Data Centers

Over the last 20 years, the demand for digital data has grown explosively. Data centers now underpin our digital economy – for corporate IT services, digital media, financial services, mobile computing, social networking and internet access. The legal challenges facing data centers are unique, requiring a distinct blend of specialist legal advice. Our team of advisors are fully immersed in the sector, not only understanding the legal issues but also having a deep understanding of the data center market.

Experienced in the data center field

For decades, we have advised data center developers, owners, operators, funders, and enterprises that need or use them on matters associated with all types of data centers, including enterprise, wholesale, co-location and managed services facilities.

Our extensive experience in this area allows us to anticipate and manage the many challenges that are part of developing, owning and financing complex data centers, including site selection, due diligence, tax and structuring issues, operational and regulatory considerations, leasing and customer contracts. We also understand the full range of tenant concerns, especially the complexities of different occupational structures (and the attendant tax and accounting treatments) and service level agreements. Because data centers are energy-intensive, and electricity consumption is usually the single largest component of operational costs, we also place an emphasis on thorough energy due diligence and – when handling leasing and customer contracts - clear and concise electricity charging regimes, particularly where the data center is supported by private renewable energy sources.

Our interdisciplinary approach spans the entire data center development process including:

  • site acquisition and development
  • leasing, customer contracts and service level agreements
  • construction and infrastructure
  • energy connection and supply arrangements, including renewables
  • debt and equity financing
  • tax and structuring
  • privacy and cyber security
  • regulatory and compliance issues
  • dispute resolution

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  • 83% (5 recommendations)
  • Communication

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  • Responsiveness

    4.3/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    4.3/5.0
  • Value for Money

    4.0/5.0
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§  “Diversity at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP” to “Diversity at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP”

§  “Diversity” section:

o   The firm’s emphasis on diversity is reflected in numerous ways throughout the firm, such as the manner in which we recruit lawyers and other employees, our work-life policies and our professional service efforts. We have been recognized for our achievements in diversity.  More importantly, we understand the significant role a diverse community plays in the firm's growth and development.

§  “Our Awards and Recognitions” section:

o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP continues to be recognized for its efforts to promote diversity in the workplace and in the legal profession. In 2016 we were named a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” having earned a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and we also were ranked a Top 100 Firm for Minority Attorneys by Law360. In addition, the firm was awarded the Gold Standard Certification for the fifth consecutive year by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

§  “Our Commitment” section:

o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is committed to promoting diversity within the firm and in the legal profession.  We believe that diverse skills, knowledge and viewpoints make us a stronger, more productive law firm.  We hire and promote qualified lawyers and other professionals regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.  We understand that diversity enhances our value to clients by allowing us to staff our client teams with professionals who possess broad experiences and a spectrum of perspectives.

o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has a cross-office Diversity Committee with responsibility for supporting and enhancing our firm culture.  Our committee has helped coordinate and lead a number of efforts to advance diversity within our firm and the community. Affinity groups at the firm serve as support networks for attorneys of color; women lawyers; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender attorneys.

o   We are committed to working with our clients as they pursue the common goal of a professional workplace where opportunity is available to all.

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