Executive Insights

Volume XVI, Issue 12 | April 3, 2014 | By: Peter McKelvey Relative Attractiveness Continuum

In this Executive Insights, President of L.E.K.’s Americas Practice Peter McKelvey lays into a five-step process for effective scenario planning.

Volume XV, Issue 25 | October 14, 2013 | By: Peter McKelvey U.S. Private Equity (PE) index and selected benchmark statistics.

Private equity (PE)  holds several inherent advantages over public ownership, including the ability to boost equity returns through creative leverage structures. The managerial discipline and strong operational performance that is typical of PE holds lessons for all organizations in virtually any sector of the economy. This new Executive Insights identifies six specific disciplines from the PE world that can be employed by any senior management team to improve performance.

Volume XV, Issue 13 | June 13, 2013 | By: Jon Weber

Every six months since 2008, L.E.K. Consulting has surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. consumers about their spending behavior and predictions based on their perception of their personal finances and the economy. Over time, the results have offered a window into the mind of the American consumer—capturing hopes, fears and expectations for the future. As the survey reached its five-year mark in 2013, Jon Weber, Managing Director in L.E.K.'s Retail and Consumer Products practice discusses the insights gleaned from the surveys and the implications for L.E.K. retail clients.

Volume XV, Issue 11 | May 29, 2013 | By: L.E.K. Consulting

Despite China’s ever-changing and challenging operating environment, private equity investment has dramatically expanded in recent years. However, investors are increasingly concerned about seeing real returns from these investments since companies operate in an environment where costs are rising rapidly, customer needs are constantly changing and investor and management teams are not always aligned. In this new Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting recommends that investors focus on the Return on Assets (ROA) ratio to measure the interaction between profit/sales and sales/assets ratios.

Volume XIV, Issue 23 | November 14, 2012 | By: L.E.K. Consulting

L.E.K. Consulting is seeing a steady rise in cleantech investment in China including the broader green energy landscape beyond traditional renewable sectors. In fact, investors have been very active during the past few years and deal flow is among the highest across all Chinese economic sectors. Our 2012 report examines the recent trends in China’s cleantech investing landscape and argues that the sector should be given further consideration by investors looking for attractive investment opportunities.


Volume XIV, Issue 22 | November 2, 2012 | By: Jon Weber, Francois Mallette

Consumer outlook on both the economy and their personal finances are at four-year highs based on L.E.K. Consulting’s fall 2012 Consumer Sentiment Survey (CSS). L.E.K. first launched its semi-annual survey in 2008 to better understand consumers’ projected spending for the next six months as well as their attitudes toward additional financial and economic factors.

Volume XIV, Issue 19 | July 31, 2012 | By: Darren Perry

The aerospace industry is growing dramatically as rising global demand for commercial and corporate jet aircraft is creating a boom-time environment for primes and select systems, components and materials suppliers across the value chain. Although this industry growth is attractive to private equity (PE) firms, aggressive aerospace industry players have generally been willing to outbid PE firms for acquisition targets and other assets.

Volume XIV, Issue 16 | June 29, 2012 | By: Helen Chen

L.E.K. Consulting believes that there are still advantages to using China as a component of your manufacturing strategy to reach consumers in this growing country, throughout Asia and globally. To that end, we have outlined six important insights to help corporate leaders gain a better understanding of opportunities in China – and in some cases, dispel misperceptions about doing business in this country.

Volume XIV, Issue 15 | June 22, 2012 | By: Francois Mallette, Jon Weber

L.E.K. Consulting’s spring 2012 Consumer Sentiment Survey (CSS) shows the highest levels of consumer optimism toward the economy and their personal finances since the height of the recession in fall 2008 when we launched the report series. We surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. consumers in May 2012 to track consumers’ projections for the next six months regarding a number of important financial issues.

Volume XIV, Issue 6 | March 9, 2012 | By: Karin von Kienlin

China’s growth has given many companies and financial institutions the capital to pursue aggressive mergers & acquisitions (M&A) strategies. Chinese state funds and corporate buyers have declared Europe – and especially Germany – as prime targets for their acquisition spree. In a detailed study on recently closed transactions involving both Western and Asian buyers, L.E.K. Consulting has identified a number of key success factors for both sides.