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  • 12/12/2018

    Blog

    Six Sure-fire Steps to Career Dominance

    Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Everyone’s got advice – your grandpa, your neighbor, your taxi driver, your mom… it’s non-stop. When it comes to building your career, isn’t it time to kill the noise and go straight to someone who has been there, done that and made bank? That’s what Merrill Corporation thought, so we assembled an all-star panel of dealmakers for a Merrill Insight™ Live breakfast focused on Turbo Charging Your Wall Street Career.

     

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  • 10/04/2018

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • 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

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    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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  • 07/17/2018

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    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

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    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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  • 06/28/2018

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    BriaCell’s Williams answers your biotech investment questions

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

    Dr. Bill Williams, CEO of BriaCell Therapeutics, discusses funding immunotherapy, why Biopharma is outperforming all other VC sectors and what's contributing to the returns.

     

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  • 06/27/2018

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    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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  • 06/26/2018

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    Almirall's Sabé on critical thinking, corporate challenges and why he left banking

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

    As part of our ongoing Merrill Insight™ conversations with senior M&A professionals, we interviewed Jordi Sabé, SVP Corp Dev at Almirall, about his career.

     

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  • 06/25/2018

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    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

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    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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  • 05/01/2018

    Blog

    Disruptive Technology: 4 trends uncovered at Merrill DatasiteOne launch event

    M&A and Related Activities | Capital Transactions | Due Diligence | Financial Services Marketing & Communications | Merrill DatasiteOne®

    Rory Cellan-Jones, a technology journalist for BBC News, was our headline speaker at our recent London-based launch events for our new application for due diligence, Merrill DatasiteOne. He was our headline speaker and unveiled to the invitation-only audience the four tech trends that have proven to continually disrupt fast-growing technologies.

     

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  • 04/25/2018

    Blog

    7 ways to improve deal success

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

    In the M&A world, saying integration is critical to a successful deal outcome is a bit like saying the sky is blue. But when asked how to turn common wisdom into practice many dealmakers draw a blank.

     

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  • 04/24/2018

    Blog

    GDPR Readiness Survey 2018

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

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May 2018 with a wider scope and higher penalties than existing data protection legislation. Many businesses have yet to assess their compliance with the new GDPR rules.

     

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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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  • 04/20/2018

    Blog

    6 GDPR compliance items Merrill helps you to check off your list

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

    Although the responsibility for your organisations’ GDPR compliance lies with your business, choosing a provider that helps you to check off some the regulatory boxes saves you time and worry.

     

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  • 04/19/2018

    Blog

    Consumer sector continues to grow in strength, bucking trend of general decline

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

    North America contributed 45% of global deal value in February 2018, boosted by General Dynamics's purchase of CSRA, Inc. The consumer sector was second to Energy, Mining & Utilities, but the nearly 15% market share is a strong bounce back from the general decline the industry's share last year. The value of cross-border deals dropped YoY, while domestic deal value surged.

     

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  • 04/11/2018

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    Merrill Insight™ | Warshaw’s Czepiel on Secrets of Successful Dealmaking

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

    Starting at Skadden Arps when M&A was a relatively new and growing practice area, Lori Anne Czepiel was often the only woman on the deal team. In this Q&A, Lori Anne tells us how she navigated her early years as a M&A lawyer, best practices for dealmakers and the advantages of serving the middle-market.

     

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  • 03/30/2018

    Blog

    6 ways to impress your boss

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

    In the cut-throat world of M&A, your data room provider can make an outsized impact on deal success. Pick Merrill DatasiteOne and be a stand-out. 

     

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  • 03/28/2018

    Blog

    7 ways to win a deal besides price

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

    With the recent launch of our new Merrill DatasiteOne due diligence app, we’ve been thinking hard about other ways dealmakers can gain a competitive edge in today’s frothy market. Here’s what US and EMEA M&A experts told us about how they’re navigating the tricky shoals of demanding sellers and high deal valuations.

     

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  • 03/12/2018

    Blog

    Merrill Insight™ │ Insurance Sector Webinar Playback

    Healthcare | Healthcare Member Communications | M&A, Reorganizations & Exchanges | M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    Merrill Corporation recently hosted a panel of experts in a one-hour webinar to discuss implications of a mix of insurance industry and market factors on the M&A market.

     

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  • 02/23/2018

    Blog

    Merrill Spotlight: M&A Market sweetens, but do wrinkles remain?

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

    Following the passage of the US tax bill, M&A experts are more optimistic than ever about the US deal environment. However, dealmakers warn that high valuations, buy-side competition and antitrust issues will continue to pose challenges.

     

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  • 02/21/2018

    Blog

    Merrill Spotlight: Cargill's Peter Hawthorne on Working Across Cultures

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

    A conversation with Cargill's Peter Hawthorne on life, leadership and how he hires.

     

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  • 02/20/2018

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    Your Questions Answered – Follow-Ups from our Corporate Development Webinar

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

    Our popular January 30 webinar, Corporate Development Outlook: Politics, Processes and Predictions, left a robust pipeline of unanswered questions for our panelists.

     

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  • 11/10/2017

    Blog

    As year-end looms, still a chance for giant deals

    M&A and Related Activities | Merrill DataSite®

    A spate of potential big M&A transactions – possibly including the largest one ever in the technology sector – could help 2017 finish on a high note.

     

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