The number of technological tools available to help dealmakers do their jobs has increased over the years, as has our coverage of them at Mergers & Acquisitions. Recently, we hosted a Web Seminar on "The Virtues of VDRs in M&A," sponsored by Citrix ShareFile. Virtual data rooms provide secure, easy-to-use venues for buyers and sellers to share, track and control all the documents involved in transactions.

The panelists on our Web Seminar included: Peggy Roberts (pictured), chief operating officer of the Riverside Co.'s Riverside Capital Appreciation Fund; David Eagle, principal, Brynwood Partners; and Chip Duggins, vice president, Harris Williams & Co. They shared their experiences, including how VDRs are streamlining the due diligence process, enhancing communication among all parties involved in transactions and accelerating the time it takes to close deals. You can hear the recording of our discussion at

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