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Colliers takes the lead in the Data Center market

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Creates an area specialised in financial and real estate advisory services for Data Centers projects


Colliers, global leader in Real Estate investment management and advisory services, creates a specific
Data Centers division that provides the necessary specialisation in a real estate market where square meters are made in MW when it comes to maximising the return on investment.

In a market with excellent growth forecasts, under the protection of the availability of new digital infrastructures in Spain and the growing consumption of data, Colliers has developed the PCS methodology that allows to generate value by integrating three fundamental business variables: Electric Power Management (Power Banking), Connectivity and Land Management (Land Banking).

The recent creation of Colliers Energy, focused on renewable energies with more than 800 MW under development, is also an active part in this market where energy is a critical aspect, as well as providing a component of sustainability that is highly demanded by investors.

Colliers services will also include the operation phase of the property with advisory on the Strategy and Execution of the Commercialization of Spaces, verticalizing the process and working in the two main business focuses such as Hyperscalers and Colocation.

In this sense, Colliers has joined its experience in Real Estate and financial advisory to Quark Unlimited Engineering, a partner with recognised prestige in the sector which will provide technical support in the Design and Construction of Data Centers from the beginning of the investment.

Quark is a leader in professional services for Data Centers, having developed more than 200,000 sq m. of IT room for the main players and vendors in the sector and has a wide track record in critical installation projects, with the highest demands in terms of resilience, reliability and energy efficiency.

“Colliers stands out for leading high value-added services in complex segments with a high financial component. Thanks to Quark's excellent capabilities, we will cover all stages of development and exploitation in a new real estate investment market. " - says Mikel Echavarren, CEO of Colliers.

“The agreement we have reached with Colliers gives us access to a new type of client with a more financial profile, who needs to have the security of being well advised with an `end to end´ approach. Colliers' offer is very different, considering the Business and Marketing Strategy of the spaces, perfectly complemented by our services from the Design phase, all the way to the Facility Management phase. " - says Miguel Gallego, Managing Director of Quark.

“The demand for this type of client in Spain is growing, attracted by the high profitability offered by this type of property. The current park of Data Centers in Spain is expected to multiply by ten in the coming years, given the arrival of 70,000 million of the Next Generation EU Funds destined for digitisation, the consolidation of Madrid as a Digital Hub for Southern Europe and the lack of this type of infrastructure in the rest of the country. " - concludes Ricardo Abad, Managing Director of Quark.



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Mikel Echavarren is CEO of Colliers International Spain. He was President and CEO of irea since its foundation in 2002 until March 2018, when irea joined Colliers International. Prior to joining irea, Mikel was a partner in the Spain and Portugal real estate corporate finance division of Arthur Andersen. 

With over 30 years of experience in the real estate sector, he is an expert in strategic planning for real estate groups and in complex mortgage debt portfolio, real estate company and property transactions. He has managed financial restructurings involving over €8,000 million worth of debt belonging to real estate, construction and services companies. 

 

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Alejandra Folgado

Marketing & Communications Director

Madrid

As Marketing and Communications Director Alejandra is responsible for building a marketing and Comm. strategy that grows brand awareness; drives lead generation and works across business lines to support Colliers International in Spain  achieve its growth and customer acquisition goals.

She began her career at Atlas Capital Close Brothers in 2001 and joined to irea in 2006, where she was Knowledge & Organization Manager for almost 4 years. After a 5 years  of professional and personal experience in Italy, she returns to irea as Marketing & Communications Manager.

From January 2015 she has been Head of Marketing and Communications at irea until March 2018, when the spanish firm integrates in Colliers International.

Alejandra studied at Carlos III University (Madrid)  where she has a bachelor degree in Information Sciences. She holds an International Marketing and Communications Master from Polimoda Business School (Italy).

She has worked in Marketing and PR across various industries including Financing, Real Estate, Fashion and Hospitality. Alejandra  also has experience in managing and coordinating  events including conference, congress and trade fairs.

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