European Multi-Brewery Acquisition

Pre-acquisition environmental, health & safety (EHS) due diligence in support of the acquisition of several European breweries.

Comprehensive and Fast-Moving Due Diligence

WSP was appointed to undertake a rapid and thorough Environmental Due Diligence Assessment of nine brewery facilities as part of a competitive bid process. We provided technical environmental advice to Asahi Group who successfully acquired the beverage assets located across the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary in a €7.1 billion deal. 

Our Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) team completed an in-depth gap analysis of vendor due diligence documentation within a condensed timeframe. We assessed whether there were any potential material or business critical environmental concerns associated with current and historical company activities in the context of the transaction and based upon a review of various sources of information. 

Collaboration of Our Multidisciplinary Expertise

A core team of six WSP EDD specialists worked on this project, whilst more than 20 colleagues were involved in total. Although predominantly focussed upon the presence of contaminated land and legislation compliance, aspects such as flood risk, energy use, water scarcity and wastewater treatment were also assessed. Additionally, the EDD team provided estimated costs and legal implications to feed into the bid process which contributed to our Client being the successful bidder and acquiring the business.

WSP’s involvement in this acquisition demonstrates why it is our breadth of expertise and collaborative workforce that makes WSP stand out from our competitors. In this case, using our energy efficiency experts, health and safety professionals, and colleagues who specialise in water consumption and wastewater handling; we prove what can be achieved when our business works together to accomplish a challenging goal. The EDD team often works under pressure and in collaboration with others, thus making time constraints and other commercial challenges second nature to the team. It is this kind of resilience which drives WSP to provide the best services to our Clients.