Investors, lenders and developers seeking to drive real hands-on strategies to create value - whether through acquisition, operational improvements or divestment – turn to WSP. We have the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to conceive and capture opportunities aimed at optimising their portfolio returns.
To ensure that these optimal, index-linked returns are achievable, our team of seasoned experts assess and analyse the responsibilities, risks and mitigants with regard to commercial, environmental and technical issues for building, transportation and other infrastructure and environmental assets.
A wealth of experts under one roof
Prior to a transaction, whether for a greenfield investment, asset acquisition or a divestment, we work with our clients to understand their (or their target investor’s) goals and appetite for risk. After devising a due diligence plan, our advisors can engage with colleagues throughout WSP to supply the appropriate experts in design and construction, operations and maintenance, asset management, capital improvements and technology.
Supporting investors from the outset is key to becoming a strategic partner to an investor. Our team has experience in providing a range of bid management services which can add real value to the success of a consortium – for example providing bid direction, bid support, bid writing and peer reviews.
Asset lifecycle services
Our integrated advisory team uses a holistic approach to identify commercial and technical risks while relying on our specialists’ experience in the relevant infrastructure sectors. We provide a number of services to optimise our clients’ investments or bidding approach, including:
• SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) management including general management, financial management and company secretarial services
• Process and strategy recommendations
• Market testing assessments
• Cost benchmarking or forecasting
• Lifecycle reviews; re-profiling, extraction of surplus funds and management on a project and portfolio level
• Facilities management compliance audits and support
• Surveys including: Asset condition, latent defect, wall tie and cladding
• Environmental reviews
• Design audits for new developments
• Due diligence reviews
After the transaction has closed, we also have the capability to manage or operate infrastructure assets or portfolios for investor clients.
Lenders’ technical advisory
WSP has a strong lenders’ technical advisory track record, with over 450 roles globally. We can support lenders, debt funds, or bond investors providing debt to private finance transactions for economic and social infrastructure (hospitals, schools, courts, etc.), offering targeted advice that focuses on the key issues that could impact their loan or investment.
A new picture has been emerging since the financial crisis, one of a more competitive and larger than ever investment boom in property. Driven by a surge in demand as the world’s fast- growing population is moving closer to the bright lights and the availability of global finance to invest in our cities, opportunities for growth are more present than ever. We are seeing increasing levels of foreign direct investment in property from sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and Asian developers, and our knowledge and understanding of property markets around the world make us the ideal partner to support these transactions.
WSP in action
In the United States, WSP is the rail delivery partner for the country’s first high-speed rail system and has developed new railway standards for HSR in the country. The system will connect California’s mega-regions, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs, and preserve agricultural and protected lands. Using federal and state funds, including Cap and Trade auction proceeds, the California High Speed Rail Authority (the Authority) plans to begin high-speed operations by 2022, and connect San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours at speeds of 350km/h (220mph) by 2029.
We have been helping shape high-speed rail in California from the earliest feasibility studies in the 1990s to the latest business plans in 2014. The firm is now serving as the Authority’s Rail Delivery Partner (RDP), a seven-year engagement from the planning and preliminary design phase to project delivery and operations.