Post Merger Integration (PMI)

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    Teo Kim Heng

    What, based on your expertise and experience, are the main pitfalls in PMI and how can these be avoided or overcome?

    Erin Gray

    Miscommunication and inconsistent timelines are the major pitfalls that have thrown off integrations I’ve worked on in the past. This is mostly caused by a disconnect within leadership on the overall expectations of the integration.

    Teo Kim Heng

    Indeed, Erin, communications is the ‘bloodline’ and eventually it boils down, no pun intended, to people, again.

    Jonathan Cohee

    In my experience the most costly mistake I have seen is a delay in integrating the our systems and allowing the company that we acquired keep running on a separate platform. Reporting data and integrating the operations was next too impossible when going between two systems. inconsistent communication lead to costly mistakes and delays in the integration process.

    Abhijit Dutta

    Overcoming cultural gaps has been the biggest roadblock in my experience. This is a very important element of change management which often gets overlooked by the PMI teams.

    Helen Mitchell

    How would you go about structuring a workplan template for a PMI?


    In some projects, people are evaluated based on whether a target was purchased or not. To put it another way, whether PMI is successful or not is not taken into account. Therefore, there is no commitment from the people because whatever effort they put into, is it not valued. As we leaned in the course, it is important to value the work of people who are involved with PMI phase, so that they try to achieve the objectives of PMI.

    Gretchen Asher

    Not addressing cultural integration is a big cause of a failed PMI. I’ve seen so many acquisitions where the target company is brought onto the acquiring company’s ERP or other technology (as well as H.R. integration of pay banding, etc.) and that is all they think they need to do to properly integrate the target company’s employees. It is key to create a NewCo culture or do the hard work of integrating the target company’s employees into the acquiring company’s culture.

    Frederik DW

    I think overestimating synergie-value and underestimating the effort to ealize the integration is an absolute killer. Especially assuming that integration is just the final piece of the puzzle, while contrast, it’s just the beginning!

    Teo Kim Heng

    Indeed, Frederik! So long there is M&A, there will be over estimated or stated synergies … both are inseparable


    Delays in the acquisition and communication. Once employees hear the acquisition is coming (or might be coming) the rumor mill can have a negative impact on moral.

    Culture is also a big risk and anything we can do to identify if there is a culture fit during DD is best. I feel this is often overlooked by executives.

    Leah Roderick

    I would say lack of communication and synergies between management teams on both sides of the aisle (buying company and selling company).

    Elena Dmitrishina

    Totally agree with the opinions shared above. My top 3 are 1) lack of pre-planning for post merger assignments for the target’s leadership team. 2) optimistic expectations of the synergies (underplanning overall) 3) lack of strategic alignment before the integration.

    Olena Kosobutska

    Communication and preparation. The Company should have well structured integration plan with all workstreams being involved and aligned on key goals and timeline of key milestones achievement. It is also good practice to have an internal tool for tracking synergies assumed in the Business Case.

    Macarena J.S.

    In addition to the previous posts, I will add the leakage of relevant employees, impacting in the business as usual, losing expertise and knowledge and forcing the company to hire new and more expensive people from outside the company

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