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Closing the deal is just the beginning 

The real challenge for any company acquiring a business is ensuring that the acquisition delivers on all of the synergies anticipated to be generated by bringing two businesses together. Whilst every acquisition will bring its unique business, operational and cultural challenges, experience has taught us that the key to developing an effective post-acquisition integration plan is the clear articulation of the overriding strategic and business objectives of the acquisition. These objectives will serve as the touchstone for navigating competing priorities as the integration project is planned and subsequently implemented.

This is the 20th anniversary edition of the Global Post-Acquisition Integration Handbook, which since its first publication in 2003 has served as a practical reference tool for any company contemplating, or currently executing, a multinational business acquisition and integration. Key topics such as tax, corporate and employment law are considered, and regional comparison tables summarize the main aspects of integrations in more than 30 jurisdictions.

Since our last update in 2017, there has been a great deal of change in the global legal and business landscape, hence this current edition includes new content on recent legal developments in the areas of compliance and risk management (including antitrust, bribery, sanctions and customs), foreign investment review, privacy and data protection.

We hope this handbook will serve you well!

Global Post-Acquisition Integration Handbook



Jo Hewitt is a partner in the Corporate Department in Baker McKenzie's London office. Jo has a particular focus on advising multinational groups on the structuring, implementation and management of complex corporate reorganisation projects including post-acquisition integrations, holding company restructurings and group rationalisations. She is part of a dedicated team in London focused on international reorganisations and business transformation projects.


Kirsty Wilson is a corporate lawyer who specialises in corporate reorganisations and post-acquisition integrations. She is partner in Baker McKenzie's London office and is a member of Baker McKenzie's Executive Committee. She is ranked by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for International Business Reorganisations and is head of the Firm's Global Reorganisations Practice Group. Kirsty joined Baker McKenzie in 1992 and she worked in the Firm’s Palo Alto office between 1996 and 1998.

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