Mergers and Acquisitions
Why Use Financial Wellness Partners For Mergers and Acquisitions?
Our team based approach can service clients locally or around the country. Our partner advisors are at offices nationwide supported by our headquarters out of Cleveland, OH. Our hands on employer / employee approach is the recipe for a successful retirement plan & employee engagement.
We take on the highest level of fiduciary responsibility possible as a 3(38) ERISA fiduciary to mitigate the risk to the portfolio companies in overseeing the 401(k) investments. With our integration and bolt on 3(16) ERISA fiduciary services, companies can reduce the amount of time dedicated toward administration of the retirement benefits and concentrate on more strategic initiatives. This additional We understand the communication needs to extend to both the ownership group and the portfolio company.
We understand the Merger & Acquisition space. we know the timelines and the speed that is expected when working on a deal. We understand Platform vs. Add-On, Stock vs. Asset, and strategies for all types of deals.
We can look at deals prior to close to work on a plan so we can hit the ground running as soon as the deal closes and to make sure there are no major red flags that could cost a buyer down the road. This also allows for proper planning around a communication strategy based on any potential benefit changes.
- Fiduciary Monitoring System – We mitigate risk for the ownership and trustees by acting as a 3(38) ERISA fiduciary which is the highest standard of fiduciary care available to retirement plan sponsors. We provide an Investment Policy Statement which will guide our process. Our proven system has held up to DOL audits and is CEFEX certified.
- Fiduciary Vault – We store all the important documents associated with your plans in a centralized location. This is even more important to Private Equity groups as these documents are sure to be requested for the due diligence process at exit. Additionally we have historically seen high turnover at executive level positions and in the HR ranks among portfolio companies. This vault insures nothing is lost in the transition, and allows us to get the new person up to speed quickly. We also go through a checklist every year to make sure there are no operational risks which is where most portfolio companies get themselves into trouble.
- Industry Reports – We have access to national reports surveying employers by industry group. This really comes in helpful as we look at each company and use this as a benchmarking tool for plan design. This along with some of our other resources can help us come up with a creative plan design that will make employees feel valued while also keeping an eye on employer financial outlay.
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