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Post-merger integration

Whether the primary reason for a transaction is to create efficiencies and cost savings, facilitate the introduction of a new product portfolio, or benefit from operational synergies, pragmatic and holistic planning of the post-merger integration will be instrumental to a success or failure of a deal. Those companies that successfully integrated their businesses attribute their results to proper planning and swift implementation.

At Eversheds Sutherland, we are focused on helping clients achieving their commercial objectives from any given transaction. We will work with you once the transaction has reached a sufficiently advanced stage to develop a structure and framework that yields the best results.

How we can support:

  • Establish the right integration team representing all key functions, including legal, finance, HR, and tax to name a few
  • Realign divisional structures
  • Coordinate with works councils, trade unions and transferring employees or facilitate workforce redundancies
  • Rationalize legal entities structure
  • Position the group for sale of redundant entities or assets
  • Establish optimum tax structure
  • Assign or novate key contracts
  • Streamline IP portfolios
  • Implement due diligence findings

Key issues:

  1. choosing the right integration structure in each jurisdiction, taking into account all tax, legal, regulatory and operational considerations
  2. employment law requirements, with a particular focus on different models of employees transfers in different jurisdictions and harmonization of employment terms and conditions and benefits packages between two business structures
  3. combining different business cultures and operating models, in particular integration of existing and legacy IT systems and financial reporting
  4. setting realistic and achievable go-live integration dates and ensuring that all key functions have been validated
  5. choosing the right internal integration team, with all key functions being represented from the planning phase to completion
  6. internal resource allocation planning with a particular focus on achieving the integration goals with minimal disruption to day-to-day business operations
  7. effective communication plan both inside and outside the organization

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