Merger & Acquisition Integration

SolomonEdwards has over two decades of proactive, concrete experience in supporting a broad range of top-tier clients with their acquisition integration needs. Our experience ranges from early-phase analysis to post-integration evaluation. SolomonEdwards has proudly been involved in over 75 national and global Integration efforts. We have played multiple roles in most of them, including, but not limited to, the following service areas:

  • Conduct Due Diligence
  • Plan for Pre & Post Closing Integration Planning
  • Set up / run IMO (Integration Management Office)
  • Day 1 Execution
  • Value Realization Planning & Monitoring
  • Lead Workstreams and serve as Integration leads
  • Guide Data Strategy & Insights
  • Direct Change Management efforts
  • Lead Communications efforts to employees, customers, shareholders, and other stakeholders
  • Conduct Business Process Integration / Transformation
  • Provide Interim CFO Services
  • Direct overall Finance Transformation
  • Assist with Transaction Accounting & Financial Reporting
  • Execute System Integration & Optimization efforts
  • Implement Accounting & Financial Reporting changes
  • Perform Post integration value realization analysis
  • Provide Subject Matter Experts and other resources

Acquisition Integration Framework

Integration or non-integration strategy


It is paramount to clearly define how the deal connects to the overall deal strategy and value realization.

  1. Define integration strategy during the planning phase and definitely before Day1.
  2. Secure champions
  3. Define value realization metrics


There’s no one right way; each approach delivers a unique degree of post-acquisition autonomy.

• The acquired company remains fully independent • Some functions are integrated • All functions are integrated
  • Maybe executed in stages • Ideally executed within 90 days or as fast as possible

Traditional vs. Agile Approach

Find the right balance between a traditional and agile approach to align with value drivers.

Pros of a Traditional M&A Playbook

Agile Approach

  • Well suited for back-office functions such as Accounting, Legal, and HR
  • Easier to execute – same process steps for each integration
  • Repeatable Process
  • Faster value realization
  • Engaged teams producing noticeable impact
  • Flexible approach that can easily be adjusted in a dynamic environment

Cons of a Traditional M&A Playbook

Agile Approach

  • Impedes executing on the most important activity
  • Rigid and slow
  • Organization loses interest
  • More difficult to execute
  • Required higher level of skill and experience from team members
  • Requires robust Change Management for the organization to absorb change