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Mergers & Acquisitions

Driving growth with technology-enabled mergers & acquisitions (M&A)

Why technology in M&A matters


of executives say their deals are failing to achieve or exceed synergy targets in committed timelines


of M&A executives report that, in the last 3 years, the primary rationale for their acquisitions was the target’s AI or technology capabilities


of CEOs believe technology integration in M&A is a competitive advantage and growth enabler


of CIOs believe M&A transactions accelerate the implementation of new technology initiatives

What you can do

Regulatory scrutiny is greater than ever. Anticipate and prepare for increasingly extended close timelines, especially in cross-border deals.

18+ months

Average time of announcement to close in megadeals has increased from 9 - 12 months to more than 18 months.

AI can transform deal processes from pace of deal identification to due diligence to execution. Develop an end-to-end strategy to incorporate AI models and capabilities into the full range of your deal processes.


of executives say they expect generative AI will help generate higher alpha on their transactions

Deal motivation trends have rapidly shifted from capturing economies of scale to driving new growth. Continuously reevaluate and reimagine your approach to maximize value creation.


In less than 10 years, deals motivated by growth have grown from 37% to more than half of all deals.

Compared to traditional M&A, divestitures are a muscle that’s rarely used in growth agendas. Consider a full range of strategies to fuel inorganic growth.


From 2016 to 2020, businesses that completed divestitures outperformed the S&P at a rate three-times higher than businesses that only made acquisitions during the same period.

Our leaders

J. Neely

Senior Managing Director – Accenture Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions Global Lead

Seth Van Winkle

Managing Director – Accenture Strategy Mergers & Acquisitions, North America Lead

Sven Wahle

Managing Director – Accenture Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, EMEA Lead