A dedicated team is a must for companies who plan to grow through M&A. My company has a team called transition specialists who assist with pre-merger due diligence, merger activity and PMI. Having a team that is not only the subject matter experts but also a single point of contact for all stakeholders engaging in the activity helps reduce friction and uncertainty for both the acquirer and the target. A failed merger or acquisition could be a devastating financial impact to the acquiring company. A dedicated team is a legitimate insurance policy for such an event.