M&A Circle – Overview and Discussion of New Technology in M&A

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
3000 El Camino Real
Five Palo Alto Square
Suite 500
Palo Alto, CA 94306

M&A is being transformed by new technology. Software products are making the M&A process radically more efficient, helping companies to become more competitive in the auction process and increasing the odds of successful deal execution.

You are invited to join us for an overview and discussion of some of the leading new technology that is available.


Featured Technology


  • Midaxo – Midaxo’s cloud solution empowers thought-leading companies – such as Hewlett Packard, Nokia, and Philips, among others – to manage their deal pipelines and drive their deal success. By leveraging Midaxo’s highly-secure cloud platform, these companies are able to institutionalize digital playbooks for all their strategic corporate initiatives. The result? They reduce risks, focus on value creation, eliminate manual work, and capture synergies quicker.

  • Kira – Kira is the most used and trusted software for contract review and analysis, helping the world’s largest corporations and professional service firms uncover relevant information from unstructured contracts and related documents. This machine learning technology excels at searching and analyzing contract text and can be deployed for due diligence, knowledge management, lease abstraction, regulatory compliance and other projects where visibility into contract provisions is critical. Kira has been used on thousands of deals to accurately review contracts in half the time.

  • iDeal – Deloitte’s iDeal analytics platform can transform the diligence and integration process by providing insights and observations on a target’s business well beyond a traditional diligence process. By analyzing source and transactional information, iDeal can rapidly analyze large volumes of data, aggregating results by geography, customer, product, etc., providing the ability to look at granular business trends that may have significant impacts on deal value and strategy. iDeal can provide new insights and assist in confirming key deal hypothesis (such as retention, etc.) concurrently.

  • Merrill Communications’ DatasiteOne – a new and enhanced version of Merrill’s award winning Virtual Deal Room will be released in March, including improved analytics, enhanced functionality and quicker implementation, ability to do online redactions, automatic deletion of downloaded documents and various other new features.


Our Distinguished Moderator


Nick O’Keefe

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Nick is an M&A Partner in Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer’s Silicon Valley office. He has over 20 years of corporate law and M&A experience, with an emphasis on buy-side and sell-side work and takeover defense, including domestic and cross-border deals. His clients include public and private strategics, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and financial advisors.