Publications

  • Private equity returns: It's all about alpha

    April 15, 2014 | Private Equity | Forbes.com

    Private equity (PE) firms have worked hard since the 2008 market meltdown to spruce up beaten-down assets they had paid dearly for at the top of the PE cycle and extract far more value than most of their limited partners (LPs) and outside observers expected. But they also got a big boost from a

  • Private Equity’s new deal-making puzzle

    April 10, 2014 | Private Equity | AMEinfo.com

    Deal making is the heart of private equity (PE) and there will be plenty to be done in the months ahead. A wave of PE-owned assets acquired during the prerecession boom years is slated for sale, setting up opportunities for sponsor-to-sponsor transactions. And even in the most mature PE markets,

  • Competition heats up as private equity funds seek new capital

    April 10, 2014 | Private Equity | Forbes.com

    Signs of momentum that began to build in private equity (PE) fund-raising in 2013 look primed to gather force in 2014. Indeed, as we described in Bain & Company’s latest Global Private Equity Report, the dynamics that are coming into focus on the supply-and-demand front suggest that 2014 could be a

  • Choreographing a Full Potential Transformation

    April 09, 2014 | Full Potential Transformation | Bain Brief

    Full-potential transformation can boost performance by an order of magnitude and deliver sustained growth. But a clear vision of what the company should become must be supported by the right choreography for change, realistic risk assessment and a management structure that can deliver game-changing

  • Green lights for all private equity exit channels

    April 09, 2014 | Private Equity | Forbes.com

    Private equity (PE) exit activity in 2013 started strong and ended even stronger. Setting aside the likely never-to-be-repeated boom of 2007, global exit activity last year was about as robust as the PE industry had ever seen. As we explain in Bain & Company’s latest Global Private Equity Report,

  • Private equity: Optimism replaces years of frustration

    April 07, 2014 | Private Equity | AMEinfo.com

    After four frustrating years of false starts, nervous capital markets and deal-dampening volatility, the private equity (PE) industry has taken a sharp turn from uncertainty and worry in the past years to enthusiasm and optimism for the future.

  • Private equity's new deal-making puzzle

    April 04, 2014 | Private Equity | Forbes.com

    Deal making is the heart of private equity (PE), and there will be plenty to be done in the months ahead. A wave of PE-owned assets acquired during the prerecession boom years is slated for sale, setting up opportunities for sponsor-to-sponsor transactions. And even in the most mature PE markets,

  • Private Equity: Optimism replaces years of frustration

    April 01, 2014 | Private Equity | Forbes.com

    After four frustrating years of false starts, nervous capital markets and deal-dampening volatility, the private equity (PE) industry has taken a sharp turn from uncertainty and worry to enthusiasm about the past year and optimism for the future. A year of calmer macroeconomic conditions set the

  • Brussels reforms target lending to Europe's credit-starved SMEs

    March 27, 2014 | Retail | Financial Times | Media mention

    The European economy has come to a stand-still since the financial crisis. According to a study done by Bain & Company and the Institute of International Finance, "new lending to SMEs across the periphery dropped by more than half over the past five years.

  • The best way to grow consumer products brands

    March 25, 2014 | Consumer Products | Forbes.com

    Consumer products companies throughout the world are waking up to a profound new finding: The best way brands can grow over the long term is to grow the number of buyers. That may sound obvious or even like circular reasoning, but the reality is that it’s a big departure for consumer goods