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In the following pages, you will find several integrated topics that describe what is happening today in the world of private equity, with a particular focus on buyouts. We begin with a brief review of 2009—examining what happened and, equally important, explaining what didn’t. From there, we quickly shift to assess the environment the global private equity industry faces in 2010, and what opportunities and headwinds the industry will encounter during the next 12 months and beyond. We make no claims to be seers; our crystal ball is as cloudy as yours in many respects. We do bring the facts to the table in classic Bain fashion and integrate them with our decades of expertise working in the private equity space to characterize the environment all firms must navigate—not just to survive, but to thrive.
We conclude by offering some insights into what leading-edge private equity investors will be doing better and differently in 2010. It’s often said that where you stand depends upon where you sit. If nothing else, it is quite clear that almost all private equity firms sit in different places today than they did five years ago. The processes, organizations and rules of the past may no longer apply to building a successful investment business for the future.
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