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Our integration consultants help firms evaluate the potentials of a business integration and offer firm advice on how, if found beneficial, an integration should be conducted.

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Fintalent is the invite-only community for top-tier independent M&A consultants and Strategy professionals. Hire global freelance M&A consultants and Strategy experts with extensive experience in over 2,900 industries. Our platform allows you to build your team of independent M&A advisors and Strategy specialists in 48 hours. Welcome to the future of Mergers & Acquisitions!

Sergi

Freelance M&A consultant

Barcelona, Spain
7 years experience

Udayan

Freelance M&A consultant

New York, United States
10 years experience

Ferhat

Freelance M&A consultant

Switzerland
5 years experience

Uhriel

Freelance M&A consultant

United States
12 years experience

Lee

Freelance M&A consultant

Vietnam
4 years experience

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Frequently asked questions

What clients usually engage your Integration Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Integration talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Integration professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Integration talent and are able to provide clients with Integration professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Integration professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Integration consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Integration consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Integration talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Integration talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Integration consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

Everything you need to know about Integration

Integration is the process in which a number of firms, often through acquisition or merger, come together to form a new company with access to multiple customer bases in different geographical locations.

Expanding their product offerings and marketing strategies into more international markets has also been seen as an outcome of integration.

Some experts have argued that firms should avoid potential future integration because it changes the dynamics and corporate culture.
Firms that integrate may find it challenging to achieve the benefits of having diversified customer bases while retaining a distinct identity due to acquisition culture. In contrast, others argue that integrating different firms presents significant opportunities in terms of cost savings, market expansion and financial strength.

Firms pursuing integration tend to be more aggressive and innovative due to the potential for leveraging economies of scale, exploiting information and forming strategic alliances.
Some industries have experienced steady growth and increased market share due to the ability to create products that are customized to suit multiple international markets. For example, with the advent of globalized economies and technology, firms have become increasingly dependent on each other in terms of technology development and marketing strategies. Firms within a particular industry often experience significant changes in their products or services as they attempt to find new markets (e.g., retailers in online retailing).

Some scholars have argued that the benefits of integration are clear, but not all firms or industries are capable or willing to integrate. They suggest that in order to avoid the problems associated with future integration, a firm should implement a number of strategies, including developing global and local brands, developing products and services that are “Europeanized” rather than “Americanized” and adopting an international orientation by hiring more foreign workers and forming partnerships with foreign firms.

Some scholars have criticized the concept of integration as being vague as well as being ambiguous as to how it is defined and measured. These studies contend that an overwhelming majority of firms within any industry are not technically merging into a single entity at all. Instead, they are simply using a larger base of customers to drive growth by offering a wider array of products and services.

Some scholars also contend that firms who are pursuing integration are not necessarily in the process of changing their organizational structure into one that is more global. Instead, they view it as a simple strategy to improve their competitiveness and balance sheet.

Firms have been integrating since the 1960s, but they have only begun becoming more aggressive in this area since the 1990s. Firms have been merging through acquisition or merger for centuries, but those mergers often took place due to actual changes in market concentration or entry of new competitors within an industry (e.g., railroad companies). Firms have also been integrating by acquiring different partners within a single industry for nearly as long, but these mergers were often simply about an individual firm seeking to grow its market share and become more profitable. According to the World Economic Forum, the global economy has undergone 80 such mergers since 2000.

The first extensive study of this phenomenon was “Firms in International Trade”. The authors argued that international acquisitions began even before the establishment of multinational companies. They argued that firms tend to keep production and market locations as separate as possible. But over time, demand for a particular product in different geographical locations becomes lumpy, which attracts firms to compete for global dominance. The authors further argued that the integration of multinational companies was a natural process in this industry.

Another driving force behind integrating is growth potential. Companies who integrate tend to diversify their customer base by offering products and services on a global scale, which results in opportunities for growth through new markets and increasing assets and revenues.

An alternative approach is vertical integration: when a supplier acquires his final consumer’s supplier (e.g., by buying the retailers of his consumer goods). This model is especially used in oligopolies with entrenched interests.

A study by the MIT Sloan School of Management, examined 47 years of data from some 1,300 companies and found that the best way to increase shareholder value is through integration. The study found that a combination of horizontal and vertical integration was almost always better than either approach on its own. Horizontal integration is when one company buys another company in its industry. Vertical integration happens when a company buys a supplier or wholesaler or distributor, rather than just its retailer. Mergers and acquisitions can boost revenues by around 10% on average, while divestitures generally lead to lower performance, the study found. The study found that the more integrated a company, the higher is its profitability.

Business integration and globalization

Business integration and globalization are somewhat related terms, but they are not interchangeable. While business integration refers to the large scale purchasing and use of raw materials and components from other countries, globalization describes commercial activity or investment that takes place across international borders. Businesses have traditionally integrated their operations even when they have not gone global due to easy access to information surrounding supply chains. The internet has given businesses greater access to information about global markets and has made it easier for them to access new markets (e.g., Amazon).
Businesses tend to focus on integrating vertically or horizontally before becoming globally integrated. They integrate vertically when a business buys a wholesaler or retailer. One of the most common ways to become globally integrated is through franchising, in which a business develops standardized systems for producing and delivering its products that it then licenses to other businesses. Some companies choose to expand internationally by expanding their existing brand names, while others prefer to sell their product under a different name in international markets (e.g., Ford sells the Lincoln in Japan). There are four primary strategies businesses use to open new markets: exporting; licensing; making foreign direct investments (i.e., opening foreign facilities); and joint ventures (i.e., creating strategic alliances with firms from other countries).

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