Yesterday I wrote that you cannot merge two teams of riders from two licenses onto one, that the riders connected to the cancelled license can always decide to go elsewhere. Some of you asked if it would not be possible to sign those riders to a new contract with the “surviving license” before you kill the license you will no longer use. The short answer is no.
The long answer is that as soon as it becomes clear that the old license will be cancelled, the rider is free to go. So the license doesn’t actually need to be cancelled, simply starting the negotiation with the rider to transfer him from one license to another is enough for the rider to demand to leave.