I believe it is sensible to have a dedicated team dealing with the M&A process and post-merger integration. Having a team comprising of all relevant functions/ business areas collaborating allows for a more thorough and less siloed approach to the M&A process. Information from the M&A process will influence PMI strategy. Similarly PMI strategy and concerns is a vital consideration in the due diligence process – if integration would be challenging or costly is the deal a good idea? Probably not.