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Acquisition Strategies: Integrating the Finance & Accounting Operations

  Arthur F. Rothberg, Managing Director, CFO Edge, LLC  
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Upon completing a merger or acquisition, capitalizing on financial and accounting department synergies becomes both a goal and a benefit. It has been noted that the total cost of the finance function can be reduced by up to 40 percent in these situations.

This article looks at challenges in post-acquisition and post-merger integration of finance functions. Also reviewed are three stages of finance and accounting integration identified by Accenture.

Successfully integrating the finance and accounting operations of two companies that are merging can be a herculean task - one that can easily overwhelm existing staff and resources. Los Angeles and Southern California executives may want to consider talking with a CFO services firm.

An integration-focused CFO from such a firm brings a breadth of experience and a depth of expertise in post-merger finance integration that has been gained in two valuable roles: as a formerly-seated chief financial officer who has personally managed the financial integration process inside a company - and as an integration partner with a proven record of gaining targeted synergies for clients going through financial integration.

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