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Walking the M&A Tightrope: Establishing a Safety Net of M&A Capabilities Before the Integration Begins


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During merger integrations, chief information officers (CIOs) face a variety of critical issues that can include integrating two distinct information technology (IT) operations, looking out for IT synergies, tackling short-term challenges and populating IT with critical staff from both sides of the deal. Hence many IT organizations fail to develop the core merger and acquisition (M&A) capabilities that can improve their chances of delivering the value investors and analysts expect.

In “Walking the M&A Tightrope,” Mark Walsh and Eugene G. Lukac, principal and specialist leader, respectively, with Deloitte Consulting LLP, focus on improving IT’s M&A capabilities in three key areas before the integration begins:

  • M&A Knowledge – understanding the basics of M&A, major challenges, effective practices and antitrust do’s and don’ts
  • M&A Processes and Tools – establishing time-tested processes and tools that can accelerate integration and help manage risk
  • M&A Experience – using simulation exercises in a safe environment before the real deal

To learn more about how IT organizations, including those that have completed a number of M&A transactions, can find benefits by improving their integration capabilities around these core elements, download the paper below.

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