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Executives receive M&A survival tips

24 February 2010

Employees can ensure that they rise above the pack during the uncertainty of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) by taking a proactive approach to their new situation.

This is according to Scott Moeller, director of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, who writes in the Times that a few simple steps can help managers to make the most of the post-deal environment.

While M&A activity often creates new opportunities for interim management specialists, it can also leave ordinary executives fearing for their jobs.

However, Mr Hoeller suggests that department leaders attempt to make a good first impression in the immediate aftermath of a merger.

He explains that getting involved in the "planning and post-merger integration" as soon as the deal is announced can help executives to improve their stock in the eyes of the acquirer.

According to the expert, business leaders whose firms have been involved in an M&A deal should also remember that "contacts count".

He comments: "Business intelligence is never more necessary than during M&A chaos."

Forbes recently published a report from independent consulting firm Oxford Analytica which stated that M&A does not always lead to job losses, despite "popular perception".

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