Publications

  • From Ugly Duckling to EnVogue: Commerzbank Luring Suitors

    September 22, 2017 | Banking | Bloomberg | Media mention

    “The German [banking] market continues to be very difficult in comparison to many European countries,” said Dirk Vater, a partner with Bain & Company. “Margins are thin thanks to strong competition, fragmentation and very price sensitive retail clients.”

  • Why Insurers Should Look Beyond Insurance

    September 21, 2017 | Bain Snap Chart

    In what may look like a paradox, companies are winning in insurance by offering their customers services beyond insurance.

  • How Brands Can Get Ahead of China's Tectonic Shifts in Grocery Retail

    September 20, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Like everything else in China, grocery retailing is changing at warp speed—with huge rewards for brands that quickly adapt to the new rules.

  • Customer Behavior and Loyalty in Insurance: Global Edition 2017

    September 14, 2017 | Bain report

    Insurers have long struggled to attract and retain customers. They do business in a highly competitive marketplace, and they sell a product that many consumers consider to be a commodity.

  • Ecosystems: How Insurers Can Reinvent Customer Relationships

    September 14, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Companies are transforming themselves into multipurpose providers—offering suites of interconnected services that extend beyond insurance to meet the broader needs of their clients.

  • The Future of Car Sales Is Omnichannel

    September 13, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Auto makers and dealers must change their sales and operating models to meet the needs of car buyers as they shift to buy online.

  • How to Make Your Drug Launch a Success

    September 06, 2017 | Pharmaceuticals | Bain Brief

    Bain research shows successful pharmaceutical companies are overhauling their approach to drug launch—and they do three things right.

  • 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.

  • Battle of the Banks: The Fight for Profitable Business Models in Europe

    September 04, 2017 | Bain Brief

    European banks as a whole are running hard just to stand still. Sure, in light of the higher capital buffers they have erected, the banks might appear to be fairly resilient when viewed through recent stress tests by regulators.

  • 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