Environmental due diligence

Undertaking major business and property transactions inherently brings risk. Complexities around changing environmental legislation, compliance, unexpected costs and regulations can have a detrimental impact on businesses. Experts in mergers and acquisitions due diligence, real estate due diligence and environmental, social and governance (ESG), we provide prompt practical recommendations to minimise transaction risk, identify opportunities and maximise returns.


M&A Due Diligence

Businesses undertaking mergers and acquisitions (M&A) must identify material risks that could impact a transaction.

Whether you’re looking to confirm environmental, safety and yield assumptions for a UK industrial asset acquisition, or understand the costs associated with regulatory changes for your international portfolio, our corporate due diligence experts can help you identify and mitigate environmental risks and liabilities during an M&A transaction.

For the last 40 years we have been providing corporate Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) due diligence to investors, legal firms, private equity and lenders across the UK, Europe and globally, supporting deals on single location businesses to multi-site global portfolios.

Our specialist team collaborates with buy-side or sell-side deal teams, completing prompt and robust on-site audits, desk studies and data room reviews to identify, frame and mitigate environmental risks. Covering a wide range of sectors, we have experience across manufacturing, distribution, food and drink, leisure, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and waste sectors.

We also support post-merger integration - combining programs into one organisation. After a corporate transaction, it can be challenging to maintain the same company culture, priorities and resources. With rigorous planning, strategy, and optimisation we help our clients retain stability during post-merger integration and meet their EHS goals.

Real Estate Due Diligence

From small single transactions to large portfolio transactions, failure to assess and manage environmental liabilities could result in unexpected costs and severely impact business performance. And while environmental issues present risk during transaction, they should be considered across the entire investment lifecycle to assess environmental impacts on future tenants, operations, and development opportunities.

Aiding buyers, sellers and lenders and associated property professionals, we help our clients identify and address environmental liabilities. Providing bespoke, practical, and cost-effective solutions, we assess a wide spectrum of environmental issues including contaminated land, hazardous materials, asbestos, permitting, operational compliance, invasive plants, legislation changes, flood risk and climate change impacts.

Supporting hundreds of transactions annually, our team covers all main sectors; notably industrial, retail, offices, logistics, healthcare and student accommodation. With a network of 55+ offices across the UK, Ireland and Europe, we work globally with our network of offices and specialist colleagues across Europe, the US and Australia.

Our environmental due diligence specialists are strengthened by our large in-house teams of flood risk, health & safety, ecology, geotechnical, air quality, and building wellbeing experts.

ESG Due Diligence

More than a risk management tool, ESG is an opportunity to unlock value.

On M&A, land, property and infrastructure transactions, we can help you embed ESG considerations into the investment process and identify opportunities to unlock value.

Uniquely positioned as both strategic advisors and technical consultants, we identify, develop, manage and execute ESG initiatives; ensuring social and governance aspects are evaluated within environmental due diligence reviews.

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    Environmental due diligence: what it is and why it’s so important

    Environmental risks can hinder and complicate property transactions. Identifying these risks early on can prevent unexpected costs, delays, and liabilities.

    Environmental due diligence is all about helping clients understand and mitigate these environmental, regulatory, and financial risks. Rosie Jones, Consultant, answers key questions on environmental due diligence and explains why it’s a fundamental and valuable component of risk mitigation during property transactions.

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