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Hong Kong, 23 August 2011 – Investors in DataCenter and cloud markets will meet with operating companies, firms seeking funding, datapark owners and government representatives at the first Finance and Investment forum for datacenters which takes place in Hong Kong 26th October (

Researched and produced by consulting firm BroadGroup, the first forum took place at the Cass Business School in London in 2007 and since then it has become recognized as the only annual international meeting point for investors, operators, professional intermediaries and legal counsel focused on the data center sector. Now, for the first time the forum has been extended to Asia.

The objective of the one-day forum is to bring together stakeholders and players in the sector across the finance and investment community, carrier neutral and carrier owned operational companies, government and regional investment authorities, property interests, law firms and professional intermediaries, to assess where the sector is heading and identify key opportunities. Discussion will also cover emerging sector opportunities including China, types of finance available, mergers and acquisitions, fund raising activity and business models.

“Data Centers are critical infrastructure assets for all Asian economies and will support the proliferation of cloud, content and business expansion,” commented Hon Samson Tam JP, Member of the Legislative Council (Information Technology) in Hong Kong and who will be addressing the event. “I look forward to participating in this timely forum which will give much needed focus to the finance and investment opportunities in the sector across the region.”

Leading representatives from across the Asia and Pacific region who will also speak include Jonathan Atkin, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets; William (Bill) Barney, CEO, Pacnet; Bevan Slattery CEO Nextdc; Naoshi Ogikubo, CEO, Diamond Realty Management Inc; Adrian Yong, Managing Director, CSF; Danny Cheng, Chairman and CEO, Banyano Data Center Solutions Ltd; Daniel Newman, Chief Financial Officer, GDS; Hiroyuki Kanou, SVP NTT Worldwide; Mark Smith, Managing Director of Asia, Savvis; Kosit Suksingha, Executive Director TCC Technology; Chris Wilson, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Management, Pacnet; Claude Achcar, Managing Director, Actel Consulting; and Steve Wallage, Managing Director, BroadGroup Consulting.

The forum is supported by Hong Kong Invest, and has as sponsors and partners Actel, Daily News, Datacenter Journal, Boogar Lists, Bvents, ECM Plus, and


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