Achieving growth through alignment.

Joint ventures and strategic alliances are important tools for achieving growth. They can be quicker than building an entirely new business and appear to present less complex logistics than acquisitions.


Yet misaligned strategic goals, unclear governance, skewed operating models, indistinct workforce strategies and cultural mismatches can ultimately lead to underperformance.


Prioritising people risks


These deals are increasingly dependent on prioritizing people risk. The most successful approaches address these risks from the beginning — at strategy identification and partner searches — and require the same focus as operational risks.


The Mercer difference


We are deal experts who understand how to mitigate risks, maximize value and moderate human capital costs to achieve sustainable value. Hundreds of clients have benefited from our holistic and practical approach to translating people risks into measurable outcomes.


Executive rewards and incentives

Mercer advises clients in:


Strategy and readiness

Anticipate the spectrum of people risks and strategies to address them given your strategic goals.



Due diligence

Conduct in-depth analysis on workforce issues to identify any material risks to purchase price, strategic objectives or integration.


Integration planning and execution

Execute rigorous governance and planning to ensure business continuity on Day One as well as longer-term integration success.


Integration planning and execution

Drive deal success by effectively implementing Day One plans and monitoring results to maximise value.




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Joint ventures may be ignited by the prospects of financial gain, but they’re fuelled by the act of people coming together and teaming up.
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– Jeff Black

Global M&A Advisory Services Leader, Mercer

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Our expertise in solving complex issues:


Our advisors work with corporate acquirers and financial investors on both the buy and sell side. Let us help you mitigate your most difficult workforce risks by leveraging our deep human capital expertise as well as our global insights and world-class capabilities across all lines of business.


Determine critical roles and the talent needed to drive success. Formulate workforce strategies to address any gaps.

Align the new entity’s operating model, governance parameters and decision rights with desired outcomes.

Maximise deal success by assessing talent, identifying and selecting leaders, and retaining critical employees.

Identify culture risks to meeting the desired objectives, and build a comprehensive mitigation strategy to drive results.

Create the needed HR delivery platform to support strategic objectives.

Understand, align and optimise your rewards and benefits programs in more than 150 countries and organisations of all sizes.

Design executive, sales and broad-based incentives aligned with objectives.

Understand, align and optimise pension plans and associated risk globally.



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Chris Perritt
Rewards Leader, Pacific


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