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Some mergers and acquisitions (M&A) only provide limited inorganic growth to a purchaser - they are actually about facilitating future organic growth - about finding a missing piece to enable or supercharge an existing business. Plenty of publically available treatises and articles are devoted to technology transactions (one common such missing piece), whereas relatively little attention is devoted to talent or culture drive acquisitions, which are surprisingly common in the strategic M&A context given the need for client relationships, international talent, technological skill and other human factors that drive business growth. This article is designed to serve as a roadmap for the legal options available to help keep talent following an M&A transaction. It outlines both traditional employment legal options and certain unique options only available in the M&A context.

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