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June 2020 | Article

By Bhavik Patel

By Bhavik Patel

Mergers and acquisitions:
How can RPA make the process more efficient?

Back in January, with Brexit finally over, experts confidently predicted that 2020 would be a strong year for mergers and acquisitions. And for a short while, it seemed as though they were right.


Then COVID-19 hit and, like everything else, mergers and acquisitions were put on the back burner.

The future is still uncertain, but recent research by financial advisory group EY suggests that the market is about to start moving again. According to their global survey, 56% of C suite executives said they would actively pursue M&A over the next 12 months.


If you’re thinking about reshaping your business in a post-Coronavirus world, how can automation help smooth the M&A process?

The problem...

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. According to the Harvard Business Review, between 70% and 90% of mergers and acquisitions fail.


Lots of things can go wrong. However, the biggest challenge occurs after the deal has been done. Once the financial advisors have moved on, this is where the hard work of M&A really begins.


It’s up to the acquiring company to quickly integrate the systems and processes of the newly acquired business. In reality, this process is rarely quick. It’s usually challenging, costly, effort-heavy and long-winded.


Those simple but essential tasks that keep a business ticking over can get overlooked.

The solution

The solution is robotic process automation, or RPA. The most successful organizations are already using it, and the numbers adopting RPA will certainly grow as business prepares to grow in a post-virus world.

Let’s look at 4 reasons why RPA can smooth the M&A process:

• It empowers system integration, allowing it to be smooth and efficient.
• For the newly acquired company, the goals of the deal are achieved more quickly.
• The purchaser can unlock value from the new company without worrying about systems that can’t be integrated through traditional technologies.
• It reduces the cost of standing up a new organization.

The solution

The solution is robotic process automation, or RPA. The most successful organizations are already using it, and the numbers adopting RPA will certainly grow as business prepares to grow in a post-virus world.

Let’s look at 4 reasons why RPA can smooth the M&A process:

• It empowers system integration, allowing it to be smooth and efficient.
• For the newly acquired company, the goals of the deal are achieved more quickly.
• The purchaser can unlock value from the new company without worrying about systems that can’t be integrated through traditional technologies.
• It reduces the cost of standing up a new organization.

How RPA works with M&A

RPA automates repetitive, rules-based, and mundane tasks without disrupting the underlying systems.

The robot can be programmed to assist with day-to-day operations – collecting and interpreting data, processing transactions or responding to communications.

In short, RPA removes headache-inducing tasks from employees who are already stretched to capacity.

You’ll most likely find that 30% to 40% of your business processes can be automated, usually within 8 weeks. RPA can be deployed whilst the merger is taking place, and be up and running by the time the acquisition is completed.


It’s not surprising that so many C-suite executives are considering M&A post COVID-19. After all, falling company valuations will create great acquisition opportunities.


In a recent blog post. Boston Consulting Group stated that “deals done during weak economic times create value for dealmakes and their shareholders”.

In these weak economic times, and given its ability to integrate processes and systems with minimum effort, RPA will become a key tool during acquisitions.


Are you considering M&A in the near future? Get in touch to find out how Quantanite’s RPA managed services can smooth the process.

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