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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Technology transforming the energy sector

Technology is a critical element and enabler for delivering sustainable infrastructure, for a low carbon future. Infratech is where technology meets infrastructure: linking smart solutions, data and digital business models with key infrastructure projects in a complex regulatory environment. We work on cutting-edge Infratech transactions globally and have developed a deep experience in areas such as renewable power generation and distribution, smart technology, blockchain, fibre/digital connectivity, and data exploitation and security.

Our team consists of specialists across all legal disciplines, including specialists from our Tier 1-ranked TMT team, who bring decades of real-world experience of how to harness the power of disruptive technologies and navigate through the pitfalls of liability and regulation.

Recent client highlights

  • Calisen Refinancing, UK: Advised Calisen in relation to the £1.1 billion refinancing of their UK smart metering business. European Digital Infrastructure Refinancing (Smart Meter) Deal of the Year 2020, IJGlobal Awards.
  • Project Reach, UK: Advised Network Rail on a roll out across the UK rail network of fibre and digital wireless infrastructure.
  • Smart meter development, Australia: advising on the smart meter rollout project for Jemena in Victoria.
  • Data centres, Asia: advised the owner in relation to the development of data centres throughout Asia, including Singapore and Japan.
  • Westpoort Datacenter, Netherlands: Advised Tikehau Capital on the acquisition financing of a data centre to be developed and operated by Westpoort Datacenter B.V.
  • EdgeConneX, Netherlands and Ireland: Advised the lenders on the refinancing of two EdgeconneX data centres in Amsterdam and Dublin.
  • Smart meter rollout, UK: Advised Calvin Capital in relation to the establishment of a multi-tranche debt facility in order to finance the rollout of smart meters by a range of big six and independent energy suppliers in the UK.