Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is a people business and experienced acquirers understand that the real value from a deal is attained not only through having the right strategy and transaction goals, but also through an appropriate and efficient organisational, talent and cultural integration process.

To explore this topic in detail, Towers Watson Malaysia held an M&A Seminar in Kuala Lumpur on 2 April 2014. The speakers at this seminar were Mary Cianni, Global Leader, M&A Services, Towers Watson, Massimo Borghello, Director, M&A Services, Asia Pacific, Towers Watson and Hash Piperdy, Director, Benefits, Towers Watson Malaysia.

During the seminar, we shared best practices in human capital during the whole lifecycle of an M&A deal, from financial and non-financial due diligence to post-merger integration. We also shared the latest Towers Watson M&A research to outline how to avoid common pitfalls and get human capital issues right and a case study of a successful ‘People Ready’ M&A.

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From the left: Mary Cianni, Global Leader, M&A Services, Towers Watson, Massimo Borghello, Director, M&A Services, Asia Pacific, Towers Watson and Hash Piperdy, Director, Benefits, Towers Watson Malaysia.