Publications

  • How Media Companies Can Use M&A to Expand Multiples

    August 14, 2017 | Bain Brief

    While more companies are turning to M&A and reaping benefits, few have been able to expand multiples in the process. We offer three approaches that allow companies to use M&A as an opportunity to make fundamental changes that will help them expand multiples.

  • A Guide to Successful Digital M&A

    March 02, 2017 | Bain infographic

    Companies looking to M&A in the face of digital disruption must change their approach.

  • The Changing Rules for Digital M&A

    February 10, 2017 | Bain Brief

    Companies are turning to M&A to get ahead of digital disruption in their industries. Winners know they need to alter their approach.

  • New Paths to Value Creation in Pharma

    September 24, 2014 | Bain Brief

    In a changing industry, survival increasingly depends on category leadership and distinctive business capabilities.

  • Markets, economy & job growth

    January 27, 2010 | Private Equity | CNBC

    Steve Ellis, Managing Director of Bain & Company, kicked off CNBC correspondent Maria Bartiromo's live coverage from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

  • How the best divest

    September 30, 2008 | Mergers & Acquisitions | Harvard Business Review

    Most corporations are not as skilled at selling off assets as they are at buying them, often divesting at the wrong time or in the wrong way. The best companies manage their divestiture portfolios in a disciplined manner, following four straightforward rules. They take advantage of divestiture

  • Mergers compute in software sector

    September 28, 2004 | Technology | Business Weekly

    Name this trend: Oracle continues its fight for control of PeopleSoft. Microsoft reveals it discussed a merger with SAP, EMC buys Legato, then Documentum, then VMware. IBM snaps up middleware maker Candle Corporation. Answer: Merger pressure is building in the software industry.

  • Regulators cannot stop the urge to merge in software

    May 25, 2004 | Technology | The Financial Times

    Success in the software industry these days is less about discrete product innovations than building and extending platforms to achieve scale in customer relationships.

  • The hidden IT multiplier in mergers

    February 13, 2003 | Information Technology | The Financial Times

    When the gritty work of merging two businesses doesn't go smoothly, talent is quick to flee, legacy systems buckle under bigger loads, and projects drag as resources grow scarce.

  • Traveling disciplines

    July 11, 2002 | Private Equity | The Deal

    Leading private-equity firms have delivered internal rates of return at double the S&P 500's over the past decade, including tough times. Increasingly, they've achieved this by adding value to the underlying operations they own as well as through creative financial structuring.