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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance
Digital Infrastructure & Infratech<br />

Digital Infrastructure & Infratech

Technology transforming the energy and infrastructure sector

Technology is a critical element and enabler for delivering sustainable infrastructure, for a low carbon future. This 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 and Digital Infrastructure transactions globally and have developed a deep experience in areas such as renewable power generation and distribution, smart technology, blockchain, fibre/digital connectivity, sustainable data centres, and data exploitation and security.

Our team consists of specialists across all legal disciplines, including specialists from our Tech Group and 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

  • Advised Network Rail in relation to an upgrade and futureproof of its telecom infrastructure network in conjunction with the private sector.
  • Smart Rio, Brazil: Advised United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) on the financing of the modernisation of the Smart Rio public lighting system. The project will also install smart city infrastructure, with 70% of the lights remotely controlled via IoT networks. Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year 2021, Latin Finance Awards.
  • Fudura, the Netherlands: Advised a consortium of DIF Capital Partners and PGGM Infrastructure Fund on their acquisition of Fudura B.V., a provider of electricity infrastructure, metering devices and data services for companies seeking solutions for energy efficiency and CO2 neutrality.
  • Sustainable Bitcoin miner, Australia: Advised Iris Energy on US$1.5 billion Nasdaq IPO. It focuses on building, owning and operating data centres and electrical infrastructure which are currently utilised to mine Bitcoin.
  • Autonomous Energy, Australia: Advised Iberdrola S.A. on the acquisition of Autonomous Energy Pty Ltd, an Australian provider of smart solutions and behind the meter green energy technologies.
  • AtNorth, Iceland: Advised Partners Group on its acquisition of atNorth, the largest sustainable data center operator in Iceland.
  • Calisen, 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.
  • Tikehau Capital, the Netherlands: Advised Tikehau Capital on the financing of a 100MVA data centre to be developed by Westpoort Datacenter B.V., which will be energy efficient and integrated in the local ecosystem.
  • Yunex Traffic, Italy: Advised Atlantia on its agreement with the Siemens Group for the acquisition of Yunex Traffic, a global leader in Intelligent Transport and Smart Mobility systems.
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