Supporting Acquisition Due Diligence for a Leading FTSE100 Business

Client: Leading FTSE100 Business

Duration: Project-Based

Objective: To support the client’s acquisition strategy by assessing the target company’s key leaders and creating a comprehensive market map of their bench strength and capabilities.

Overview: Our client, a leading FTSE100 business, was in the process of acquiring a significant company. As part of their due diligence, the Chief People Officer required a detailed assessment of the acquisition target’s key leaders and an in-depth understanding of their functional capabilities.

We were engaged to provide thorough research and insights to support this critical phase of the acquisition.


  • Understanding the leadership capabilities and bench strength of the target company’s key functions.
  • Providing a detailed, accurate, and actionable report to inform the executive leadership team’s decisions.
  • Navigating the complexities of an acquisition environment, where discretion and accuracy are paramount.

Solution: To meet these challenges, we undertook a comprehensive research and analysis project, which included:

  1. In-Depth Market Mapping:
    • Conducted extensive research to map out the target company’s key leaders and their roles within the organisation.
    • Analysed the structure, strengths, and potential gaps within the target company’s functional areas.
  2. Detailed Research Paper:
    • Produced a thorough research paper documenting all employees in key functions of the target company.
    • Included detailed profiles of key leaders, their career histories, and their potential impact on the acquisition.
  3. Functional Analysis:
    • Conducted an in-depth analysis of the target company’s key functions, identifying strengths, weaknesses, and potential areas for development.
    • Compared the target’s functional capabilities against industry benchmarks to provide context and insights.
  4. Executive Report:
    • Compiled our findings into a comprehensive report that could be shared with the client’s executive leadership team.
    • The report included insights, strategic information, and a clear overview of the target’s leadership.


  • Enhanced Decision-Making: Provided the executive leadership team with critical insights and a clear understanding of the target company’s leadership and functional capabilities.
  • Informed Strategy: Enabled the client to make informed decisions about the acquisition, ensuring they understood the strengths and potential gaps in the target company’s leadership team.
  • Strategic Alignment: Assisted the Chief People Officer in aligning the acquisition strategy with the company’s long-term goals by providing a clear picture of the target’s bench strength.

Our comprehensive research and analysis played a crucial role in supporting the client’s acquisition due diligence.



By providing detailed insights into the target company’s key leaders and functional capabilities, we helped the client make informed decisions and strategically align the acquisition with their long-term objectives.

Carl Hinett

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