People expertise. Sustained performance.

In times of financial distress, leaders face tremendous pressure to restructure their businesses — preserving stakeholder value, business continuity and jobs. Successful turnarounds require both a financial restructuring and operational recovery.


Aligning human capital strategy with strategic objectives is crucial for success. Workforce risk analysis must happen at the beginning of the restructuring process rather than as an afterthought. This analysis needs the same strategic focus as stabilising the operations and defining the turnaround strategy.


The Mercer difference


Mercer is a leader in advising distressed companies on how to mitigate risks, maximise value and moderate costs to create sustainable value throughout the restructuring and turnaround process. Our exceptional ability to translate people risks into measurable outcomes has transformed business for hundreds of distressed clients. From uncovering cost savings to formulating strategies to implementing and accelerating rapid change — we can help you create sustainable value in all human capital aspects of your turnaround.


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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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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.


Analyse workforce costs and determine how to assess, plan for and execute alternative strategies to manage expenses.

Design an enterprise-wide operating model to deliver on the turnaround strategy.

Develop a retention strategy for key employees.

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

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

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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