Mergers and acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions refers to the consolidation of companies. A merger is the combining of two companies to form a new company. An acquisition is the purchase of one company by another company.

The key area for HR departments during mergers and acquisitions is TUPE transfers. Transfer of undertakings (TUPE) laws safeguard employees’ rights when there is a transfer of a business or service from one organisation (the transferor) to another organisation (the transferee).


More companies hold on to key staff after mergers, says report

2 Nov 2017

Almost four-fifths of companies that have gone through a merger or acquisition have managed to hold on to their ‘acquired...

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Zoopla’s Lorraine Metcalf: delivering a successful business transformation

12 Oct 2017

Building an HR function during a time of rapid growth is always a challenge, but for Lorraine Metcalf of digital...

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How workplace mediation reduced conflict and stress during Barts hospital merger

2 Aug 2017

Workplace mediation can prevent conflict at work leading to disciplinary problems or sickness absence, but awareness is low in many...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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Talent management

Talent management should be at the heart of mergers and acquisitions

9 Dec 2013

Mergers and acquisitions are a major part of business life for many UK workers. But getting the transition right is...

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StepStone buys Totaljobs Group for £110 million

4 Apr 2012

Reed Business Information (RBI) has today announced the sale of Totaljobs Group, the UK’s largest job board, to StepStone for £110...

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Government quango cuts: who survived?

14 Oct 2010

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has survived the Government’s quango cuts but many others have been axed or are still under...

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HR jobs could be cut after Thomas Cook and Co-operative Travel merger

8 Oct 2010

HR staff at Co-operative Travel and Thomas Cook face an uncertain future after the two travel companies announced merger plans...

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Union predicted tax ‘chaos’ following Customs and Revenue merger

10 Sep 2010

The HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) blunders that led to nearly six million people across the UK paying the wrong...

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Unite union demands meeting following Axa Life sell-off

25 Jun 2010

The Unite union has called for an urgent meeting with Resolution to discuss how the investment firm’s £2.75bn takeover of...

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Santander secures union backing for Alliance and Leicester staff terms

25 Jun 2010

Santander has reached an agreement with unions to protect the pay and conditions of more than 20,000 staff at Alliance...

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Law firm sector mergers on the rise

4 May 2010

Law firms are likely to consolidate across sectors this year, prompting large-scale movement among lawyers.According to the latest annual research...

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Stroud & Swindon Building Society jobs may be under threat after merger with Coventry Building Society

24 Mar 2010

Jobs could be under threat at Stroud & Swindon Building Society following its merger with Coventry Building Society, the BBC...

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Kraft execs face MP questions on Cadbury closures

16 Mar 2010

MPs are to quiz Kraft executives today, following the US food giant’s takeover of confectioner Cadbury.The Business, Innovation and Skills...

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Kraft faces Cadbury jobs pledge investigation

9 Mar 2010

Kraft Foods is to be investigated by UK regulators into whether it misled Cadbury’s employees during its takeover bid.The Panel...

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