Whether you’re planning to sell your business or are interested in an acquisition, the due diligence process will require an online data room. This is usually the only way prospective buyers can access the data necessary to make an informed choice. The good news is that there are a variety of options to improve the efficiency of the process.

The first step, for example, is to determine what documents are necessary and what information types should be included in the M&A Data Room. Then, you should organize the documents in a sensible way. For instance, you could, have a folder per department and subfolders per type of document. This will make it easier for users to find what they’re looking to find and help them save time. It is suggested to create two folders for confidential documents: one for non-confidential ones and one for confidential documents. You can set granular permissions to each folder so that users will only see information they need.

The final step is to upload the files into the M&A data room. Once the files are in place you can start reviewing them and address any questions that arise. The more organized the M&A data room is, the faster the due diligence process is and the quicker you will be able to complete the transaction.

Acquisitions and mergers aren’t easy for any business. But with the right guidance, you can smooth the process and avoid any possible mistakes. With this in mind, here are a few of the key steps to success in an M&A transaction.