Why do so many M&A deals end in ultimate failure? How can optimising the human side of deals help to make sure your acquisition is one of the few that succeeds?

Dr Hazel McLaughlin (Chartered Psychologist and President Elect of the British Psychological Society) and Chinwe Odimba-Chapman (Employment Partner at Clifford Chance) join forces to offer perspectives from the world of psychology and employment law on how to get better post-merger integration. In part one, Hazel and Chinwe explore the best ways of approaching senior management changes and workforce-wide synergies. They focus in particular on communication and the risks of disconnect between what business leads want to achieve and the legal framework and commitments made to employees.