Our approach, based on more than 40 years of experience, is to:

  • Focus on internal stakeholders as much as external stakeholders
  • Take a long-term value creation and reputation enhancement approach
  • Regard post merger integration as the most critical part of the transaction
  • Understand that media reporting from announcement through to completion impacts regulator, government, employee, investor and relevant community attitudes and actions

Our approach is grounded in the reality that:

  • Not getting post announcement change communications right puts value at risk
  • Over 60 per cent of mergers destroy shareholder value
  • Over 25 per cent of acquisitions are divested
  • The acquiring company generally destroys value in the target
  • M&A generally negatively impacts share price, market share and reputation
  • An added non-traditional input into the due diligence process can reveal serious issues
  • On announcement the financial transaction becomes a human transaction
  • On announcement the major issue is power and culture

Successful merger & acquisition and restructure projects:

  • Global advice on the mergers and dual listings of three large multinationals including government negotiations; global investor, media and employee communications; advice on restructuring of operations
  • Reincorporation of a major multinational in the USA
  • Project managing global communications with all stakeholders in acquisitions in Asia, US, UK and Europe
  • Bank merger and subsequent name and brand change strategy recognised with two international awards
  • Strategic communications advice on Australia’s largest takeover by scheme of arrangement including advice on discussions with the target board and management team; media, regulatory, employer, supplier communications including proxy solicitation, advertising and direct mail campaigns