06 May 2020

Clifford Chance advises Vauban Infrastructure Partners in a joint-venture with Bouygues Telecom to develop FTTH implementation in medium-density locations in France

The renowned international firm Clifford Chance has advised the French company Vauban Infrastructure Partners on the signing of a strategic agreement with Bouygues Telecom, through a dedicated joint venture, for the operation of FTTH (Fiber To The Home) lines in French areas previously deployed and financed by Orange.

"The joint venture will provide to Bouygues Telecom with all FTTH access services under a 30-year master services agreement, and will also be able to propose the same services to third party operators", according to the press release issued by Clifford Chance.

The transaction will accelerate the deployment of FTTH networks in French medium-density locations and the development of the FTTH fiber network for the general population, following the French governmental "ultra-fast broadband" plan.

Vauban Infrastructure Partners is a management company of 35 professionals, based in Paris and Luxembourg, specialize in infrastructure equity investment. Vauban pursues a strategy focused on long-term profitability corresponding to the underlying nature of the assets and the creation of sustainable value in the interest of all stakeholders. 3.6 billion in 6 infrastructure funds from more than 40 investors in 10 different countries; and has invested in more than 50 assets across Europe in transport, energy services, social and digital infrastructure in 8 different countries. Through this transaction, Vauban Infrastructure Partners will expand its optic fiber investments throughout France. 

Clifford Chance partners involved in this transaction include Daniel Zerbib, Gilles Lebreton and Emmanuel Mimin (corporate/M&A aspects), Gauthier Martin (public law aspects), and David Tayar (antitrust and regulatory clearance matters).

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