Transforming the Compliance Department Post-M&As

Following a series of M&As, a leading publishing company needed to transform the compliance department to support the company’s growth targets and long-term strategy. By leveraging Gartner research and expert advisors, the client was able to successfully pitch the compliance strategy to the board (surpassing their expectations), execute the strategy by improving business partnerships and increase the impact of training initiatives.

Mission-critical priority

To transform the compliance department after a series of M&As, the Head of Compliance needed to quickly assess the function’s current state and align it to support the company’s growth targets and long-term strategy.

How Gartner helped

Gartner provided the client with best practices and benchmarks such as the Gartner Legal & Compliance Score diagnostic to identify critical areas of improvement for the compliance function and develop a strategy that was aligned to reporting best practices. Additionally, the client leveraged Gartner experts and peer-based case studies to develop a best-in-class compliance program and improve business partnership capabilities.

Business impact

With support from Gartner for Legal and Compliance, the client was able to:

  • Save time (6 weeks) by identifying priority areas for improvement using benchmark data
  • Secure buy-in for the strategy from the stakeholders
  • Streamline an effective reporting template clearly outlining functional progress


Approx. $3 billion

Approx. 11,000

Head of Compliance

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