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London, 23 July 2008 – Telecom Finance opened today in London with the Emerging Markets Summit, with more than 300 attending the three-day event (

The Summit was opened with a visionary keynote provided by Gavin Owston, Head of European TMT investment banking, ABN AMRO.

Within the context of current fast changing markets, the Summit heard from a range of experts who identified what they believed would be the hot investment markets for 2008. The discussion included how business models differ from operators in the developed world, where new licences will be awarded, and which companies would be the consolidators in 2008. Given the new credit constraints, the experts pointed to the challenges in funding emerging markets deals and the lowered risk perceptions for private equity.
The Summit identified investment opportunities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, launching operations in penetrated markets and the rise of Super Consolidators in the Middle East.

In central and Eastern Europe, there was a need to understand what is driving private equity in the region and how to apply developed market business models.

Law firm Linklaters provided a special presentation on investment challenges in Francophone countries which assessed the burgeoning growth opportunities spanning francophone territories, their distinctive characteristics and the associated legal and regulatory challenges.

Concluding the day, an expert panel interpreted the latest market changes in Latin America and the market dominance of both Telefonica and Telmex. Fundraising in the age of the depreciated dollar was identified as a key challenge.

The event continues 24th and 25th January and includes the Annual Telecom Finance Awards Ceremony with those shortlisted and winners announced at the event. The Awards include M&A Bank of the Year and Debt Bank of the Year.

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