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Francis Turley, Legal Director

Francis Turley

Legal Director

Practice areas

  • Data centers
  • Real estate
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms

Practice notes

Francis is a Legal Director in our real estate group. His focus is on the data centre sector advising on the acquisition, disposal, development, leasing and funding of data centres for both operators and end users. Francis has extensive experience of acting for and opposite a number of significant US based technology companies in the acquisition and disposal of colocation facilities in jurisdictions all over the world, culminating in a recent a 7 month secondment to a global software business advising and negotiating on colocation contracts and leases, data protection agreements, third party consents and providing cross boarder legal project management in 11 jurisdictions worldwide.

His recent experience includes advising:

  • on the sale and lease back of an operational data centre in Singapore by a global data centre operator from an international bank, including negotiation of the sale contract, which included regulatory conditions and substantial division works to partition the site for own use and colocation use, and concluding of the occupational leases
  • on the sale and lease back for a data centre development site for a UK university to a developer obtaining finance from an institutional lender and including the negotiation of a third party facilities management agreement and pre let.
  • a top UK data centre company in the acquisition of a competitor’s leasehold data centre in the Greater London area for a premium of £50m and subsequently advising in the refinance of that operator’s UK portfolio to a Singaporean bank.
  • on the acquisition of three separate sites in the UK for re-development as data centres by a global operator in the UK, including negotiation of planning conditions, developer obligations and power connection agreements;
  • as part of a wider team on the purchase of a corporate acquisition of a UK and German data centre business by a US operator including review of existing occupier leases and colocation agreements and preparation of certificate of title and negotiation of real estate warranties.

Francis also has extensive asset management experience having acting for a major shopping centre provider, including on the preletting of a centre in the north of England and having acted for a number of institutional landlords investing in the office, industrial and retail markets. Francis has also spent many years providing property finance advice to a number of major banks, including Santander, and has experience of the licenced premises sector, acting for both owners and occupiers.