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Principal holds first close of European data centre fund at EUR155m

Principal Real Estate, the real estate investment team for Principal Global Investors, has completed the first close of its closed-end fund dedicated to acquiring data centre assets in Europe.

The initial capital raise for the Principal European Data Centre Fund (the Fund) beat its target, reaching EUR155 million. Subscriptions were received from seven investors, including asset managers, pension funds, and insurance companies located in France, Germany, Spain, and Malaysia. The amount is one-third of the total equity hard cap of EUR450 million set by Principal for the Fund.

The Fund will focus on manage-to-core data centre assets. At least 60 per cent of the fund will be allocated to the core European markets of Germany, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, and Ireland, with up to 40 per cent in secondary markets such as Spain, Italy, and Switzerland.

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