March 2015 - M&A Newsletter
Hot topics in Mergers & Acquisitions
Date : March 17, 2015

In this issue, we discuss change management during mergers and acquisitions, divestitures in the utility space and highlight a carve-out case study.

Dear Clients and Friends,

Welcome to the third edition of our Mergers & Acquisitions newsletter. 

2015 is off to a hot start for M&A, particularly in industries like private equity, healthcare, high technology and utilities. Some have gone so far as to call it a “feeding frenzy.”

In this issue, we feature articles on these hot industries like high technology and utilities. We also cover a challenge we see in every deal we work on – the complexities of change management and cultural integration. 

We encourage you to send us feedback on the content or topics you'd like to see discussed in future issues.  
 
Regards,
Tom Ewers 

For years, companies have tried to bundle change management into an existing human resources work stream during mergers and acquisitions. Companies didn’t want yet another team to manage or another cost center putting them at risk of missing synergy targets. With mergers and acquisitions on the rise, and many of them not achieving the success they desired, companies are rethinking the best approach to managing change, creating cultural alignment and, most importantly, engaging and integrating people.
Today’s utilities are faced with an increasingly complex business model due to slowing electricity demand, lower prices, a shift towards self-generation and emerging changes to the regulatory paradigm. Many utility executives are reassessing their asset portfolios and looking for new rebalancing strategies.  Others are separating assets into regulated and nonregulated businesses with the goal of creating greater value for shareholders and lowering customer rates.
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