How to Explain the Mergers & Acquisitions Process to Employees
Employees are typically hungry for information about the merger. This presentation explains the merger & acquisition steps in a simple, concise manner.
Discuss the following:
Acquisitions can be viewed as a series of interrelated steps. Generally, these steps can be categorized as:
- Due Diligence
- Integration Planning
- Announcement Planning/Announcement
- Regulatory Approval
Describe Due Diligence
- During Due Diligence, information is collected:
- To assist in the valuation of an acquisition target
- To uncover any risks that may exist (e.g., existing or potential legal liabilities)
- To uncover opportunities for additional growth or profitability that have not been capitalized on by the organization being evaluated for purchase
- Due Diligence can be divided into:
- Public Due Diligence—the collecting of information that already exists in the public domain
- Inside Due Diligence—which occurs after contact has occurred between the companies
- Both organizations begin formulating an Agreement as Due Diligence information is collected.
- This step includes the different levels of Agreement that may be signed as the deal progresses, such as:
- Letter of Intent
- Definitive Purchase Agreement
Describe Integration Planning/Integration
- During this step, detailed Integration Plans are developed. These plans identify the priority items to be addressed operationally after the deal is closed.
- Typically, teams of people (e.g., Task Forces) organized around key functions or processes develop these Integration Plans, then present recommendations to a Steering Committee for approval.
- These plans include detail on such things as ...