LeighFisher has a longstanding reputation as a leading advisor on privatization. We bring in-depth knowledge of the industry sector to the privatization process. This knowledge, combined with our commercial and technical expertise, complements that of external corporate and financial advisors. We have advised government entities on the divestment and privatization of core infrastructure assets, such as ports, toll roads, rail, and other major infrastructure classes. We have also advised investors and operators on acquiring and operating these businesses.
We recognize that the privatization process is much more complex and sophisticated now than it was in the previous privatization initiative in the 1990s. Both government and investing organizations need to consider multiple stakeholder and community engagement factors, the changed nature of the investor community, the constraints imposed by the recent global financial crisis, and financial and industry regulatory and legislative requirements. The decision to privatize public services is complex, and is the culmination of an exhaustive review of structural options and extended consultation processes.
LeighFisher provides a full range of privatization services to government and business clients, from commercial and technical preparedness through options appraisals to community engagement and stakeholder consultations, business case review, bid preparation, and support during negotiations. Our distinctive ability is to work closely with investment banks, corporate finance, financial, and legal advisors to provide strategic, commercial, and in-depth operational and technical expertise, whether to the owner or to prospective bidders or their lenders.