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The M&A process can be very stressful for everyone involved, whether they have an active role in the transaction or not. As the executive team is busy juggling relationships and paperwork, company employees are usually worried about whether they will still have a job once everything is said and done. If a company is not careful with how it conducts the process and communicates with its staff, morale and productivity may take quite a hit during the transition.

There is no definitive answer when deciding whether to include a pay-to-play provision for potential investors, as it really depends on the circumstances of the company seeking funding. As with other possible stock options, the pay-to-play provision has several advantages and disadvantages. The thing is that companies with evident potential are far more likely to entice an investor to submit to this sort of provision given that it basically locks them into additional funding down the road. However, at the same time, it is often the companies whose future is rather uncertain that want this provision included to protect the company during down rounds or times of financial trouble. Irrespective of these competing realities, here are the main pros and cons of the pay-to-play provision:

Company leaders know how difficult it can be to convince investors to risk their capital on the mere hope that a fledgling business will actually manage to take flight, thereby resulting in a significant return on those initial investments. Countless hours are spent crafting and honing pitches to persuade investors that the likelihood of this occurring is probable and therefore a worthwhile use of cash.

From individuals to businesses, everyone these days needs a secure, straightforward system for keeping track of their documents. Surprisingly, setting up a document storage system is far easier than most people think.


When a company is deciding whether to acquire another business, it looks at a number of things to make its determination. Obviously, the financials of the target company are the primary area of interest, but there are a lot of operational aspects of the business that the acquiring company will want to learn more about as well. This generally takes place during the due diligence investigation, and it includes an examination of the target company’s existing employment structures and policies, as well as the actual employees. The human resources department of the target company will play a key role in gathering and furnishing this information for review during the investigation. Here is a list of items that the acquiring company will likely request:

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