MBS Intelligence

When I started out advising PE funds on hiring chairs for their consumer portfolio businesses, the formula was relatively straightforward. The fund would look to install a chair with deep experience from the same sector, with prior private equity...

Mary Meeker and the Future of Everything


When Mary Meeker speaks, people tend to listen. The former Morgan Stanley MD and, as of 2010, partner of leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is widely considered as one of the most influential and...

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People & Profiles

Q&A: Incoming BFC chair Stephanie Phair on Farfetch, fashion…

I first met Stephanie just after she had returned to the UK following ten years ensconced in the New York fashion world. She had by that point risen rapidly, beginning at a PR startup before a role at Issey Miyake and then a period at Vogue where she...

Leadership & Talent

Should the boards of the future be the boards…

Six months ago, I wrote a column to throw out a challenge to Chairs to think carefully about where their next board members should come from. Despite the growing purchasing power of younger people and the rapid pace of technological transformation, few...

Concept & Creative Direction

ATA: More than just a clothing brand

In my teens growing up in apartheid South Africa, everything was bound up in politics and the answer for me lay in going to work on the land on a socialist kibbutz, which I did. My biggest regret was not keeping my set of ‘kibbutz clothing’ that was...

Trends & Emerging Markets

Retail’s venture adventure

In its most recent funding round, Uber was valued at $62bn. One of the many amazing things about the company is that its investors, who have so far put in $21.7bn, believe that its fundamental model is hurtling toward obsolescence. We are of course not...

Tech & Innovation

Mary Meeker and the Future of Everything

When Mary Meeker speaks, people tend to listen. The former Morgan Stanley MD and, as of 2010, partner of leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is widely considered as one of the most influential and...

Marketing & Strategy

MBS white paper: Harnessing the power of data

Are you excited, confused or overwhelmed by the potential of data to transform your business? If the answer is “all of the above”, rest assured – countless executives who are racing to keep pace with the technological revolution taking hold...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

How the data revolution will change every element of business as we know it

As the global news cycles of recent weeks starkly demonstrate, we are on the precipice of the global data revolution. Companies, organisations, governments, regulators and individuals are starting to understand the value, power and potential of the data...


The Case for Gender Diversity in Private Equity 

At the SuperReturn conference in Berlin in 2017, Advent International managing director James Brocklebank got up on stage to declare ‘There not enough women in the industry’. Indeed, in 2017 the number of women in senior positions stood at 9%, below...

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MBS News


21 June 2018 - 9:07

Debenhams considers sale of Magasin du Nord The retailer is mulling the potential sale of the six-strong Danish department store chain as part of a wider initiative to cut costs. Debenhams states that Magasin du Nord, which it acquired in 2009 for £12.3m, continues to be profitable. Read more on Drapers

21 June 2018 - 7:49

Dixons Carphone reports a 3% revenue rise to £10.5bn for the year to 28th April Underlying pre-tax profit hit £382m. Newly installed CEO Alex Baldock has stated that his priorities for the coming year are to build the company's gross margins and improve its mobile phone sales in a period of tough trading conditions. Read more on Reuters

Consumer Goods & Services

21 June 2018 - 9:06

Walt Disney ups Fox bid to $71.3bn The move is intended to put an end to rival Comcast Corp's bid for the media business. Comcast last week offered $65bn to acquire Twenty-First Century Fox. Walt Disney's offer involves both cash and stock. Read more on Reuters

21 June 2018 - 7:52

Saga performance in line with full-year expectations for the four months to 31st May Saga's own-brand retail insurance policies saw a year-on-year increase of 1% while motor and home new business policies rose by 30% and 14% respectively. The insurance provider and travel operator also grew its membership scheme by 740,000. Read more on Stock Market Wire

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

21 June 2018 - 9:03

Federico Curradi named as Rochas’ mens creative director The brand, which put its menswear activities on hold in 2017 is expected to relaunch in January 2019. Federico will be tasked with bringing a 'new attitude' to the Intertparfums-owned label. Read more on WWD

21 June 2018 - 9:03

Jason Wu to branch into lingerie and bodywear The designer has partnered with Real Underwear to create a new collection. They will release underwear and loungewear for women and a collection of loungewear for men. Read more on WWD


21 June 2018 - 7:54

Indian food delivery startup Swiggy closes $210m funding round at a valuation of $1.3bn The Series G funding round follows on from an earlier $100m raise in February, backed by many of the same investors. The valuation reflects growing international and domestic interest in India's increasingly competitive food delivery market. Read more on TechCrunch

20 June 2018 - 8:07

Amazon unveils Alexa for Hospitality The new system is intended to be used in hospitality venues of all kinds. Marriott is acting as the technology's launch partner and plans to introduce Alexa for Hospitality at select properties later in the year. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

21 June 2018 - 9:15

Creadev backs urban agriculture firm Gotham Greens The American private equity house invested as part of a $27m funding round which brings Gotham Green's total amount raised to $45m. Gotham Green specialises in the development of urban greenhouses and the growing of sustainable produce. Read more on FoodBev

21 June 2018 - 9:12

TPG makes a minority investment in Anastasia Beverly Hills This is the latest beauty investment from the private equity firm which took a minority stake in Rodan & Fields earlier in the year. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but WWD reports that the business was valued at around $3bn. Read more on WWD

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

21 June 2018 - 9:06

Greene King appoints PwC to manage the sale of its Loch Fyne restaurants Greene King first announced that it was seeking buyers for Loch Fyne sites earlier in the year. PwC has been appointed to explore the potential for a group deal to buy the majority of the business. Read more on MCA

21 June 2018 - 9:05

Pret A Manger launches reusable bamboo fibre cup The cup is being launched in partnership with Ecoffee. The move follows Pret's increase to its reusable cup discount earlier in the year which saw a tenfold jump in the number of customers bringing in their own cups. Read more on The Grocer

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