Solving the integration equation early in M&A process

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    Luke Sexton
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    In the current environment, with the increasing price of debt and inflation impacting on earnings of potential targets, successful integration is critical to the success of any M&A activity. Integration can be a complicated process, demanding a fast pace to keep momentum and garner maximum value in the wake of a deal. A clear vision of the end goal is important to guide the strategy and processes, as well as a capable all-rounder in the lead and solid communications to keep all stakeholders on side.

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    Mark Butikofer
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    Integration is difficult, but can be even more difficult when there is lack of clarity concerning the deal synergies and target operating model. However, situations can often change once the deal is closed,.. and there has to be some flexibility to adapt accordingly, but stakeholders need to be advised, and the appropriate integration governing body needs to approve changes to the deal business case, integration scope & timeline.

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    David C
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    I agree with Mark’s comments – clarifying your objectives (& expectations) is critical to realizing deal synergies. While you may not have to have all the ‘operational integration aspects’ fleshed-out beforehand, you should at least have a draft, high-level plan prepared. This will ensure that you have a thought-out plan beforehand, but it ensures that it aligns with the overall M&A deal; think of it as an ‘essay outline’ for the ‘final paper’.

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