• Europe's low-cost path to high-performance banking

    October 31, 2004 | Financial Services | INSEAD Quarterly

    How can European banks sustain long-term growth while keeping the costs of expansion under control? Bain & Company's Philippe De Backer, Tim Wright, Cornel Wisskirchen and Scott Tanner explain.

  • Can deal making solve your growth problem?

    October 31, 2004 | Mergers & Acquisitions | Benelux newsletter

    Most CEOs today recognize that their businesses can't succeed without acquisitions. Companies need to add new capabilities to find the next wave of profitable growth, and the vast majority will think that an acquisition is the most efficient way to deliver what they are looking for.

  • Europe's low-cost path to high-performance banking

    August 31, 2004 | Financial Services | Benelux newsletter

    When HSBC Holding's widely scrutinized plan to buy a 20 percent stake in China's Bank of Communications closed in August, the UK bank succeeded in making the largest Western investment to date in the mainland's retail banking sector.

  • Unbundling Distribution and Supply (Decoupler la Distribution et la Fourniture)

    May 31, 2004 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Over the past decade the value chains in both the electricity and gas industries have undergone profound structural changes in most European countries.

  • Anticipating the light at the end of the tunnel

    January 31, 2004 | Fundamentals of Growth | Benelux newsletter

    Though it could well be the last year of turbulence, 2004 may not bring the 'recovery' we've all been waiting for. Many challenges remain: unemployment is still unresolved, growth still weak, and the disequilibrium between dollar and euro still wreaking havoc.

  • China: The new Belgian frontier

    January 31, 2004 | Fundamentals of Growth | Benelux newsletter

    China has been the world's most rapidly growing economy for the past five years and is expected to remain so for the next four. This past year alone, China was the first universal destination for direct foreign investments. Particularly Belgian money.

  • Fusing at full speed: tips on managing your integration in real time

    November 30, 2003 | Merger Integration | Benelux newsletter

    Speed is essential to successful integration. But speed isn't everything. Only 25 to 50% of deals create shareholder value, often because those managing the integration process don't know how to make tradeoffs between speed and careful planning.

  • Any brand can win

    November 30, 2003 | Consumer Products | Benelux newsletter

    What do Bacardi Breezers, Sun detergent tablets and Remia sauces have in common? They all belong to a group of brands that grew faster than their brand categories.

  • Pricing the cookies

    September 30, 2003 | Pricing | Benelux newsletter

    When Black and Scholes introduced their Nobel-winning option pricing theory in 1973, fair pricing of complex financial instruments became reality. Yet 30 years later, most of us are still struggling to price a box of cookies, said Bain's Philippe Thibaut.

  • Fixing Executive Pay

    September 30, 2003 | Organization | Benelux newsletter

    On October 1st, 2001, Sidney Taurel, Eli Lilly's chief executive officer, gathered the pharmaceutical company's 41 000 employees via videoconference to outline far-reaching cost reductions.