Publications

  • Private equity clings to '2 and 20' fee model

    August 12, 2016 | Private Equity | Financial Times | Media mention

    According to Graham Elton, the leader of Bain & Company's Private Equity practice, very few funds achieve the industry's traditional charging structure anymore. "The best funds are significantly oversubscribed and have been able to exert pricing power. Poorer performers have had to accept some

  • Air travel is still a business run on a thin margin: Expert

    August 10, 2016 | Airlines & Transportation | CNBC Europe | Media mention

    Geoffrey Weston, a partner with Bain & Company and the leader of the firm's EMEA Airlines practice, explains how frequent flyer programs help airlines make money in this CNBC Europe interview.

  • Digital Opportunities for Chemical Producers

    August 10, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Executives in the chemical industry, awash with digital possibilities, need to identify and focus on those that will help them meet customer needs.

  • Measuring a Company's Digital Competence

    August 09, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Sector-specific scorecards give private equity firms a critical edge in digital due diligence and value creation.

  • Private Equity Funds Will Need the Reflexes They Have Honed

    August 01, 2016 | Business Day

    As the pace of exits slows in the coming years, private equity firms can look back on the lessons learnt in 2015 and utilize the strategies that will serve them well in any exit environment.

  • Professionalize a Startup Without Stifling It

    July 29, 2016 | HBR.org

    A company loses momentum when revenue grows faster than talent. But effective leadership teams can follow a few important principles to keep professionalization on track.

  • Barriers and Pathways to Sustainable Growth: Harnessing the Power of the Founder's Mentality

    July 20, 2016 | Bain report

    Most executives will say that internal obstacles, not external ones, keep their companies from growing profitably. Yet some companies have been able to anticipate and address these challenges.

  • Retail Banks: Manage for Glory or Cash?

    July 14, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Many retail banks have traditionally kept their options open with an "all of the above" approach to preparing for the future. But it's time to make tough strategic choices about how to meet the challenge of insurgent competitors and capture new profit pools.

  • Distributed Ledgers in Payments: Beyond the Bitcoin Hype

    July 13, 2016 | Bain Brief

    Distributed ledgers present banking executives with intriguing opportunities. Forward-thinking institutions are starting to move beyond experimentation to realize the potential for faster, more efficient payments.

  • How to Thrive in Europe's Vexing Grocery Business

    June 30, 2016 | Bain Brief

    With hypermarkets losing sales to convenience stores and e-commerce in Western and Southern Europe, and with discounters upending everybody’s prices, grocers need to follow five fundamental rules for success.