Charles Russell Speechlys is one of the few law firms able to provide integrated legal services with a specific sector focus on data centres and technology infrastructure, including managed services and cloud services.
Data centres are a strategic asset class, essential to almost everything we do, and require specialist knowledge and skills throughout the whole lifecycle of a business from land acquisition, funding, planning, energy, development, operation, data protection, data location and sovereignty, standards and information security to sale and exit. Our focus on the technology sector translates into an informed legal service that understands the operation of IT infrastructure - the business risks inherent in the hosted environment, and the measures necessary for ensuring continuity of service and security of information. This understanding is critical to informing our commercial advice on outsourcing and cloud-based services such as software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
Data centre models are constantly evolving to more flexible occupations models driven by the hyperscale technology giants. We have a strong track record acting for operations who negotiate with enterprise and hyperscale customers. M&A is also a strong feature of the market, and we have been involved in some of the most significant investments and transactions in recent times, supported by expert commercial due diligence teams. We also offer highly specialised environmental, health and safety, facilities management, data protection and information security, employment and tax advice to support core operations. We also have a strong banking practice for lenders and borrowers in the sector.
Our integrated approach builds in industry good practice and dispute avoidance. We cover compliance and risk management including audit and implementation projects, due diligence, cross border data flows, outsourcing, information and technology security. Our deep understanding of the sector helps us advise and facilitate negotiations, using innovative negotiation techniques, including building robust contracts with a strong emphasis on effective corporate governance. If you are developing, letting or fitting out a data centre we have a leading real estate/construction team. From the planning process, future legislative implications around sustainability, to security of tenure, physical access and step-in rights, we have the expertise to guide you through.
Our expertise enables us to provide a stronger technology infrastructure and outsourcing offering, providing strategic advice on the risks in managed services, cloud and technology infrastructure transactions. This enables us to engage more directly with our clients on the technology infrastructure supporting a service or process, where the data is and to ask the right questions about risk.
We are heavily involved with techUK, where Mark Bailey is a member of the Data Centres Council, influential in guiding policy on data centres and providing advice to government on the sector in the UK.
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Meet the team
Fiona Edmond and Mark Smith write for Property Week on data centres as an infrastructure asset class
The complexity of operational issues is something those new to the sector may not anticipate and interest is likely to increase.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises the founder of Global Technical Realty on USD$1bn investment by KKR
We advised the founder and CEO of GTR, and his management team on an initial USD$1bn investment by a global investment firm.
Data centre deals defy the COVID-19 pandemic
Charles Russell Speechlys advises shareholders of MMRIT on the sale to TiG Data Intelligence
Charles Russell Speechlys advised a professional IT services provider, MMIRIT on the sale of the company to TIGL Holdings Limited.
Tech M&A Forum & TMT M&A Forum - May 2019
A summary of the key themes discussed at the TMT M&A Forum 2019 and Tech M&A Forum 2019.
Final Report on EBA Guidelines on outsourcing arrangements – help or hindrance for cloud adoption?
The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued its final report on outsourcing arrangements on 25 February 2019 (EBA/GL/2019/02).
Charles Russell Speechlys advises on sale of the Zenium Group to CyrusOne
Zenium is a leading hyperscale data center provider in Europe.
TMT Finance M&A Forum – May 2018
A summary of the key themes discussed on the Technology M&A Panel at the TMT Finance M&A Forum, chaired by Mark Howard.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises on the sale of Creditcall
Creditcall offers omni-channel payment gateway services for independent software vendors, sales organisations and payment institutions.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Duco Technology Ltd on $28m equity fundraising with Insight Venture Partners and others
Duco provides self-service data engineering in the cloud.
Post-Brexit data protection law: another cliff edge?
Jonathan McDonald analyses the potential Brexit-effect on the upcoming European GDPR regulation.