In transactions involving significant projects, there is almost always an environmental element. It may be a permitting challenge, a cleanup or mitigation issue of unknown scope, a potential change in the laws or regulatory framework a business operates within, or something completely unknown. Whatever it is, Liskow helps clients make it known, make it actionable, and make their businesses thrive.
Whether a client is acquiring an asset, divesting one, or investing in one, risk and its twin brother, opportunity, always are in the form of the unknown. The price you’re willing to pay, or accept, is a function of both your business’s specific strategic situation, and more importantly, your evaluation of what the market will do, and what the future holds.
Managing projects means managing risk
While that may sound abstract, when you find out that, for instance, the permit you need in order to do business will take two years and cost ten times what you thought it would, the unknown has just become very real. Admittedly, there are occasional happy surprises, but not often. Risk mitigation is the name of our game.
Our experience helps clients apply theirs
Which means knowledge. Which means judgment, research, information and using all three, providing our clients with an accurate, and actionable, assessment of the environmental issues in play. We don’t see our role as substituting our business judgment for theirs. We see it as providing the information they need to apply that judgment as effectively as possible. We give them the tools they need to make the smartest, most strategic decisions possible, and to put them into practice.
Broad experience makes the difference
In business, success and change go together, which means the unknown. Environmental issues are part of that. Throughout virtually every kind of transaction, and every kind of environmental issue, we help our clients uncover, assess, and manage the environmental issues their transactions contain. Any kind of transaction – from chemical plants to grain terminals to a seemingly-straightforward land purchase. A deal may contain environmental issues the client’s never seen before, or even contemplated. We have.
Sizing, and solving, environmental issues
Particularly with major projects, clients often have to proceed with imperfect or incomplete information. Lurking or latent environmental issues are part of the cost of doing business. At Liskow, we bring to the table decades of experience in surfacing these issues, evaluating them, and devising a plan to integrate them into a deal’s structure. This often requires judgment about where potential, but unknown, issues might arise, as well as the ability to rapidly, and accurately, determine their scope. By doing this, we make the unknown known, and we help our clients move forward with the confidence they need that whatever arises, Liskow has the experience and knowledge to help them manage it.