About Us

Why Transaction Commons?

Transaction Commons was born out of decades of frustration with disorganized (and inefficient) business transaction document negotiation.  Transaction efficiency depends on all parties communicating in an organized way.  That goal is not served by email, and even if one party thinks they are organized, they are only part of the equation.  Hence the frustration.

We started Transaction Commons to address the continuing inefficiency in business transaction communication and documentation.

Who Are We?

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Bob Marsh, President

Bob is the president and founder of Transaction Commons.  After decades as a transaction lawyer and as outside general counsel for business clients, Bob started Transaction Commons.  His goal was to improve the transaction process - whether for large M&A transactions or any other complex (or slowly negotiated) transaction.  Bob has graduate degrees from Northwestern University‘s School of Law and Kellogg School of Management.

Your Transaction Process Experts

Our focus is the transaction process.  Getting from the inception of the transaction, through the nondisclosure agreement, term sheet (or letter of intent), due diligence, transaction document negotiation, and finally to the closing and any post-closing escrow resolution.  And doing it all as efficiently as possible.  Transaction Commons is the platform that makes that possible, and at a fair price.  Most importantly, the Transaction Commons team knows how that process works - and how and where inefficiency and waste can arise.

Why are we called "Transaction Commons"?

We designed our platform to enable the completion of transactions with organization, confidentiality, and security and with fair access to all parties.  So we chose the name Transaction Commons.

"Transact" means to conduct something – business, a project, or other activities – to a conclusion. The word is based on the Latin word transactus – meaning to carry out or accomplish.  Sometimes transactions are discrete, other times they may define a long term relationship.

"Commons" is a place shared by more than one person or company and not necessarily controlled by a particular user.  While TC is a cloud-based application, the analogy to a place or location is important.

We Know What Matters: Where Deals Get Done!

The ultimate goal for all of the parties is the completion of the transaction.   It's not just about the process - although an efficient one makes completion more likely and satisfying to everyone involved.  So we keep that goal in the forefront and highlight that Transaction Commons is the "place" where transactions get completed.