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Digital Infrastructure

Allen & Overy is at the forefront of legal business developments in the digital infrastructure sector. We have been advising on digital infrastructure transactions for over two decades and, with this, have developed unparalleled sector knowledge.

In recent years, funds investing in infrastructure have shown much greater interest in “connectivity infrastructure” as part of the infrastructure asset class.

There are a number of reasons for this increased interest. We think the most important are: the continued exponential growth in data use and decentralised data storage and processing; traditional telecom players deleveraging by monetising their network infrastructure; and the ever-increasing flow of money into infrastructure funds who are looking for new opportunities that have typical infrastructure characteristics.

Few firms can deliver the combination of experience and resource that is needed to handle the most important matters in the Digital Infrastructure sector. A&O’s extensive experience advising clients on the development, acquisition, financing and disposal of digital infrastructure assets means that we are truly market leaders in this field. As a result, we are currently ranked as the #1 legal adviser (advising on twice as many transactions by deal value and number than our nearest competitor) for advising clients on digital infrastructure transactions (source: Dealogic).

Key experience 

VEON

VEON on the sale of its mobile network towers in Russia.

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Global Cloud Xchange

3i Infrastructure on its investment in Global Cloud Xchange

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American Tower

American Tower on the EUR7.7bn acquisition of Telxius Towers, comprising approximately 31,000 existing communications sites in Germany, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina, from Telefónica.

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České Radiokomunikace a.s.

Cordiant Digital Infrastructure Limited (CDIL) on its acquisition of České Radiokomunikace a.s., a leading telecommunications, media and technology infrastructure and services provider in the Czech Republic

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Liberty Global

Liberty Global on the 50/50 joint venture with DigitalBridge to create the AtlasEdge data centre business. Winner of Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year – Europe (TMT M&A Awards 2021)

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Metronode

Equinix, a global data centre and colocation provider, on its USD1.035bn acquisition of Metronode, an Australian data centre operator.

Recognition

TMT M&A Legal Adviser of the Year, Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year – Europe and Telecom M&A Deal of the Year – Europe

TMT M&A Awards 2021

EMEA Digital Infrastructure of the Year 2021 – Fibre Optic SFR FttH

IJ Investor Awards 2022

Europe Telecoms / Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year – Calisen Refinancing

IJ Global 2021

News and insights

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News: 27 June 2022

A&O advises on financing for InstaVolt’s rapid EV charging infrastructure

Allen & Overy has advised a consortium of lenders on the GBP110 million senior debt financing for InstaVolt, which will support the growth and development of its rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging…

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News: 23 June 2022

Allen & Overy advises on the USD9.5 billion transaction for new terminal one at JFK Airport, the largest single-asset project financing in U.S. history

Allen & Overy (A&O) advised Carlyle, JLC Infrastructure, Ullico and Ferrovial (the consortium) on the USD9.5 billion transaction for developing, constructing and operating the new terminal one at John…

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News: 15 June 2022

Allen & Overy advises on GIP’s investment in the Pedemontana Veneta toll road

Allen & Overy advised on Global Infrastructure Partners’ (GIP) holdco financing investment in Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta (Pedemontana Veneta), a 96 kilometer greenfield toll road project in the…

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Publications: 14 June 2022

Webinar: The landscape of the autonomous vehicle market

The inaugural program in Berkeley Center for Law & Technology’s (BCLT) Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Series in partnership with A&O provides listeners an overview of the current state of the industry.

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