Corporate Diplomat is an advisory firm specializing in business critical issues.
We help clients navigate the interconnected financial, political and social worlds to build trusted relationships with all their stakeholders, especially in delicate M&A situations.
From financial situations through to capital markets, crisis, employee engagement and litigation, clients rely on Corporate Diplomat for insight, advice, planning, preparedness, and campaigns.
Our sector expertise combined with our deep seated knowledge of corporate communications and relations, means that boards and senior executives turn to us during leadership transitions, for complex, cross-border work and business critical situations.
Mergers and Acquisitions
M&A is an integral part of the strategic business vision and supports corporate growth objectives. Articulating the underlying rationale for an intended deal is a necessity for everybody involved. Supporting senior executives or investors on buyer or seller side during the exploration and negotiation phase, managing the roll-out at announcement and closing or ultimately working out integration, we help our customers tell their M&A story.
We map stakeholders and assess critical milestones of the intended transactions. We explore the reputational footprint and the cultural profile of the target with the future integration in mind. Further, our work entails developing the full scope communications plan and its implementation with internal and external audiences.
Working closely with our customers’ legal and financial advisors, we are intimately engaged with the deal team throughout the entire M&A process, helping it deal with ambiguity and change. Sometimes, we handle rebranding or create a new organizational identity from scratch. Our objective is to enable businesses recover after the turbulences and set down for the “new normal”.
If somebody acquires, somebody else needs to spin off a business. Selling is as delicate as buying and integrating, as it is all about value preservation for investors and about handling uncertainty for the management. Communications smoothen both the transitioning period and ultimately the transfer.
Mergers and acquisitions are generally understood to bring an improved market position, an increased corporate footprint or superior product offering. But how does that translate on the selling side?
The target can manage its own M&A communications just as positively as the purchasing side. We work to convey confidence in the future and support the entity’s preparedness for change.
Reorganisations and redundancies may occur on diverse occasions: as result of synergy plans for M&A’s or major organizational changes, during a court-initiated restructuring or as a result from bankruptcy. Regardless the reasons, reorganisations generate difficult emotional constellations as they are usually of high impact on people and are grown on conflictual grounds.
Operating within the given legal and financial constraints of such situations, we will cover the emotional parameters of the different audiences to preserve a dialogue and facilitate the search for balanced outcomes. That’s what diplomats do.
For the announcement, we work out detailed timelines across geographies and ensure alignment across all channels. We also prepare leadership to additional exposure and help bringing consistency to the messaging. We ensure the roll-out of the announcement and deal with incoming enquiries.