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Strategic Role of HR in Planning and Delivering Successful M&A post-deal Integration

After the major slow down in European M&A transactions over the last couple of years, next year is expected to be a year of consolidation for most industries. It’s becoming clear that personnel issues are essential to the potential success or failure of an M&A deal. Without recognizing and managing human capital in merged companies the deal can never be called complete. The role of HR director is critical at the post-deal stage: to make employees more productive, to stimulate their performance, to introduce them smoothly to change, to retain talent, to deal with cultural differences, to create a renewed corporate culture and to ensure that the integration process is successful and complete.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

This two day course covers M&A integration and separation, targeted towards HR and Communications people. Course participants will be exposed to first hand experience in all aspects of post-deal integration, including change management, cross-cultural management, communications, corporate culture alignment, integration for HR and HR integrating the company. Our training course will help HR professionals to prepare and adapt to working in M&A deal and post-deal environment when it comes to integration of departments, functions, groups, units, businesses and companies.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for HR directors and managers, communication managers, team leaders and other professionals who are responsible for managing the personnel of the company after M&A deal

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

The development of the HR organisation
• M&A Integration Strategy
• M&A Integration Overview
• Why mergers fail? - defining success
• What is integration, and its objective
• Integration strategies and the people side; transforming the business 

Planning the Integration Process
• Integration drivers, mobilisation, momentum, governance, management and control
• 100 day planning HR and the business
• Day 1 activities, people and communication
• Retention strategy: Whom will we need to keep? 

• Review top talent and relationships
• Review salaries, benefits, pensions and other HR policies: the key differences and the issues this may cause?
• Review incentivisation: performance management and performance related pay across the organisation aligned with new goals
• Review culture: identify cultural differences and learn how to use them 

How to deliver a successful integration process
• Understand HR Systems: What do we have, what new data will be needed?
• The HR plan covering all other integration plans
• Plan resources: What additional knowledge or resource is needed?
• Training HR and training the whole organisation for integration
• Project management and tracking for HR
• Uncertainty, company productivity, “the profit dip” 

People Strategy
• Aligning goals
• Develop employee communications: what, when and how will we tell people?
• International HR: transfer management and expats
• Specifics of cross-cultural communication
• Change management
• Role of corporate culture in integration process

Benefits to you

• Clarify the deal’s context and the desired outcomes
• Determine the ideal future culture
• Assess the degree to which business and cultural integration are needed
• Identify the behavioural patterns needed to produce desirable outcomes
• Pull the right levers to drive those behaviours
• Actively manage employee engagement and change
• Learn the M&A and integration process and how to integrate successfully
• Understand the things that will delay or kill the integration
• Evaluate the tools, techniques and process involved
• Link strategy through planning to delivery

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

2 days Day Course

Course details

This course is currently only available as an in-house option. For more information, and a quote, contact our team on +44 (0)20 3002 3057, or by email at

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