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Project management within the context of Mergers and Acquisitions refers to the application of best practices of project management in organizing both pre- and post-merger business operation activities. The merger of two companies or acquisition of a company results in a complex series of steps which must be managed effectively to execute and ensure the success of the deal. With project management, a structured approach drawn from project management theory is used to achieve the objectives of the deal, which generally includes higher value for shareholders and operating synergies. 

Project Management is a critical component for merging two or more organizations together. Project management ensures that the project’s objectives will be met, and helps to deal with any issues that arise during the course of the project. There are a number of different best practices for achieving successful project management in mergers.

Steps in Project Management in Mergers and Acquisitions

The first step in project management in mergers is to establish the goals of the project. The goals for this project should be to ensure that the merger will take place successfully, and that it will not cause any major problems in either the short term, or long term.

Establishing these goals can help to keep your team focused on what needs to be done in order to make sure that everything goes smoothly. It also gives you a framework for knowing whether or not your team is successful at accomplishing their tasks. The next step after establishing these goals is to appoint a leader for this project. This leader’s role will be to make sure that all of the project’s tasks are accomplished in a timely and efficient manner.

Once you have selected a leader, you should move onto the next phase of project management in mergers: planning. Part of your planning should include creating an overall timeline for when certain tasks need to take place. The goal is to create a schedule that is reasonable and achievable for your team. You should then divide up the project into different phases and assign tasks to each phase, making sure that they are meaningful and beneficial for your company.

The next step towards successful project management is to create a work breakdown structure (WBS). A WBS is a document that lists different tasks in a detailed manner, and allows you to define the size, scope, and priority of each task. This will help you know exactly what needs to be done in order to accomplish the project successfully.

The last step for successful project management in mergers is finalizing your plan. Once your plan is finalized, it should be shared with all of your team members in order to ensure that everyone understands it and how it will affect them. This will also give your team a chance to provide feedback. You want to make sure that everyone is on the same page and that they will be able to successfully fulfill their tasks.

Project management in mergers is an essential process when merging two or more organizations together. It helps to ensure that the project will be accomplished successfully, and can also help solve any issues that arise during the process. There is no one right approach to project management in mergers, but there are best practices that can be employed in order to guarantee the success of this project.

Why hire a Project Manager?

The scope of M&A professionals is not limited only to transaction execution skills for taking over companies or acquiring targets. The magnitude of such transactions means that success depends heavily on the planning and execution skills of those involved, many years before and after the deal has been signed, closed, and integrated.
What differentiates Project Management from other functions in Merger & Acquisitions that might be similar in some aspects is that it has all the elements of project management with deadlines, deliverables, resources (human and material), risks, and costs.
The result of not having a clearly crafted plan for a project is failure. From the foregoing it is clear that Project Management techniques in M&A projects require unique skills that only PMs can bring to the table. Hiring a professional Project manager is therefore a vital part of the success of a pre and post merger business activities.

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What clients usually engage your Project Management 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 Project Management 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 Project Management professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Project Management talent and are able to provide clients with Project Management 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 Project Management professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Project Management 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 Project Management consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Project Management 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 Project Management 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 Project Management 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.

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