M&A: Restructuring & turnaround

The current climate of uncertainty requires quick decision-making and accelerated strategies for dealing with unexpected problems. Managing both the daily challenges and the long-term financial and operational risks can be daunting.

In times of financial distress, leaders face tremendous pressure to restructure their businesses — preserving stakeholder value, business continuity and jobs.

Successful turnarounds require both a financial restructuring and operational recovery.

Aligning human capital strategy with strategic objectives is crucial for success. Workforce risk analysis must happen at the beginning of the restructuring process rather than as an afterthought. This analysis needs the same strategic focus as stabilizing the operations and defining the turnaround strategy.

The Mercer difference

Mercer is a leader in advising distressed companies on how to mitigate risks, maximize value and moderate costs to create sustainable value throughout the restructuring and turnaround process. Our exceptional ability to translate people risks into measurable outcomes has transformed business for hundreds of distressed clients. From uncovering cost savings to formulating strategies to implementing and accelerating rapid change — we can help you create sustainable value in all human capital aspects of your turnaround.
Turnarounds are when leadership matters most.
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Our expertise

  • Workforce strategy

    Analyze workforce costs and determine how to assess, plan for and execute alternative strategies to manage expenses.
  • Operating model

    Design an enterprise-wide operating model to deliver on the turnaround strategy.
  • Talent Retention

    Develop a retention strategy for key employees.


  • Rewards

    Determine whether executive, sales and broad-based incentives align with achievement of synergies.
  • Global benefits and policies

    Understand, align and optimize benefits programs in more than 150 countries and organizations of all sizes.
  • Retirement

    Understand, align and optimize pension plans and associated risk globally.
  • Change acceleration

    Develop communication strategies that address employee concerns and drive stability across the business.
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