Navigating People Issues During Cross-Border M&A

20 January - 26 May 2017  Asean, Singapore


  • Overview

    In today’s multinational business environment, organizations are in a state of expansion known as “going global.” Organizations are growing organically by entering new geographies or inorganically through mergers and acquisition activities.

    The challenge facing leaders today is how to create new value in this complex and often contradictory environment. Leaders in going-global organizations must cultivate a wider scope of competencies and skills than their local counterparts.

    Mercer has developed a specialized course spread across six months to help leaders from going-global companies address their people challenges. Throughout this course, participants will receive practical hands-on experience through case studies and simulations.

  • Dates and Venue

    • 13 January – Webinar kick-off session
    • 20 January – 1st in-person session
    • 10 February – 2nd in-person session
    • 3 March – 3rd in-person session
    • 31 March – 4th in-person session
    • 28 April – 5th in-person session
    • 26 May – 6th in-person session
    • 2 June – Webinar closing session

    Mercer's Office
    8 Marina Boulevard, #09-08,
    Asia Square Tower 1,
    Singapore 018960

  • About the modules

    Global Workforce Planning

    • Foundations of workforce planning
    • Working session: Current state analysis through workforce planning curve mapping
    • Proactive talent management strategies through scenario planning
    • Building risk assessment report
    • Workforce planning governance and ownership model
    • Site selection

    Going Global Through M&A

    • M&A transaction life cycle
    • HR M&A readiness
    • HR due diligence
    • Integration planning and implementation
    • Analyzing people risks and opportunities
    • Cultural integration: Aligning company strategy, structure, processes and people
    • Communication and managing the employee experience
    • Deal simulation on various scenarios during each session

    Global Approach to People Management

    • Global benefits management
    • Developing global leaders
    • Implementing effective governance
  • The Mercer advantage

  • Facilitators

    Dhruv Mehra
    Principal, Asia M&A Leader

    Dhruv Mehra is a principal and Mercer’s Asia M&A Consulting Leader based in Singapore, covering the ASEAN, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India markets. He has more than 13 years of consulting experience focused on human capital issues, and has worked on a broad range of assignments, including cross-border M&A due diligence, post-merger integration, harmonization of employee compensation and benefits, workforce integration and cultural integration. Dhruv has advised both private equity as well as corporate clients in the US and Asia on various types of transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures and joint-ventures. He has worked on more than 200 transactions covering various sectors, such as manufacturing, financial services, insurance, retail, auto, healthcare, media, IT/telecommunication and pharmaceutical industries.

    Dion Groeneweg
    Growth Market Leader — Workforce Planning, Analytics & HR Transformation

    Dion Groeneweg leads the Workforce Planning, Analytics & HR Transformation practice for Mercer’s Talent business in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. He is responsible for advising clients on their HR strategies, HR service delivery model, workforce planning and analytics, selection of HR technology, and implementation of solutions to solve business issues. Dion has in-depth knowledge of and experience in talent acquisition process analysis, design and systems selection; HRIS ERP systems and integrated talent management systems. He has guided numerous organizations in the Asia Pacific region in their transformation programs and selection of HR systems.

    Mario Ferraro
    Mobility Practice Leader for Asia, Middle East, Africa and Turkey

    Mario Ferraro leads Mercer’s Mobility practice for Asia, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, and is a member of the global Steering Committee, which sets the direction and priorities for Mercer’s Mobility practice globally. He has more than 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of global mobility solutions spanning across a variety of markets and industry sectors. In the course of his career, He has held global and regional mobility roles both as a consultant and as an HR professional. Mario has also actively contributed to the activities of Worldwide ERC, a professional association representing global mobility professionals, where he served on the board of directors and as chairman of their Asia Pacific Committee. He has received numerous recognitions and awards, including the first Asia Pacific Global Mobility Professional of the Year award by the Forum for Expatriate Management in 2013.

    Roshni Mahesh
    Principal, Regional Employee Health & Benefits Consulting

    Roshni Mahesh is a principal in the Regional Employee Health & Benefits Consulting team based in Singapore. She works closely with clients on the design and delivery of effective and sustainable employee benefits and provides consulting expertise in the implementation of a wide range of solutions including, setting up a benefits governance framework, multinational pooling, multi-country benefit review and competitive benchmarking, health and wellness strategies, and cost containment initiatives. She has extensive experience working with multinational clients across UK, Channel Islands, the Caribbean and Asia in developing strategic employee benefit solutions. Prior to moving to Singapore in 2013, Roshni was a consultant in the UK, advising on a wide variety of issues, including plan design, pension plan governance, due diligence and benefits integration in M&As, funding and accounting valuations.


  • One-hour opening webinar in January
  • One full-day face-to-face session every month from January 2017 until May 2017
  • One-hour wrap-up webinar in June 2017


  • SGD8,000 per participant excluding GST
  • 15% early-bird discount available until October 31, 2016
  • Singaporean citizens can offset their SkillsFuture award of SGD5,000 against this program.