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Development program

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Day 1: September 16, 2020 (11:00 am – 4:30 pm ET)

11:00 am Introduction and session objectives

M&A essentials: creating the foundation to drive deal value

Pre-deal strategy and readiness: early stage human capital considerations and the value of an M&A playbook

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and virtual networking break

1:30 pm Due diligence: process and key employee issues

Purchase agreement and employee matters

Flight risk: executive and key employee retention

COVID-19: people risk and implications

4:30 pm Wrap-up of Day 1


Day 2: September 17, 2020  (11:00 am – 4:30 pm ET)

11:00 am Welcome back

Culture alignment: mitigating culture risk to drive deal value

Deal value capture and organizational design

Talent assessment and selection

Communications : managing the employee experience

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and virtual networking break

1:30 pm Total rewards: Overview, Executive & broad-based compensation, Health Benefits, and Retirement Benefits

HR Service delivery: HR operating model and technology

Managing results: the role of an effective Project Management Office (PMO)

4:30 pm Wrap-up


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Each program consists of two-day working sessions that cover every deal phase including M&A strategy and planning, conducting due diligence, getting to “close” and managing post-merger integration. You will learn our tested, well-defined methodology (Acquisition and Divestiture Deal Flow Process ™)  and strategic HR PMO approaches designed for complex transactions – both domestic and cross-border.

Hands-on experience

During the two-day working session, you will gain practical experience by participating in a simulated deal using Mercer’s proven M&A methodology and toolkit. You will work with a team on a case study that covers the life cycle of an acquisition.


Throughout the program, you will engage with your peers and learn from other companies’ best practices.

Mercer's global faculty

Senior members of Mercer’s Global M&A advisory services business, all of whom have participated in multiple deals, will share their experiences to provide relevant and effective Program content and to stimulate discussions.





What participants are saying about the Mercer M&A Ready™ Development Program

Over the past 15 years, more than 5,000 professionals from a diverse mix of companies around the world have endorsed The Mercer M&A Ready™ Development Program and have consistently ranked the program 4.8 out of 5.0.

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    The combination of material and the case simulations helped accelerate my learning. The class was engaging and the speakers were confident in their knowledge and presentation.

    -Christina Dickenson

    HR M&A Deal Lead, Intel Corporation

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    An absolute prerequisite before engaging in any acquisition.

    -Wesley Zirkle

    Executive Vice President, JMI

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    Excellent content and instructors. I wish I had taken this years earlier.

    -Paul Zaninovichk

    VP Global HR, FLIR Systems, Inc.

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    The energy was kept high both days with high group involvement encouraged. This was a great supplement to the core concepts being presented.

    -Brice Harrison

    Acquisitions, Cerner

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    This has been one of the most informative and timely conferences I have attended in 25 years of work.

    -Ronan O'Loann

    VP, Global Talent & Org Effectiveness, F5 Networks

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    One of the best PD events I have attended. The level of expertise in the room was invaluable, learned as much from fellow participants as the presenters.

    -Tonya Fleming

    VP General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Painted Pony Petroleum

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    The M&A Ready program was led by a strong M&A team. The program was engaging. Used a good balance of presentation, participant participation and deal simulation.

    -Alija Majsterek

    Director, Benefits & HR Administration, IDEX

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    If your company is going for/planning M&A activities this a must-do training for the HR professional (HR PMO).

    -Pia Metzlaff

    Sr HR Manager org. change and M&A, Circle K Europe

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