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CFIUS Issues Geographic Reference Tool for Real Estate Transactions

On March 25, 2020, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or the “Committee”) published the CFIUS Part 802 Geographic Reference Tool (the “Reference Tool”) to assist parties to real estate transactions to assess whether the subject real estate is “covered real estate,” within the meaning of the recently published CFIUS regulations.

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Data Center Investment Trends

Time to Read: 1 minutes Practices: Real Estate Investments & Transactions, Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity

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Our global infrastructure is struggling to cope with the pace with which our society is creating, consuming and sharing data. With the rapid growth in the number of connected devices and the increased demand for technologies and services such as the ‘cloud’, smart devices, 5G, blockchain and AI, there is a race to build more data centers and make existing infrastructure more efficient to cope with this global phenomenon.

This message featured heavily in the various panel discussions at both the Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco and the Private Equity Real Estate (PERE) conference in London — both of which Ropes & Gray attended recently. In this Alert, we set out a brief summary of the key investment trends driving the development of this asset class and predictions for the remainder of 2019 and beyond.

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