Mercer M&A Ready(TM) workshops address the human capital challenges in M&A transactions

    Sessions are scheduled throughout the United States, Europe and Asia

    NEW YORK, March 22 /CNW/ - Human resource and other professionals with
companies considering or undergoing an M&A transaction can learn about the
"people" issues vital to the success of a deal at Mercer Human Resource
Consulting's M&A Ready workshops to be held in 15 cities around the world in

    Mercer's M&A Ready workshops are interactive sessions to help with the
planning and execution of the due diligence, integration planning and
implementation processes of a transaction. They are designed to prepare HR and
other professionals for the challenges of an M&A deal by identifying how HR
policies, a strategic focus on human capital and proven processes drive
successful transactions.

    "Conducting the due diligence, getting the deal done and effectively
integrating the parties often ends up costing more money, taking more time and
placing tremendous demands on business functions than it should," said Len
Gray, Americas leader for Mercer's global M&A consulting business. "There are
critical steps that can be taken to prepare for a transaction, including
understanding the HR policies, programs and practices that affect success, and
mitigating the risks inherent in any deal."

    In addition to an in-depth education about preparing for these
transactions, Mercer M&A Ready workshops provide a forum for exchanging
first-hand experiences. These sessions are facilitated by leading experts in
Mercer's global M&A consulting business.

    Mercer M&A Ready workshops are held in cities around the world, including
San Francisco, New York, Montreal, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich,
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

    In the Americas, workshops will be held:

    --  May 9-10, San Francisco, CA

    --  May 23-24, New York, NY

    --  May 30-31, Mexico City

    --  June 6-7, Chicago, IL

    --  June 19-20, Montreal, Canada

    Complete information, including a list of upcoming Mercer M&A Ready
workshops and online registration, is available at
Contact Melinda Seli at 212 345 7011 or email
Customized workshops, conducted in the area's local language, are available.

    Mercer's M&A consulting business, which is comprised of more than 200
members globally (including M&A private equity experts), includes more than
500 deals in more than 30 countries over the past 2 years. Mercer's M&A
expertise spans all types of business transactions, including mergers,
acquisitions, joint ventures, initial public offerings, spin-offs and
divestitures, start-ups and business transformations.

    Mercer Human Resource Consulting is a global leader for HR and related
financial advice and services, with more than 15,000 employees serving clients
from more than 180 cities and 42 countries and territories worldwide. The
company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.,
which lists its stock (ticker symbol: MMC) on the New York, Chicago and London
stock exchanges. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Mercer Human Resource Consulting Stacy
Bronstein, +1 215 982 8025

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