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Finance & Investment Forum to discuss Data Centres as a new asset class


London, 28 September 2009 –The 3rd International Finance and Investment Forum for data centres will take place in London on 3rd December, and is scheduled to discuss for the first time, the emergence of data centres as a new asset class ( Researched and produced by BroadGroup Consulting, the forum uniquely brings together data centre owners with investors, financiers, analysts, private equity and law firms.

In this the third annual international forum for finance and investment in data centres, the leadership of operating companies globally, including publicly quoted companies, with financiers, investors, private equity firms, venture funds, professional intermediaries, law firms and investment agencies, to consider these critical issues, and generate ideas and opportunities.

“The forum presents an outstanding platform for top level networking,” commented Steve Wallage, managing director of BroadGroup Consulting. “It is especially important this year as sector business plans consider the impact of cloud computing, globalization and green.”

A key question to be discussed at the forum is whether data centres now form a new asset class. Data centres have continued to attract high levels of investment with more than USD15 billion global data centre investment which has been committed in the last 12 months. Growth has been sustained, and internationalisation strategies are being pursued with a range of finance and investment strategies.

Operators are choosing from a range of options open to them including bonds, private equity, and IPOs, although in the current climate, constraints remain and for unlisted companies. Research by AHV Associates LLP reveals that public companies engaged in the data centre sector have outperformed the major indices and are continuing to prosper.

Other key topics at the forum include: Investment performance and the focus of future investment; a review of market demand and drivers; financing expansion and M&A; IPOs; the importance of internationalisation in data centre expansion; Property and REITS; a special review of Data Centres in Emerging Markets and, Risk and Future Outlook.


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