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TIME UK, London - 17 June 2009

Arthur D Little: Online gambling – perspectives on the European games of a chance market

Huge growth potential for established telcos 

An increasing number of European countries are putting aside their past reticence and preparing for a controlled opening of their markets to online gambling. The ever increasing number of surfers in countries where there is no online gambling are taking advantage of the offers of foreign websites. This is causing some countries to lose millions in taxes, whilst at the same time undermining the state's gambling monopoly. According to specialists at management consultancy Arthur D. Little, the market will increase over the next three years from the current €5 to a total of 8 billion. “Recently established telecom providers with their fixed client base are opening up interesting perspectives - not only for the generation of new turnover and income in a largely saturated market, but also to position themselves amongst the competition,” says Klaus von den Hoff, Director of Arthur D. Little's Telecoms, Information, Media and Entertainment (TIME) Practice. In co-operation with leading European companies in the telecommunications sector, the consulting teams at Arthur D. Little have worked out the essential factors for a successful market entrance. They have identified three crucial parameters for success: range of game offering, positioning in the value-added chain and overcoming some key challenges.  [...]

Germany, Düsseldorf - 11 June 2009

Marion Sommerwerck appointed Director of Global Marketing at Arthur D. Little

Marion Sommerwerck was appointed Global Director of Marketing & Communications on 1 April 2009 at Arthur D. Little, the international strategy consultants in Düsseldorf. She will be taking charge of, coordinating and assuming responsibility for the firm's worldwide marketing and communications. She will report directly to the CEO of Arthur D. Little, Dr. Michael Träm. 

Marion Sommerwerck's main tasks will be the international profiling and positioning of the Arthur D. Little brand as well as the strategic development and accelerated organization of all marketing and communications activities. [...]

Strategy & Organization UK, London - 12 May 2009

Arthur D. Little awarded Nordic commercial due diligence advisor of the year by ACQ Finance

ACQ Finance Magazine has announced that Arthur D. Little for the second consecutive year has been selected winner in the publication‘s annual awards for achievement in the private equity field. This year, Arthur D. Little has been elected Nordic commercial due diligence advisor of the year 2009. Arthur D. Little, the world’s first management consultancy firm, is again ACQ readers’ first choice for advice on deal making transactions, M&A, private equity and corporate finance. In 2008, Arthur D. Little Nordic received the Swedish ACQ Country award for commercial due diligence and the firm’s French practice was awarded management advisor of the year. [...]

Automotive UK, London - 29 April 2009

Arthur D. Little: Study on the “Future of Mobility in 2020”

The automotive industry is experiencing an unprecedented crisis. The entire industry is in a state of paralysis, disagreeing on whether the crisis has bottomed out or if the market will continue to deteriorate. Due to widespread restructuring measures, cost structures will be optimised in the short- and medium terms. However, the question remains whether long-term competitiveness can be secured and the automotive market can return to its pre-crisis condition. A new study by Arthur D. Little addresses the changing mobility demands of the future and the resulting impacts on the automotive industry. So far, the automotive industry is predicting a complete recovery of the market after the crisis has been overcome. While the industry has made downwards corrections to their projected sales figures for 2009 by a solid 8 million vehicles compared to forecasts from October 2008, this calculation is based on the assumption that the financial crisis will have been resolved in 2010 and the industry can return to its old growth rates. The main driver will be demand in the BRIC countries and increasing market penetration of hybrid and electric power systems.

According to Marc Winterhoff, Director and Head of Arthur D. Little’s German Automotive & Manufacturing practice, “We think this scenario is based on a false assumption, because the financial crisis is an amplifier, but not the cause, of the massive sales slump. The fundamental change in customer demand has its origins in the steadily rising oil prices right up to the outbreak of the crisis and in the debate over CO2. These are both sufficiently well-known and globally acting megatrends which, until that point were given only scant attention by the automotive industry.” These factors have now irreversibly changed customer behaviour in “the blink of an eye, in terms of automotive history”. This has led to significant overall market weakness and significant segment shifts from large, luxury vehicles to smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles. Even the current historically low oil prices have not brought relief. [...]

TIME Switzerland, Zurich - 24 April 2009

Arthur D. Little sees mobile payments surging ahead with distinct opportunities in developed and emerging markets

  • Arthur D. Little forecasts global m-payment transaction volume to reach approximately $ 250 billion by 2012, an increase of 68 per cent p.a
  • M-payment transaction volume in developed markets is expected to grow at 56 per cent p.a., representing 35 per cent of the total transaction volume in 2012, compared to emerging markets with a 76 per cent p.a. growth, accounting for 65 per cent of the total volume in the same year
  • M-payments are unlikely to substitute existing payment systems in developed markets
  • Despite the current hype, Arthur D. Little does not expect to see a massive Near-Field-Communication (NFC) adoption in a majority of developed countries until 2011 at the earliest
  • In emerging countries, Arthur D. Little expects m-payments to become the first widespread cashless payment system

In the last five years, markets with mobile payment offers have matured with a variety of players entering the industry value chain and new services being launched. Initially, there was a race to enter the market and a strong rivalry between different technological propositions that would facilitate mobile transaction channels. Today, we observe that, in many national markets, only one or two dominant mobile payment platforms (e.g. the paybox platform in Austria) have prevailed, and key issues now being addressed include cross border interoperability and standardization. While the prevailing financial crisis poses challenges to value chain players, we still believe that m-payment services will significantly develop over the coming years with the rise of mobile internet, the continuous improvement of mobile handsets and the younger generation’s preference for mobile services. [...]

Financial Services UK, London - 21 April 2009

Islamic finance comes of age

With global financial markets in flux, sharia-compliant banking is an increasingly attractive option for Western investors and financial institutions

A new report released today by management consultancy Arthur D. Little entitled “Islamic Finance Comes of Age” has identified a surge in activity around Islamic finance as a promising opportunity for the global financial services industry as it emerges from the current recession.  With Islamic finance assets currently standing at $800 billion, Arthur D. Little expects this figure to surge to as much as $4 trillion in the next six years, representing a major opportunity for Western financial institutions looking to develop new partnerships and global markets. [...]

Financial Services UK, London - 07 April 2009

Mobile banking

Next generation handsets and customers’ growing access to mobile internet are driving a new wave of sophisticated mobile banking offers

A new report released today by management consultancy Arthur D. Little entitled “Banking on the Go” has identified investment in mobile banking as a promising revenue growing opportunity for the global financial services industry.  Moving well beyond simple text-based balance updates, mobile banking 2.0 will capitalise on customers’ increasing mobile internet use to carry out complex transactions and introduce novel ways to reach customers through the mobile medium. [...]

Energy & Utilities UK, London - 06 April 2009

Arthur D. Little: In an era of cost-cutting, how can oil companies maximise capital investment potential?

A new report warns firms against cutting capital investment programmes for short-term financial savings

After a meteoric crash in oil prices over the last nine months, a new report released today by management consultancy Arthur D. Little urges oil companies to look even more closely at the economic viability of their current project portfolio.  Until recently, the high price of oil has driven 14 per cent annual growth in E&P (exploration and production) capital spending.  However, with the potential for such spending to shrink by as much as 10 per cent in 2009, “Managing Capital Investment Programs” argues that firms must re-think their approach to managing these projects in order to encourage internal coordination and cost-savings whilst avoiding project failure. [...]

UK, London - 31 March 2009

Arthur D. Little: Global CXOs predict return to pre-downturn business conditions within two years

New survey of global executives shows executives look beyond cost cutting and remain dedicated to longer-term issues like talent retention, risk management and innovation

A majority of CXOs in every economy and industry predict that despite the current cost pressures caused by the global economic downturn, they will return to pre-recession conditions by 2011.  According to its new survey of over 360 CXOs worldwide, management consultancy Arthur D. Little found that across industry, 84 per cent of executives believe their businesses will fully recover in the next two years, with nearly half (48 per cent) expecting full recovery by the end of next year.  In “Beyond the Downturn: Waking up in a New World,” Arthur D. Little surveyed CXOs across all industry sectors to determine just how severely businesses have been affected by the liquidity crisis and resulting downturn so far, and to ask how their spending and management priorities are shifting in response. [...]

UK, London - 26 March 2009

Arthur D. Little identifies cable infrastructure as a competitive next generation platform especially in the current financial crunch

  • While many telco players are considering substantial FTTx deployments, cable operators are already well-positioned to provide high-speed internet and advanced multimedia services in their footprint areas.
  • Arthur D. Little estimates that the cost per home passed to upgrade cable access network is about 30 per cent the cost of FTTH deployments and offers a comparable customer experience.
  • Investors should consider investment opportunities in cable infrastructure to enhance their portfolios, and policymakers should take cable into account as a part of NGA platforms.

In many countries, cable infrastructures have been the key enabler for multimedia services, and some leading players are already winning the broadband race with higher penetration within their footprint than telecom operators. In the last few years, cable operators have further increased their competitive advantage in broadband capacity, with DOCSIS 3.0 providing services up to 120Mbps. [...]

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