Pre-merger preparation

A merger involves difficult decisions. Which company is best suited to your organisation? Is there sufficient synergy potential to justify the merger? And does the merger provide the perspective needed to retain customers and valuable employees?

The most successful acquisitions are those undertaken with a clear objective in mind. Your strategy and the contribution of the targeted acquisition must therefore be clearly formulated. This produces a picture of the ideal candidate on which to base your search. Even if a company unexpectedly comes up for sale, it is important to have a good strategic reason. Obviously, the candidate must be checked against the strategy and the profile of your organisation.

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Even before everything has been finalised, it is important to prepare a general plan for the first 100 days following the merger. This should contain matters like management appointments, communication to stakeholders, the retention of good customers and key employees.

Berenschot provides support in rationalising the strategic decision to opt for a merger and exploring the required and possible synergy. We will also help you search for a suitable acquisition or merger candidate and we can facilitate the transaction through our subsidiary Mazars Berenschot Corporate Finance.