Global M&A set a record in 2006 with more than $4 trillion in deals made, and the U.S. was responsible for more than one-third of that activity. But while the number and value of deals continue to climb, success rates have not. Mergers and acquisitions have proven to be far more challenging than most companies anticipated, and firms are often stymied in their attempts to achieve the synergies envisioned in their initial M&A strategies.
Companies that navigate M&A well invariably point to the amount of preparation as the principal factor for success. Whether it is conducting due diligence, implementing strategic transition plans, or integrating cultures, doing thorough groundwork early is key to successful post-M&A outcomes.
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