Publications

  • Private Equity Remains a Favored Asset, but High Asset Prices Challenge Investors

    March 08, 2017 | Forbes.com

    Despite volatile markets early in 2016, the private equity industry posted solid results for the year.

  • Back to School: GPs must close riskier deals to justify high fees

    March 08, 2017 | Private Equity | Buyouts | Media mention

    As the private equity industry's stockpile of committed capital continues to rise and limited partners chip in larger amounts to new deals as co-investments, Bain & Comapny sees no relief for the high prices general partners are paying for assets. For the “foreseeable future, that's going to be the

  • Cumming's Take: The Lost Art of the Quick Flip

    March 03, 2017 | Private Equity | WSJ Pro | Media mention

    Private-equity firms are always willing to sell at the right price, but it sure takes longer to get there than it used to. The average hold period for buyout exits has ranged from a low of 3.3 years in 2008 to a high of 6.1 years in 2014, according to an annual private-equity report from Bain &

  • How to Turn Rewards into Customer Loyalty

    March 01, 2017 | Forbes.com

    To reach a high return on investment, successful rewards programs emphasize several key traits.

  • What's in Store for Private Equity in 2017?

    March 01, 2017 | Private Equity | Bloomberg | Media mention

    Hugh MacArthur, global head of private equity and partner with Bain and Company, discusses the company's 2017 Global Private Equity report and his outlook on fundraising and M&A. He speaks to Bloomberg's Jason Kelly on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Europe."

  • Too Late to Join the Tech Party?

    March 01, 2017 | Private Equity | WSJ Pro | Media mention

    According to Bain & Co.'s annual Global Private Equity Report 2017, private-equity investors have closed 120 to 170 technology deals globally each year since 2010, with four of the largest leveraged buyouts stemming from the sector.

  • Strategy in the Age of Superabundant Capital

    February 28, 2017 | Harvard Business Review

    For most of the past 50 years, business leaders viewed financial capital as their most precious resource. They worked hard to ensure that every penny went to funding only the most promising projects.

  • Investors ‘on Drugs’ as Low Rates Fuel Prices, Stahlberg Says

    February 28, 2017 | Private Equity | Bloomberg | Media mention

    Near-zero rates have fueled high prices globally across equity and debt markets. While private equity investors have seized on soaring markets to offload holdings and distribute hundreds of billions of dollars to clients in recent years, they now find themselves in a difficult position to deploy

  • PE dry powder hits record in 2016 amid heightened competition: Bain & Company

    February 28, 2017 | Private Equity | Deal Street Asia | Media mention

    Global markets experienced a roller-coaster 2016 as the outcomes of the UK's Brexit referendum and the US presidential election rocked investors. Yet, the global private equity (PE) industry proved its resilience, turning in healthy results for the year, according to Bain & Company's eighth annual

  • Term Sheet: Private Equity

    February 28, 2017 | Private Equity | Fortune | Media mention

    A new Bain & Company report says that buyout firms' share of M&A deals is at its lowest since 2009, with just 4.2% of deals coming from buyout shops last year. (The peak was 7.9% in 2006.)