Human Capital DealMakers Workshop tackles pressing issues facing HR in M&A


Posted by Danielle Feinblum, Ami Louise Rich, and Stephanie Marker on October 1, 2018.

What will be the impact of the future of work on M&A? How should a buyer balance culture, engagement, and retention to create the right employee experience through a transaction? How might engaging HR early in due diligence result in a price adjustment, new announcement strategy, or improved integration planning? These are questions that HR executives often face as their companies go through M&A activity.

Deloitte’s second annual Human Capital DealMakers workshop will tackle these hard questions and more as it works to build a global community of HR professionals dedicated to advancing the role of HR in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures through a series of in-person events & virtual networking. More than 30 top M&A professionals from Fortune 500 companies across a broad range of industries will attend the summit hosted in collaboration with the Deloitte M&A Institute at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas.

This year’s event will take place October 8–9 and feature sessions that address some of the most pressing issues facing HR in an M&A environment, including but not limited to:

    • Transforming the Organization for the Future of Work
      The future of work presents new challenges, opportunities, and expectations for organizations and people. HR can use the M&A transaction as a transformation opportunity to become more digital, agile, and future-ready.
    • Preserving the Secret Sauce of a Start-Up After Acquisition
      As more large companies snatch up tech start-ups, many buyers are left scratching their heads, wondering “So I just bought a tech start-up, now what?” Whether the deal rationale is an acqui-hire, a more ambitious culture transformation for the combined new entity, or something else, HR sits at the center of carefully preserving distinct start-up behaviors, retaining talent, and fully realizing value for shareholders.
    • The Role of HR in Due Diligence

Due diligence has traditionally been a financial exercise, with HR brought in near the end of the process; however, HR has a role to play much earlier in the process to help identify potential deal breakers, transaction price adjustments, transaction agreement protections, and integration issues.

The programming at the Human Capital DealMakers workshop is highly interactive, with a signature Deloitte Greenhouse Lab designed specifically to bring these tough topics to life. However, arguably the best part of the two days is the opportunity to learn from fellow participants’ own stories and leading practices as HR embraces the new normal of the deal landscape.

Visit the Deloitte M&A Institute website for the calendar of upcoming events, training, and Deloitte thought leadership.

Danielle Feinblum, is a principal in the Human Capital practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she leads clients in the design and delivery of their people strategy during enterprise-wide changes.
Ami Louise Rich, is a principal in the Human Capital practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP with experience in strategic change, workforce transition, organization design, and training development and delivery.

Stephanie Marker, is a senior consultant in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Human Capital practice and a seasoned professional in communications strategy.

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