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 www.themiddlemarket.com/vdr.
As more services and products aimed at M&A professionals have come on the market, we have expanded our editorial coverage. In the last several months, we published a two-part series of articles. In the December 2014 issue of Mergers & Acquisitions, we profiled five companies that provide new dealmaking services, from social networking tools to customer satisfaction surveys: Axial Networks, GF Data Resources, Rkon Technologies, Sutton Place Strategies and Walker Information. The level of interest in the article was so high that we followed it up in the March issue with a story about five more modern services, including ones focused on such timely topics as cyber security and customized portals. In the March issue, we featured services from CapLinked, EFront, Midaxo, Mind Over Machines and Valuations.com.
Social media is one technology we'd like to see more dealmakers embrace. A great example for dealmakers to follow in social media is Rich Lawson, the CEO of HGGC, which won our 2014 M&A Mid-Market Award for Private Equity Firm of the Year. Lawson stands out for his prolific presence on Twitter, where he is known as @rich_lawson. His tweets provide a steady stream of insights and news about dealmaking and the doings of his firm and partners, including Steve Young, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.
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