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Joint Ventures

Extracting Maximum Business Value from Joint Ventures

Joint ventures promise a lot. But the majority don’t deliver. BCG helps companies get more value from these relationships by avoiding common pitfalls throughout the joint venture life cycle.

Companies in every industry turn to joint ventures not only to reduce risks or costs but increasingly to spur innovation or achieve objectives that no partner could achieve on its own. While joint ventures do have tremendous potential to create value, many of these deals—especially international joint ventures—end up delivering fewer benefits than the partners expected.

What’s the problem? A host of culprits—from misaligned strategic goals, unclear governance, and inadequate approaches to talent management problems and operational inefficiencies—at every step of the process.

How BCG Helps Companies Get More Value from Joint Ventures

Our joint venture consulting services also include a comprehensive suite of advisory services, perspectives, expertise, and tools to help companies navigate the joint venture landscape—from start to finish.

Our global perspective and network of experts

The most promising—and challenging—joint ventures today are international. Since 2014, we’ve advised nearly 500 international joint ventures, strategic alliances, and other business collaborations worldwide.

BCG was named a leading joint venture and alliances provider in ALM Intelligence’s report, The ALM Vanguard: Joint Ventures and Alliances Consulting 2019, which cited BCG’s advisory work on digital ecosystems as a key factor in enhancing the value of our offering.

Our step-by-step playbook for success at all five stages of the joint venture life cycle

BCG helps companies understand and avoid the common pitfalls throughout all five stages of the joint venture life cycle, using our own joint venture checklist and step-by-step playbook.

Our proprietary approaches, data, and tools

  • Our library of joint venture structuring and organizational case studies offers valuable insights into what it takes to effectively set up and manage joint ventures.
  • Our Synergy Database houses synergy data from hundreds of BCG projects, providing customized benchmarks—based on analyses of variables such as company size, deal type, and attitude—for quickly estimating and validating potential synergies between joint venture partners.
  • An Ongoing Monitoring System and Scorecard enables clients to spot and address early indicators of problems such as decision deadlock.
  • Our Joint Venture Health Diagnostic lets clients rate themselves on eight factors critical to success—starting with how aligned the partners are on objectives, strategy, and operations, and ending with how well the partners can support success beyond the deal.
  • Our iTSR service focuses on helping our clients align their business, financial, and investor strategies to deliver strong and sustainable value creation. It includes our proprietary Smart Multiple method for evaluating a joint venture portfolio and capital allocation.
  • Our Transaction Center, which comprises more than 300 BCG experts, supports business leaders of organizations that are pursuing mergers or takeovers, exiting noncore businesses, integrating acquisitions, seeking new joint ventures or alliances, or launching IPOs.

Our diverse industry-specific experience

From financial services, consumer goods, and telecommunications to industrial goods, health care, energy, technology, and more—our case teams understand the unique opportunities and challenges that joint ventures present in each industry. Drawing on their considerable industry expertise, they help clients seize the most valuable opportunities while surmounting the toughest challenges.

Our Joint Venture Consulting Work with Clients

  • Alliance Strategy. Designed a partnership model for a steel maker and a mining company seeking to unlock significant value by joining forces. Provided a sanitized financial model that helped the two companies calculate the prospective partnership’s value.
  • Partner Search and Negotiation. Helped a defense contractor deepen its understanding of the geopolitics shaping its market, prepare for negotiations with a local partner and government, and select a national strategic partner.
  • Setup. Helped two automotive OEMs set up multiple joint ventures aimed at creating a new global mobility ecosystem and technology platform. Facilitated a $1 billion investment program to support the effort.
  • Ongoing Management and Intervention. Assisted a leading alternative investments firm in assessing its portfolio of joint ventures and restructuring partnerships as needed. Facilitated dialogue between conflicting parties in one partnership by seconding a BCG expert in the venture.
  • Exit Preparation and Support. Supported separation of a decades-long joint venture comprising two health care players by facilitating negotiations until the partners agreed on a plan for dissolving the alliance and reintegrating assets into the two companies.

Meet Our Joint Venture Consultants

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