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Development Program Mercer M&A Ready™

Sample Agenda 

Subject to change- final agenda will be shared during session

Day 1: September 22, 2021 (11:00 am – 4:30 pm ET)

11:00 am Objectives and introduction

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

Due diligence: Process 

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Due diligence: Key employee issues (including new areas such as DE&I and post-pandemic workforce risks)

Purchase agreement and employee matters

Executive and key employee retention

Global issues in M&A

4:30 pm Wrap-up of Day 1


Day 2: September 23, 2021  (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

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 program was engaging and the speakers were confident in their knowledge and presentation.


    HR M&A Deal Lead, Technology Company

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    An absolute prerequisite before engaging in any acquisition.


    Executive Vice President, Manufacturing Company

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


    VP Global HR, Technology Company.

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


    VP, Global Talent & Org Effectiveness, Technology Company

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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.


    Director, Benefits & HR Administration, Manufacturing Company

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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).


    Sr HR Manager Org. Change and M&A, Oil and Gas Company

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