Our research shows that 67% of deals experience delayed synergy realization due to unaddressed people risks. Understanding people risk is crucial and requires the same strategic approach as commercial, tax, operational and IT integration.


Navigating the complexity

Increasing deal complexity and cross-border deal dynamics make it difficult to realize value. Early preparation and thorough understanding of human capital risks ensures Day One readiness and creates sustainable value. Driving long-term deal success requires thoughtful and well-executed integration.


In today’s complex and dynamic environment, you need real-world integration experience in quickly and effectively bringing organizations together — or carving out and standing up an entity — to protect business continuity and create the framework for the future. We’re experienced in all types of transactions, from small acquisitions to mega, multibillion-dollar global mergers. And all sizes and types of deals require the knowledge, know-how and foresight to deliver deal value.


Managing the chaos

We work with buyers and sellers as well as corporate acquirers and financial investors. The diversity of our clients — in size, maturity, industry sector and geographic location — means we assist organizations with a broad range of issues. Simply put, we know what needs to be done — when, how, why and by whom. We manage the deal chaos and complexity, bringing you the processes, approaches, tools and resources to create order and clarity. Our fundamental approach is time- and battle-tested, repeatable, reliable and scalable.


Building on the findings of due diligence, our approach to integration planning includes:


  • Developing a comprehensive integration strategy and roadmap to deliver on the end-state vision for Day One and beyond
  • Establishing project governance principles, including decision-making, issue escalation and communications
  • Understanding the cultures of both organizations, identifying critical components and developing an integration approach to maintain them
  • Outlining a communication and change management strategy to support the new operating environment

The Mercer difference

We are deal experts who understand how to mitigate risks, maximize value and moderate costs to create sustainable value. We understand the business strategy and deal thesis and provide distinctive human capital insights to lay the groundwork for realizing the full value of your deal. Our goal is simple: your success. We exist to achieve your goals and commitments while building sustainable capability within your organization.

Why our clients choose us:


Global footprint, local expertise

Mercer’s global footprint means we can have experts available in as little as 24 hours — resources who speak the language and know the local laws. Our insights aren’t limited to certain markets. We are where you need us to be.

Deep expertise

We have a deep bench of experts and access to specialists, from actuarial to compliance.

Experienced deal advisors

We have a demonstrated track record across all deal types and throughout all phases. We know how to translate the deal thesis into reality with practical, proven approaches.


Our expertise allows us to offer new and cutting-edge solutions to evolving human capital risks.

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Why use Mercer? Ineffective management of integration leads to unclear decision-making, changes in timelines that derail synergies, and mismanagement of risk — all costing time and money.
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– Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Fortune 100 client

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