Post Acquisition Audit Program

A Post-Merger Integration Audit answers key questions about the last acquisition:

  • How were the events, decisions, communications, and actions surrounding the merger handled?
  • What could have been done differently to make the integration easier?
  • What additional actions remain unfinished?
  • How have shareholders, customers, and employees perceived the merger?
  • If the company were to merge/acquire again, what should be done differently?


  • Determine the depth of review required
  • Interview or conduct written surveys with executives, managers, employees, and if appropriate, customers and board members
  • Combine the qualitative and quantitative data to provide feedback and recommendations


  • Summary report with recommendations
  • Compiled interview notes
  • Analyzed survey results
  • Presentation summary


  • Previous merger/acquisition experience
  • Ratings of overall merger and announcement success
  • Effects of merger on productivity
  • Satisfaction with pace of merger, consolidation of products, offices, systems, and management efforts to answer employee questions
  • Benefits of merger to employees, customers, and shareholders.

Although only quantitative questions are used in the statistical analysis, respondents also are asked a series of qualitative questions regarding their perceptions of the merger or acquisition. The answers to these questions are provided in the "Open-Ended Responses" section.


Respondents are asked to provide a description of their company affiliation before the merger/acquisition, experience with prior mergers/acquisitions, location at the time of the announcement, and the impact of the merger on their job duties.

Merger/Acquisition Announcement:

Questions regarding the announcement of the merger and the time between announcement and the closing of the deal are also are included in the survey.

Responses to those questions indicate:

  • If employees had heard rumors about the merger/acquisition prior to announcement
  • How employees rated the handling of the announcement on a 7-point scale
  • If employees felt that efforts were made to answer the questions that arose after the announcement
  • The degree to which the announcement impacted productivity

Acquisition Integration:

To assess perceptions of the overall success of the integration and the benefits derived from the acquisition, employees are asked to rate ...

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