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Sydney, 17 October 2012 – International consulting firm BroadGroup, together with Forum Patron, Gilbert + Tobin, will hold a new investment forum for datacentres ( event will take place in Sydney, November 7.

Researched and produced by BroadGroup, the first forum took place at the Cass Business School in London in 2007 and since then it has become recognized as the premier annual international meeting point for investors, operators, professional intermediaries and legal counsel focused on the datacentre sector.

Now for the first time, the forum will take place in Australia, reflecting the significant expansion that has occurred in the sector. Recent findings by BroadGroup, suggests that datacentre capacity has expanded substantially in the first half of 2012, with the mature markets of North America, UK and Australia who continue to dominate activity.

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 supply led organizations, to assess where the sector is heading and identify key opportunities. The forum will also feature a “Fireside chat” with Bob McKinnon, Enterprise Executive, Group Services, The Westpac Group and Mike Forster, CEO Fujitsu ANZ.

“The datacentre sector is a new asset class and is experiencing significant growth in Australia,” commented Bernadette Jew, Partner at Gilbert and Tobin. “We support industry efforts to discuss the opportunities and outlook for the sector and look forward to contributing to the debate.”

Other key Speakers at the event include among others: Kris Kumar, Senior Vice President & Regional Head, Asia Pacific, Digital Realty, Jonathan King, Co-Fund Manager, Securus Data Property Fund, Bernadette Jew, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin, Bob Sharpless, Managing Director, Springfield Land Corporation, David McEwen, Director of Consulting, Colliers International, Yoshi Hashimoto, Managing Director & CEO, NTT Australia Pty Ltd, Paul-Francois Cattier, Global Vice President Data Center, Schneider Electric, John Humphrey, CEO, TrackNet Limited, Peter Mcgrath, Managing Director, Leighton Metronode, Mark McWilliams, Director, Datacom Investments Pty Ltd, Stephen Philp, Director Real Estate, Challenger, Craig Scroggie, CEO, NEXTDC, Michael Simmonds, Chief Financial Officer, Macquarie Telecom, Diane Skapinker, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin, and Craig Baty, Executive GM, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Fujitsu ANZ, Greg Farmer, Director - Asia Pacific Data Centre, Site & Facility Services, IBM, Marty Gauvin, Managing Director, Tier 5. Stuart Corner, Telecoms Editor, itwire and Frank P. Aue, Principal Consultant, PTS Consulting (Australia) Pty Ltd will be chairmen of the forum.

Sponsors include Gilbert + Tobin, and Schneider Electric. Official Media Partner for the event is the Finance and Investment for Datacentres Tracker, and

Media partners include Asia Today, itevent, the Datacenter Journal, Teletechwire, InfoCom, TechWeek Europe, DataCenter Talk,, ECM Plus, Datacenter Post, Boogar Lists, Bvents, thedatachain, and Haking.

Gilbert + Tobin is a premier Australian law firm. Established in 1988, our lawyers are now preferred by clients operating in all sectors of the economy. Large scale commercial and government transactions that shape the future of Australia and the Asia Pacific region depend on the advice of Gilbert + Tobin. We are also community lawyers. We provide high quality advice to organisations and individuals throughout Australian society, and for those in need we provide it pro bono. We have a highly professional team of around 230 lawyers based in our Sydney, Melbourne and Perth offices working in a stimulating, egalitarian environment. We are a firm open to talent and ideas. The people who join Gilbert + Tobin want to work for an enlightened, contemporary company willing to challenge the status quo. People engage us as their lawyers for the same reasons. Like all ambitious people, and anyone in need of sound and imaginative legal advice, they are also drawn to our record of success. And in the most competitive of all markets, the legal market, Gilbert + Tobin succeeds.

BroadGroup was founded in 2002 to provide senior managers with a different perspective of new and emerging business niches, create new communities of interest, and inspire them with fresh insight on how they could be exploited profitably. Today, the company covers a portfolio of markets offering professional services through a value chain of bespoke consulting, market research, reports, and events. F&I:


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