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Thursday, May 23, 2024
Emmet Gaffney
Emmet Gaffney
Bain & Company
Partner, Chicago


Emmet Gaffney leads Bain & Company’s North American Real Estate Practice. He is also active within the Sustainability and Responsibility practice area for Bain. Founded in 1973, Bain is one of the “Big Three” American management consulting firms, advising Fortune 500 companies on issues such as private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, finance, operations, and market analysis. With nearly 18,000 employees in 63 offices in 38 countries around the world, Bain is regularly recognized as a top workplace by Glassdoor and Consulting Magazine. Based in the firm’s Chicago office, Gaffney has worked extensively across real estate sectors on a range of issues including strategy, operations, operating model transformation, revenue management, sustainability, and M&A diligence. With over 18 years at Bain, he has supported real estate executives from REITs, developers, real estate service providers, and funds to tackle challenges within real estate and to drive large scale transformations. He is passionate about helping clients deliver on their growth aspirations and introducing innovative ideas into real estate from other industries. Gaffney holds degrees in economics and computer science from Vassar College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Areas of expertise

Strategy and operations, Operating model transformation and revenue management, Sustainability and M&A diligence

Group Overview

Real estate was once considered a relative safe harbor, an asset class marked by steady value creation and predictable trends. Those days are over. New technologies, the global pandemic, and urgent sustainability concerns are now disrupting the industry in ways that raise the stakes for every decision real estate investors make. Bain & Company can help you navigate these rough new seas. Across hundreds of client engagements around the world, Bain & Company’s real estate consulting expertise has played a pivotal role in helping leaders in residential, commercial, and industrial real estate stay ahead amid relentless competition. Bain & Company works with property owners, REITs, service providers and a wide range of other players to maximize their value, shape their growth strategies, and become more innovative. For instance, their unique location intelligence solution, Vantage℠, brings user-friendly advanced analytics to critical site-selection decisions. Bain & Company brings world-renowned expertise in corporate strategy, cost transformation, cash and capital management issues, organizational design, mergers and acquisition, due diligence, post-merger integration, and customer experience and loyalty to every project, providing you with the big-picture view that ensures you achieve maximum value. The COVID crisis, and its impact on commercial office space, has raised the potential for converting office buildings into housing in some areas. Meanwhile specialized players are rehabilitating wastelands and former industrial sites, both inside and outside of cities. Bain & Company can help you understand what kind of opportunities these trends may represent for your company. The world’s population today is on the move, as people and businesses rethink virtually every aspect about where to live and work. These shifts carry profound implications for real estate investors, developers, and managers. Now is the time to apply the full breadth of their expertise to emerging opportunities. Now is the time to unify your company around a strategy that keeps you on top.

Firm Overview

Bain & Company is a global consultancy that helps the world’s most ambitious change makers define the future. Across 64 offices in 39 countries, they work alongside their clients as one team with a shared ambition to achieve extraordinary results, outperform the competition and redefine industries. B&C complements their tailored, integrated expertise with a vibrant ecosystem of digital innovators to deliver better, faster and more enduring outcomes. Their 10-year commitment to invest more than $1 billion in pro bono services brings their talent, expertise and insight to organizations tackling today’s urgent challenges in education, racial equity, social justice, economic development and the environment.