Flight risk in M&A executive summary

This research report introduces effective strategies for employee retention, leveraging new data to significantly improve your chances of a successful transition.

Successful buyers have elevated their retention strategies from an art to a repeatable science. The results are tangible and clear — increased productivity, engagement, owner-like behaviors and accountability.

Mercer’s M&A Retention Playbook™

The report introduces a best-in-class retention framework, Mercer’s M&A Retention Playbook™, for structuring financial incentives that are time-sensitive, market-competitive and aligned with business objectives.


Adoption of this framework will arm you with a comprehensive, repeatable process that will drive operational certainty with engaged and focused talent post-close.

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Delivering the deal: The unrealized potential of people in deal value creation

Of all the capital and resources a company has, people remain the most important asset. Mercer’s latest research highlights how the importance of people also holds true in deals. The top priorities of dealmakers are value creation, operational stability and client retention. These cannot be achieved without proactively anticipating and addressing people issues such as leadership effectiveness, organizational culture alignment and retention and attraction of key talent.

Learn how businesses are leveraging M&A to transform and understand the importance of focusing on people risks throughout the deal lifecycle to drive success.

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Delivering the deal


Did you know that 71% of all deals globally had a retention bonus?

"The common denominator consistently driving economic value is having the right people on board to execute after closing. At no time globally have we seen it be so critical for both buyers and sellers, who want to drive shareholder value, to lock down talent at the top, including those ‘Rising Middle Stars’ critical for execution."

— Konrad Deiters, International M&A Leader


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