People in deals


People in deals is structurally part of the People and Organisation competency but is also fully aligned  with the PwC Deals business. The practice represents dedicated deal specialists in a common domain area – People.

Our People in deals specialists work with clients on a full range of transactions, including: acquisitions, divestitures, business recovery and capital events such as an IPO. We drive value for our clients across the entire transaction cycle. The services we provide draw on the capabilities from across the People and Organisation network.

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How we can help

People in Deals ensures that HR value is driven at each stage of a transaction using a common set of service offerings.

HR due diligence

We help you identify HR issues that affect price. We work to establish and understand critical HR and workforce issues early in the transaction, identify their relevance and ensure appropriate protections are built into documentation. We focus on the Quality of Earnings (Income Statement) and Quality of Assets (Balance Sheet) adjustments which impact the financial proposition underlying the transaction and ensure appropriate protections are built into transaction documentation. We can also provide early insight into culture and other challenges that may pose a threat to realising value.

HR pre-close services

We make sure you’ve got the right people and they’re focused on the right things. We work to identify key strategic HR decisions required based on the nature of the transaction, including leveraging HR due diligence to create a comprehensive project plan that we will manage and execute for each HR functional areas and for cross-functional HR activities. We help you to define your leadership team and organisation structure and assess culture and change impact. And we tie financial implications back to the investment model developed in due diligence and manage the budget.

HR post close services

We focus on organisational values to reflect your purpose, mission, and vision. We work to deliver a targeted HR solution to ensure a smooth Day One and achieve deal goals. We support you across the harmonised HR strategy and organisational structure, HR technology, processes and infrastructure, policy, design/harmonisation, workforce onboarding, culture-led transformation, stakeholder engagement, and communications workstreams.

Contact us

Maura   Jarvis

Maura Jarvis

Associate Director, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 41 391 4563

Chris  de Waal

Chris de Waal

Associate Director, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 11 797 5361

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