Bain in the news

  • Investing in a world of low yields: Many unhappy returns

    November 21, 2015 | Private Equity | The Economist | Media mention

    According to Bain & Company's Global Private Equity Report 2015, long-term returns from private equity have improved, but the industry is not large enough to absorb huge amounts of pension money. Buy-outs totalled $252 billion in 2014; American public-sector pension funds have assets of $3.2

  • Square's disappointing IPO shows the risk of overvaluing tech unicorns

    November 19, 2015 | Financial Services | The Economist | Media mention

    A private fundraising last year valued Square, a firm that handles credit-card payments for small merchants, at roughly $6 billion, yet the initial public offering (IPO) priced it at $2.9 billion. While many remain optimistic that Square's losses are simply investments in growth, Karim Ahmad, a

  • Team VIP wins FT MBA Challenge of 2015

    November 16, 2015 | Social and Public Sector | Financial Times | Media mention

    One in five children in Uganda miss being vaccinated against preventable diseases, so for this year's FT MBA Challenge, business school students and alumni worldwide were asked how to address this problem.

  • Consulting firms reach out to minority students

    November 16, 2015 | The Harvard Crimson | Media mention

    At Harvard's ninth annual Diversity Recruitment Consulting Conference, Kwame Spearman, a panelist from Bain & Company, noted that minority students do not necessarily have the familial or institutional connections that tell them what to expect from a career in consulting.

  • "Authenticity" is being peddled as a cure for drooping brands

    November 14, 2015 | Consumer Products | The Economist | Media mention

    The ease of accessing information online makes consumers more likely to abandon their habitual brands because they have heard about something new or cheaper. In China and other big emerging markets, foreign-branded goods are losing their allure as shoppers realize that local products are no longer

  • Smaller Asian markets to top China for deals this year

    November 12, 2015 | Private Equity | Private Equity International | Media mention

    For the largest markets in Asia, the outlook for private equity is robust, according to Bain & Company's Asia-Pacific Private Equity Report 2015. General partners expect that smaller markets in Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines will top China as the most attractive

  • Bain warns Asia-focused GPs to avoid past mistakes

    November 11, 2015 | Private Equity | Private Equity International | Media mention

    Competition for Asia-Pacific deals will continue to be intense due to record amounts of funds ready to invest, forcing all players in the private equity industry to learn the lessons of the past and improve performance, according to the Asia-Pacific Private Equity Report 2015 by Bain & Company.

  • Exit activity in private equity healthcare drives busy deal flow: 5 things to know

    November 10, 2015 | Healthcare | Becker's Hospital Review | Media mention

    Private equity sellers are taking advantage of the high-multiple environment in the healthcare market by exiting whenever possible, creating steady deal flow in the sector.

  • Truth behind the 'vainies, brainies and Bainies' labels

    November 10, 2015 | The Financial Times | Media mention

    Bill Bain, the founder of Bain & Company, adopted a new approach to management consulting when he started Bain. Instead of parachuting in teams of consultants, it was his idea to work for only one firm in an industry, on a retainer, and develop a long-term relationship.

  • Hybrid consulting firms feed off digital fear

    November 09, 2015 | Strategy | The Financial Times | Media mention

    As economic conditions better and confidence in the strongest companies soars, demand for management consulting expertise is on the rise. "The search for profitable growth in a world awash with capital drives a powerful desire for strategy advice," Bob Bechek, the worldwide managing director of