First Key Named One of Top Divestiture Consulting Firms in ALM Vanguard Report2 min read

January 2019

First Key has been recognized by New York-based ALM Intelligence as one of the global top 20 Divestiture consulting firms in its ALM Vanguard Transactions-Divestitures Consulting Provider ratings.

The ALM Vanguard report, released in late December, analyzed the breadth and depth of consulting firms around the world for their relative ability to create impact for their clients. “First Key Consulting approaches divestitures from an expert industry perspective,” the report stated. “On the sellside in M&A, First Key helps clients from divestiture strategy development through closing the deal, and can play a targeted role (e.g. third party valuations) or manage the entire deal process.”

The report goes on to note: “The firm also brings in its performance optimization, supply chain and financial services capabilities to help clients achieve maximum value from their sellside deals.”

First Key, which has served breweries and industry-related clients in more than 50 countries over the past 30 years, combines its divestiture and M&A offerings with due diligence, financial modeling, value creation programs, valuations and industry research to deliver a best-in-class brewing industry financial services practice. Clients have included Citigroup – CVC International, San Miguel Brewing, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Labatt / ABInBev, Texas Pacific Group and many regional/craft breweries and private equity firms.

“Our beer industry expertise and team approach has made honors like this possible,” said Dr. Heather Pilkington, Executive Director of First Key. “Our financial services experts routinely work side by side with our technical, operations and commercial marketing consultants to ensure we have a holistic view of our clients’ needs and can offer guidance that provides long-term value.”

The ALM Vanguard report is produced by ALM Intelligence, a division of ALM Media LLC that supports legal, consulting, and benefits decision-makers seeking guidance on critical business challenges. For over 40 years, the ALM Vanguard report has been the world’s most trusted source of consulting firm evaluation.

About First Key: First Key is the leading brewing industry consulting firm. It has been operating for more than 30 years and working with breweries and other industry-related clients in over 50 countries. First Key’s team includes some of the most talented and experienced experts in the brewing industry who provide clients with independent and comprehensive advice and work with them to implement solutions in every area of their businesses.

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