M&A Ready Academy, Global

This interactive training provides insights on people risks in M&A deals and includes an overview of the deal spectrum.

Enrolling in the Mercer M&A Ready Academy gets you:

  1. Three month access to an online, on-demand training course that covers the basics of M&A deals, starting with strategy, target identification and due diligence through post-close integration — spanning the entire scope of deal-related subject areas within an organization.
  2. Our series of approximately 9 masterclasses over a period of 12 months facilitated by a Mercer M&A expert.
  3. Two hours of free consulting from one of our M&A expert advisors on a topic of your choosing.

Within two business days of enrollment, you will receive an email containing a unique link and a voucher code for your three-month subscription to the digital platform.

The interactive, online M&A training provides in-depth insights on people risks in deals and includes an overview of the business and functional deal spectrum.

  • Post-deal organization design and governance as value drivers.
  • Together they represent 50+ hours of content, accessible at your own pace (for 3 months).
  • The course contains expert videos, interactive workouts and downloadable templates and best practices that make it highly actionable.

Course Selection

What does this cover?

Who is this for?

Package A: Three modules
+ Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
+ Joint Venture and Alliances (JV&A)
+ Post-Merger Integration (PMI)

  • All of the below
  • Feel like you have a lot to learn about M&A? Then we recommend this bundle, because it captures all M&A and post-deal essentials, including working on successful joint venture — a deal type that’s becoming more prominent
  • Business and function leaders looking to increase their end-to-end deal knowledge

Package B: Two modules:
+ Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
+ Post-Merger Integration (PMI)

  • M&A and strategy
  • M&A project organization
  • Due diligence and purchase agreements
  • Synergy planning and realization
  • Post-merger integration (PMI) preparation
  • Integration framework
  • Integration management
  • People, functional and business integration
  • Culture, communication and change management
  • Deal professionals and M&A team members looking to optimize deals by improving upon people-related strategies, capturing synergies, and identifying and managing challenges
  • Deal professionals and M&A team members who are new to M&A and want to learn the essentials and deep dive into the entire deal process
  • Industry leads seeking to increase their deal knowledge

Package C: Two modules:
+ Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
+ Joint Venture and Alliances (JV&A)

  • M&A and strategy
  • Deal phases
  • Due diligence (including pre- and post-deal)
  • M&A project organization
  • JV&A framework
  • Operating model development
  • Deal professionals and M&A team members who are new to M&A or are looking for a concise M&A overview of pre-close deal stages of mergers, acquisitions and joint venture
  • Deal professionals specializing in M&A or joint venture and alliances who want to improve on strategy and execution

Package D: Two modules:
+ Joint Venture and Alliances (JV&A)
+ Post-Merger Integration (PMI)

  • JV&A framework
  • Operating model development
  • Due diligence
  • Term sheet phase
  • Governance systems design
  • Post-merger integration
  • PMI preparation
  • Integration framework
  • Integration management
  • People, functional and business integration
  • Culture, communication and change management
  • Deal professionals and M&A team members specializing in joint venture and alliances who want to improve on strategy and execution
  • Deal professionals interested in learning how to navigate this type of deal successfully
  • Business and functional leaders looking to increase their deal knowledge

Live online masterclass sessions on the most critical topics in M&A today. Choose your masterclass curriculum based on your needs and interests. Each class will be offered twice to accommodate multiple time zones — you’ll receive calendar invites for a 12-month period once your enrollment is processed. Sessions will cover a broad range of topics, including Mercer expert-led online live masterclass sessions on the most critical topics in M&A today.

  • How to build a successful M&A team — M&A readiness
  • Managing flight risk — talent retention
  • Mitigating culture risk to drive deal value
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) due diligence
  • And more — a complete list of topics will be available after your enrollment

As part of your 12-month subscription to the Academy you can access two hours of free consulting with a Mercer M&A expert; we will gladly talk to you about any topic in our area of expertise.

Mercer M&A advisors are specialists in people issues in deals. Our experience includes helping companies prepare for acquisitive growth (developing an M&A operating model and M&A playbooks), performing human capital/HR/benefits due diligence, managing the integration project management office (PMO) and supporting post-deal value creation through people. The latter includes topics such as human capital and workforce strategy, cultural integration, HR operating model and technology, leadership and talent assessment, retention plan, and strategy and integration of total rewards (compensation, benefits, pension/saving plans).

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