M&As — The Long And The Short Of It

Exhibit 1 Medium-sized deal performance

by Towers Perrin
When mergers and acquisitions grab the headlines, it’s often the big deals that move the markets and capture the attention of investors, analysts and the general public. Certainly there have been plenty of blockbuster transactions in recent months as companies loaded with cash have made M&A activity a central part of their quest to build shareholder value. […] Read more

Corporate Fight Back – Five disciplines to win in M&A

Executive summary A new era of M&AA new era of M&A has emerged, which is changing the face of corporate Britain. Over the last three years the M&A market has leapt back to life. Three forces – private capital and in particular PE, investor activism and globalisation – have converged to reshape the fundamental dynamics … Read more

The Great Buy-Out: M&A In China

Figure 1 Completed M&A transactions involving China

by Economist Intelligence Unit
One of the first merger-and-acquisition (M&A) transactions in China was completed in 1985, barely seven years after Deng Xiaoping started opening communist China to the world. It was the purchase by Singapore’s Hong Leong Enterprises, for an undisclosed sum, of Rheem (Far East), a maker of steel drums established in pre-communist 1946 China by Rheem International USA. […] Read more

Who Should Manage The M&A Process?

EXHIBIT 1 Rank services during M&A in terms of importance

by Towers Perrin
Our panelists engage in an informative discussion of individual company approaches to managing the M&A process and share their experiences on what has been most successful. We look specifically at the pros and cons of centralized versus decentralized approaches and also examine the role of outside advisors. […] Read more

Is M&A Really Worth The Trouble And Risk?

Is M&A Really Worth The Trouble And Risk?

by Towers Perrin
Insurance M&A is on the rise again. A tier of stronger players has emerged who are looking to gain market share, raise capital or otherwise make more efficient use of capital to streamline their business. However, the past has shown us that many mergers and acquisitions never fully achieve their potential benefits. Is M&A really worth the trouble and risk? What, then, are the keys to a successful outcome? […] Read more

HR Rises To The Challenge: Unlocking The Value Of M&A

EXHIBIT 1-2 Expected Change in M&A Activity-Key Drivers

by Towers Perrin
With mergers and acquisitions reemerging as a key business strategy for many organizations, the billion-dollar question is whether the next wave of deals will prove more successful than many of those struck during the late 1990s. Towers Perrin research suggests the answer will be yes for many organizations, thanks in part to some hard lessons learned about the critical people issues involved in integrating businesses successfully. […] Read more

The Role Of Human Capital In M&A

Figure 1 Number of M&A-related activities

by Towers Perrin
European merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions are surprisingly successful: over 70% of respondents report their M&A deals achieved targeted objectives. New desk research into 50 large mergers and acquisitions in Europe backs-up the respondents’ claims. In 45% of the deals the share price of the merged company outperformed the rest of its sector in the following year. […] Read more

From Pre-Deal To All Systems Go: Eight Practical IT Integration Imperatives To Help Drive M&A Success

by Accenture
In spite of a softer economy and a changing business landscape, mergers and acquisitions remain a vital part of many companies’ overall strategies to attain and maintain competitive advantage. But even in the best of economic times, merger and acquisition (M&A) execution is a challenge. Statistics have shown that anywhere from 40 percent to 60 percent of M&As either fail outright or fall well short of the value they’re expected to bring. Improving the financial return for M&As, even incrementally, offers a huge potential value. […] Read more

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