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).

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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Orange and T-Mobile merger puts 2,000 jobs at risk

2 Mar 2010

A merger between telecoms companies Orange and T-Mobile will create the UK’s largest mobile phone operator, but analysts estimate that...

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Help the Aged and Age Concern Scotland merger leads to job cuts

1 Mar 2010

Help the Aged’s Scottish arm and Age Concern Scotland are to merge, with the loss of 25% of their staff...

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Cadbury bosses to leave within weeks following Kraft takeover

4 Feb 2010

Three senior Cadbury heads are to leave the company within weeks as Kraft begins to restructure following its takeover.Less than...

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Rescue plan secures Henley’s future: Chris Bones on his time at Henley Management School

25 Jan 2010

In the mid-noughties, Henley Management College was running at a loss and struggling to compete against better-funded business schools. Outgoing...

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Cadbury employees wait for news on jobs after Kraft takover

20 Jan 2010

Thousands of jobs at Cadbury are under threat following the confectioner’s takeover by American food giant Kraft. While Gordon Brown...

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