HR Consulting for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

HR Consulting for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

Learn how your organization can benefit from our HR Consulting for M&A services.

Organizations face an increasingly competitive environment where it is challenging to attract and retain talent. In a period of change — such as during mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity — it becomes vital to hold on to the talent on both sides of a deal. The success of the transaction is at risk when corporate and employee goals are not aligned and an organization’s culture is disrupted.

At Aon, we know that people are the key to M&A success. That's why our dedicated, global team supports hundreds of organizations every year to manage people issues during a deal. From strategy to execution, our People Transaction Advisory Services provide end-to-end solutions that address the most critical human capital issues. 

How we work with HR to manage M&A activity
  • Check liabilities and risks during the M&A Human Capital Due Diligence
  • Ease M&A people integration
  • Optimize the M&A Total Rewards Strategy to attract, retain and engage the right talent
  • Manage M&A Strategic Communication and Change
  • Create added value through M&A Organizational Talent Planning
  • Evaluate how the sale of assets affects the people elements in M&A Human Capital Divestitures

Working with our clients we ensure smooth transitions and long-term success.

M&A Solutions for HR

  • M&A Total Rewards Strategy
    It’s more important than ever to attract and retain top talent during the M&A process. Aon's Total Rewards specialists will help you design a comprehensive strategy and program across disciplines to keep your company ahead of the curve. Our guidance will help you maximize the return on your Total Rewards investment and stay ahead of the competition.
  • M&A Strategic Communication and Change
    To communicate well with employees, you need to understand where the potential gaps are in your messaging. We uncover your change management needs and work with you to develop strategies and execution plans that keep employees engaged throughout the lifecycle of change. This includes: 
    • Planning effective communication by anticipating resistance.
    • Keeping employees informed on upcoming changes, which will help minimize people’s fears and reduce uncertainty during an integration process.
    • Clearly communicating plans for change, thereby reducing the stress employees experience during integration.
  • M&A Human Capital Due Diligence
    Aon's Human Capital Due Diligence services help you identify and mitigate people-based liabilities and risks during a merger or acquisition. We'll work with you to create a seamless integration plan, combining the best of both companies' talent, benefits and rewards programs and HR operations. Our guidance will help you make informed decisions, secure competitive pricing and reach your business goals faster.
  • M&A Organizational and Talent Planning
    Aon's organizational and talent planning services will help you streamline HR spend and forecast for the future. Our experts will work with you to conduct detailed, real-time planning, using our integrated Aon TransAction Manager™ platform  to drive immediate and long-term results during times of major corporate change.
  • M&A Human Capital Divestitures
    Divestitures can be complex, but they don't have to be. We take a holistic approach to human capital, benefits and total rewards to optimize the value of the transaction on all sides of the deal. Our team of People Transaction Advisory experts will help you ensure successful post-close outcomes and address a wide range of human capital issues.
Rethinking Your Total Rewards Programs During Mergers and Acquisitions


Rethinking Your Total Rewards Programs During Mergers and Acquisitions

Business leaders should take a close look at their reward programs during a merger or takeover to help retain talent and ensure a cohesive pay strategy.

Aon’s M&A Tools for HR 

Our M&A tools have been tested in over 1,000 transactions around the world. 

  • TransAction Manager™ is a web-based platform solution that provides project management, organization mapping and design, talent selection, synergy planning and forecasting, and reporting. 
  • Total Rewards Optimizer creates a cost-benefit analysis of Total Rewards to help you understand the issues and define the financial, market and perceived value of what you offer employees. 
  • Cultural Diagnostics blends data and in-person observations to build an overall cultural assessment.

Our Team

Our team delivers global project management and technology platforms. The team’s expertise spans Total Rewards, communications and change, employment and labor relations, organization design and talent and HR operations. When you work with us, you can expect a comprehensive People Transaction Advisory  process that helps you plan and execute transactions easily.

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