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October 22, 2008

"Calling all PMI experts" has a couple of posts highlighting the huge demand thrown up by the various gun shot weddings in the US financial sector.
The expanding financial crisis is not only completely remapping the world of finance, it's also forcing a rewrite of the traditional rules of integration. Most strategic consultants agree that post-merger integration issues covering IT systems, personnel, training, real estate, branding and others should be discussed and budgeted for long before a deal is signed. Now there are plenty of instances when this is simply not possible. But the speed with which deals are coming together in the financial services industry is unprecedented.

As strategic consultancies line up to help financial giants merge complex systems and businesses and thousands of employees, they may encounter challenges on a scale unlike any they've faced before. The volume of work alone may have even serial acquirers like Bank of America Corp. relying more heavily on outside consultants for strategic advice. And with most Americans invested in the outcome, the stakes of getting these integrations right couldn't be higher.

Is this likely to be a silver lining for Indian IT Services firms?

Arun Natarajan is the Founder & CEO of Venture Intelligence, the leading provider of information and networking services to the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in India. View free samples of Venture Intelligence newsletters and reports.