transactions in energy and power trend towards a double-digit decline versus the prior year, prudent planning is paramount for businesses needing to navigate choppy financial waters in 2020. This was the key learning from our recent Energy & Power M&A Spotlight panel. The lively discussion shed light on the many challenges facing the industry and ways for dealmakers to better position themselves in the year ahead.

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Sweden: State of the Market and Dealmakers’ Expectations

Although much of Europe has experienced some decline in M&A activity in 2019, Sweden appears to be holding its own. We spoke to practitioners there to find out their thoughts on the current and future state of the market. Read our blog to find out more.

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Brexit: Uncertainty and Opportunity in M&A

Everyone seems to have a different opinion on Brexit, but when it comes to M&A, 'uncertainty' and 'opportunity' are on the tips of everyone's tongues - including the experts. See what they had to say when they spoke to us recently.

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The Future of TMT M&A Deals

What are the biggest hurdles facing Technology, Media, and Telecommunications M&A deals? We discussed with our TMT webinar panelists and polled an audience of 500+ finance professionals across multiple time zones to find out.

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Spanish M&A: Look Both Ways and Proceed with Caution

How much impact is Brexit and the Spanish political situation having on M&A in Spain? What opportunities are available? Read our blog to find out.

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3 Tips for Achieving M&A Success in CEE

M&A deals in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are on the rise, bucking the downward trend across Europe. How can you continue to achieve M&A success in the CEE? Read our blog to find out top tips from experts, and more.

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Top Tips From Those Who've Been There

No matter how elegant the financial model, spreadsheets can only take you so far. Want to learn what it really takes to stand-out from the investment banking crowd? Here are top tips from those who've been there.

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M&A Due Diligence: Clients vs Advisers

Due diligence compliance has always been an issue in M&A, but do corporates and private equity firms have different concerns than lawyers and bankers? Read our blog to learn more.

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Happy Birthday, GDPR!

One year on and GDPR is making an impact, with EUR56 million in fines issued and the number of data breaches expected to rise significantly this year. Moreover, GDPR compliance is complicating the deal-making process, whether by stalling transactions or increasing scrutiny on the data protection policies and processes of target companies. Read our blog to learn more.

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NJ Groundview 4 things you don’t know about Jersey

What are the key local trends impacting M&A and due diligence in New Jersey? In this Groundview installment, we discuss key sector trends and due diligence tips with Susan Kindya, DatasiteOne Director.

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Healthcare Divestitures: The Big Break Up?

Although megamergers in the healthcare sector have been grabbing headlines, spin-offs and divestitures may be the new game of the day. What are the reasons behind this shedding of assets and what are some best practices?

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Boston Groundview: local deal trends, buyside growing pains and how project managers are like interior designers

What local deal trends are dominating the Boston market? What are the 10 most active cities in Massachusetts? How are due diligence app project managers like interior designers? Get the download from Alexia Rains in our latest Q&A with top DatasiteOne reps from around the globe.

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Canada Groundview: top 10 M&A cities, key trends and issues

What are the M&A trends in Canada? What due diligence issues do clients care most about? We speak with Sean Dainty, Vice President Sales, Canada, to find out what he's seeing on the ground.

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M&A in CEE: Riding the Wave

M&A deals in CEE are on the rise. What's pushing this wave of activity and will it be an endless summer of deals?

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Seven Key Considerations in Site Visit Planning and Preparation

In the life sciences industry, a site visit prior to executing an M&A, licensing or strategic partnership is a critical part of comprehensive due diligence. However, each visit must be carefully planned and executed for maximum impact.

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5 tips to M&A success in the here and now

We distilled findings from our global future of due diligence survey to see how dealmakers can use technology to improve due diligence in the here and now.

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Florida Groundview: Four Common Data Room Misconceptions

In this latest Groundview installment, we ask Mona Shah what key M&A and due diligence trends and issues she's spotting on the ground in Florida.

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Americas M&A Update: Q1 2019

What do you need to know about Americas M&A in Q1 2019? Mark Williams summarizes key trends impacting current M&A state of play.

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The 5 Success Factors for M&A Due Diligence in 2019

Due diligence is more advanced and efficient than it has ever been, but how much more improved could the process become? Datasite asked 539 M&A professionals from across Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EMEA), what their expectations were for the future of EMEA M&A in the Digital Age. The findings are interesting, to say the least.

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New England Groundview: Corporates "Always on the Run"

In this latest Groundview installment, we ask Miguel Gomez what key due diligence and M&A trends he's seeing on the ground in New England, and how clients are using DatasiteOne to get ahead of the competition.

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New York Groundview: Donald's state of mind

What trends are driving M&A and due diligence in the New York City market? We ask Donald Davis, head of our advisory team, what conversations are taking place in the local market.

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Innovation Is Transforming M&A

Originally appearing in the Nov/Dec issue of Middle Market Growth, Merrill Corporation's Mark Williams, Chief Revenue Officer, Americas explains the four technology trends that are impacting dealmaking. Disruptive technology allows forward-thinking deal makers to thrive by utilizing the best elements of innovation to complete deals securely, quickly and successfully.

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Six Sure-fire Steps to Career Dominance

Everyone’s got advice – your grandpa, your neighbor, your taxi driver, your mom… it’s non-stop. When it comes to building your career, isn’t it time to kill the noise and go straight to someone who has been there, done that and made bank? That’s what Merrill Corporation thought, so we assembled an all-star panel of dealmakers for a Datasite Insight™ Live breakfast focused on Turbo Charging Your Wall Street Career.

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Texas Groundview: Private Equity Hold 'em

Find out why energy deals are so data-intensive and more in this installment of our Groundview series, which provides local takes on the M&A and due diligence market from senior Datasite representatives. In this blog, Nicholas Renter discusses the state of the Texas M&A market, new mineral trends, and some of the quirks of conducting due diligence in the energy sector.

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To DueDiligence2022 and beyond: How changes in technology will impact ‘the deal’

Whether M&A is part of an organisations growth strategy or is taking place as a one-off transaction, the pressure to be efficient in deal-making is forcing companies to look for new ways to manage the due diligence process. Many are using technology and new project management techniques to manage the due diligence process in an organised, smart way so that they can focus on what really matters—running their business. Due diligence has evolved and improved thanks in large part to the advance of technology and digitisation. But if today due diligence is more advanced and efficient than in the past, how much more advanced and efficient could the process be in the future?

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NY Groundview: Bill's Top 4 Diligence hacks

Datasite knows how important local expertise is - that's why we have representatives in offices throughout North America. In this series, we ask our top representatives what local-specific M&A issues they're hearing about. Bill Polese gives his view of common diligence pain points in the New York corporate market and local M&A trends he's seeing.

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Fast. Simple. Secure. Unlocking productivity in M&A due diligence

Thanks to a revolutionary architecture, DatasiteOne’s project engineers and development team are moving faster than ever, rapidly creating and delivering new features and functions that unlock productivity across the due diligence lifecycle.​

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You're in control: Intuitive service tools empower seamless due diligence

Because of DatasiteOne’s intuitive interface, we can quickly onboard clients to the new application. Our introductory planning calls/demos are taking less time and we’re even seeing a decline in the number of requested onboarding calls. This means clients are getting started quickly without a significant learning curve.

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Painting a vision for insight and analytics in due diligence technology

When we launched DatasiteOne and established a new dimension for applications that address the due diligence phase in a transaction, we were stunned by the state of reporting and analytics amongst virtual data room providers.

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View from the Bay: trend-spotting in M&A's epicenter

West Coast technology remains the epicenter of upcoming deal activity, according to the latest Deal Drivers. But what are the local topics Bay Area deal-makers are discussing? Merrill DataSite Senior Director Shelle Martin discusses what she's hearing on the ground.

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Suit and Tie

Prospects often ask, “Why do we need services like DatasiteOne? Don’t FTP protocols work well, or even other lower end Virtual Deal Room providers get the same job done?"

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A day in the life of Datasite Service: Meet Caroline

Meet DatasiteOne project manager Caroline Garrido; our gym loving, passionate dedicated Datasite Service team member who support clients through their due diligence process.

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Small, medium or large? Ask these 6 questions to find out what’s right for you.

One of the questions professionals ask throughout their career is what are the differences between working at a small, medium or large shop. Ultimately, however, the most important thing in deciding where to take your career is understanding how your own personality and work preferences should guide your choice of employer size.

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Record deal values come in a world full of contradiction

Global M&A activity reached unprecedented new heights in the first half of 2018 -- an H1 record US$1.93trn, more than a 25% jump YoY. Those eye-popping numbers were fueled, in part, by Takeda Pharmaceutical’s US$79.7bn acquisition of Shire, Cigna’s US$67.8bn takeover of Express Scripts, and T-Mobile’s US$58.9bn deal for Sprint.

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Home Healthcare Services provide an enticing opportunity during healthcare boom

The healthcare sector is currently one of the busiest in the IPO market because a robust 84% of Fortune 50 companies are currently involved in healthcare. That means there is plenty of ripe opportunity for savvy dealmakers and investors. Our recent webinar, Merrill Insight™ Video: Healthcare Spotlight, Datasite talked to a global panel of experts and polled dealmaking professionals on key topics.

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M&A to become 3D chess game, head of Lazard shareholder advisory says

Shareholder activism is going mainstream, and even mid-performing companies need to be prepared. Preparation is no longer a poison pill; however, instead it's deep understanding of avenues of attack and a willingness to work with shareholders and not against them.

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Merrill Sales – Transforming a 50-Year Old Company from the Front

Merrill Corporation is transforming, from its technology to its sales team -- and Selling Power magazine shares the full story in its July 2018 issue.

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Shareholder activism, an NYC rooftop and DatasiteOne

Guests mingled on a perfect NYC summer night for the NYC DatasiteOne product launch event June 21st. Prior to moving to the rooftop, clients listened to Pulitzer Prize winner Dennis Berman interview Jim Rossman, head of Lazard's activist shareholder division, about how company's can best prepare for shareholder activists.

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BriaCell’s Williams answers your biotech investment questions

Dr. Bill Williams, CEO of BriaCell Therapeutics, discusses funding immunotherapy, why Biopharma is outperforming all other VC sectors and what's contributing to the returns.

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Robust global growth, plenty of capital, stabilizing geopolitics gives buyers confidence

M&A dealmaking totals tallied US$1.69trn for the first five months of the year, thanks in part to a strong May where deal value jumped 82.2% YoY. May's top transaction, by value, was Japanese pharma company Takeda purchasing Irish drugmaker Shire for US$79.7bn. Heading into the summer, M&A is filled with a sense of optimism.

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Keeping ahead of the due diligence regulatory storm

Regulatory compliance continues to be an ongoing concern for many companies. This is especially true for compliance departments at banker/advisor organizations where even the hint of impropriety between the deal side of the business, and the trading side of the business, can earn the ire of federal regulators that are on the lookout for unethical business practices. Two new data room technology tools assist with the challenge of ensuring recordkeeping compliance with SEC regulations during your M&A transactions.

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Eliminating document language barriers in M&A due diligence

DatasiteOne now features multiple language OCR and search, helping reduce the risks and stresses of comprehensive due diligence. Already, 12% of projects in DatasiteOne include two or more administrators working in different countries, making multiple language OCR and search a vital new tool.

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Megadeals are heating up, just in time for summer

This year has started with a spate of megadeals — and the pace of these mammoth combinations only quickened last month. Private equity and international M&A both had a lackluster month, but M&A value in 2018 remains on track to nearly match the highest amount ever, US$3.87tn, reached in 2015.

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DatasiteOne wows attendees at Singapore launch event

Datasite Singapore organized a panel discussion on April 26, 2018, and engaged the startup ecosystem to deliberate on Fundraising Due Diligence – a topic that every startup would have to embrace along its business development journey. The conversation took place at the WeWork’s coworking space in Singapore and attracted about 80 delegates representing views from startups, investors, advisors and enablers.

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Deal value highest of any Q1 on record, cross-border value dip warrants caution

Multiple megadeals results in chart-topping deal value and strong growth on the domestic front comes at the expense of cross-boarder value. Plus, private equity has been charging ahead with buyers increasingly super-sizing acquisitions and historic US tax-cuts keeps North America as the top destination for deals.

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Disruptive Technology: 4 trends uncovered at DatasiteOne launch event

Rory Cellan-Jones, a technology journalist for BBC News, was our headline speaker at our recent London-based launch events for our new application for due diligence, DatasiteOne. He was our headline speaker and unveiled to the invitation-only audience the four tech trends that have proven to continually disrupt fast-growing technologies.

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7 ways to improve integration success

In the M&A world, saying integration is critical to a successful deal outcome is a bit like saying the sky is blue. But when asked how to turn common wisdom into practice many dealmakers draw a blank.

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DatasiteOne. Update One. Dashboard One.

Historically, due diligence professionals have relied on downloadable reports with additional spreadsheet manipulation to understand deal status. The DatasiteOne dashboard provides this data out of the box and in a graphically enticing format.

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6 GDPR compliance items Datasite helps you to check off your list

Although the responsibility for your organisations’ GDPR compliance lies with your business, choosing a provider that helps you to check off some the regulatory boxes saves you time and worry.

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Consumer sector continues to grow in strength, bucking trend of general decline

North America contributed 45% of global deal value in February 2018, boosted by General Dynamics's purchase of CSRA, Inc. The consumer sector was second to Energy, Mining & Utilities, but the nearly 15% market share is a strong bounce back from the general decline the industry's share last year. The value of cross-border deals dropped YoY, while domestic deal value surged.

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Merrill Insight™ | Warshaw’s Czepiel on Secrets of Successful Dealmaking

Starting at Skadden Arps when M&A was a relatively new and growing practice area, Lori Anne Czepiel was often the only woman on the deal team. In this Q&A, Lori Anne tells us how she navigated her early years as a M&A lawyer, best practices for dealmakers and the advantages of serving the middle-market.

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What's the Big SaaS Deal? 4 Ways our New Merrill DatasiteOne Platform Impacts your Day-to-Day

This March, two major Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) events hit the M&A world. Salesforce snapped up SaaS integration provider MuleSoft for $6.5B and Merrill Corporation announced the launch of Merrill DatasiteOne, the first SaaS application for due diligence.

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