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How private-equity owners lean into turnarounds

January 2016—PE-backed companies outperform their public counterparts during periods of distress because the owners play a more active role in management.more

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What CEOs can learn from activist investors

December 2015—Leaders don’t have to think of activist investors as the enemy. In this exclusive look at McKinsey’s internal video series, global managing director Dominic Barton and principal Tim Koller discuss what activism means for CEOs.more

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Managing mergers: A conversation with Rob Leary

August 2015—The president of TIAA-CREF Asset Management talks about why the industry is likely to see more tie-ups, how to prepare for big deals, and why finding growth depends on what you’re good at.more

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New horizons for infrastructure investing

August 2015—Investors are having trouble finding attractive deals. They might be looking in the wrong places.more

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Private equity and India’s economic development

August 2015—Our new survey determines if India’s emerging private-equity sector has helped or hurt the country and its companies.more

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Back to basics: Creating value through superior products

August 2015—Revitalizing product development is an unexplored lever for most private-equity firms.more

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The return of zero-base budgeting

August 2015—The venerable technique has vaulted back into the consciousness of corporate leaders—for good reason. But getting it right is not easy and depends on five key elements.more

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A conversation with CDPQ’s Michael Sabia

July 2015—A leading institutional investor reflects on the industry.more

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Why US education is ready for investment

July 2015—As education transforms, the traditional and highly limited openings for private companies are growing wider. Investors should take note.more

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Joining the family business: An emerging opportunity for investors

July 2015—Family-owned businesses are a large and growing force, especially in emerging markets. Those who would invest in these companies must first understand them.more

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Bending the third rail: Better investment performance for US pensions

July 2015—Improving the investment organization is a good first step on the way out of the funding crisis.more

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The new dynamics of automotive supply

July 2015—The sector is popular with private investors. But before jumping in, buyers must understand the nuances that will drive growth in the next five years.more

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Capturing returns in healthcare

July 2015—New research finds that the healthcare sector has been very good to private equity, especially payor and pharmaceutical services. And specialist firms seem to have an edge over generalists.more

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Erik Hirsch on private equity

June 2015—The chief investment officer of a big fund of funds explains why top-quartile performance is no longer enough.more

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