Daily News: October 4, 2013

Mercer Strengthens M&A Consulting with Two Appointments

Mercer announced two new leadership appointments to strengthen its mergers & acquisitions consulting capabilities in North America. Chuck Moritt, senior partner, was appointed the North American Corporate M&A leader. Jeff Cox, senior partner, will assume leadership of the North America Private Equity M&A Group.

“We are pleased to announce the new responsibilities for Chuck and Jeff, two of our most senior and experienced M&A consultants,” said Mercer’s Pat Milligan, president, North America. “Chuck and Jeff have an exceptional track record in advising clients to ensure the successful outcome of M&A transactions. Creating a laser focus in each of the specific corporate and private equity transaction markets will allow Mercer to take advantage of its core expertise to include global integration planning/execution, IPO readiness and in increasingly active deal industries like healthcare and energy.”

Chuck Moritt is a senior partner with more than 25 years of human resources consulting experience. He has provided strategic consulting on a wide variety of M&A topics, including due diligence, integration and divestiture strategy, implementation, and M&A organizational effectiveness. Moritt has advised some of the largest and most brand recognizable companies throughout the world in the financial, insurance, defense, pharmaceutical and consumer products industries. For the past eight years he has been the M&A market leader for the Northeast Region.

“Mercer’s M&A team, under Chuck’s leadership and strategic guidance, has been invaluable to our executive team in developing our enterprise-wide M&A delivery framework and successfully deploying our acquisition and divestiture activity,” said Chris Giangrasso, SVP, HR, Communications and Site Services, Arkema.

Jeff Cox is a senior partner and has managed some of the firm’s largest global relationships over the past 15 years. He has worked on more than 250 M&A transactions, advising both private equity and strategic buyers/sellers on a variety of global HR issues, balance sheet risk and post-acquisition integration. Cox co-authored the chapter on portfolio purchasing of employee benefits in the book The Operating Partner in Private Equity published by PEI. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Concordia University and a graduate degree in law from Loyola University Chicago Law School.

“Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) is focused on adding operational value to our healthcare and information/business services portfolio companies,” said Tony Ecock, general partner, WCAS. “We are a deal size agnostic investor, and Mercer’s team has strong capabilities across a spectrum of deal sizes. Our strategic relationship with Jeff Cox and Mercer has saved our portfolio companies tens of millions of dollars over the last five years.”