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Eric Weiss

Business Strategy Senior Manager, M&A

New York

"With M&A, I have a front-row seat to see the dynamics of how people conduct business across the world—and I partner with the best and brightest anywhere."

What I do

As a Strategy Senior Manager in Accenture’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice, I typically lead teams across the deal lifecycle for M&A transactions. We handle everything from target screening to due diligence to pre-merger integration planning and finally, post-merger integration.
One thing that makes Accenture stand out from other consulting firms is our global reach, particularly in the M&A domain.

Working across the pre- and post-deal M&A lifecycle has taken me far and wide; it’s been fascinating seeing the dynamics of how people conduct business across the world.

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A day in my life

M&A is transformative; we’re changing the way a business will work in the future—which is pretty incredible. I worked on a project in Singapore, where a U.S. oil and gas company was purchasing a large chemical facility, and the Accenture team conducted all pre-merger integration planning activities.

When safety was paramount and there could be no downtime in the chemical process, planning was everything. My role was focused on cutover—the time just before an M&A transaction closes. And we worked with clients across Southeast Asia to deliver the results.

The Accenture people truly make the difference. It’s not just that people are great at their jobs, but there’s a vast network and knowledge base you can tap at a moment’s notice. There’s a family feel here. From celebratory birthday dinners to the time when I forgot to pack my toiletries for Mexico and was too busy to hit the shops, someone always has your back.

"M&A is transformative; we’re changing the way a business will work in the future, which is pretty incredible."

My advice

Two things I’ve learned to be successful in M&A:

  1. It’s all about adapting. You’ve got to jump in with both feet, hit the ground running and help the client solve their business issues. Moving from industry to industry is easy; the Accenture model is flexible, and you’re continually refining your skills to adjust. The challenging (and fun) part is getting familiar with different business landscapes, cultures and norms.
  2. Get up close and personal. There’s another side to my role that I can’t ignore: The people. Previously, I’d worked in M&A in investment banking and enjoyed the quantitative nature of the work, but client interaction was lacking. Accenture changed that. Today, I immerse myself at the client site, working alongside client teams. This is a chance to see the world and partner with the best and the brightest at the same time.

Blog Post:
Accenture M&A Is a World Apart from the Rest

A Day in the Life of an M&A Strategist - Eric Weiss

Accenture's Eric Weiss takes us through a day in the life of an M&A Strategy Manager. See more.

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