UHY Hacker Young | Chartered Accountants

Our drinks corporate finance and business advisory services

We have an industry focused team with a thorough understanding of the drinks sector who can provide the following corporate finance and business advisory services.

Buying a company

It is expected that large brewers will attempt to make greater strides in the craft beer market by acquiring smaller brewers and sometimes one of the ways to deliver your growth programme is to look for a strategic acquisition of a competitor or mothballed production capacity.

We can help you identify a target, raise the finance necessary and carry out an investigation into the financial health of your target and the strategic compatibility to help you deliver your growth targets.

Selling your brewing or distilling company

In a fragmented market such as brewing and distilling, sometimes the best way to realise the value of your hard work is to sell your company, whether this is a strategic decision or a retirement sale.  We will provide a joined up tax and corporate finance advisory service to you to ensure that your disposal runs smoothly and is carried out in a tax efficient manner.

Due Diligence

Whether you are a trade buyer or an institution looking to provide debt or equity finance to a brewing and distilling company, we know that you need someone to assist you in your decision making and we work hard to make our due diligence offering an integrated part of your deal process. We have a strong track record of carrying out an independent investigation into the financial suitability of a company and providing commercially focused, opinion-rich due diligence for trade buyers and financial institutions alike.


Whether it is the creation of maturing stock levels, the construction of a new brewery or distillery or the working capital required to promote a new or existing brand, we recognise that the financing environment for a brewing and distilling company is unique.

We have access to a wide network of funding sources from mainstream and specialist debt providers, private equity funds interested in this area and, in some cases, grant assistance available to the sector.  We will work with you to produce a plan which we believe to be investor ready in order to optimise your ability to raise the finance necessary to allow your business to reach the next stage of its development.

Intellectual assets and valuations

With the rise in number and variation of brands within the brewing and distilling sector it is important to be able to rely on an accurate valuation of a brand or number of brands as part of a company’s assets. We have experience in carrying out business valuations for a variety of reasons, from shareholder disputes to business acquisitions and sales.

Debt advisory

Existing businesses in the drinks sector will normally have a debt facility from either a mainstream or a specialist funding source.   We can advise on refinancing or restructuring your existing banking facilities and negotiate or re-negotiate with your existing lender on your behalf.

The next step

If you would like to discuss the corporate finance and business advisory services that we can provide for your business, please contact one of our experts, or complete the contact form.