There are many common pitfalls in executing cross-border M&A transactions that can delay close and threaten deal value. Often, companies fail to anticipate the complexity and nuances of local regulations and cultural considerations. In this paper, we share the lessons we have learned from assisting multinational in cross-border operational execution work. We focus on two global divestitures and one global acquisition. These lessons showcase the key challenges of executing cross-border deals and illustrate our collective experience. They can help prevent your cross-border deal from getting lost translation.