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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Data Centres and the UK National Security and Investment Act 2021

22 November 2021

The UK Government's new investment screening regime under the National Security and Investment Act 2021, has garnered significant interest due to the broad-reaching powers granted to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to review, and potentially intervene in, the acquisition of certain interests in legal entities, assets and intellectual property if the UK Government identifies a national security concern. Data infrastructure is identified as a sector where transactions could potentially give rise to national security concerns and this briefing considers the impact of the regime on data centre operators and investors.

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