Ardian Infrastructure
Date: March 2024
Deal size: US$575m acquisition of Verne Global (data centre portfolio)
About the client: Ardian is a world-leading private investment house, managing or advising US$156bn of assets
About the transaction: Akur advised Ardian infrastructure as buy-side financial advisor in the acquisition of 100% of the data centre assets from Digital 9 Infrastructure plc. A complex cross-border transaction including data centres in Iceland, Finland and the UK, with a clear focus on highly sustainable data centre provision and favoured by AI, machine learning and large language model applications.

Akur advised Ardian across the entirety of the transactions and in the negotiations with Digital 9 and its investment Manager, Triple Point, including when the process became competitive.

The transaction incorporated a significant earn-out structure for the benefit of Ardian which reduced the upfront cash payment, as well as the business plan risk.

The transaction has provided Ardian with a platform to deliver its ambitious data centre expansion plan across the Nordics.

Lead: Tom Frost


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Chris Young…

Chris is focused on listed closed-ended funds, specialising in both equity and debt capital fundraising. He has over 16 years’ experience in both sales and research. With relationships across many of the large institutional investors in the sector, he has worked across IPOs, secondary fundraisings, placings and sales. He began his career in the City as an investment funds analyst at Credit Lyonnais in 1999, and has subsequently held positions at Lazard Panmure Gordon, Arbuthnot Securities, and most recently as a specialist salesman within the investment funds team at Westhouse Securities. He is focused on private and public real estate and REITs, infrastructure and utilities, emerging markets, private equity and alternatives. Tel: +44 (0) 20 3780 8746 Mob: +44 (0) 7471 141 303 Email: