Expert advice for acquisitions, sales and PPP transactions

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Whether for company acquisitions, divestments, or for the tendering of infrastructure facilities under PPP schemes, FMC offers consultancy services for the full span of players – from buyers and vendors, to developers and banks.

Greater certainty for investors and vendors

FMC provides consultancy for buyers and vendors but also for financing banks in the context of M&A projects. Companies and projects are reviewed under technical, financial, commercial, environmental and social criteria. We identify and evaluate risks as well as an estimate of future CAPEX. Due diligence projects are always handled by FMC in close collaboration with the Fichtner Home Office and other Fichtner Group companies in order to offer our clients a broad spectrum of services and local market know-how.

  • Sell side Due Diligence

    On behalf of vendors of companies and assets, FMC compiles relevant documents for the transaction, e.g. a vendor due diligence report, and provides support during the transaction process, for example for setting up the data room or for conducting the Q&A process.

  • Buy side Due Diligence

    FMC assists investors in analyzing and evaluating major infrastructure projects and companies. Technical, environmental sustainability and market risks are identified and assessed, and countermeasures are devised. For determining the purchase price, future outlays, i.e. CAPEX and OPEX, are checked and determined.

  • Lenders Engineer/Expert

    For financing major infrastructure projects (project finance) or, in part, also for providing credit to companies (corporate finance), FMC checks, on behalf of the banks, the technical and economic feasibility of projects and companies. Furthermore, identified risks are evaluated and then succinctly summarized in a due diligence report.


References for typical projects

  • rhenag: Wind power portfolio development rhenag: Wind power portfolio development

    rhenag: Wind power portfolio development

    A regional utility in Western Germany wanted to invest in the renewable energy and expand its existing portfolio. The services FMC provided involved the assessment of opportunities and risks in terms of the investor’s preferred technologies. Furthermore, a market developments assessment was also conducted with regard to the chance of being implemented, the possibility of participation and the technical and economic profitability. The study consisted of three phases: a clarification of the investment strategy and technology / country selection; a rough evaluation of participation projects; a review of selected projects. As a result, the focus of equity options was on on-shore wind power projects in Germany.
  • EBL: Investment strategy for renewable energy plants EBL: Investment strategy for renewable energy plants

    EBL: Investment strategy for renewable energy plants

    FMC elaborated various investment options, particularly in the areas of wind and solar (solar thermal, photovoltaic) and hydropower in European countries for a Swiss power company. For this purpose, various investment options were assessed against a technology / market matrix taking into account the specific investment requirements and cost and remuneration structures, the weighting of risks and rewards, and the performance of various economic analysis (Change Cash Flow, Depreciation, capital, ...). As a result, the financial closure of direct investment was developed.
  • Transaction Advice for the acquisition of a Hungarian gas-fired power plant, pre due diligence Transaction Advice for the acquisition of a Hungarian gas-fired power plant, pre due diligence

    Transaction Advice for the acquisition of a Hungarian gas-fired power plant, pre due diligence

    The client was planning to acquire shares of the Hungarian project company EMFESZ Power Plant Kft., for the construction of a gas power plant in Nyírtass in Hungary. The project had two phases. In the first phase an 820 MW gas power plant was planned and in the second phase the further expansion of the power plant. FMC developed for the client, a market analysis, market entry strategy, a risk assessment, the pre due diligence of the project and advised on the transaction.
  • EPH: Technical evaluation of thermal power plants, due diligence EPH: Technical evaluation of thermal power plants, due diligence

    EPH: Technical evaluation of thermal power plants, due diligence

    FMC supported a strategic investor in the technical evaluation of thermal power plants in Italy (coal and gas fired). Based on an inventory evaluation, the future investment needs were assessed along with the estimated operating costs. The scope further included the analysis of environmental risks and issues with the permit. As a result the findings of the study were summarized in a due diligence report.
  • eew Energy from Waste: Transaction advisor for the technical and environmental due diligence for thermal waste incineration plants eew Energy from Waste: Transaction advisor for the technical and environmental due diligence for thermal waste incineration plants

    eew Energy from Waste: Transaction advisor for the technical and environmental due diligence for thermal waste incineration plants

    For an international consortium consisting of one of the largest German energy producer and a Chinese state-owned holding company, FMC is a consultant for the technical and environmental due diligence on the acquisition of shares of the Energy from Waste (EEW) stake. The target portfolio includes 18 waste incineration plants in Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The consultancy services for the transaction involved the evaluation of power plant systems, the analysis of environmental issues, risk assessments and their quantification as well as the formulation of an OPEX / CAPEX model as a contribution for the financial model of the investor. FMC used as in other M & A projects in this buyer counselling the usual M & A instruments such as data space, Q & A sessions, expert sessions or advisor calls with the other disciplines. A Red Flag Report and a Bankable due diligence was submitted. For basics of due diligence was the evaluation of Technical and Environmental Vendor Due Diligence Reports, Financial and Legal Vendor Due Diligence reports and the analysis of the vendor model. The established by FMC OPEX / CAPEX model was integrated into the financial evaluation model of investment banking to our customers.
  • Preparation of a technical and environmental due diligence for an Utility Preparation of a technical and environmental due diligence for an Utility

    Preparation of a technical and environmental due diligence for an Utility

    A utility intended to divest up to 25% of its power generation and distribution assets. The project aim of this transaction was to generate capital inflow, to increase the operational know how of the company and improve the management capabilities. FMC supported the process by carrying out a technical and environmental due diligence of the power generation and distribution assets. Furthermore, together with a group of advisors, the process was supported with regard to the development of a favorable legal and regulatory environment for the transaction and any other activities related to the transaction process.

Expert support throughout the transaction process

Whether the question is developing greenfield infrastructure projects, or promoting public-private-partnership (PPP) schemes, FMC supports ministries,other public agencies and development banks in compiling tender documents as well as in executing the transaction.

  • BOO and greenfield infrastructure projects

    For infrastructure projects that are implemented on the basis of Build-Own-Operate (BOO) and similar contracts, FMC compiles tender documents, including contracts, and expertly manages the entire transaction process up to financial close.

  • PPP models

    In the context of PPP models, such as management contracts, lease contracts and privatization arrangements, certain services are provided by private players over a defined (or sometimes undefined) time period. For these processes, FMC draws up the transaction documents and assists the public contracting entity in selecting the most suitable private partner offering the best value for money.

  • Concessions

    For licensing procedures, FMC assists the contract awarding agency during tendering, or also applicants in drawing up their proposal dossiers.

  • Sustainable energy financing facilities

    For such facilities, FMC acts as a consultant to development banks. Candidate projects in the sectors of renewable energies and energy efficiency are identified and evaluated, and assistance is provided for the financing banks during the lending process.


References for typical projects

  • EBRD: Advice for small investment projects in Moldova EBRD: Advice for small investment projects in Moldova

    EBRD: Advice for small investment projects in Moldova

    FMC acted as project consultant for the development and management of the Moldovan Sustainable Energy financing Facility (MoSEFF) with the aim of familiarizing local financial institutions, i.e. banks, with appraising and financing energy efficiency and small renewable energy investment projects, while local engineers were developing the technical expertise to identify, assess and prepare technically feasible and bankable projects. As an anticipated outcome, this facility is expected to develop, strengthen and establish a self-financing market for investments in sustainable energy projects in Armenia. With an available loan volume of around 40 mn EUR, the facility will furthermore significantly reduce primary energy consumption in the country and create financial savings in the implementing companies.
  • Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC): Implementation of a wind power project Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC): Implementation of a wind power project

    Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC): Implementation of a wind power project

    FMC has been commissioned by Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) as Transaction Advisor for a 250 MW wind power project on a BOO basis. In a first phase FMC defined the technical, commercial and legal framework and conditions for the tender process and prepared the code for the connection of wind power plants to the EETC grid. Furthermore, FMC prepared the entire tender documentation including technical, commercial and financial specifications as well as all relevant project agreements such as power purchase agreement, connection agreement, usufruct agreement etc. and assisted EETC in the management of the tender process.
    The second phase of the project consisted in the evaluation of the proposals, assistance to EETC in contract negotiations, finalization of the project agreements and support up to financial closing.
  • Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) of Jordan: Transaction advisor for renewable energy projects Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) of Jordan: Transaction advisor for renewable energy projects

    Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) of Jordan: Transaction advisor for renewable energy projects

    The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) of a Jordan launched a program to attract private developers to invest in renewable energy projects through a direct proposal submission scheme. The services FMC provided were the support to the MEMR during the implementation of such scheme that included the following: selection of pre-qualified developers, preparation of instructions for proposal development, drafting of project agreements, managing the proposal development phase, evaluating proposal documents, and assisting MEMR and national electricity power company during negotiations, signing and financial closing.
  • EBRD: Armenia: Support for the state water supply in Armenia EBRD: Armenia: Support for the state water supply in Armenia

    EBRD: Armenia: Support for the state water supply in Armenia

    The project aim was to assist the Armenian The State Committee for Water Systems in the sustainable development of water infrastructure in the urban and rural water supply and sanitation sector as well as to improve sector’s efficiency and effectiveness. The services FMC provided were elaboration and support of the implementation of the appropriate PPP modalities for the structuring, financing and execution of the PPP arrangement, preparation of the tender documents of the PPP arrangements to be ready to submit to the bidders and support of the state water agency during the tender and in negotiations with and selection of the preferred bidder.
  • Saudi Arabia NWC :Company foundation Saudi Arabia NWC :Company foundation

    Saudi Arabia NWC :Company foundation

    As part of the reform process of the water sector in Saudi Arabia, the local Ministry was in the process of establishing a national water company and initiated a transaction process for the selection of a private operator for a Management Contract for water supply and sanitation services. The services FMC provided were to act as a Lead Advisor to the Ministry and have the overall responsibility for the coordination of the process as well as the activities of the other advisors. This included the overall program management and in collaboration with the other advisors, the formation of the national water company (NWC) as well as the structuring and execution of the PPP contract.
  • IFC, Serbia: Structuring and tendering a public private partnership transaction for a waste management treatment and disposal center IFC, Serbia: Structuring and tendering a public private partnership transaction for a waste management treatment and disposal center

    IFC, Serbia: Structuring and tendering a public private partnership transaction for a waste management treatment and disposal center

    The City of Belgrade approached IFC for assistance in structuring and tendering a public private partnership transaction for designing, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining a waste management treatment and disposal center at Vinca along with other facilities in line with its waste management plan. FMC acted as a technical, environmental and social consultant to assist IFC and the City Council up to commercial closing. As part of the assignment, FMC conducted an environmental and social scoping study as well as a review + gap analysis of the land acquisition and resettlement process already undertaken for the project. The project’s MSW handling capacity was 600,000 t/a.