Publications

  • Bain & Co.'s Rafael Natanek on how to make your drug launch a success

    September 27, 2017 | Pharmaceuticals | S&P Global | Media mention

    Following a survey of 100 executives at the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, Rafael Natanek, a partner with Bain & Company, talked to S&P Global Market Intelligence about the critical importance of a successful new drug launch, given that drug companies will derive 25% to 80% of their revenue from

  • European banking landscape increasingly polarized, says analyst

    September 06, 2017 | Banking | CNBC | Media mention

    Strong banks have been getting stronger but a number of banks could be in danger, João Soares, partner with Bain & Company, told CNBC.

  • Number of European lenders in danger rises sharply

    September 04, 2017 | Banking | Financial Times | Media mention

    A new report by Bain & Company shows that the number of European banks in grave danger rose sharply last year and is now close to its 2013 level, despite extensive efforts by lenders to bolster balance sheets and profits. "The fragile banks that have not acted effectively or that delayed taking

  • The construction industry: Least improved

    August 19, 2017 | Infrastructure, Construction & Building Products | The Economist | Media mention

    Volatility in demand for construction has trained builders to curb investment. "The industry has learned through bitter experience to prepare for the next recession," says Luc Luyten, a partner with Bain & Company.

  • European utilities primed for consolidation in shift to renewables

    June 27, 2017 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Financial Times | Media mention

    Julian Critchlow, a partner with Bain & Company, says growth in renewables has created excess capacity of about 25 to 30 percent in the European power sector, depressing profit margins for generators. He predicts mergers of equals through which companies will share synergies from closing uneconomic

  • U.K.'s Hung Parliament Raises Business Hopes for a Softer Brexit

    June 12, 2017 | Macro Trends | Bloomberg | Media mention

    One of the biggest challenges for business leaders since the referendum has been the uncertainty over whether the U.K. would remain in the single market or fall out and face tighter immigration controls, said Michael Garstka, a partner with Bain & Company.

  • British Airways botches its response to its latest technical woes

    June 03, 2017 | Information Technology | The Economist | Media mention

    Frank Ford, a partner with Bain & Company, postulates that airlines could fix systematic IT crashes by simply performing tests on these systems more often. Firms in many industries, including airlines, typically fear that tests could disrupt business too much, and as a consequence skimp on them.

  • Utilities think digital to serve homes of future

    May 29, 2017 | Utilities & Alternative Energy | Financial Times | Media mention

    Julian Critchlow, a partner with Bain & Company, stresses that in the immediate future most utility companies will need - and will continue - to make money on basic energy supply. Until more homes move "off grid" with their own solar panels and batteries that can store excess electricity, energy

  • Jim Hackett has an impossible job to remake Ford

    May 24, 2017 | Firm Strategy | The Financial Times | Media mention

    Bain & Company has a model for what it calls the firm of the future — a company, like Ford, facing upheaval. It argues that the leaders like Jim Hackett must keep “engine one”, the traditional core business, operating smoothly. At the same time, they must free capital to invest in “engine two”, the

  • Culture clash: an unseen blight for mega-mergers

    May 07, 2017 | Organization | The Sunday Telegraph | Media mention

    Marc Berman, a partner with Bain & Company, said one of the most common mistakes firms make when they merge is to take "so long to resolve people issues that their best talent gets lured away or culture tensions fester" - something that could become an issue in this case if decisions aren't made