The Real Benefits of IRM in Virtual Data Rooms and Why You Should Care

20 March 2017


When working on a deal, security should be your primary concern. If you’re using an Intralinks Virtual Data Room you can rest easy because we share that concern, as evidenced by $31.3 trillion worth of transactions securely completed on Intralinks. One of our latest product updates builds on that foundation and provides advanced security, keeping deal value up and making life easier for everyone involved in the transaction.

What does IRM stand for?

IRM stands for “Information Rights Management” and, while you may still be confused as to what that technically means, what’s important to understand is this feature’s capabilities and how they can help you in the middle of a deal.

What does IRM actually do?

In short, IRM lets you as the advisor/seller protect documents (Including Microsoft® Excel®), enabling your bidders to download, interact with and even forward documents on to others – all while giving you complete control over document security. Don’t want end users to print? No problem. Don’t want them to save changes? Again, no problem. And if you want to revoke user access completely, you can – even if they have downloaded the documents – with just a click of a button.

IRM’s benefits for sellers:





  • Protect documents in their native formats – without having to convert to TIFF
  • Control which bidders can view, edit and download individual documents, streamlining the due diligence process
  • Retain full control over every protected document for life
  • Save time setting up print areas on Microsoft Excel documents

IRM’s benefits for bidders:



  • View and edit documents in their native Microsoft Office® file formats
  • No need to engage IT to install plugins

Find out more about Intralinks Virtual Data Rooms here.


Matt Wells

Matthew Wells

As Intralinks’ vice president, product marketing, Matt Wells is a key member focused on the development and go-to-market strategy for Intralinks’ M&A business which includes our virtual data room and deal lifecycle solutions. Matt joined Intralinks in 2012 upon the acquisition of PE-Nexus, a company he co-founded in 2010 that pioneered the concept of online deal sourcing and buyer identification. Before PE-Nexus, he was a vice president at Cross Keys Capital, a boutique advisory firm, where he focused on middle-market M&A transactions.

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