Step 9: Develop M&A Project Integration Plans

An M&A project integration plan outlines exactly how and when major resources, assets, and processes of the acquiring and acquired companies will be combined in order to achieve the goals of the deal. 

Acquirers should follow a proven post merger integration planning methodology (playbook) to define the integration steps and activities so that people in both organizations can see the work ahead as logical and achievable.  The clarity from a carefully crafted M&A integration plan helps align expectations and replace employee skepticism with optimism.

In this section of our web site, we provide many M&A integration playbooks from successful acquisitions. These Word and Excel documents can be easily downloaded and customized for your acquisitions.

We also offer PowerPoint presentations that cover a wide range of topics such as M&A integration team meetings, Day 1 preparation, detailed planning deliverables and their timing, and functional team plans.

Plus, our eMerger software is packed with more than 80 post merger integration planning tools, templates, checklists, matrices, and examples of task force planning deliverables.

Note: Before you develop your plans, please make sure you have completed Step 1 of the integration planning process.  Watch Step 1 video and review What Every Acquirer Should Know about M&A integration.

Check out our answers to FAQs about M&A Integration Plans and Strategies.

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