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M&A: Enhanced Severance, Retention and Other Issues to Consider During a Change in Control

In today’s highly active merger and acquisition (M&A) arena, many acquirers are recognizing that the period around a deal closing can be very challenging for employees, and also that stability and employee engagement are often key to M&A success. To stabilize the workforce, many employers offer enhanced severance benefits to individuals who are terminated as a result of a change in control (CIC). It can not only help employees feel better about their future under any scenario, but also encourage crucial talent to stay with the new organization.

Willis Towers Watson M&A experts recently discussed the whys and wherefores of enhanced CIC severance, as well as the role of retention bonuses, leadership and culture in corporate transactions. The following article summarizes their discussion.

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