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People issues in deals - Disruption then integration

Who should attend

This people issues in deals training course is aimed at in-house lawyers, HR professionals. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, this course will be relevant to you because we cover the responsibilities and approach of both sides.


Despite political turmoil and concerns about trade wars, the mid-market of M&A deals has remained buoyant. Private equity funds are awash with funding and many UK corporates and private equity funds are making acquisitions in EU countries. Although the people aspects of a corporate transaction rarely drive a deal, they often determine the success of it.

Without careful internal messaging about the strategic benefits of a deal,and genuine storytelling about the vision for the future, an organisation may fail to gain the emotional buy-in necessary to realise the full value of the project. This update will remind you of the employment issues that arise in a corporate transaction from pre-deal planning and due diligence to consultation and post-deal harmonisation.


09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

People projects

  • lessons we have learned (speakers and delegates)
  • using a project management approach
  • team selection: the right people not those available
  • anticipating ripple effects

Planning for the HR integration at the pre-closing stage

  • OD: future structure and leadership team
  • size and cost of employee base: before and after
  • consultation with unions, works councils and individuals
  • post-deal HR priorities, budgeting and target-setting

Different deal structures but common people issues

  • the purpose of the deal: what are you buying and why?
  • are people important in this deal and, if so, which people?
  • integrate, stand alone or wait and see?
  • retention bonuses and the role of restrictive covenants

Communication, retention bonuses and the role of restrictive covenants 

  • fear and insecurity and the impact on behaviour
  • reflecting cultural differences
  • messaging: content, form and frequency
  • confidentiality and approved messages 

True dilligence and the management teams

  • due diligence across all locations, including pension liabilities
  • dealing with unexpected risks
  • locking in the management team: are you sure you want to?
  • integrating and coaching the management teams
  • service agreements, bonuses and pensions rights: nest feathering?

Post-deal harmonisation

  • new culture: the best of both worlds?
  • ability to change T’s & C’s and employment policies?
  • realising synergies in practice

4.00pm close

Download the full People issues in deals training course programme.

employee investigations training


Details of the speakers can be found in the above PDF.

Cost: £499

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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09:30 - 16:00 (Local time)
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