Step 10: Execute Acquisition Integration Plans (Includes Day 1 Plans)

Post-Acquisition Integration

An acquisition integration is the consolidation of all or some of the acquired organization into the acquirer's business. While the integration may be a collaborative, team effort with the acquired organization, the acquirer typically has the final say on decisions.

post-acquisition integration strategy defines an integration’s goals, priorities, assumptions, measures, non-negotiables, and the extent and timing of the integration of an acquired organization. Before close and pivoting to the execution of the integration, an acquirer should have clearly defined the integration strategy and at a minimum, developed Day 1 and Day 30 detailed plans. Timely implementation is predicated on being ready to roll on day 1.

In-depth planning prior to close creates the momentum to integrate and increases the odds an acquirer will cover a lot of ground at a fast clip in the first 100 days.

In this step, we provide acquisition integration best practices, playbooks, articles, and presentations that will help you:

  • Execute your post-acquisition integration plans expeditiously
  • Communicate effectively to stakeholders on Day 1 and thereafter
  • Achieve early wins

Plus, we offer tools that will help you track:

  • Results against plans
  • Synergies and milestones achieved to date
  • Activities to be completed
  • Unresolved issues

We also cover how to close out your Integration Management Office and transition any remaining long tail integration activities to business line leaders.

Acquisition Integration Best Practices

Announcement of Acquisition to Customers, Employees, and Vendors

M&A: Employee Questions and Answers

M&A Day 1

Acquisition Integration Post-Day 1

Acquisition Integration Playbooks: Day 1 - Day 180

Acquistion Integration Tools