M&A Highlights from the First Half of 2019

Mergers and acquisitions are some of the biggest events in business, with the potential to shake up entire industries. Companies engage in M&A deals for a variety of reasons: gaining access to new technologies and markets, getting a leg up over their competitors, expanding along their products’ supply chain, and more.

Now that we’re firmly into the second half of 2019, it’s a good time to take a look back on what the first half of the year held for M&A deals. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the biggest M&A events in the first half of 2019 and take a look at what’s coming in the remainder of the year.

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4 Signs the Time is Right for a Virtual Data Room

Over the years, the increase in the digitization of both personal and business records has made it possible for organizations to streamline their day-to-day processes while reducing their total operating expenses. One example of this efficiency is in the deployment and management of Virtual Data Rooms (VDRs).

In the past, companies engaging in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) or those in need of better information privacy needed to rely on physical data rooms. These secure rooms house rows of data reserved for secure document exchanges, file sharing, legal transactions, and financial due diligence. However, these facilities are notoriously costly to manage and lack the transparency and accessibility that most organizations need today.

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What Buyers Expect to See in Your Virtual Data Room During an M&A Transaction

Businesses that once relied on rows and rows of filing cabinets to store company documents have now shifted to virtual data rooms, also known as online data rooms. These digital warehouses serve as repositories for storing information and files about an organization: everything from financial statements and lists of company assets to contracts and HR data.

Virtual data rooms are particularly useful for the due diligence process during mergers and acquisitions. Potential M&A buyers want to see that you have all your ducks in a row, investigating and auditing your organization in order to limit the risk of the transaction.

By placing your documents in a centralized repository for easy access, virtual data rooms can significantly speed up the due diligence process. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most important forms and information that you should have in your virtual data room during an M&A transaction.

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Startup Transitions: Signs It’s Time to Move On

Creating a business is an incredible process. Founders, CEOs, executives and even staff who get in on the ground floor of a startup put their heart and soul into businesses, which is usually a good thing. However, this means that there are lots of emotions involved. Many founders refer to their startups as their babies and feel a strong tie to the businesses. This feeling is helpful. It is what keeps other team members fired up and it fuels the long days and nights spent at the office fixing problems and making it all happen. However, this emotional connection to the company can also keep CEOs and founders involved in the business past the optimal point to get out. How do you know  when it's time to move on and sell the business?
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The Balancing Act: Perfecting Due Diligence

When planning a merger or acquisition, due diligence on part of the buyer is of critical importance. Not only does due diligence help to identify potential red flags during financial transactions, but it can also be beneficial to both buyers and sellers when revealing fair market values for businesses and assets.

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How Technology Will Transform M&A in 2019 and Beyond

Mergers and acquisitions are becoming larger, more complex, and more valuable than ever before. Recent years have seen a rise in “mega-mergers” such as Disney-Fox, AT&T-Time Warner, CVS Health-Aetna, and Heinz-Kraft—each one worth tens of billions of dollars.

What’s more, it’s not just giant corporations that are merging. According to Accenture Research, 87 percent of firms have acquired another company in the past two years.

As this growth in M&A activity continues, businesses will need cutting-edge technological solutions in order to successfully execute the transaction. In this article, we’ll discuss 3 ways that technology will transform M&A in the short and medium term.

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Assessing Cybersecurity During M&A Due Diligence

When sizing up a potential M&A partner, most organizations focus on practical concerns such as their customer base or new product line.

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Start with the Exit Webinar Recap

On Wednesday, March 27th, we hosted a live webinar,  Start with the Exit in Mind, Building M&A value from startup to exit. The webinar focused primarily on M&A strategies and how to drive high valuation in the tech sector in the shortest amount of time.

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Inbound M&A Is This The Right Decision For Your Business

For most entrepreneurs, nothing is more satisfying than seeing their small startup become a successful, thriving business. And that success doesn't go unnoticed for long. Competitive brands and private equity groups are always on the lookout for new and established businesses with positive growth potential. In these cases, it doesn't take long for an attractive M&A offer to be made.

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Know Your Worth: Calculating Working Capital in M&A Transactions

Working capital is a measure of the capital a business uses during its day-to-day operations. This calculation is important because it gives an insight into the short-term financial health of the business.

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