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Accounting after a business combination: what every CFO needs to know

While the volatility of 2022 has caused a slowdown in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, global firm PwC asserts it's still a "fiercely competitive deals marketplace." Among CFOs the firm surveyed in January, 35% saw pursuing corporate M&A, joint ventures and alliances as "very important" to their company's ability to grow this year. The number was even higher – 47% – when considering all executives.

In business, just as in life, the merging of two entities can be an occasion worth celebrating, but it's not without complication. There's the blending of backgrounds and cultures. There's deciding where to establish a home base. And, of course, there's the joining of finances. This is where so many of the complexities arise.