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Energy & Utilities UK, London - 10 December 2008

Arthur D. Little: Expat skill transfer has not delivered

A new report by Arthur D. Little finds that the promise of localising talent in the Middle East oil and gas industry has yet to be realised

Forty years on and the Middle East’s oil and gas sector still relies on a highly paid, short-term, expatriate workforce to exploit development and exploration opportunities in the region, according to a new report released today by global management consultancy Arthur D. Little.  Despite the region’s original intention of developing a local talent pool through a gradual and systemic knowledge and skills transfer, today the Middle East’s national oil companies (NOCs) continue to rely on expatriate talent.  The report, “Expat Games,” warns that as NOCs seek to expand their presence in the global energy market against the background of an ageing expatriate workforce, the pressure is now greater than ever before to develop local capability and local opportunities. [...]

Financial Services UK, London - 03 December 2008

Arthur D. Little: Nordic providers top the list of Europe’s most efficient insurance companies

Arthur D. Little has measured operative expense ratios in 50 of Europe’s largest non-life insurers over a period of 36 months. As the immediate fallout from the credit crisis becomes evident, the insurance industry must shift its focus to more long-term financial sustainability. One way to view this is to measure cost efficiency. Having identified those providers with fundamentally low expense ratios, the report is able to predict which European insurers will be likely to perform reasonably well in the business down-turn and who appears to be more exposed. The new study reveals that Nordic insurance companies lead Europe in cost-efficiency, while their peers in central Europe lag behind. [...]

UK, London - 02 December 2008

Smart planning required: Smart metering implementation reconsidered

A new report warns that without careful forward planning, utilities’ drive for smart metering will not yield long term business benefits

Recent environmental and economic pressures have seen many utilities reconsidering the use of smart metering technology to end the high operational costs associated with traditional energy usage monitoring and enabling a broader range of service offerings to consumers.  However, a report released today by global management consultancy Arthur D. Little warns that as smart metering gathers momentum, utilities must take extreme care to ensure deploying the new monitoring technology does not come at a business loss. The new report “Advanced Metering Management”, prepared by Arthur D. Little’s Energy & Utilities practice, details how mistakes made in the complex planning process for smart metering deployment will have a severe impact on the utilities provider’s logistics, economic planning, and organisational design in the long term.  The report highlights a number of issues that must first be addressed before deployment to ensure a successful smart metering system. [...]

Financial Services UK, London - 26 November 2008

M&A expertise key to banks’ survival through credit crunch

A new report by Arthur D. Little asks: how can banks manage post-merger integration to realise true value growth in the post-liquidity crisis environment?

With the crisis in financial markets fueling increased merger and acquisition (M&A) activity throughout Europe's financial services industry, a new study by global management consultancy Arthur D. Little predicts that within the next three years, ten of today's top fifty European banks will have disappeared due to consolidation.  With consolidation increasing and a track record of half of all mergers failing, a proactive post-merger integration strategy is critical to coming out as a winner. According to Arthur D. Little's latest report, "Driving Banks' Value through M&A," there are three major drivers to M&A that will continue fueling deal activity: geographic expansion into Central and Eastern European growth markets; consolidation in mature markets; and restructuring the value chain. The scarcity of risk capital required to decrease the leverage on the balance sheet in combination with a shortage of liquidity and funding will pose constraints on the weaker players and accelerate the trend in favor of the crisis winners. [...]

Sustainability & Risk UK, London - 21 November 2008

Arthur D. Little launches "The Water Margin: How strategic management of water can grow business value"

With two-thirds of the world to experience water shortages by 2025, a new report warns businesses: sink or swim

A new report from global management consultancy Arthur D Little warns businesses that a reactive response regarding water management can damage business performance. The report provides several illustrations of how water affects many businesses' financial performance. These include Électricité de France (EDF), which was hit by losses of approximately €300m when it had to close a quarter of its 58 plants due to water shortages and Anheuser-Busch, which suffered increased production costs due to water shortages in the supply chain. [...]

Financial Services UK, London - 14 November 2008

Are support functions costing the financial services industry more than they are worth?

A new report by Arthur D. Little warns banks and insurers: More to be done to maximise back office efficiency

Despite progress in maximising operational efficiency, a new report released today by management consultancy Arthur D. Little found that financial services companies have much work left to do to optimise the support and back-office functions of their corporate headquarters.  According to Arthur D. Little's latest report, "Rethinking the Corporate Center", treating support functions purely as cost centres can raise as many issues as it aims to solve, as cost-cutting models are demotivating and rarely live up to expectations. [...]

Financial Services UK, London - 13 November 2008

Microfinance looks set to emerge as a new asset class

New report from Arthur D. Little reveals how microfinance institutions are surpassing repayment rates and exhibiting promising risk and return ratios

No longer limited to third world countries, according to a new report released today by global management consultancy Arthur D. Little, microfinance is thriving as it finds untapped demand within the European market. Founded on microcredits, microfinance programs extend small loans to the world's most basic entrepreneurs - the stall holders and craft makers selling products in the downtown area of every major city in the developing world. The new report, "Microfinance on the Rise", reveals how microfinance institutions (MFIs), having already lifted millions of poor microentrepreneurs out of poverty in developing markets, is now being more broadly offered in Western economies, reflecting rising demand from low income customers. [...]

Financial Services, Corporate Finance UK, London - 27 October 2008

ACQ Finance honours Arthur D. Little with two annual awards

Arthur D. Little applauded for excellence in commercial due diligence and management advice

Today ACQ Finance Magazine announced that Arthur D. Little have been honored twice in the publication's first annual country awards for achievement in the private equity field Arthur D. Little Nordic has been awarded the Swedish ACQ Country Award for Commercial Due Diligence, and the global management consultancy's French practice has been named Management Advisor of The Year.  The ACQ Finance Awards were developed to recognise and salute leaders in mergers and acquisitions. [...]

GCAS UK, London - 21 October 2008

Trading up: Sustainable businesses must prepare for post-2012 carbon trading strategies now

A new report by Arthur D. Little reveals how uncertainty over future carbon trading policy could leave companies exposed if they do not implement flexible strategies now to address the carbon challenge

Emissions trading has been described as the most economically efficient way to force carbon emission cuts, however, a new report released today by global management consultancy Arthur D. Little warns that uncertainty about the nature and scope of post-2012 global carbon trading policy has left businesses under-prepared for developing future carbon strategies that will leverage next-generation emissions trading opportunities. The report, "Carbon Futures", warns that despite the uncertain nature and scope of global, regional, and national emissions trading schemes post-2012, businesses across industry must take decisive action to address their future carbon trading and emission reduction now, or risk being caught unprepared and on the backfoot when the next generation of regulation and legislation takes effect. [...]

Energy & Utilities UK, London - 21 October 2008

Arthur D. Little predicts consolidation and globalisation for maturing subsea oil and gas sector

As oil prices continue to rise and deepwater reserves demonstrate increasing appeal to national oil giants, the subsea oil and gas sector faces significant challenges to ensure future growth, according to a new report launched today by global management consultancy Arthur D. Little. The report, "Opportunities and threats in the maturing subsea market", warns that shortages of skilled personnel, production equipment supply constraints, and limited access to raw materials are critical factors the sector must overcome to ensure continued growth in the next five to 10 years. [...]

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