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“Buy-and-build” deals – wherein add-on acquisitions follow the initial purchase of a company – have become private equity firms’ widespread approach to improving portfolio returns. This revealing, highly detailed research report from the Boston Consulting Group and the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management examines the circumstances in which buy-and-build strategies are most successful. getAbstract recommends it to private equity investors, entrepreneurs and finance professionals.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why “buy-and-build” deals are popular among private equity firms,
  • How the buy-and-build strategy improves returns and
  • When these deals are most successful.

About the Authors

Michael Brigl and Axel Jansen work at the Boston Consulting Group. Bernhard Schwetzler, Benjamin Hammer and Heiko Hinrichs work at the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.



Reducing leverage, growing revenue and increasing margins all contribute to the success of companies in the portfolios of private equity (PE) firms. But ever-higher expectations for profit growth have propelled PEs to expand the value of their portfolios through the use of merger and acquisition strategies...

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