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London/Sydney 26 April 2012 – A new Finance and Investment forum for datacentres has been announced for Australia ( It follows on from the successful international forum series which takes place in London each year, and more recently in Hong Kong. The new forum will have law firm Gilbert and Tobin as Patron of the event.

Now the forum will take place in Australia, reflecting the significant expansion that has occurred in the sector. Recent findings from the launch edition of a new tracker service Finance and Investment for datacentres (F&I) suggested that datacentre capacity has expanded substantially in the first quarter of 2012, with the mature markets of North America, UK and Australia who continue to dominate activity.

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 premier annual international meeting point for investors, operators, professional intermediaries and legal counsel focused on the datacentre sector.

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.

“With the exponential growth in cloud services and datacentre demand across the Asia Pacific region, datacentre projects form an important part of our legal practice - advising a broad range of developers, service providers and corporate customers”, says Gilbert + Tobin partner Bernadette Jew. “Gilbert + Tobin is delighted to partner with BroadGroup to host the inaugural Finance and Investment forum for data centres in Australia.” 

“The datacentre sector has begun 2012 in bullish fashion reaffirming the long-term confidence and optimism suggested by previous analysis,” commented Philip Low, director of BroadGroup. “Australia is a market we have covered in studies over the past three years, and its importance is reflected in the new forum which takes place in Sydney in November.”

BroadGroup also publishes Finance and Investment for Datacentres (F&I), a tracker of finance and investment in the datacentre sector and includes publicly available data across M&A, fund raising activity and datacentre build projects. The monthly tracker and blog is designed for operating companies, financiers, investors, private equity firms, legal counsel and professional intermediaries.


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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