December 20, 2022 at 8:28 pm #72600Brandon LauParticipant
What are your personal lessons learned from your first M&A experience?December 22, 2022 at 6:53 am #72628KevinParticipant
I have worked in the M&A space for several years now, and I have been advising, leading integration/separations as well. All of my experience has been advising other companies and specifically in the areas of technology. This past year I decided to acquire my own first business and learned that I need to review some of the contract challenges up front, specifically around tenant leases. I ultimately had to pay 10% increase in tenant lease and had I knew this prior to deal close I would like have passed on the deal. So a personal lessoned learned is get in front of the contracts early.January 7, 2023 at 2:14 pm #73188Nora Sophia MartinParticipant
Here are some lessones learned from my side:
– Change management shouldn’t be just a work stream, it should be the basis for the project management team.
– Employee Surveys should be conducted in all phases of the merger
– The role of leadership/middle management should be highlited from beginning on, you need to push their commitment and engagement during the integration
– All work streams, e.g. IT, HR, Legal need to be always in touch
– I think M&As shouldn’t be organized as waterfall projects, a agile approach, e.g. SCRUM would be much better because of the complexity and dynamicsJanuary 9, 2023 at 5:47 pm #73243S Sarala MaharajParticipant
Here are some of my lessons:
1. Having a dedicated transaction team who are identified early, with clear responsibilities is critical – this ensures that tasks are completed and the “engine room” of the transaction is run from the same playbook
2. If selling, you should understand why you are selling and what you hope to achieve, including timeline and price- it is important to spend some time to get to know your buyer/ potential buyer and their transaction team prior to agreeing a deal ( on price alone) as the culture of a buyer and their team’s approach can dictate how your transaction proceeds
3. DO NOT allow yourself to be bullied
4. Engage the correct management teams ( if buy or sell side) to support the transaction team. Ie. Give HR a seat at the table help advise on Pension matters or what medical or other benefits can continue post sale or are needed from day 1January 23, 2023 at 1:45 pm #73942Edel TungehaugParticipant
These are my lessons learned from all my M&A experiences:
– People are optimistic and have agendas and so their reason for buying a company will have influenced the business case, especially if they are not properly measured against its performance later.
– People tend to think that things change automatically without changing a thing, i.e. synergies will flow to us just because we have bought a company (and we might get away with not really doing any kind of actual integration of the company)
– We tend to talk about the importance of culture, key talent and softer issues, but we have no real way process of dealing with it
– Setting up an IMO with a project team, develop plans, look at DD findings, measuring synergies – seems to some like a lot of work that is too much and believe that THIS is what will ensure the Target is overwhelmed and looses its focus. I’ve spent a lot of time to convince them that actually if you do not manage this properly, all those things will still be there and happen, but it will be ad hoc and uncoordinated, and THIS is what will make the Target suffer.January 23, 2023 at 4:12 pm #73953Mingmin YuParticipant
Here are my lessons learnt:
– Identified the scope and outlined responsibilities for each teammate is critical
– Understand if the client has any agenda, as some clients may already have an answer in mind
– Do not spend too much data finding a piece of data, discuss with the team and see if there is any other way to prove your point
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