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London, 16 October 2007 – The Finance and Investor Forum series, researched and produced by BroadGroup Consulting, will meet next month at the Cass Business School in London to discuss investing in data centres (

This one-day forum, taking place 22nd November 2007, will bring together bankers, financiers, legal counsel, data centre operators, investors, analysts and companies engaged in the fast growth data centre market, in a programme that will address investment opportunities for the sector.

The Gold tier sponsor is Torch Partners, and Industry sponsor The Colocation Exchange. Speakers include BT, Digital Realty Trust, Colony Capital, Galileo Connect, CB Richard Ellis, FlexiScale, Invest in Iceland, and Edison Investment Research.

“This forum is exceptionally well timed for investors and financiers to assess the scale of international growth now occurring in the data centre sector, and the opportunities that are becoming available,” commented Rupert Robson, director of Torch Partners.

Key topics include: the Developer View: How developers approach investment costs in building Data Centres; Investor Perspective: Why has sentiment changed towards the sector?; Property View: Is the model changing for Data Centres? What are the constraints?; Data Centre Operator Response: Will demand be sustained? What is the forecast ROI?; Disruptive Players: Can new market entrants change the model again through cloud computing?; Finance and Investment Panel: Is the Data Centre sector able to avoid boom and bust this time round? Will finance be available to sustain future growth?; Where is the best place to invest? Which markets offer the best in tax, security and growth?; Risk and Return in managing IT: A legal and business perspective, The Investment Case: The prospect for business growth and Public Market Valuations for Data Centres.

“Projecting the revenue and return for Data Centres is now hugely significant given the increasing internationalisation of the business,” said Nicola Hayes, vice president at BroadGroup. ““It is a testimony to the high values being seen in the sector, and its strategic importance that both financiers and players are sharing what is a compelling platform with the law firms that advise them.”

Rebecca Jones / VP Communications / 020 8964 0260

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