People expertise. Sustained performance.

Disruption and change are here to stay. Intense competition, ever-increasing shareholder expectations and digital innovations are driving leaders to rethink strategy. The result is an urgent need to adapt that in turn fuels increased inorganic transformation through deals.


At the same time, increasing complexity and cross-border dynamics make it difficult to realise value in M&A strategies. Speed becomes paramount to success. 


Prioritising people risks


The success of an acquisition increasingly depends on prioritising people risk. Our research shows that 60% of deals fail due to workforce issues. Organisations need to address this risk at the initiation of any acquisition process — at target identification and during due diligence — and with the same strategic focus that goes into analysing the financial risks.


The Mercer difference


What differentiates us is our deal experts, who understand how to maximise value, mitigate risks and moderate costs to create sustainable value across all human capital levers. Our exceptional ability to translate people risks into measurable financial and operational outcomes has transformed business for hundreds of our clients. We have the deal and subject matter expertise to advise our clients and partner with them to implement the right strategies.


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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People risks in transactions, if not properly mitigated, can have an enormously negative impact on deal value. People are the common denominator in delivering economic value, and it’s too often overlooked.
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– CEO, Fortune 500 company


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.

Develop your future strategy and operating model, including organisation design, governance and decision rights.

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

Identify cultural risks to deal objectives, and build a comprehensive integration strategy and operating environment.

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.

Determine whether executive, sales, workforce and broad-based incentives align with achievement of synergies.

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



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Chris Perritt

Chris Perritt
Rewards Leader, Pacific


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