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Mergers & Acquisitions

CYLAD focuses on operations and adresses all the phases of a M&A deal

CYLAD has developed a broad expertise on the operational aspects of all phases of a M&A deal:

  • Due diligence
  • Signing to closing
  • Post-Merger Integration (PMI)

With our end-to-end value proposition our teams contribute to leveraging the expected synergies of a transaction by bringing hands-on operational insights, as well as homogeneous, consistent support along all the phases of a deal from end-to-end.

CYLAD approach enables an efficient communication between all stakeholders involved in the deal: top management, operational teams, M&A team, legal firms, and investment bankers.

CYLAD positioning is complementary to the activities performed by investment bankers and lawyers, since we bring operational & financial insight to all project stakeholders



  • Operational expertise: aerospace, transportation, energy, healthcare, machining
  • Assessment of value creation drivers and business case support
  • PMO office and full responsibility for the due diligence process, from initial strategic option evaluation to negotiation support
  • Point of contact for potential buyers and other consultants
  • Support management teams with interviews, Q&A and financial expert sessions



  • Integration management office and full responsibility for the deal’s processes, incl. clean team process
  • Support management team, communication and steering committee preparation
  • Hands-on involvement and ‘elevator’ role between operational level and top management
  • Support interdependencies identification, development of separation plan, definition of Day 1 readiness objectives, Day 2 organization definition, TSA/SLA identification and negotiation; and ancillary agreement negotiation
  • Monitoring of deal covenants
  • Support with deal negotiation milestones



  • Secure business continuity – ensure an ‘issue-free Day1’
  • Support ‘100-day plan’ definition and delivery of synergies
  • Monitoring of costs / benefits vs. business plan, track results and performance KPIs

Our impact and outcomes

By covering all phases of a M&A deal, our teams capture the expected synergies and secure operational continuity

We have experience with the many factors that can bring complexity into a deal, and we monitor these to deliver a smooth Post-Merger Integration:

  • Maintain the Transitional Service Agreement (TSA) at a mandatory minimum level while securing business continuity
  • Support HR process with the regulation of merger-related anxiety by maintaining clear and regular communication
  • Proactive separating of complex functions in early stages of the merger (e.g., accounting, IT, and collaborative tools)


We provide homogeneous and consistent support from the due diligence to the Post-Merger Integration:

  • Same-team support throughout all phases of the deal
  • Our functional and deal expertise strengthen our ability to provide comprehensive, end-to-end support – from business case evaluation to delivery of identified benefits


We support the negotiation of ancillary agreements:

  • Our team of experts has deep knowledge of business processes, as well as the appropriate background to properly monitor closing conditions and consequently secure Day 1 and deal economics


We monitor execution as much as deal covenants:

  • We have supported numerous ancillary agreement negotiations (e.g. parts supply agreements, aftermarket model, segregations, etc.) in parallel with delivering the separation


Sébastien Cailliau

Directeur Associé / France


Sébastien Chaussoy

Directeur Associé / France


Alexandre van den Berg

Directeur Associé / Canada