- Digital Infrastructure
Vinson & Elkins’ Digital Infrastructure team has more than 30 years of experience in this complex, fast-evolving sector. With deep knowledge and a robust international presence, we know the business in a way no other firm does — and provide thoughtful, sophisticated guidance to every client we serve.
In 2021 and 2022, Vinson & Elkins represented clients on more than 35 digital infrastructure transactions, valued at more than $40 billion.
We work across the sector. Our lawyers advise on transactions in nearly every corner of the digital infrastructure space — data centers, towers, fiber, subsea cable, fixed wireless, digital billboards, and more.
We work around the globe. Our lawyers advise in more than 30 jurisdictions — covering the Americas, Europe, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Many of our transactions involve complex cross-border considerations.
We work on wide-ranging deals. Our lawyers negotiate and draft many types of digital infrastructure agreements — joint venture, sale and purchase, equity investment, master lease or services, build-to-suit, site management, and service level, among others.
Vinson & Elkins is one of the only law firms in the U.S. with a dedicated Digital Infrastructure practice. This approach, covering M&A, development, and financing, enables our clients to understand and price the key risks involved in buying, selling, building, and financing digital infrastructure assets.
Aligned Data Centers and its sponsor Macquarie Asset Management, in its acquisition of ODATA, a data center service provider offering scalable, reliable, and flexible IT infrastructure in Latin America (In Process)
IFM Investors in the formation of a joint venture with DigitalBridge to acquire Switch, Inc. in a $11 billion take-private transaction
Swiss Life Asset Management and EDF Invest in the $1.2 billion acquisition of a 27% interest in DataBank, the largest edge infrastructure operator in the U.S.
Highline on the acquisition of 8,000 mobile outdoor telecommunication towers in Brazil from Oi S.A. for R$1.6bn (approx. US$ 310m) (In Process)
DigitalBridge on its joint venture with Brookfield Infrastructure for the purpose of acquiring a 51% ownership stake in GD Towers, Germany’s largest tower company, valuing the company at €17.5 billion (In process)
DigitalBridge in connection with its acquisition of a controlling stake in Vertical Bridge, the largest private owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in the U.S.
Data Foundry, Inc., a carrier-neutral colocation and data center provider, in its $420 million sale to Switch, Inc.
DigitalBridge in its lead investment of £295 million in Netomnia, a provider of full fibre broadband infrastructure, and internet service provider YouFibre
USMatrix, a provider of facilities-based networks and datacenters, in the sale of certain subsidiaries owning Tier 3 mission-critical data centers in Brazil to SBA Communications
Goldman Sachs in a strategic, preferred equity investment in Elea Digital, a connected platform of edge data centers across Brazil
DigitalBridge on the acquisition of Pacifico Cable SpA (d/b/a Mundo Pacifico), a fiber-to-the-home business in Chile, from funds and investment vehicles managed by Linzor Capital Partners and Teras Capital Spain
Andean Telecom Partners on the acquisition of “BTS Towers”, an independent telecommunication tower infrastructure business headquartered in Switzerland with sites in Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru
Vantage Data Center on the sale of its subsidiary Etix Everywhere Borealis, the owner and operator of two sustainable blockchain mining, crypto-mining and high performance computing data center facilities in Blönduós and Fitjar, Iceland, powered by renewable energy, to Vauban Infrastructure Partners
An African tower company on a ground-breaking joint venture with two mobile network operators in Tanzania and the subsequent flip-up by one such mobile network operator into shares of the holding company
Tampnet AS its acquisition of Broadpoint, a provider of offshore communications in the Gulf of Mexico and in a long-term strategic roaming agreement with a leading telecom carrier
Helios Towers Africa in the acquisition of Vodacom Tanzania Public Limited Company’s shares in Helios Towers Tanzania and Vodacom’s entire participation in an unsecured shareholder loan facility
Apollo Global Management in its equity investment in Infrastructure Networks, a provider of private broadband wireless LTE solutions
EQT Infrastructure in the sale of Tampnet, owner and operator of the world’s largest offshore fiber-backed communication infrastructure network, to 3i Infrastructure and ATP
Helios Towers in its $60 million acquisition of a controlling interest in SA Towers, a South African tower company