Customer Training Webinar Series

Securedocs is pleased to announce a series of five customer training webinars beginning this Wednesday, April 19, 2017 with How To Set Permission-Based User Roles at 10am PDT. 

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How to Keep Emotions Under Control In an M&A Negotiation

During an M&A negotiation, both parties will likely experience a range of emotions. The way you control those emotions have a profound impact on the progress and outcome of the deal. Hold-ups might occur, term renegotiations might cause unwanted stress and fatigue, or your valuation expectations might turn out to be unrealistic

To gain a greater sense of how you can control emotions during an M&A negotiation, keep the following techniques in mind.

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Exit Planning: 5 Steps to Success

One of the most rewarding aspects of starting and growing a business is being able to sell it for a handsome profit at some point down the line. It is a true mark of success when the founders of a business manage to sell it off for millions of dollars and can retire from working altogether if they so desire. Of course, getting to that point is far from easy. In most cases, it takes years of blood, sweat, and tears, and even the most diligent workers may not ever reach this lofty goal. However, there are certain measures business leaders can take to help set themselves up for success. Here are some important steps to take to ensure a solid exit plan:

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Activity Alert System: Why You Need It In Your Deal Rooms

When in search of a virtual data room for your M&A deal management, what are you looking for in a provider? A secure online meeting place for all parties involved in the deal? Full control during online due diligence processes? A secure online data repository to simplify the cooperation between all parties?

The virtual data room has evolved to become a complete tool to facilitate the entire deal course.

Successful deal closures require an understanding of many concurrent deals and events within the firm. Often times, this level of awareness is difficult, especially as the quantity and level of complexity involved in the deals increases. When choosing a software to adopt, it is crucial to ensure that your virtual data room offers an activity alert system. These systems provide a series of activity alerts to ensure that users can access newly added documents quickly and with ease.

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4 Tips on How to Handle an Unsolicited Acquisition Offer

If you're a business owner who's been approached with an unsolicited acquisition offer, you might be feeling a mix of emotions—relief and excitement that your hard work has finally paid off, disappointment at the low asking price, or even fantasies about retirement to a tropical island.

Regardless of how good the offer seems, there are still questions to ask and procedures to follow before you sign on the dotted line. Follow the tips below in order to make the negotiation process as straightforward and advantageous as possible.

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Selling a Business: 4 Key Points

Many entrepreneurs dream of growing a business quickly so that they can sell it for a handsome profit at some point. However, many of these motivated individuals may not quite realize just how difficult the growing and selling processes actually are. Even the most successful businesses have had trouble finding and closing favorable deals, as seemingly trivial issues can become quite significant once it is time for everyone to sign on the dotted line. It is important to go into the sales process knowing exactly where the business stands and precisely what sort of things to expect from any prospective buyers. Here are some of the key things to consider before jumping into the complex process of selling a business:

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4 Scenarios When You Should Sell Part of Your Business

Deciding to sell a portion of your business is never easy, especially if you feel as though you've invested much of your time, effort and soul into getting your business up and running. However, sometimes the arguments in favor of selling are strong enough to overcome the doubt and apprehension that you're experiencing.

The sale of part of a company's assets is also known as a partial divestiture. Typically, a partial divestiture occurs when the owner or CEO of a company no longer wants to own a given business unit or asset. So what are the situations where divestiture makes sense for your business, and what are the signs that you should sell part of your company?

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3 Ways to Build Shareholder Value

Companies tend to base their success, or lack thereof, on whether and to what extent they have enriched their shareholders. Generating handsome returns is obviously a primary goal, but short term earnings do not necessarily entail long term growth and survival. Although it will never be possible to ignore the importance of earnings for shareholders, it is not necessary to focus solely on this measure to the exclusion of other important metrics, particularly overall value. After all, it is market value that will inevitably impact a company’s long term financial success or failings. Here are three important ways to build shareholder value:

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Understanding Earn-Outs in M&A Transactions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be risky transactions for any and all parties involved, but the buyers of a business obviously carry the brunt of the risk. These deals can be particularly tricky when the targeted firm is a fledgling startup or relatively new to the pertinent industry. As a result, seasoned M&A professionals have created various ways to mitigate some of the risks associated with these sorts of deals to entice firms to continue buying up smaller enterprises and to induce business owners to commit to a sale. One example of a risk-allocation tool that is now used with relative frequency is the earn-out. Here is a quick rundown on what this is and how it works:

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New SecureDocs Feature: Introducing Built-In Electronic Signature

SecureDocs is pleased to announce our new built-in electronic signature feature. We are the only data room on the market with electronic signature that is built-into the software. No clunky integrations, just seamless efficiency to help you get your deal completed faster, and corporate agreements executed immediately.

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