BNP Paribas Real Estate (BNPPRE) has appointed Michael Umfreville to lead a new team focused on the leasing and land acquisitions of data centres across the UK.
Michael, who has enjoyed a successful career at
BNPPRE in the City office leasing team, will expand his remit to focus on data
centres within the firm’s alternatives division. Alongside co-ordination of the
firm’s expertise in the sector, he will head up a niche team to support with
aspects such as land and building transactions and lease advisory work across an
existing and new client bases, taking advantage of the industry’s increasing focus
on data centres as an asset class.
BNPPRE’s decision to create a dedicated team comes
as specialist private institutions have begun to enter the data centre
investment market, including REITs, institutional investors, investment
managers, sovereign wealth funds and infrastructure funds, most commonly through
joint venture partnerships or entity deals.
Stephen Wolfe, Head of Commercial at BNP Paribas Real Estate comments: “Investor interest in data centres has grown exponentially over the past five years or so – offering long-term income and increased security. We’ve been working with our clients behind the scenes on a number of high-profile deals for a prolonged period – and have taken the decision to build a dedicated and expert team to deliver and support with this. Michael is the perfect candidate to lead the team with his wealth and depth of contacts and experience.”
Michael Umfreville, Head of Data Centres at BNP Paribas Real Estate comments: “With data centre transactions heating up across the core locations, BNPPRE will provide support and advice to our clients, whether they are well established or entering the market for the first time. We are already involved in a number of projects across the core markets within the UK, and hope to announce these in due course.”
Michael’s new role follows the recent appointment of James Carrington as
Head of City Investment; Samantha Rowland as Head of
Healthcare; Caroline McDade, Head of Planning; Jonathan Parrish, Senior
Director of UK Hotels, and growth hires in key regional offices.