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Integration and synergies

We provide clients with the advice and tools to help them successfully integrate an acquired business or implement a joint venture. The focus of our work is on defining the integration strategy and supporting the delivery of planned synergies and securing value. We assist in navigating the issues and pitfalls when setting up an efficient integration program, and provide hands-on support for integration planning and implementation.

It is also never too late – some deals have failed to realise synergy opportunities, but latent deal synergies can often be achieved by challenging the new operating model.

EY Portfolio Synergy Matrix

Our Portfolio Synergy Matrix is a framework we use to help our clients with their synergy assessment and delivery.

By using this framework we provide a link between the quantum of synergy and the scale of change to the business required to achieve value.

Our model helps businesses focus their time and effort in the right areas to deliver the optimal returns in an integration.

EY Portfolio Synergy Matrix
The degree of transformation to deliver on the promise

Our methodology of articulating synergy benefits looks at each synergy area independently, then ranking them based on size of benefit (£), time to deliver (days/months) and cost to deliver (£). The second step is to class each synergy into one of four categories.

EY Portfolio Synergy MatrixOptimization: "Easy wins" with high value synergies such as product portfolio consolidationTransformation: Longer term integration strategy to optimise value of the combined business such as redesign routes to marketStabilization: Synergies that are easy to deliver, relatively low value of synergies  such as contract consolidation)Mandatory change: Minimising deal value leakage such as consolidation of SG&A functions

Client benefits

  • Clarity of integration strategy and plan
  • Realise the full value and benefits
  • Reduce risks and identify potential issues early
  • Identify and capitalise on synergy opportunities
  • Accelerate integration timeline
  • Reduce transaction cost and risk
  • Increase capability, limiting disruption to management and business

How we help

Deal evaluation Deal execution Deal effectiveness
Develop integration strategy Manage integration launch Plan detailed medium and long-term integration
Recommend design principles for the future operating model Execute confirmatory due diligence Track synergies and costs
Develop the synergy case Plan for Day 1-100 Facilitate operational readiness
Plan communications approach Execute Day 1-100 plans Support transition into post-merger integration
Develop integration readiness Define future operating model Manage realisation against milestones
Identify costs and revenues Plan high-level integration  


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EY - Alex Gaunt Email Alex Gaunt
+44 (0)20 7951 0278

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