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London, February 20, 2007: Top-level executives from the worlds of media, investment banking and private equity will gather for the inaugural MediaFinance 2007 conference, which is being held in London on May 9, 2007 (

MediaFinance 2007 is the first event aimed at bringing together leadership from across the media with investors and other intermediaries to discuss the key financial and strategic issues facing the media businesses of tomorrow. Sectors to be discussed with dedicated panel sessions include television, newspapers, new media, digital marketing and B2B publishing, with a special session on M&A in emerging media markets.

Issues to be discussed include key trends in media M&A such as consolidation, cross-border deal making, diversification and the rise of private equity interest in media. Expert speakers will also assess structural themes such as the decline of linear broadcasting, the emergence of successful online business models and the significance of the long tail theory to content owners. Each company in the programme has been carefully selected either for having played a key role in media M&A and for their outstanding best-of-breed business models.

Confirmed speakers include: Geoffrey Austin, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, Mark Beilby, Managing Director Pan-European Securities, Dresdner Kleinwort, Tim Bowdler, Chief Executive Officer, Johnston Press, Thomas Gertais, Chief Executive Officer, Global Media, Thomas Hessler, Chief Executive Officer, Zanox, Alun Simpson, Director, Goetz Partners, Marco Sodi, Principal, Veronis Suhler Stevenson, David Surtees, Chief Financial Officer, Shine, Anand Tejani, Principal, Texas Pacific Group, Stephen Van Rooyen, Director of Product Development, BSKYB, Wolfgang Winter, CEO, Stargate AG, and Nadim Zahawi, CEO, YouGov.

“Media Finance 2007 will assemble a top line up of highly relevant speakers all of whom are involved in deal making at the moment,” commented Oliver Cann, editor of Media Finance. “The event will showcase compelling business models and propositions that will have a real impact on moving forwards the debate on the future of media in Europe.”

MediaFinance 2007 is being held at 4 Hamilton Place, Mayfair, London on May 9 and builds on the success of Telecom Finance 2007, which in just two years has established itself as the premier brand for telecoms executives and deal makers in the EMEA region and has been described as ‘The Davos of Telecom Finance.’ The event will be sponsored by Linklaters and is researched and organised by Media Finance magazine and the consultancy, BroadGroup.

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