Flint helps companies and investors navigate the UK water sector, and the complex – and evolving – political, policy and regulatory environment in which it operates.
We advise regulated water companies and major institutional investors on their strategic and investment decisions. Our team brings together experts from regulators, government and industry; we draw on our deep understanding of how the sector is run, regulated and governed, as well as the wider political context. Our coverage is broad: we advise on price controls and redeterminations, on policy development within central government, on regulatory developments and reform within Ofwat, the Environment Agency and the Drinking Water Inspectorate, and on engagement with politicians, policy-makers, regulators and other stakeholders.
We focus on identifying and translating political, policy and regulatory developments into new business opportunities and commercially valuable advice for effective investor and business management.
Helping companies navigate price control processes
We support companies preparing submissions, developing their evidence base, engaging with the regulator, and understanding regulator’s publications and proposals.
Advising on regulatory, policy and political risks
We analyse and advise on current and future risks in the sector, which underpin major investment decisions by current and prospective asset owners.
Advising on regulatory and political engagement
We advise companies and investors on how to engage with their regulators and other decision makers, including in relation to price control decisions, strategic policy development and other regulatory processes.
Helping companies with positioning and reputation
Drawing on a deep understanding of how the sector works and the challenges it faces, we help companies to develop and explain their corporate, regulatory and policy positioning. We know how the sector should be regulated, and influence other relevant areas of government policy, including environment and climate change policy.
Support on regulatory appeals and redeterminations
We help companies assess the risks and potential benefits of regulatory appeals and redeterminations and – where companies choose to take action – we provide strategic and substantive support to maximise the prospects of success.
A late change to an incoming prudential regime resulted in a client’s international operations being brought in scope, meaning the client would be required to hold significant additional capital. The client needed support to consider the options and make a decision about how best to mitigate the impact of this.
What Flint Did
Flint advises international businesses and investors on policy, politics, regulation and competition issues in European markets