Data Center

As the information age continues, there is rising demand for reliable and secure data storage. With the number of cloud management platforms increasing throughout the world, along with the migration of data from private servers to cloud-based solutions, the data center industry continues to grow. Jackson Walker assists its clients in this industry with the complex management, infrastructure, regulatory, and compliance issues that face their business.

Jackson Walker’s Data Center team represents Fortune 100 companies with significant data center operations and a variety of investors, developers, and operators engaged in the development of data center facilities. Legal professionals addressing data center needs must be well-versed in the specific issues that face this unique business infrastructure. Our Data Center team includes attorneys from a number of practice areas that advise our data center clients on a myriad of issues impacting their business operations, development, and expansions, such as:

  • Real estate acquisition, disposition, and leasing
  • Land use and zoning
  • Construction and engineering agreements
  • State and local tax incentive agreements
  • Qualified Opportunity Zones
  • Electricity supply, infrastructure, and procurement
  • Water and wastewater discharge
  • Environmental permitting and compliance
  • Sub-leasing and colocation agreements
  • Represented a Fortune 100 tech company in the development of two $500 million data centers in North Texas and advised on matters related to electricity and water supply and infrastructure, facilities extension agreements, tax abatement, large data center certification by the Texas Comptroller, land use and zoning, real estate and title issues, litigation, and open records matters
  • Represented a global technology client in the closing of multiple data center acquisitions and purchases of real property for data center construction, which transactions included contract preparation and negotiation, due diligence, closing documents, and post-closing matters
  • Represented a data center involving a public private partnership with a major university and advised on electricity supply and colocation agreement matters
  • Represented a Fortune 100 tech company developing a data center on electric supply and infrastructure matters and renewable energy supply options
  • Represented a data center owner regarding sourcing raw water for site cooling purposes, including evaluation of alternative water supplies from groundwater sources and permitted surface water sources
  • Represented a major electric power company, as tenant, in successful negotiation of 10,000 square foot data center lease in west Houston. The lease involved landlord’s construction of a new data center facility, which necessitated the overlay of build to suit concepts with the technical service level provisions unique to data center leases
  • Represented an operator of data centers in the development of a state-of-the-art data center in Houston, including the acquisition of the land, the construction, architectural, and engineering agreements, and financing