7 April 2021
We have advised Digital 9 Infrastructure plc (DGI9) on its £300m initial public offering on the Specialist Fund Segment of the London Stock Exchange and on its £160m acquisition of Aqua Comms.
Aqua Comms is a platform that owns and operates approximately 14,300km of trans-Atlantic subsea fibre - representing the very “backbone” of the internet.
DGI9 will invest in further digital infrastructure assets, including subsea and terrestrial fibre, data centres, tower infrastructure and small cell networks (including 5G), and has implemented a £750 million placing programme to fund the near-term pipeline.
DGI9’s investment manager is Triple Point Investment Management LLP, an experienced manager with over £2 billion of private, institutional, and public capital and has extensive experience in asset and project finance, portfolio management and structured investments.
Akur Limited acted exclusively as Financial Adviser for Digital 9 Infrastructure plc and J.P. Morgan Cazenove acted as Global Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner on the IPO.
Will Belcher | Corporate/M&A and Capital Markets partner
The deal required expertise drawn from across the firm's Corporate/M&A and Capital Markets, Tax, Financial Services Regulatory, Technology, Communications & Media, and Real Estate teams.
The team was led by corporate partner Will Belcher with the support of Charlotte Chambers, Amy Coburn, Katie Fellows, Joe Cooper, Kevin Howard, Nicole Ng Yuen and Shaun Brewster (Corporate), Liz Wilson and Madison Lawler (Tax), Lauren Clarke and Katie Fry-Paul (Financial Services Regulatory), Alan Evans and Louise Tobutt (Real Estate) and Angus Finnegan (Technology, Media & Telecommunications).