Bain's annual Global Private Equity Report offers a comprehensive view of the challenges private equity investors face following a decade of volatility and change, and what it will take to succeed in 2016.
The global economic expansion showed signs of strain in 2015, but private equity turned in another surprisingly solid year.
The global financial meltdown was a difficult time for private equity, but the industry withstood the maelstrom better than expected in one crucial respect.
General partners setting out to raise new funds in 2015 encountered some of the best conditions they had seen in years.
New private equity funds are closing faster and the share of those that met or exceeded their fund-raising targets was higher than at any time since the precrisis boom of 2007.
Four distinct themes emerged that capture the year's unique combination of competitive pressures as general partners sought to find ways to deploy a record $1.31 trillion in uninvested dry powder they are sitting on.
Private equity firms that set out to raise new funds in 2015 encountered some of the best conditions they had seen in years.
The extraordinary fund-raising conditions of 2015 will give way over the next year or two to a more competitive scramble to win the backing of limited partners.
In private equity, as in most high-stakes business pursuits, sticking to what you’re good at is a surefire way to achieve real success.
The clarity and confidence that private equity firms are gaining by taking a thematic approach to building their portfolios will help power superior performance for years to come.
Every private equity firm will need to fine-tune its radar for divining where markets are heading and zero in on the disruptions and discontinuities that will spell future investment success or failure.
The recent slower pace of private equity fund investments portends a falloff in exits over the coming five years.
Every crest of every wave in the private equity cycle is an opportunity for general partners to demonstrate their ability to outperform.
Many leading private equity firms are beginning to recognize that a solid portfolio value-creation program needs to flow organically from a firm’s unique strategy and values.
A recession can be a time to shore up portfolios and seize new opportunities.
With record amounts of capital in private equity firms’ hands waiting to be deployed into new investments, private equity funds must put dry powder to work.
By adapting nimbly to the new conditions they face, leading private equity firms the focus on China will capitalize on their increased control by doing what they do best.
Five building blocks can help private equity firms create value across their portfolio holdings.
PE fundamentals haven't been this strong since the global financial crisis, but deal makers must cope with high prices and stiff competition.
Credit markets are robust, M&A activity is on a rebound and long-term private equity returns outpace those of all other asset classes.
After an uncertain start to 2012, the contours of a new future for private equity are finally coming into sharp focus.
Animal spirits are returning to private equity, with increased optimism for a steady revival of deal, fundraising and exit activity.
Private equity's "golden age" of low interest rates, abundant leverage, mega-deal making and effortless returns is over, but what new direction will the industry take? This report explains how the downturn rearranged established rules, reset expectations and planted the seeds of PE's next phase.
Survivors of the current private equity shakeout will emerge stronger and smarter.
A look at the factors that contributed to last year’s growth and how investors can succeed in 2016 and beyond.
Suvir Varma, leader of Bain's Asia-Pacific Private Equity practice, discusses three themes that will help investors in the shifting market.
What successful PE firms are doing to ensure that they are ready to thrive in a slower growth environment.
India's strong economy helped propel deal activity in private equity, sending values to near-peak levels in 2014.
Private equity investors hoping to capitalize on the Asia-Pacific region's robust long-term growth story have plenty to feel good about.
As the PE market heats up, the winners will be the firms that find the best opportunities, build strong companies and deliver steady returns to investors.
The private equity market in India is maturing, and despite an uncertain 2012, is developing the trust and transparency that underpin a healthy investment landscape.
Though still a nascent private equity market, Mexico is worth another look for investors seeking opportunities in a less-crowded market.
Firmly established as a credible source of patient capital in India, PE is setting off on a new journey of prudence in investing and sophistication in creating value out of its assets.
Southeast Asia’s vibrant potential remains a powerful magnet for PE funds.
Our new 2012 report, written in partnership with the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China concludes that private equity brings economic growth and a more innovative and green economy to China.
Conditions look promising for PE to pick up where it left off before the downturn and deepen its presence in the Middle East and North Africa.
A look at the major trends in healthcare deals during the past year and how investors can sustain returns in an uncertain market.
Healthcare continues to be an attractive but challenging area for private equity investment.
Healthcare continues to be an attractive area for private equity investment as the landscape evolves. Bain & Company's annual report reviews the trends from 2013 and outlines predictions for 2014.
To win in this space, investors will need to unlock the returns found in complex deals, reshuffle strategies across sectors and geographies and boost returns by staying involved in assets post-close.
A look at healthcare investment trends in 2011 and what awaits investors in 2012 and beyond.
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