To meet the economic and social challenges of the citizenry around the world, governments must transform the way they think, organize, and execute. We help federal, state, and local governments improve their efficiency and effectiveness, enabling those to better fulfill their missions to the public sector. We help design and implement large-scale strategies that promote economic development and inclusive growth. We offer global experience and relationships, a network of talented people, distinctive expertise and capabilities, and sustainable purpose-built methodologies.
We help clients organize, set priorities, and work collaboratively with government bodies, regulators, local communities, and nongovernmental organizations.
Our global research on budgeting and tax administration is informed by insights from our network of leading public finance experts and helps government agencies measure their performance, understand best practices, and take action to achieve monetary health.
Our scholarship identifies areas in need of reform and proposes specific solutions with the goals of: improving the performance of the national government; informing debate; and providing policymakers with expert analysis and ideas to ensure better institutional governance.
Building Execution, Technical, and Leadership Capability. We collaborate with government leaders to achieve higher lifecycle returns for their capital projects, in less time and with greater predictability, by moving from traditional activity-focused program management to a project management approach for end-to-end delivery strategy.
Working with senior leaders, we help public-sector organizations set a vision for strategic outcomes, build a robust fact base, rigorously assess options, design an actionable plan, win support from key stakeholders, and evaluate progress from design through execution to ensure that strategies have lasting impact. Drawing on insights from the private sector and decades of public-sector work, we support clients on a range of strategic topics, including identifying social, economic, and technology trends; synchronizing budgeting and strategic-planning processes; designing stakeholder-engagement plans; and creating innovation programs at scale.
Optimism on Wall Street. Energy markets face major uncertainties. Will growth in renewables hit technical limits? What role will shale gas, nuclear power, and coal play in meeting future energy needs? How will the spiraling consumer demand in China and India affect the supply of global fuel and materials? We help generators, energy companies, investors, and regulators to understand shifts in wholesale market structures and capture opportunities while mitigating risks.
We help private companies and public sector organizations make better and more informed strategic decisions through a deeper understanding of the evolution of industrial power markets; and technological developments. Supported by experts in technology and capital markets, our teams work closely with clients to develop and interpret scenarios, benchmark performance against industry peers, and strengthen capabilities for managing uncertainty.
Cyber Security and Critical National Infrastructure. At a time when public finances are under strain, governments must deliver new services and improve existing ones, while operating more efficiently and with greater transparency. Technology is at the core of addressing these challenges. From big data to mobile and social media, the 21st century has ushered in a variety of innovative technologies that can help governments better serve their constituents. Our clients are looking for new ideas, new products, and new systems at scale—and they want to build the capabilities to deliver on these, while creating a lasting competitive advantage in digital. We complement our rigorous problem solving with cutting-edge digital tools and user-centric design thinking.
From Hardware to Software. The organizations we work with are complex. Our clients are seeking solutions that break down silos, bridge the gap between systems, and consider all of the elements that contribute to the challenges they face. Only a few are looking for stand-alone solutions that work independently of the enterprise. Furthermore, organizations are seeking solutions that are proven to positively impact their outcomes. Building capabilities translates directly into performance improvements on the individual and organizational level. Our approach includes building targeted capabilities and then guiding individuals to translate what they have learned into their daily work processes to solve business problems more effectively.
We have deep functional and industry expertise as well as breadth of geographical reach. Our work is founded on a rigorous understanding of every client’s institutional context, sector dynamics, and macroeconomic environment. Our investment in knowledge also helps advance the practice of management. We publish our findings extensively, and we engage with leading thinkers on the most pressing issues facing our clients and society.Our sophisticated portfolio of capabilities includes custom analytics, diagnostics and benchmarking, world-class expertise and research, and cutting-edge project management tools.
Innovative Architecture and Interior Design. Offering everything from a single contract source requires intense cooperation among our contracting divisions. Our team includes a diverse group of leaders in architecture, engineering, construction, cpm scheduling, field supervision and estimating, to name a few. Our approach weaves thoughtful user interactions executed across multiple integrated channels with a variety of technological, operational and spatial considerations. We use tools like ethnography, the study of analogous industries, journey mapping and rapid prototyping to connect organizations to the broader context of those they serve.
Strategic Approach to Engineering and Construction. As a discipline, design is more than pleasing the eye. Design thinking is a disciplined way to interrogate data, behavior, and preferences to find the gaps between what exists today and what customers would value even more highly. It’s the heart of a holistic approach to deeply understanding customers in order to better meet their needs. This kind of analysis is a necessary foundation to make a creative leap that results in something entirely new. We combine rigorous analytics, inspired creative teams, and deep functional and industry expertise to deliver rapid growth for our clients and create value for their customers.
Insights on Project Development and Finance. Smart development and stable financing can make the difference between a successful project and one that falls short. Our project-development work is focused on helping to bridge the current gap between infrastructure investment and needs by convening the right parties and working collaboratively to establish viable, bankable infrastructure projects. We support project development, value improvement, procurement and contracting, project execution, and distressed project turnarounds.
Early-Stage Venture Capital. We bring a unique combination of project-development, design, engineering, and financing expertise, relationships with key stakeholders, and proprietary tools and data that enable us to serve as trusted partners to governments and investors.
Our global network of consultants brings deep expertise and innovative analytical tools to each project. We support private investors in the following activities: analyzing the value of infrastructure opportunities, structuring and securing economically-sound investments, effectively and efficiently operating assets to generate value, and managing stakeholders and regulators to bolster long-term collaborative relationships.
Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure. We help our clients have the strongest possible starting point for their large projects by establishing a tailored procurement strategy, structuring contract-award negotiations to realize early cost savings and building the required management infrastructure. For clients with large portfolios of smaller projects, we evaluate potential bundling strategies and partnership models that help achieve continuous improvement over time.
We bring an independent perspective to our clients that is aligned with their goals and unencumbered by competing interests of the numerous stakeholders involved with large capital projects. This distinct focus on successful economic delivery mitigates many frequent problems that lead to cost overruns or schedule delays on seventy percent of megaprojects, according to our research. Our teams—representing a unique combination of strategic advisors and senior practitioners with decades of hands-on experience—work alongside clients to create value and impact that other traditional project participants may miss or ignore.
We help clients plan, execute, and in some cases, rescue multibillion-dollar mega projects. Our business acumen, on-the-ground experience, and comprehensive knowledge of functional topics—such as organizational effectiveness, lean execution, procurement management, and risk management—uniquely positions us to support capital project owners, investors, and contractors.
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Capital Expenditure Forecasting: Public Spaces and Facilities. We apply our knowledge of program and project management to help clients design optimal public building and spaces. We support clients in aligning architectural design and public use objectives with capital and operational expenditure budgets. To ensure the long-term relevance of buildings, we advise clients on the strategic use of materials and on design, expansion, accessibility, and sustainability techniques. Drawing upon extensive experience in capital-intensive projects, our consultants use proven tools and best practices—such as pre-fabrication and innovative contract structures—to build client capabilities and safeguard the long-term success of a project. We apply innovative techniques to ensure safety, security, and health regulations are met. We help clients control investment and facility management costs, while maintaining high-quality buildings with long lifecycles.
Fostering Sustainable Agricultural Practices. We tackle deep-rooted challenges such as sector competitiveness and productivity, food access and availability, smallholder farmer livelihoods, and climate change and resource scarcity. We work closely with governments, donors, foundations, and businesses to design and implement holistic programs that transform the way agricultural systems operate. In addition to our work on strategy, design, and implementation, we help set up and accelerate public/private partnerships, support individual value-chain projects and food reserve strategies, and tackle questions on organizational and strategic topics for donors and foundations.
We apply our expertise in agribusiness, supply-chain management, infrastructure, and large-scale transformations to create models for sustainable agricultural development that attract private, public, and social investment and can be scaled and delivered effectively. These models include regional “breadbaskets,” infrastructure and logistics corridors, and dedicated agricultural economic zones or food hubs.
Perspectives on Private Participation in the Coal Industry. We bring deep insight into every significant mining commodity, including coal, iron ore, precious metals, bauxite, potash, copper, and other base metals. We offer objective perspectives rooted in knowledge and analysis, and work in close partnership with our clients to translate strategies and solutions into bottom-line impact at speed and scale. We offer our clients unique insights on supply, demand, trade flows, and future prospects for all major mining commodities. We publish extensively on these topics and are core participants in the world’s major mining conferences. We also collaborate with global institutions, mining associations, and policymakers to help shape the industry’s future.
Next-Generation Airline Procurement. Market liberalization demands new solutions from rail freight companies. Customers require flexibility, speed, and punctuality. Competition from other modes of transport—both road and sea—are capturing a share of the market that rail traditionally had to itself. Today’s airports must evolve to meet growing demand, new technologies, updated security requirements, and rising customer expectations. These forces will grow stronger, as will the complexity of projects and the public’s desire for transparency into performance. We bring deep industry expertise and local market insights to help our clients solve their most important challenges in strategy, organization design, and commercial operations.
Financial Globalization and Labor Productivity Growth. Ships are vital to worldwide trade. Container ships are among the largest oceangoing vessels, the pack mules of the global economy. The growth of ocean freight is far stronger than the growth of any other shipping sector. Over time, organizations of all kinds—whether manufacturers or service providers, governments or not-for-profits—become complicated. Lean management helps them engage all of their people, at every level, to help the entire organization work better: delivering more for customers, building stronger capabilities, finding new and better ways of working, and renewing a sense of common purpose.
Using new tools and technologies that make real-time information available to carriers, shippers, and their land partners (mass transit, for instance) could help all stakeholders along the value chain improve how they plan and execute operations, including carriers themselves. By providing more upstream visibility—a centralized database offered through a web-based, open platform is one way to do this—carriers can, again, tap new pools of cost-cutting opportunity and help shippers reduce the costs and complexity of their own supply chains. Some port authorities have already started to play a role in offering this kind of transparency. Our teams combine the comprehensive business understanding that underpins disciplines with practical operations expertise in diverse industries worldwide.
North American Oil and Gas: Caveat Emptor. Change in business is constant. Regulatory environments, globalization, industry boundaries, and cost pressures are all in perpetual motion, and idleness is never an option. The complexity of managing acquisitions and divestitures, though, can be challenging for even the most experienced corporate leaders. This is why we play a critical role supporting all phases of transactions—before, during, and after—to ensure deals are consistent with corporate strategy and achieve maximum value. We work with clients to deliver a strategy that targets many deals above a more sedentary approach and to develop in-house capabilities in advance of and during a property transaction or event.
Hydrocarbon Production and Industrial Engineering. We have built an outstanding track record of high-impact client work in five core strategy areas: exploration, corporate growth, new energy segments, gas, and regulatory. By investing in developing market perspectives and understanding financial trends and outlooks, we ensure our strategy work is built on a robust fact base. In addition to providing strategic advice, we are committed to building clients' capabilities at all levels of an organization to ensure success.
Market Perspectives and Regulatory Management. Implementing regulatory and external-affairs strategies requires top management commitment, cross-functional engagement, and organizational drive. We help clients allocate resources, recruit the right talent, and establish procedures to secure stakeholder support for strategic priorities. We bring deep expertise in simulating the evolution of power markets and assessing the implications for long-term portfolio planning, asset valuation, and investment.
Regulatory and Environmental Assessments. We help local and national governments assemble a fact base for decision making, craft strategies for stakeholder management, identify least-cost solutions through tailored cost curves, assess barriers, and produce practical implementation plans. We help utilities transform their operations along the entire value chain of water, waste, and wastewater by optimizing elements such as network and pump station maintenance, pump energy efficiency, sludge treatment, waste asset configuration, aeration control, and support functions. We help conduct technology and target scans for investors and entrants from adjacent businesses, and offer guidance on developing entry strategies, capturing opportunities, and building scale.
Decontamination and Remediation Management. The nuclear industry is still growing in Eastern Europe, parts of Asia, and the Middle East even as it contracts in Western Europe and North America. Nanoscale science and research promises to be a major component in the future growth of the global economy. Advances in nanotechnology are coming at a rapid-fire pace and are greatly influencing the long-term outlook for a range of scientific and engineering disciplines. Companies are investing billions each year on nanotech research and development, while governments are also engaged: the United States government alone has appropriated more than three billion dollars in funding, which puts nanotech on course to become one of the largest government-funded initiatives ever.
We help clients anticipate and respond to regulatory changes resulting from coal retirements and other forms of industry restructuring, as well as technological and policy developments in renewables, transmission, smart grid, and tariffs.
Leveraging Pension Funds for Financing Infrastructure Development. Over the next decade, power networks in emerging countries will expand rapidly to serve growing populations, while developed economies will upgrade their infrastructure to cope with demand discontinuities and the transition to smart grids. From large-scale projects to the portfolios of thousands of small and midsize sustaining or growth projects that power utility companies typically execute each year, our teams bring unparalleled experience in delivering capital projects on time and budget.
Deliverology: From Idea to Implementation. We help school systems to bring about rapid improvements in literacy and numeracy outcomes at the classroom level through our work across diagnostics, strategy, and implementation. We work with public and social institutions to apply innovative digital tools to revolutionize teaching and learning both inside and outside the classroom. We collaborate with employers, education providers, governments, and foundations to help students make a seamless transition from education to work. Our teams include former teachers, institutional leaders, researchers, and public policy makers.
Research and Development (R&D). Our clients include major pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, biotechs, and clinical research organizations. Our methodology is clinically-driven, informed by healthcare’s emerging realities, and focused on delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions that challenge traditional thinking. Our team of clinical innovation, product development, process design, lean management and experiential modeling experts utilize some of the most inventive approaches available to help our clients identify their most significant strategic and operational opportunities.
Drawing on a broad range of services that includes architectural design, engineering, construction, and facilities optimization services, our solutions are driven by understanding how our clients define value and how we can help them improve performance. In all cases, we help companies evaluate the value proposition for each product in development, considering both clinical and economic benefits. Every solution is tested against the backdrop of our client’s mission, vision and principles– driving business and care model innovation both now and in the future.
Luxury Resorts and Hotels. Our work spans the globe on topics such as planning and investing in infrastructure, architecture, engineering, and construction. We understand the challenges that restaurant owners, hotels, resorts, and gaming developers face in assembling land, obtaining gaming approval, and creating facilities that will stand out in fiercely competitive markets. Our deep expertise enables us to assist hospitality clients in developing programs for a new future. We also rely on the practical experience of our project teams to develop new concepts and consulting approaches. We use innovative approaches to tailor offers precisely to customer requirements and to align process flows and organization structures with new strategies.
Stadiums, Arenas, and Convention Centers. We apply our knowledge of construction to help clients engineer optimal public buildings and spaces. We support clients in aligning architectural design and public objectives with capital and operational expenditure budgets. To ensure the long-term relevance of buildings, we advise clients on the strategic use of materials and on design, expansion, accessibility, and sustainability techniques. We support all phases of project execution—from design to construction, from commissioning to ramp-up. We take a holistic view of social infrastructure projects, helping clients optimize quality, minimize costs, and keep projects on schedule.
The Future of German Mechanical Engineering. The changes currently taking place in the automotive industry from the need to go global to the emergence of new competitors in low-cost countries have increased business uncertainties and turned decision making that used to be straightforward into a much more complicated process. We help clients reduce capital intensity, optimize and standardize their specifications, and refine their approach to innovation investment. Our projects range from growth strategies and business-plan development to research and development topics such as material-supply optimization, as well as aftermarket processes.
Departments and Ministries of Defense. Our clients range from original equipment manufacturers for aircraft in the commercial, business, commuter, cargo and military sectors to defense contractors to satellite and space transportation firms. Our teams serve commercial aerospace leaders in most segments of the industry. We partner with these organizations to help them improve operations, program affordability and growth. We have long-standing relationships with ministries and departments of defense, helping them rescale their personnel, operations and maintenance and procurement programs as defense commitments change.
We combine deep international experience in national security with global expertise that spans industries and the public, private, and social sectors. We bring a range of proprietary tools and a wealth of experience to help public-sector clients, in particular in the areas of organizational design, human capital, organizational diagnostics, and transformational change. Our global teams of procurement experts help our clients address the complex management issues at the heart of aerospace and defense.
An Economic Strategy for State and Local Governments. Advanced and emerging nations alike face major, albeit different, obstacles to stable and inclusive economic growth. Advanced economies strive for human-capital development, sustainable growth, and productivity improvement in the public sector. Developing economies must balance the benefits of economic progress against societal and individual costs. Much progress has been made in the past century in raising individuals and societies out of poverty. Continuing this progress will require a significant and sustained global focus on economic development. And unlocking economic growth will require smart strategies for overcoming growth obstacles such as natural disasters and the effects of climate change. We help governments and public-sector organizations design and implement large-scale strategies that promote economic development and inclusive growth.
Building Inclusive Cities, Sustaining Economic Growth. Cities are essential to global economic growth and productivity. They are where most of the world’s population lives, works, and plays, and they are important to everyone else, too. The rush to metropolitan centers, particularly in emerging economies, is driven by a desire for a better life with more opportunities; as economies start to centralize in cities, so do people. Managing growing cities and their supply of resources is a formidable task that places heavy demands on infrastructure and the environment. We focus on finding solutions that will support economic growth while reducing pollution and waste.
The Value of a True Partnership. Our values are reflected not only in how we do business, but in how we are organized. Our firm is designed to operate as one—a single global partnership united by a strong set of values, including a deep commitment to diversity. We take a consistent approach to recruiting and skills development regardless of where our people are located, so that we can quickly deliver the right team, with the right experience and expertise, to every client, anywhere in the world. Our people are recognized as leaders and entrepreneurs and many of them are passionate about shaping the world and making a positive contribution to society. Many firm members sit on the boards of nonprofit organizations at a national level or in their local communities, something we are happy to support.
Humanitarian-Aid: Mission-Aligned Investing. We all have a role to play in building a better world for our children. In our own case, we were exceptionally fortunate to inherit a unique philanthropic tradition based on a longstanding commitment to solidarity, social responsibility and the advancement of knowledge. Today it is our turn and our duty to preserve this legacy. By helping new talent emerge, and by devising innovative solutions to current challenges, the Burk Foundation works each day to ensure that our vision will translate into lasting achievements in science, the environment, the arts, education and social entrepreneurship. The projects we support provide the best illustration of our faith in human potential, our commitment to the value of sharing and our pursuit of excellence.
A Globally Fluent Metropolitan Economy. Mass public transport is a large part of daily life and generates substantial revenues. Yet the industry also faces significant challenges. Growing competition is encouraging new solutions in this arena to which established companies must adapt. Public transport companies must learn to operate more efficiently. The vision for the public transport players of the future is a significant decrease in operating costs and improvement in customer satisfaction. We work systematically to achieve best-practice solutions through efforts such as cost restructuring, pricing, and distribution optimization. By leveraging economies of scale, horizontal integration, and specialization, we can support our clients in achieving even greater efficiency gains.
Fashion, Apparel, and Beauty. As the role of the brick-and-mortar store evolves, retailers will continually have to refine how they use their infrastructure. Over the course of the next decade, the global face of the consumer industry will change dramatically. Retailers need more than a good deal to make a sale and keep loyal customers coming back. We help clients understand, anticipate, and act decisively to align their businesses with the trends and forces shaping the global economy. We believe in a fully-integrated design-build approach that combines design, construction, business strategy, and technology as the core of any working group. These functions should work together to make decisions, ensure that the designed journey aligns with the business strategy and delivers value, and keep the client experience at the forefront. We systematically apply design-to-engineering and design-to-market principles.
From Tradition to Philanthropic Innovation. In a world beset by economic disruption and political upheaval, as well as by the enduring problems of famine, poverty, and disease, there has never been a greater need for fresh thinking. Social innovation is about applying new approaches, refining existing practices, and bringing powerful tools to bear in solving the world’s most pressing social challenges. Our work seeks to harness the power of collaboration between businesses, governments, nonprofits and social enterprises to address these challenges more effectively, and on a wider scale. We bring broad global experience and relationships, a global network of talented people, distinctive expertise and capabilities, and purpose-built tools and methods.
Improving the Underwriting Process. Our global network of experienced insurance partners work with property and casualty, life-insurance, and reinsurance carriers, industry associations, brokers, and other institutions to address issues on topics including strategy, organization, operations, technology, and risk. We focus on core operating capabilities and help clients take a long-term, through-cycle view of the evolving competitive and regulatory landscape.
We help clients analyze risk factors, model asset and liability matching, and enhance their asset-allocation methodologies. We also help them disaggregate the sources of investment performance to get a fuller view of their risk-adjusted returns. We embed these insights into ongoing investment and risk-management processes to help clients build lasting capabilities. This formula has been refined over several years, and our track record of successful delivery spans dozens of geographies and cultures and all major industry sectors.
We also advise clients on settling claims and help them find opportunities to retain value during contract closeout. Well-structured claim and counter-claim strategies have helped our clients achieve average claim settlement rates significantly below the original claimed value.
Portfolio and Operational Risk Management. Market-risk management has become a boardroom priority, not only for financial institutions—which must carefully consider market risk when managing their trading positions and funding their balance sheets—but also for corporations, which are exposed to commodity-price volatility and fluctuations in foreign-exchange rates. The recent economic downturn highlighted the degree to which company earnings are vulnerable to market volatility. We assess the impact of regulatory changes on market-risk-management practices, and we support clients in building new tools and approaches as they adjust to new regulatory requirements.
Restructuring Distressed Projects. Megaprojects—multibillion dollar investments—often require long-term business-relations experience and once-in-a-lifetime commitments of resources and capital. Yet, seventy percent of megaprojects exceed budgets and schedules. The consequences for both owners and contractors can be disastrous. For owners, overruns not only affect their bottom line, but also lead to squandered business opportunities and compromised credibility. On the other hand, contractors who exceed budgets and schedules erode resources, profits, and perhaps most importantly, client trust. In our experience, carefully planned megaprojects can succeed, if both parties’ objectives and incentives are properly aligned, and when best practices for project delivery are consistently applied.
We bring integrated teams of partners and consultants, as well as senior experts with decades of experience designing technical solutions and running megaprojects across industries. This combination of best-in-class technical, financial, and project-execution expertise, backed by our robust project-management methodology and depth of experience, allows us to deliver superior value to project-owner organizations worldwide. For distressed projects, these experts form the core of our deployed project teams who can support clients in an advisory capacity, and also embed in interim management roles.
In some cases, our clients are well advised to seek a judicially driven or other formal restructuring of their obligations. We provide comprehensive support in these situations.
Dispute Resolution and Facilitation. We take a truly global, cross-sector, cross-functional view of risk issues, combining our deep industry insight and strategic skills with a structured risk-management approach, proven methodologies focused on true transformation, analytical tools, and practical implementation. We help our clients identify, quantify, and prioritize their most important risks as well as related returns.
We do this using a combination of advanced quantification methods (such as analytic modeling and stress testing, also using nontraditional data sources) and the systematic integration of qualitative factors, including strategic judgment. To complement statistically validated approaches, we integrate forward thinking, especially in risk measurement and management reporting.
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Operational Risk, Compliance, and Controls. Many risk-management activities at the enterprise level are influenced by various types of pressure. Some are external, such as compliance or regulatory changes, for example. Sometimes, unfortunate events in one’s own company or in the industry prompt internal soul searching regarding whether existing risk-management approaches are adequate. In more and more cases, however, business leaders take a more proactive stance, as their goal is to further develop risk-management capabilities (proactively based on their strategic and economic priorities and growing aspiration levels) into a true competitive advantage—ultimately improving business decisions and increasing the value of the company in a risk-conscious way.
Federal Regulation of Publicly Traded Companies. As organizations and markets increase in complexity, defining strategy becomes more demanding. Leaders must reconcile a high-level view of their business with a detailed understanding of the countless activities that create value at a granular level. Information is vital, but with so much data available, how do leaders separate the signal from the noise? Our Strategy Analytics Center helps leaders make sense of internal and external data on corporate performance, and global and local trends so that executives can develop more robust strategies for creating value, identifying business opportunities, and pursuing growth.
Bring Empirical Rigor to Strategy. Over the long term, strategic planning yields major benefits by continuously evaluating your company’s performance against strategic goals and using benchmarks to tell you how external changes are affecting your progress. Our insights and methodology will ensure that your portfolios and resources remain aligned with your overall objectives and strategies and help you develop the agility to quickly respond to project changes.
We facilitate implementations to integrate cpm scheduling principles into all aspects of projects. Our experts collaborate with the field teams to develop a feasible, coordinated master plan and rollout strategy. We also coach the project team to develop the skills needed to sustain the effort and facilitate future implementations.
Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and Divestitures. We take a broad view of merger management, supporting clients from pre-announcement planning through post-close integration. Our consultants help clients design organizations to reduce costs, drive growth, and strengthen both short-term performance and long-term organizational health.
Companies should choose consciously what types and levels of risk to take and what to avoid and mitigate (“risk ownership”). We help clients gauge their unique strategic, financial, and operational circumstances (“risk bearing capacity”) in order to ensure that their risk choices are aligned with their strategy and with their financial and operational risk-taking capabilities (“risk strategy and risk appetite”), so that they can optimize the risk-return trade-off. We take a global, cross-sector, functional view of risk management issues, combining our deep industry insight and strategic skills with a structured enterprise-management approach, proven methodologies focused on true transformation, analytical tools, and practical implementation.
Corporate Finance and Earnings Management. Companies often struggle with their strategic-management and planning processes. It can be challenging to reconcile the pressure for short-term returns with long-term strategic goals, and it's difficult to build the capabilities needed to execute strategies. We help companies strengthen their strategy-development processes, make better decisions, and then act on them. We can assist clients with solutions to specific issues or design a whole new approach to strategic management and planning.
Making a Better Match: Institutional Investors and Infrastructure. Our global presence enables us to help clients analyze the risk-adjusted attractiveness of specific geographies, asset classes, and deal types and evaluate the impact of potential opportunities. To ensure the long-term health of the portfolio, we measure opportunities against investor capabilities, risk appetite, and existing portfolio contents. We support clients in assessing possible partners and developing market-entry strategies. By applying a systematic approach, we help assess the full range of private and public options for funding infrastructure assets. Our proprietary models enable us to identify risk, advise on pricing, and assess risk mitigation approaches and their implications on financing strategy. We also help clients directly link their corporate and business unit strategies to their various financing strategies.
Due Diligence in China: Art, Science, and Self-Defense. We work with a diverse set of clients, including pension funds, retirement systems, endowments and foundations, and sovereign wealth funds. Our consultants and experts bring distinctive insights and capabilities when serving institutional investors, helping them navigate shifts in the investment landscape and capture key opportunities. With our extensive client experience and significant investments in leading-edge macroeconomic research, we bring unparalleled knowledge of the global economic landscape and a deep understanding of the different local and regional contexts in which our clients operate. We help improve overall investment performance using a simplified and streamlined approach, tailored to meet the specific needs of each client and situation.
Developing Successful Portfolio and Asset Strategies. The corporate and investment banking industry is in a period of uncertainty and transition, with banks still searching for sustainable models in the context of intense regulatory activity and capital challenges. Our practice has a proven record of innovation and impact working with capital markets and investment banking institutions to define strategies and priorities for a new banking era. We work with a diverse set of banking and nonbanking institutions, including universal banks, securities firms, national banks, exchanges, and information providers. Our work encompasses overall strategies for the wholesale business and for specific products, client segments and geographies; organizational issues; performance improvement; and mergers and alliances. We also undertake work on client issues in information technology and strategic risk management.
Significant, Savvy, and Sophisticated. Facing extreme volatility in financial and commodity markets, more and more of our clients are realizing that effective, risk-informed strategy can offer a major source of competitive advantage. Our fact-based approach relies on deep proprietary research that spans institutional and commercial segments, asset classes and products, such as exchange traded funds and outcome-oriented funds. Our proprietary tools provide unique insights into the flows, assets, and economics of each of the sub-segments of these markets and into the preferences and behaviors of consumers, investors, and intermediaries.
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