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  • 12/12/2018

    Video

    Your Questions Answered - Bonus Q&A from our Industrials M&A Panel

    M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Where will most divestitures come from next year? Is R&W Insurance worth the time and money? What makes an attractive target for mid-to-large private equity firms? These are some of the additional audience questions we tackled in the follow up to our lively Industrials M&A Video panel.

     

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  • 12/06/2018

    Video

    The DAK Group Experience: How Merrill DatasiteOne helped the firm streamline their due diligence process

    M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    We recently caught up with Ari Fuchs, Director at The DAK Group, to ask about his experience with Merrill DatasiteOne. Hear what he has to say.

     

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  • 11/01/2018

    Blog

    Texas Groundview: Private Equity Hold 'em

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne® | Merrill DataSite®

    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 Merrill 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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  • 10/31/2018

    Blog

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

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Fundraising | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    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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  • 10/17/2018

    Blog

    Is FIRRMA the next GDPR? And 7 other takeaways from our October 4 TMT panel

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    “Transactions that involve cross border and CFIUS issues are going to cost more, they are going to extend the regulatory approval cycles and it will keep the lawyers busy,” Jim Ackerman, Vice President of Corporate Development for Flex Ltd, predicts during our Merrill Insight Video panel Hot or Hype? Trends in Technology M&A. Here are 7 other top takeaways from our October 4 live-video panel.

     

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  • 10/04/2018

    Blog

    NY Groundview: Bill's Top 4 Diligence hacks

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Merrill 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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  • 09/24/2018

    Blog

    Merrill DatasiteOne enables a financial advisor in Japan to take deal-making to a whole new level

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Yoichi Arai, Representative Director of Hongo Tsuji Business Consulting in Japan, spoke with Merrill recently and shared how DatasiteOne exceeds his expectations.

     

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  • 09/19/2018

    Blog

    Painting a vision for insight and analytics in due diligence technology

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | IPO & Equity Offerings | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    When we launched Merrill 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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  • 09/19/2018

    Blog

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

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    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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  • 09/19/2018

    Blog

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

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    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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  • 09/14/2018

    Blog

    Merrill Insight™ | 5 ways AI is shaking up the job market (and how to use it to your advantage)

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne® | Merrill DataSite®

    “AI is a lot like the Iron Man suit – it takes a human and makes them more powerful,” says Joanna Riley in this interview discussing how artificial intelligence (AI) is fundamentally changing the way companies identify and recruit talent – and what it means for job seekers.

     

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  • 09/05/2018

    Blog

    Merrill Insight™ | 9 things would-be venture capitalists should know

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Shruti Gandhi, founder and managing partner at Array Ventures, joines Merrill Insight Audio for a podcast focused on on investments in big data, tech trends and the excitement of venture capital. Array was founded three years ago, and just sold one of its first investments in a fraud-prevention technology called Simility, to Paypal for $120m cash.

     

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  • 08/31/2018

    Blog

    Buzzed out? Real life impact of AI, big data and machine learning

    M&A and Related Activities | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Listen to business technology expert Shruti Gandhi, co-founder of Array Ventures, describe the real-world applications of tech buzzwords like artificial intelligence.

     

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  • 08/22/2018

    Blog

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

    Due Diligence | M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite® | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    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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  • 08/17/2018

    Blog

    Suit and Tie

    M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DataSite® | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    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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  • 08/03/2018

    Blog

    A day in the life of Merrill Service: Meet Caroline

    Due Diligence | IPO & Equity Offerings | Merrill DatasiteOne® | Merrill DataSite®

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

     

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  • 07/31/2018

    Blog

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

    Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    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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  • 07/23/2018

    Blog

    Home Healthcare Services provide an enticing opportunity during healthcare boom

    Due Diligence | Regulatory Disclosure | Regulatory Disclosure for Corporations | Contract Management | IPO & Equity Offerings | Merrill DatasiteOne® | Merrill DataSite®

    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, Merrill Corporation talked to a global panel of experts and polled dealmaking professionals on key topics.

     

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  • 07/20/2018

    Blog

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

    Due Diligence | M&A and Related Activities | Regulatory Disclosure | Regulatory Disclosure for Corporations | Merrill DatasiteOne® | Merrill DataSite®

    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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  • 07/18/2018

    Blog

    Innovation and deal acceleration in Africa in 2018

    Due Diligence | M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DatasiteOne® | Merrill Bridge®

    African M&A has been characterised by political risk and allegations of fraud over the past 18 months resulting in a slow year for M&A deals across the region. Instability, lack of regulatory clarity and weak economic fundamentals in the continent’s biggest markets worked to limit investor confidence. However, in 2018 the tides are changing and M&A in Africa is likely to see a different story.

     

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  • 07/17/2018

    Blog

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

    Due Diligence | IPO & Equity Offerings | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    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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  • 07/03/2018

    Blog

    Listing on the HKSE - fad or future?

    M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DataSite® | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Following the loosening of listing criteria on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, a number of US and Asia companies are talking to advisers about raising capital and gaining more visibility. Learn more by listening to our panelists discuss during our recent Healthcare M&A Video.

     

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  • 07/02/2018

    Blog

    Shareholder activism, an NYC rooftop and DatasiteOne

    M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Merrill DataSite® | Merrill 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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  • 06/29/2018

    Blog

    What policies can increase antibiotics investment and why does it matter?

    M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DataSite® | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    The live audience from our recent healthcare video sent in some really great questions. Kimberly Ha, one of our panelists, answers one of them on how to stimulate antibiotic R&D research, in this blog.

     

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  • 06/27/2018

    Blog

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

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    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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  • 06/25/2018

    Blog

    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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  • 06/18/2018

    Blog

    Merrill returns to Chestertons Polo in the Park

    On Saturday 9th June, Merrill Corporation hosted over 200 guests at one of our flagship yearly events. For the 8th year running, we returned to West London’s historic Hurlingham Park in Fulham, host to the largest and certainly most fun polo tournament in Europe.

     

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  • 05/30/2018

    Blog

    Eliminating document language barriers in M&A due diligence

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | Due Diligence | Financial Services Marketing & Communications | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Intellectual Property Management | Portfolio Management | IPO & Equity Offerings | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Merrill 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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  • 05/24/2018

    Blog

    Megadeals are heating up, just in time for summer

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    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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  • 05/03/2018

    Blog

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

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Due Diligence | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    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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  • 04/24/2018

    Blog

    DatasiteOne. Update One. Dashboard One.

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | Merrill DatasiteOne®

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

     

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