The private equity market continues to expand at an extraordinary rate, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. Investment management firms are confronted with managing the data influx regarding potential investments. A virtual dataroom (“VDR”) can be utilized to optimize and speed up the due diligence process. Particularly, a virtual data room can help PE firms perform a greater analysis and evaluation of market position and growth opportunities, cash flows, and track records of prospective investment targets.
Utilizing an VDR to perform the initial phase of due diligence can assist investment managing teams close more lucrative deals in a shorter time. It can significantly impact the bottom line. There are a few specific aspects to consider when selecting the right VDR as part of private equity due diligence.
The first and foremost requirement is that the VDR must provide a scalable and secure online platform for conducting due diligence on prospective investments. It must allow users the ability to upload, organize and share documents using any device that has Internet access. Additionally, a comprehensive due diligence process should be included. This should include Q&A tools as well as granular control over files and folders and drag-and drop file upload capabilities.
A comprehensive analytics tool is also needed to provide insight into the progress of the transaction. This should include real-time information on documents downloaded, user activity Q&A interaction and many more.