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What’re the true specialties/differentiators at the big firms? I know smaller firms have clearly defined, defensible offerings (eg SKP is great at pricing), but amongst the massive firms that do everything (MBB and B4+ACN), what’re the firm specific specialties (continued)?

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MBB - does everything Ow - finance Lek - healthcare, m&a cdd’s Kearney - idk Big 4 - does everything else slightly less worse than the mid market firms

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Having worked at Big4 and MBB I can safely say Big4 does everything tech way better

A&M, Alixpartners, and FTI have a stranglehold on big restructuring / turnaround assignments. ZS is great at life sciences sales & marketing AT Kearney is great at supply chain / procurement Deloitte and PwC have pretty strong M&A execution capabilities and leading FDD capabilities, but I don't know if the difference is truly "differentiated"

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What I’ve heard is that EY is great at CDD (and presumably FS). KPMG is great at data analytics. Deloitte is great at public sector and chemicals. ACN is great at tech/digital. Not sure what PwC’s stand out practice and/or competency is. BCG is great at product portfolio optimization (obviously). What else do these firms outperform their peers?

Can confirm the tech/digital specialty at Accenture

I know one huge B4 market strategy is that they can’t help in basically every facet of something. If we win work on some transaction in our strategy arm, we can also provide Tax/Accounting consulting on it as well so it’s almost like a one stop shop.

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