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Bain & Company's Global Private Equity Report 2018

The global private equity industry posted another strong year in 2017, as buyout value and exits showed healthy gains amid the strongest five-year stretch for fund-raising in history. Having raised a stunning $3 trillion in capital since 2012, PE funds face a big challenge in the year ahead: how to put it all to work. Stiff competition and high deal multiples are making it increasingly hard to find and close new deals.

In Bain & Company's latest Global Private Equity Report, we highlight how the best firms are building capabilities to thrive in this tough new environment. Top firms are honing their leadership assessment skills, getting better at identifying the right team early and filling roles with fit-for-purpose talent from the C-suite to the front line. They are recognizing the importance of generating top-line growth by building world-class commercial capabilities at their portfolio companies. They are also fighting through the hype to sort out how digital technology can both transform the due diligence process and help companies create value during the holding period.

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