Paul Hawkins is the Managing Director of MergeCo Pty Ltd, an Australian company specialising in extraction and preservation of shareholder value in mergers and acquisitions. Shared Services usually constitute a key component in cost synergy strategies deployed by MergeCo.

Paul’s own experience in Shared Services includes cross-border integrations of 25 serially-acquired businesses and start ups across 20 countries. All undertaken in a two year period whilst working for a US multinational telecommunications company based in the Netherlands. His expertise covers the gamut from design and build of captive in-house shared services to outsourcing; in-sourcing and turnaround of troubled shared services operations. He founded MergeCo in 2005 and the company has since managed a number of large acquisitions and business integration, with experience in the financial and engineering services; transport and logistics; and event production sectors.

In the Australian market, Paul has directed acquisition and integration activities in connection with some well known local brand names such as NRMA Life, ClearView and NRMA Health. Most recently, he managed CommSec’s acquisition of IWL (online share trading).He has an MBA from Oxford Brookes University and is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul currently resides in Sydney, Australia but is a sought after speaker at conferences and writes for a number of international publications. Paul can be contacted by e-mail at:

Organizations that have well developed Shared Services operations are in a unique position to realise accelerated savings in mergers and acquisitions...Full Article »