Post-merger integration : achieving success in m & a

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Schmidt, Sebastian
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MBA in Finance
Dublin Business School
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The main purpose of this study is to better understand how the post merger integration contributes to a successful merger or acquisition transaction. This study attempts to find out why the numbers of failures in M&A are so high. This study used data from two sources, primary and secondary data. The primary data was collected by in depth interviews. In fact, two interviews were done to achieve valuable information. Secondary data was collected from different sources such as libraries, journal articles, books, catalogues, textbooks and Internet. The first part of this study starts with fundamentals of M&A, synergies and the post merger integration to better understand the research problem. The second part is about the primary data, which was collected through interviews. The analysed data can help managers who are doing an M&A transaction or M&A advisors as well. The study found out that most of the M&A transaction fail because managers not esteem how important the post merger integration is. Transactions with a good post merger integration were much more successful and thus it can be said that the integration is the key point where companies will achieve their synergies. However, this study found some important key factors, which can bring the desired success and therefore the synergies. Author keywords: M&A, post-merger integration