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M&A and Divestitures

M&A and Divestitures

The winners in corporate M&A are both bold and disciplined. Bain research shows that active acquirers earn consistently higher shareholder returns than those that stay on the sidelines. And companies that regularly and systematically do the most deals perform best of all.

The question isn’t whether to do deals but how to do them so that they create sustainable value. Our answer: Use M&A as an integral part of your global growth strategy, plan for opportunities long before they arise, and build a repeatable acquisition model honed through frequent, continuous deal making. We can help you every step of the way to:

  • Improve your odds of success by honing your M&A strategy and objectives, developing your M&A team and capability, and building a repeatable process.
  • Take due diligence to the next level with a fact-based, rigorously quantified assessment that helps you ward off deal fever, spot synergies the market didn’t see and prepare for integration long before the deal is inked.
  • Capture maximum value from the deal with a battle-tested approach to integration that mitigates the many risks that can undercut a deal’s anticipated synergies. Companies that turn to Bain for  integration support realize 18% more value, on average, than those that don’t.
  • Attain the highest possible return from divestitures by preparing the asset for sale, running a low-risk carve-out program and shaping the remaining business to thrive post-transaction. If you are considering a spin-off we can help you develop the thesis, ensure robust spin-off and transaction planning, and set up both companies for success. Bain can also help you build the internal capabilities you need to maximize the value of joint ventures and alliances.


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M&A is in our DNA

Bain has partnered with clients for 40 years on more than 10,000 M&A-related projects. Nearly half our strategy projects involve M&A, and our merger integration clients realize around 18% more shareholder value than typical mergers. Our work includes every major step in M&A—strategy, defining your deal theses, candidate screening, due diligence, merger integration, divestitures and spin-offs—across geographies, sectors and transaction types.

In short, we make sure you get the highest returns from your acquisition and help you build your M&A muscles so that you are positioned to make M&A a successful part of your long-term growth strategy.

The Bain advantage

  • Unmatched private equity expertise. Corporate acquirers that turn to Bain benefit from the expertise we’ve built as the leading adviser to private equity firms. Bain pioneered private equity consulting, and we are, by far, the top consultancy to US, European and Asian buyout funds.
  • Thought leadership. Bain’s experts are cutting-edge thinkers on M&A strategy and execution. We’ve written groundbreaking works on growth strategy and the role of M&A, and our latest insights are regularly published in leading business journals.
  • Digital strategy. Digital disruption affects M&A as well, from sky-high deal prices to tricky due diligence. Bain’s approach, Bain Radar 360SM, helps you cut through the hype to build a pragmatic digital strategy and an M&A plan that supports it.
  • Corporate finance prowess. We have extensive capabilities in all aspects of corporate finance to help you build the right portfolio, reassess your hurdle rates, and manage transactions efficiently and effectively.
  • Wealth of knowledge. We support your M&A efforts with knowledge based on decades of surveys, benchmarks, in-depth analyses and case studies stored in proprietary databases.
  • Synergy delivery. One of the top reasons that deals disappoint is overestimated synergies. We help leading companies use M&A as a catalyst for bolder change to deliver higher-than-projected synergies.
  • Repeatability. Successful acquirers develop a systematic and rigorous deal-making process. We call it repeatability, and it’s fundamental to our thinking—both on M&A and growth more broadly.
  • Working with Bain can help improve your odds of winning in M&A. We’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure you have the M&A strategy and capabilities to support your growth ambition.
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