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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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Blog Post: 04 January 2024

The EU Cyber Resilience Act proposal – What You Need to Know

Justyna Ostrowska, a member of our EU data protection and cybersecurity team, looks at the upcoming security requirements for digital products in the EU.

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Interconnected pathways

Blog Post: 31 October 2023

Biden Administration Issues Broad Executive Order to Regulate and Advance Artificial Intelligence

Lisa Nguyen, Daren Orzechowski, and Will Wray of our Global Technology practice examine the scope and key details from the new Executive Order concerning artificial intelligence.

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Blog Post: 20 October 2023

A New Era for Tastes and Scents: Protecting AI-Generated Recipes and Perfume

April Xu and Grace Wang of our US IP Litigation practice discuss how to protect recipes and fragrances in a new world of AI creation.

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Blog Post: 10 October 2023

Q3 Patent Litigation Update: U.S. Patent Litigation Decreases

Bijal Vakil and Will Wray of our global Technology practice comment on the recent decline in new U.S. patent lawsuits.

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