• Private equity: End of years of frustration

    April 25, 2014 | Singapore Business Times

    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.

  • In healthcare, private equity firms face competition for deals in robust exit environment

    April 25, 2014 | Private Equity | Forbes | Media mention

    According to Bain & Company's Healthcare Private Equity Report, finding new and worthwhile investments in the healthcare industry has become more difficult.

  • Private equity's new strategic imperative

    April 25, 2014 |

    Private equity firms have long prided themselves on their ability to prosper through good times and bad, but it will take more than nimble tactical maneuvering to keep them competitive in a post-financial crisis environment.

  • Connected homes: What role should energy companies play?

    April 23, 2014 | Utilities and Alternative Energy | Bain Brief

    Home energy services may seem like a natural adjacency for utilities. But in some places, the market is already dominated by cable, telcos and other players. Executives looking at this opportunity to delight their customers (and earn some incremental revenue) should assess the competitive

  • Private equity shifts gears in emerging markets

    April 22, 2014 | Private Equity |

    After surveying another year of disappointing results from their emerging market investments in 2013, many private equity investors that had enthusiastically piled into the big developing economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China are rethinking their emerging market strategies.

  • Private equity's new macro challenges

    April 17, 2014 |

    For decades, private equity (PE) firms made money by focusing on the microeconomics of businesses and letting the macro conditions take care of themselves. While investors focused on industry dynamics and company performance, macro factors such as currency movements, monetary policy, technological

  • Mobile payments: The next step in a bank's digital journey

    April 16, 2014 | Banking | Bain Brief

    Many banks have been slow to invest in mobile payments technology, but it is the next logical step in a bank’s digital journey. As mobile payments hit the mainstream, bankers should offer their customers a compelling value proposition, such as financial management tools. If they don’t others are

  • Fantastic claims

    April 16, 2014 | Insurance | Bain Brief

    Claims handling is a key moment of truth that can turn customers into promoters or detractors of a P&C insurer. Superior claims management thus offers a means of competitive differentiation, whether through faster payout, easier filing through digital channels or higher-quality interactions between

  • Private equity returns: It's all about alpha

    April 15, 2014 | Private Equity |

    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 |

    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,