The private equity sector continues to grow at a rapid rate, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. Investment management firms are confronted with the task of managing the influx of data regarding potential investments. A virtual data room (“VDR”) is one method to streamline and improve the due diligence process. A VDR can help PE firms conduct a deeper analysis and evaluation of market position growth opportunities, cash flows, and the track records of potential investment targets.
A VDR can help investment management teams to close more profitable transactions within a shorter timeframe. It can be a significant influence on the bottom line. However there are specific features that must be considered when choosing the right VDR for due diligence in private equity.
The VDR must provide a flexible and secure online platform to conduct due diligence on investment opportunities. It must allow users the possibility to upload, organize and share files from any device that has Internet access. In addition, a comprehensive due diligence workflow should be included. This should include tools for Q&A that allow for granular control of documents and folders as well as drag-anddrop features for uploading files.
A comprehensive analytics suite should be available to provide insight into the transaction progress. This will include real-time reports on downloads of documents, user activity as well as Q&A interactions and many more.