Making mergers work in the treasury

When the fanfare that surrounds a new acquisition dies down, the tricky job of integrating back-office systems begins, as experienced in Australia’s busy M&A market.

There are a few reasons why Australia is a popular target for acquisitions. The country is politically and economically stable, its companies are well-managed and many of them are involved in the mining sector, providing buyers with access to much-sought-after metals and minerals. Another benefit of purchasing an Australian business though not one that usually makes the headlines is that, with a free-floating currency, it is easy to sweep cash out of local subsidiaries to be used in other parts...

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