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People issues in deals - Disruption then integration

Who should attend

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


Low interest and exchange rates, Brexit, America First, and even Northern Powerhouse initiatives are leading to a flurry of transactional activity. 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.


09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

Managing the project

  • vision: project streams, priorities and milestones
  • getting the best, not just the available, people
  • anticipating ripple effects

Planning for HR integration at the re-closing stage

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

Different deal structures but common people issues

  • clarity about 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 – recognising emotions, gaining trust

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

True diligence 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 pension 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

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Elizabeth Graves - Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Elizabeth advises on employment law issues on international M&A deals from the early planning stages through due diligence to post-deal integration. She has more than ten years’ experience in leading buyers and sellers through the minefield of information and consultation obligations with employees, trade unions and works councils.

Steve Hull - Pension Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Steve is recognised in Chambers and Legal 500 as a leader in his field and he is praised for his commercial approach. His recent experience includes acting for the trustees of a DB scheme in a Part III scheme funding dispute before the Pensions Regulator.

Jason Langley - Managing Partner, SenseEIA

After 15 years working within the media & communications sector, across the UK, US and Australia Jason set up his consultancy. He works closely with clients ranging from AstraZeneca to YouTube to identify and harness their social power through storytelling.

Vanessa Mallett - HR Consultant

As VP for HR EMEA for a Fortune 500 company until recently, Vanessa set up and led crossfunctional, pan-European project management teams. She helped deliver 65 highly complex integration and restructuring programmes including high profile acquisitions, outsourcing, insourcing, disposals and site closures.

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