Venue (by Donnelley Financial Solutions )

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Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN) was established in 1983 and is a leader in risk and compliance solutions. Although DFIN is known for their print services, they have been transforming themselves into a Fintech company providing solutions for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as well as other regulatory SEC compliance software such as 10-K and iXBRL.
One of DFIN’s platforms is their Virtual Data Room (VDR) known as Venue.  Venue is known for it’s global scalability and can include add-on features such as artificial intelligence (AI) through their eBrevia engine to help automate contract reviews.
Venue is also known for it’s encryption security for global projects and was also awarded Virtual Data Room of the year by the M&A Atlas awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018. One of the benefits DFIN’s Venue product has is live human interaction for services and technical support.

Features Checklist:

Company Info

(STR) Established 1864
(STR) Locations US, Brazil , Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, France, Japan
(STR) Employees 68000
(STR) Clients Microsoft, Starbucks, UnitedHealthCare, Bayer, ConAgraFoods, Facebook, IBM, KPMG, Nasdaq, TPG, The WaltDisney Company, Deloitte, Humana, Latham Watkins

Trial & Pricing

Free Demo yes
(STR) Free Trial no
(STR) Price Negotiable

Deployment Options

Cloud (Web-Based) yes
On-Premise (Installed) no
Multiple Datacenter Locations yes

Support & Services

Business Hours Support yes
24/7 Email Support yes
24/7 Phone & Email Support yes
Online Help Center no
Live Trainings no
Dedicated Project Manager yes
Data Room Archive on DVD or USB Drive no
Translation Services yes
(STR) Support Languages English, German, Portuguese, Chinese (simplified), Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean


Branded User Interface yes
Custom Domain no
Custom Login Page no
Custom User Invitation Letter no
Custom Agreements for Accessing Data Room no
Active Directory Integration no
Single Sign-On Integration no
Customer-Managed Encryption Keys no
Integrations Through APIs yes
Custom Workflows and Features no

Activity Tracking & Reporting

Tracking of All User Activity yes
Real-Time Audit Trail yes
Graphic Reports yes
Exporting Reports to Excel yes
Tracking of Document Viewing Time yes
Scheduled Reports (Sending to Email) no

Collaboration Features

Basic Questions & Answers Module yes
Advanced Questions & Answers Module no
Secure User Messaging yes
New Document Email Notifications no
Files & Folders Notes no

Search, OCR & Filters

Search by Name yes
Search by Content (Full Text Search) yes
OCR (Optical Character Recognition) yes
Filtering by Parameters no

Accessibility & Ease Of Use

No Plugins no
Scroll-Through Web-Based Document Viewer yes
Web-Based Excel Spreadsheets Viewer yes
iOS Application no
Android Application no
Mobile Device Interface no
(STR) User Interface Languages English, German, Portuguese, Chinese (simplified), Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean

Access Security

Two-Factor Authentications yes
Mobile Device Management no
Granular User Permissions yes
Permission Groups yes
Access Expiration yes
Access Limitation by IP Address no

Data Hosting & Infrastructure Security

99.9% Uptime Guarantee yes
ISO 27001 Certified yes
SOC 2 Certified yes
SSAE 16 Certified no
Data Backup yes
Virus Scanning yes

File Protection & Digital Rights Management

Granular Document Permissions yes
View-Only Access yes
Prevention of Download, Print and Copy yes
Remote Shredding of Documents no
Customizable Document Watermarks yes
Secure Fence View no
Document Access Expiry yes
256-Bit SSL/TLS Encryption yes
Data at Rest Encryption yes

Files & Folders Management

(STR) File Formats Supported PDF, MS Office, jpg, msg, htm, gif, png, mht, tiff
Automatic Numerical Indexing of Files & Folders yes
Drag & Drop Upload of Multiple Files and Folders yes
Desktop Synchronization no
Archives Upload & Extraction no
Export of Data Room Index to Excel no
Document Version Control yes
Multilingual Documents Index yes

Industry Solutions

Bankruptcy yes
Biotech Licensing yes
Board Portals yes
Clinical Studies yes
Debt Financing yes
Distressed Real Estate yes
Document Repository yes
Due Diligence yes
Fundraising yes
Hedge Funds yes
IPO & Exits yes
Litigation yes
M&A Buy Side yes
M&A Sell Side yes
Post Merger yes
Private Equity yes
Procurement Management yes
Restructuring yes


  1. Justy Phil
    Personal assistant

    Venue is a decent data room, and even though I like it, I don’t think there is anything special about it. However, I don’t really need the AI feature.

  2. Rowland Garnet

    The built-in artificial intelligence is such a time-saver for me. My company goes through deals constantly, and the AI allows me to understand the terms of contracts in one glance.

  3. Joel Perkins

    It’s easy to trust RR Donnelley data room because this provider is very old and experienced. That was the reason we picked this vendor. It feels a bit restricting because this data room doesn’t have all the features other providers offer. But in general, it is a nice fit for us.

  4. Aric Attwood
    Operating Partner/CFO

    I’ve heard a lot about Venue data room as our partners were using it. So I merely picked the provider I knew. This data room is not the best option on the market, and there are more advanced providers. But so far, I am satisfied since I am new to this technology.

  5. Fred Ely
    General Counsel

    We are a financial service company, and we need to make everything for our customers to feel secure. We chose RR Donnelley data room because this provider exists for ages, and everyone seems to know and trust it. The service has all the required features, so there is no issue here. It lacks customization, but that’s not a big problem for us.

  6. Leon Marchand
    Strategy consultant

    We’re using Venue data room for due diligence and to share information with our clients. It is a decent service that provides us with all the tools we need to work with data. The software is simple enough for all our customers to understand. So we are quite satisfied with this data room so far.


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