Buyers have the opportunity to manage the people spend with the same discipline and rigor as other capital investments (property, plant, equipment, R&D, M&A, among others)
– Jeff Cox, Global M&A Transaction Services Leader
Engaging and leveraging key executives/employees post-closing to create value out of the deal is as critical as retaining them pre-closing and right after closing.
– Keiko Shimada, Japan M&A Leader
Managing people risks such as key employee retention, cultural and organizational fit and leadership assessment, inherent in all types of M&A transactions is of paramount importance in achieving the desired deal value.
– Dhruv Mehra, ASEAN and Singapore M&A Leader
Buyers and sellers are navigating new complexities including entering new geographies, exiting long standing business units and taking on new risks/liabilities.
– Daniel Nadborny, Latin America M&A Leader
Cultural and organizational fit/integration
Leadership team (determining the quality of the management team/executives for the new company)
Compensation and benefit levels (market pay concerns)
Talent availability and identifying, assessing, and placing talent
"If my HR leader wants a seat at the table, they better come prepared with a comprehensive process to manage the retention discussion from start to finish with my business leaders."
— CEO, Fortune 500 company
Mercer's research report, People Risks in M&A Transactions