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Why You Should Implement a TMS Before M&A Activity

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activities are some of the management team’s most complex and career-defining decisions. They involve careful strategizing and an in-depth analysis of what the merger could mean for a firm’s core products, personnel, cash management, and long-term sustainability. According to the Harvard Business Review, studies indicate that 70-90% of these deals fall through because of integration issues.  

Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) often hesitate to invest in a treasury management system (TMS) before M&A due to the potential challenges in treasury consolidation. M&A teams also tend to keep a tight circle of members during this process to make decision-making manageable. However, an optimized treasury program can provide well-needed financial insights before any M&A activity, enabling CEOs and CFOs to make more informed decisions. 

In addition, a well-established TMS provides a centralized database of crucial information, such as cash flow and risk exposures, that can accommodate other data sources. Also, with current market volatility, a TMS can ensure the continuity of critical activities like liquidity management and credit line maintenance, regardless of the M&A outcome. Additional features, such as cash flow forecasting and post-merger cash management, can further set up a successful deal, especially during carve-outs, where only a specific business line is acquired. 

Implementing a Treasury Management System (TMS) to streamline financial operations has many benefits, including a seamless transition and integration during M&A activities. Implementing a TMS before M&A is about preparing for the change and positioning the treasury at the heart of the decision-making, ensuring that your organization is ready to respond and thrive when opportunities arise.  

Challenges of M&A Activities

Mergers and acquisitions bring with them a host of financial, operational, and compliance-related challenges that can test even the most seasoned financial teams. Financially, the integration of assets, liabilities, and varied financing structures across different entities means you need precise management and forecasting. Operationally, the task of harmonizing the different treasury functions, systems, and processes can be complicated, affecting everything from daily cash management to strategic financial planning. Finally, compliance becomes increasingly complex as organizations must figure out regulatory requirements across different jurisdictions, each of which may have its own rules and standards.  

This is where the role of effective treasury management can allow for more clarity and direction. A well-structured treasury operation with a comprehensive Treasury Management System (TMS) can help provide the visibility, control, and insight needed to get through M&A transitions. It helps that financial operations are maintained and optimized, risks are managed proactively, and compliance is ensured across all stages of the M&A process. Effective treasury management can mitigate challenges and is strategically important in successful M&A outcomes.   

The Role of a TMS in Supporting M&A

With the intricacies of M&As, a treasury management system (TMS) can help orchestrate financial operations. As a central hub for treasury-related activities, a TMS will simplify the complexities in the M&A process and pave the way for strategic advances. Here’s how a TMS supports M&A activities: 

  • Real-time Visibility: A TMS can offer real-time insight into cash positions across all entities involved in the merger or acquisition, helping to make informed decisions faster.  
  • Liquidity Management: By centralizing data, a TMS enables treasurers to better manage liquidity, ensuring funds are available where and when needed. This is valuable during the restructuring phases of M&A. 
  • Risk Assessment: A TMS has sophisticated tools for assessing and managing financial risks, including currency and interest rate fluctuations – common in cross-border M&A activities.  
  • Streamlined Operations: Automating and consolidating treasury functions is how a TMS reduces the reliance on manual processes. This helps minimize errors and increase efficiency during the transition.  
  • Strategic Decision-Making: CFOs and treasurers can make strategic decisions that align with the long-term objectives of the newly formed entity with comprehensive financial insights at the ready.  

Having a TMS in place before entering M&A activity gives organizations this full toolkit at their disposal. It can build a foundation for seamless integration, help financial leaders with actionable insights, and position the treasury function as a strategic asset. 

Addressing Transition Concerns

The decision to implement a treasury management system (TMS) before engaging in M&A activities can sometimes be met with apprehension. Concerns typically revolve around the timing of the transition, the learning curve, and the integration of new technology with existing systems. This is all underpinned by the worry these efforts could divert focus from the M&A planning and execution in the first place.   

GTreasury understands these concerns intimately. With a foundation built on approachability, honesty, and a commitment to user-friendly technology, GTreasury is more than just a provider – they are a partner in the process. Here’s how GTreasury addresses these transition concerns: 

  • Simplified Transition: GTreasury’s TMS is designed with the end-user in mind, with a smooth and straightforward implementation process that minimizes disruptions.  
  • Tailored Support: From the outset, GTreasury offers bespoke support, guiding clients through each step of the transition with clear communication and expert advice.  
  • Intuitive Technology: The emphasis on intuitive design means that users get up to speed quickly, reducing the learning curve and building a positive adaptation experience.  

By addressing these hurdles with proven solutions and dedicated support, GTreasury eases the transition to a TMS and reinforces the strategic value of having such a system in place before M&A activities start. 

Strategic Advantages of a TMS Before M&A

Implementing a treasury management system (TMS) before engaging in M&A activities has many strategic advantages beyond the immediate benefit of streamlined financial operations. Early adoption is a forward-thinking strategy aligning with and amplifying bigger business objectives, allowing for smoother integration post-M&A and preparing the company’s position for future challenges. Here are a few of the many advantages: 

  • Improved Integration Readiness: A TMS establishes a unified platform for financial data and processes, making it significantly easier to merge the financial operations of different entities.  
  • Proactive Risk Management: With better visibility into financial positions and the ability to model various scenarios, a TMS allows organizations to identify and mitigate potential risks before they impact the merged entity.  
  • Enhanced Compliance: M&A normally has a complex regulatory landscape, which a TMS can simplify. By ensuring that all financial activities comply with relevant laws and standards, a TMS helps maintain compliance throughout the transition, avoiding potential legal and financial pitfalls.  
  • Alignment with Broader Business Strategies: Early TMS adoption can show a commitment to leveraging technology for strategic advantage. It can show foresight in preparing the organization for the challenges of M&A and long-term strategic goals, like growth, scalability, and resilience. 


Implementing a TMS before pursuing M&A activities provides a clear advantage in streamlining financial operations, enhancing strategic decision-making, and helping with a smoother post-merger integration. A proactive approach can show a commitment to operational excellence and strategic foresight. If your organization is on the brink of growth and transformation, GTreasury ensures that your treasury functions are prepared and positioned as a strategic asset.  

Reach out today to explore the transformative potential of GTreasury’s solutions. You can request more information or schedule a consultation, taking the first step toward redefining your treasury’s role in your organization’s success story. 



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