Good communication is a central part of successful mergers and acquisitions and really sets the scene for how deal will be talked about in the public domain once the deal is signed. However, what is not often seen or talked about is what happens behind the scenes.
With a continuously changing landscape before the deal is signed, tight deadlines and uncertainty around if and when the deal will take place, it can be difficult to navigate that landscape.
Having recently worked on such a project, here are some of the key take outs I got from that experience:
1. Prepare, prepare, prepare
Plan for the various outcomes that could happen and ensure that you are prepared for whichever outcome – including a leak strategy if news gets out before it is meant to!
2. Be flexible
There is almost nothing that is certain in the lead up to a deal being signed. Try to stick to regular processes but factor in a degree of flexibility. It is difficult making decisions based on a moving target and that document you’ve just spent half a day working on might need to be reworked almost entirely now that things have changed.
Working out of the office means that you may not be as connected as you’d like to be. Access to internet and consequently emails and file sharing can be a real challenge in these situations. Although a USB stick does help solve some of the file transfer issues, it definitely does not tick the data security box! Having a USB modem is like god-send in these situations.
4. Have a central repository for documents
With so many people working on different documents and various drafts being edited, it can be hard to keep track of which version is the right or latest one. Having one person as the gatekeeper for all the documents not only ensures that you’ll be able to find the document when you need it, but that you’ll be working off the latest and not to mention, correct, version.
5. Do it with a smile
It can be a stressful and tiring environment, especially if time is a luxury you don’t have! However, taking a relaxed yet focused approach goes a long way in supporting team morale.
Do you have any other tips that you would like to add? Let me know!