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People Risks In M&A Transactions

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Insights from leaders managing 4M+ employees globally


Survey Responses

from M&A professionals on both the buy and sell side



with corporate and private equity clients, investment bankers, M&A advisors


M&A Deals

analyzed (60% were cross-border deals)


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

The Top Five People Issues Identified (In Rank Order)


Employee retention


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

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