Post-Merger Integration Blog

De-risk PMI technology projects and increase certainty for your M&A deal.

Bring in A Fresh Pair of Eyes to Look at Your Post-Merger Integration

Posted by Hutton Henry on 13-Oct-2017 06:27:00

If you’re someone who has been closely involved in an acquisition are you the right person to view your merger with an objective and unbiased pair of eyes?

Deloitte’s Post-Merger Integration Survey & Report 2015, which focuses on the post-merger integration phase of the merger and acquisition lifecycle, collated the views of 800+ executives.

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Topics: M&A, Mergers and Acquisition, Post-Merger Integration

Attitude is Everything in Post-Merger Integration

Posted by Hutton Henry on 10-Oct-2017 00:00:00

The success of any post-merger integration project is heavily reliant on your joint technology teams - but it’s not just their skills that are important, it’s also their attitude.

When it comes to mergers and acquisitions, there are many people and multiple systems to take into consideration, and there’s always a lot of pressure involved. After all, who wants to be the one to tell the board that there’s going to be a delay and could they extend the project deadlines?

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Topics: M&A, Mergers and Acquisition, Post-Merger Integration

Combining Two IT Infrastructures to Make One Perfect Environment

Posted by Hutton Henry on 06-Oct-2017 20:42:39

Almost 30% of respondents said that their post-merger integration fell short of success.*

This revelation comes from Deloitte's Post-Merger Integration Survey & Report 2015, which focuses on the post-merger integration phase of the merger and acquisition lifecycle, collating the views of 800+ executives.

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Topics: M&A, Mergers and Acquisition, Post-Merger Integration

Prioritise Your Customers in Your M&A Integration

Posted by Hutton Henry on 07-Sep-2017 14:30:00

Although negotiations on your latest M&A deal may have been completed to everyone’s satisfaction - it’s ultimately your customers that will decide the success of your merger and acquisition project.

Will both acquirer and acquired company keep their existing client base? Or will change and uncertainty undermine the position they currently hold in the marketplace? The answer to this very much depends on how well you communicate your company’s intentions, and the degree with which you reassure your customers that it’s business as usual – despite any changes.

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Topics: M&A, Mergers and Acquisition, Post-Merger Integration, private equity

5 Stages to Post-Merger Integration: Part Five – Evolution

Posted by Hutton Henry on 05-Sep-2017 06:06:53

This is the last blog of a 5-part series on the challenges of Post-Merger Integration - from the technology team's perspective.  See the bottom of this article for links to related blog articles.

Now the technology environments have been merged or separated, cultural differences will appear, and these will underpin the communication between the technology teams, their effectiveness and the impact to future collaboration. But the work does not stop here. All eyes will be on Day Two and Day 100 operations; even though they will have collaborated previously, the new joint technology teams will still be getting used to working together, potentially in new environments with new policies.

Service management will be monitoring the new environment closely to see if these monumental changes have impacted on production services, and, if Transitional Service Agreements are in place, whether these are being met.

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Topics: M&A, Mergers and Acquisition, Post-Merger Integration

5 Stages to Post-Merger Integration: Part Four – Day One Cutover

Posted by Hutton Henry on 29-Aug-2017 16:12:34

This is part four of a series of five blogs discussing the challenges of and recommendations for a successful post-merger integration.

For other essential steps for successful PMI steps take a look at:

5 Post-Merger Integration Challenges: Part One – Employees

5 Stages to Post-Merger Integration: Part Two – IT Due Diligence

5 Stages to Post-Merger Integration: Part Three – Planning and Design

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Topics: M&A, Mergers and Acquisition, Post-Merger Integration, private equity

5 Stages to Post-Merger Integration: Part Three – Planning and Design

Posted by Hutton Henry on 11-Aug-2017 09:38:05

Envision – develop and stress-test a technical delivery plan

A good Post-Merger Integration plan is effectively a sales document that will be circulated and assessed by all parties. Therefore, it needs to be convincing, and it needs to work.
Everyone’s eyes will be on the transformation team’s proposed plan, which will assess the feasibility and associated risk.

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Topics: M&A, Project Management, Mergers and Acquisition, Post-Merger Integration

5 Post-Merger Integration Challenges: Part One – Employees

Posted by Hutton Henry on 20-Jul-2017 12:02:41

What is a Post-Merger Integration?

Mergers and acquisitions, or "M&A," are well-known to many, as they are often reported on in national and international press.

Usually, the headlines are regarding a major deal involving at least one well-known brand, such as when Softbank acquired ARM for £24.3bn, or a more consumer-friendly report informing us that George Clooney sold his tequila firm. Once the deal has been agreed, that’s when the Post-Merger Integration occurs. But what is that, exactly?

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Topics: M&A, Mergers and Acquisition, Post-Merger Integration, Employee Engagement