IPI Partners to Acquire Swiss Data Center Leader Safe Host
7 July 2022 – IPI Partners, LLC, a global investment firm that specializes in investing in critical digital infrastructure assets, acquired Safe Host, a Switzerland-based data center owner and operator. Safe Host will operate under the STACK Infrastructure brand, which is sponsored by IPI and is one of the largest digital infrastructure platforms globally.
Founded in 2000, Safe Host is a leader in the Swiss data center market with an attractive portfolio of top-tier assets and relationships with leading hyperscale and enterprise clients. Safe Host operates four data centers in Geneva, Zurich, and Avenches, Switzerland and has additional land holdings in top European markets that offer meaningful growth potential.
IPI Partners specializes in acquiring, developing, leasing, and operating critical digital infrastructure assets to serve the needs of large, high-quality technology companies globally. Over the past five years, IPI has built one of the largest privately held hyperscale and enterprise data center portfolios in the world with facilities in the United States of America (eight of the top 10 markets), Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, and Switzerland, with the ability to support over 1.4 Gigawatts of IT capacity.
Walder Wyss advised IPI Partners in connection with the Swiss aspects of this transaction. The team was co-led by Thomas Meister (Partner, Tax) and Johannes A. Bürgi (Partner, Finance & Real Estate) and further included, Fabienne Anner (Managing Associate, M&A), Dimitrios Berger (Senior Associate, M&A), Dominik Hohler (Partner, Corporate), Grégoire Henriod (Managing Associate, Corporate), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, Tax), Ursina Gremminger (Managing Associate, Tax), Jürg Schneider (Partner, IP/IT), Roger Ammann (Managing Associate, Finance), Thomas P. Müller (Partner, Real Estate), Regula Fellner (Managing Associate, Real Estate), Julia Lehner (Senior Associate, Real Estate), Etienne Trandafir (Associate, Real Estate), Irène Suter-Sieber (Partner, Employment) and Stephanie Wichmann (Associate, Employment).