Mergers & Acquisitions

Resources: Glossary

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Key Employee


An employee who is critical to the success of a business.

See Also

Non-compete, non-solicitation agreement, stay bonus.


This is a general term in the M&A industry that refers to any employee who is both important to the success of a business and may be difficult to replace.

Related Resources

M&A Process: Informing and Retaining Employees

Alternatives to Non-Competes with Employees