Buck Bond Group

No one knows what’s important to a private equity firm better than a private equity-owned organization experienced in M&A

As a private equity (PE) firm, one thing is always top of mind for you and your portfolio companies: Timely and sustainable growth delivered through flawless execution. And as a PE-owned business that advises other organizations through the M&A process, we know how critical it is to get things right on very tight timelines at every stage of the deal lifecycle.

Are your current HR and M&A business advisors able to keep up?


Ready. Set. Grow.

At any point in time, you have multiple deals in play — each opportunity needs the right attention at the right time from the right team, often with immediate turnaround. And while speed is critical, precision is just as important.

With Buck, you get the best of both: As a PE-owned company, our M&A team moves at the same pace as your deal team. And as an organization that’s been around for 104 years, we have the experience, insight, and professional network needed to mitigate your risks and exposure — while driving value and enabling sustainable growth. You and your portfolio companies will find we’re nimble, easy to work with, accelerate the value of the deal, and quickly become an extension of your team.

Our tailored M&A services span tactical, operational, and strategic business needs in support of your people, programs, processes, and technology — and our team keeps a laser focus on delivering an issue-free Day 1. Throughout the deal lifecycle, we offer actionable insights that lead to concise and achievable strategies with a clear path forward, while remaining mindful of cost, leveraging existing capabilities, and sunsetting transition service agreements (TSAs) early whenever possible. When our work together is done, you’ll be left with superior outcomes as the newly acquired asset is stabilized and better positioned for long-term and sustainable growth — improving EBITDA and driving increased portfolio value.

Our team understands your objectives and will work with you — at your pace — to enable better decision-making and deliver accelerated results.


HR due diligence and readiness

Before a deal can be reached, thorough and timely due diligence must be performed. We help you focus on what’s important by delivering sound HR diligence and readiness assessments, enabling a clear path to post-deal optimization by identifying risks and pockets of value early on in process. Our solutions include:

  • Leadership alignment and retention
  • Change-in-control diligence and valuation
  • Global rewards and risk diligence (qualified and non-qualified)
  • HR operations and compliance diligence
  • Workforce and culture assessment and planning
  • Change readiness assessment
  • High-level HR stand-up or integration road mapping and prioritization
  • Early stage value creation

Transition services

As you shift from being an inquisitive buyer to a financial sponsor, both you and your newly-acquired portfolio company have a variety of time-sensitive transition needs. Our team can help you stand-up HR operations and benefit programs in a carve-out scenario or provide end-to-end support as the new business is integrated into an existing portfolio company. Our transition solutions include:

  • HR operating model, governance, and stand-up / integration
  • Technology and vendor integration / selection and contracting
  • Global total rewards strategy and benefit plan initiation
  • Talent assessments and selection
  • Culture strategy
  • Data clean-up and management
  • Change management strategy
  • Day 1 communications and the employee experience
  • Synergy target identification and business case for change
  • Project management office
    (PMO) / integration management office (IMO) leadership and execution

Ongoing optimization

The HR and people work doesn’t stop after the deal is done. Through efficient HR programs and operations, effective organization design and operating models, change and communications, and high-impact culture and engagement strategies, our tailored solutions continue to drive value and enable growth long after the acquisition has been completed. Key solutions include:

  • Organization design and performance
  • HR technology and process optimization
  • Outsourcing and vendor optimization
  • Talent management
  • Succession planning
  • Culture and employee engagement
  • Global total rewards optimization
  • Ongoing change and communications
  • Ongoing PMO / IMO and value capture


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