A cross-functional team is crucial to the positive outcome of an M&A deal and, once the ink has dried, treasury teams will have the opportunity to upgrade their infrastructure and embark on fresh best practice initiatives.
The value of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) reached about $4tr as of August 2021, which is more than double the same period in 2020.  Low interest rates, excess liquidity, a search for growth and a positive economic outlook are some factors influencing this increase, and are expected to continue driving strong deal momentum throughout the year. 
Whether organisations are brought together, or carved out through separations and divestitures, corporate treasury teams have a strategic role to play across these complex business activities. Primarily, treasurers can help manage the deal life cycle and ensure a successful treasury transformation by being engaged from when the deal is first announced through to the settlement and post-deal integration.
1. How to plan and prepare for M&A
Planning is crucial. Treasurers need to establish governance and gather information to successfully settle the transaction and gain visibility and control after the deal is completed.