Flint helps investors, advisors and management teams prepare companies for sale.
Political, regulatory and ESG risk concerns are increasing on the buy side in response to investor and lender concerns and as sectors become ever more exposed to material risk in these areas. We identify what buyers are likely to want to see at sale and recommend what management teams can do 12-24 months out from sale to address this, from stakeholder engagement to policy advocacy and ESG programmes, to inform IMs, vendor due diligence, management information and presentations.
We focus on material risk and opportunity, identifying what buyers could be concerned about in the short to medium term, through to when they sell. We also focus on how management teams can demonstrate active and effective management to potential buyers.
Political & regulatory planning
We map out key political and regulatory events and risks, including the likelihood of scrutiny from competition authorities. We recommend plans to proactively manage these risks.
Vendor due diligence
Our pre-exit planning is designed to result in vendor due diligence that describes not only the current and future environment but also how the asset has managed it and will do so in future.
We ensure that companies not only have the right ESG policies in place but can demonstrate to buyers that their governance and processes, from risk registers to whistleblowing procedures, are robust and aligned with best practice.
Competition and sector analysis
We assess how well competitors and the sector (including trade associations) are managing risks and how future changes might result in competitive advantage or disadvantage.
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