Transactions move at tremendous speed in the utilities sector. The fundamentals of strong investor appetite, the importance of non-organic growth, high fuel prices, security of supply concerns, and room for consolidation in all key markets have pushed deals to record levels in the power sector. Consolidation has a long way to run in most of the major markets around the world, but competition authorities will be watching developments closely. Industry players are intent on building super-national and super-regional footprints, while keeping an eye on wider global opportunities. The pattern of ownership in the sector is changing, as financial investment institutions enter the utilities space in order to develop their infrastructure presence.
Whether focused on growth or divestments, our professionals help clients complete and extract the maximum value from their transactions. The issues facing our energy and utility clients include: major business re-structuring and consolidation, unprecedented volatility in commodity prices, outsourcing over time, and finance-raising for new ventures (including renewable energy). We can assist clients address these issues in a number of ways, such as developing an acquisition or exit strategy, identifying opportunities and transaction completion, acting as a dealmaker, and assisting in the origination and implementation of the transaction. We also provide assistance in state infrastructure and utilities development projects, with a specialised focus on project finance and public-private partnerships.