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Investing in Change 2023

Navigating ESG in Digital Infrastructure Investment

Brought to you in partnership with BCLP

March 23 2023

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Europe’s ESG Investment Climate

As the European data centre landscape prepares the grounds for a tougher regulatory environment, The Tech Capital and BCLP bring you “Investing in Change”, a half-day forum designed to explore the challenges and opportunities around sustainable financing and investment.

Under the thematic of “Navigating ESG in Digital Infrastructure Investment”, this closed-door event will explore the current state of the European data centre market, foreign direct investment trends fuelling sustainable builds and expansion, and debate through how new regulation could impact ESG investments.

Register your interest in attending today, and join an exclusive group of operators, investors, funders, advisors, and real estate professionals in London for this special half-day forum.

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Featured Speakers

An exclusive set of panellists and keynoters will share timely and punchy views on the current and future data centre ESG market trends.

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Barry Gross

Barry Gross

BCLP

Partner

Gayatri Desai

Gayatri Desai

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

MD & Head, Energy Transition and Sustainable Finance

Anne Foster

Anne Foster

QUINBROOK INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERS

GLOBAL HEAD OF ESG

Oliver Bradley

Oliver Bradley

Macquarie Capital

Managing Director, Digital Infra Investing

Tom Glover

Tom Glover

JLL

EMEA Head of Data Centre Transactions

Emma Fryer

Emma Fryer

ERM

Partner

Victoria Newbold

Victoria Newbold

BCLP

Partner

Arash Mojabi

Arash Mojabi

ING

Sustainable Finance Lead

David Bloom

David Bloom

Partner, Noé Group

Founder, Goldacre

John Wilson

John Wilson

SMBC Group

Director, Data Centre & TMT Financing

Deborah Greenwood

Deborah Greenwood

BCLP

Consultant

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Principal Asset Management

Director European Data Centers

Jinal Shah

Jinal Shah

BCLP

Partner

Derek Webster

Derek Webster

Andget

Managing Director

Kenneth Addly

Kenneth Addly

BCLP

Associate Director

João Marques Lima

João Marques Lima

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Editor

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What to expect

1

Trend Setting

Bringing together the key stakeholders across operations, investment and regulatory, this event will be a steppingstone in navigating the future change within the data centre spectrum.

2

Information Flow

With a compact agenda, expect to hear from major voices in the sector focused on punchy and direct to the point remarks.

3

Networking

With several networking slots built into the programme, enjoy close to two hours of pure networking with thought leaders in a private and relaxed setting.

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Event Agenda

08:30-09:00

Networking Breakfast

09:00-09:05

OPENING REMARKS FROM THE TECH CAPITAL

João Marques Lima

João Marques Lima

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09:05-09:30

European Market Update

As many countries land some of their largest foreign direct investment (FDI) deals to date on the back of attracting data centre deployments, the dynamics of such investments are increasingly being discussed more in the public opinion space. From sanctions to 360 degrees regulatory turns, this session will navigate where the continent stands on FDI.

Tom Glover

Tom Glover

JLLEMEA Head of Data Centre Transactions

09:30-09:50

Around European FDI in 20 minutes

As many countries land some of their largest foreign direct investment (FDI) deals to date on the back of attracting data centre deployments, the dynamics of such investments are increasingly being discussed more in the public opinion space. From sanctions to 360 degrees regulatory turns, this session will navigate where the continent stands on FDI.

Victoria Newbold

Victoria Newbold

BCLPPartner

09:50-10:20

Panel: Investing sustainably and safely in today’s risky world

The world has changed considerably in the past 12 months. From dealing with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, economic recession, inflation, supply chain issues, and an energy crisis not seen in decades, there are many factors that need to be considered by any digital infrastructure investor. This panel will discuss the current macroeconomic landscape of Europe and how to circumnavigate these risks from geopolitics to power, to brand risks.

Jinal Shah

Jinal Shah

BCLPPartner

John Wilson

John Wilson

SMBC GroupDirector, Data Centre & TMT Financing

David Bloom

David Bloom

Partner, Noé GroupFounder, Goldacre

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Principal Asset ManagementDirector European Data Centers

Oliver Bradley

Oliver Bradley

Macquarie CapitalManaging Director, Digital Infra Investing

10:20-10:50

Networking Tea & Coffee

10:50-11:10

Case Study: Creating a symbiotic relationship between power users and power generators Energia and Microsoft

As one of the world’s mega-consumers of power data centre operators and occupiers are often criticised as being bad for sustainability. However, the reality is very different and these mega-consumers have the ability to create positive change and help underpin more renewables development. The recent announcement by Microsoft and Energia of their venture to for Energia to develop multiple onshore renewables assets with Microsoft buying the power generated is a great example of what can be achieved. BCLP acted for Energia in the venture. In this session we will look at how that deal came together and lessons that the industry can learn from it.

Kenneth Addly

Kenneth Addly

BCLPAssociate Director

Deborah Greenwood

Deborah Greenwood

BCLPConsultant

11:10-11:40

Panel: Is green financing killing the planet?

Today’s investors wrestle with confusing ESG terminology, definitions, and labels and the rapid growth of ESG funds has raised questions about its credibility, with both sceptics and idealists alike touting examples of greenwashing or social-responsibility spin. This is in return shifting the green financing conversation from one where capital was readily available to an area where due diligence and careful undertaking of measurements is paramount. In this session, experts will debate the risks associated with green financing, if it makes sense in this ever evolving industry, what the short and long term risks and opportunities are for both backers and infrastructure operators, and ultimately if green financing has reached its end.

Gayatri Desai

Gayatri Desai

Canadian Imperial Bank of CommerceMD & Head, Energy Transition and Sustainable Finance

Emma Fryer

Emma Fryer

ERMPartner

Anne Foster

Anne Foster

QUINBROOK INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSGLOBAL HEAD OF ESG

Arash Mojabi

Arash Mojabi

INGSustainable Finance Lead

Derek Webster

Derek Webster

AndgetManaging Director

11:40-11:45

Closing Remarks

Barry Gross

Barry Gross

BCLPPartner

11:45-12:00

Networking Tea & Coffee

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