M&A advisers meet to debate telecom deal prospects in Middle East and Africa

Published March 14th, 2010 - 03:22 GMT
Leading investment banking and legal advisers will meet in Doha to debate telecom consolidation prospects in the emerging markets on the M&A Advisers Panel at the much anticipated TMT Finance and Investment Middle East 2010 conference on April 26-7 (www.tmtfinance.com/me).
Sector heads from Clifford Chance, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have been announced as expert speakers for the panel which will take place in front of an international audience of telecom chief executives, investors and advisers. The session takes place at a pivotal time for telecom operators and merger and acquisition advisers in the Emerging Markets.
"The Middle East and Africa are core areas for telecoms transactions this year," commented Joachim Fleury, Global Head of TMT, Clifford Chance, one of the world’s leading law firms. “Investors are piling in - but there are plenty of risks and complexities to consider.”
Mohammed Amersi, CEO of Emergent Telecom Ventures, will chair the M&A Advisers Panel session, which will feature Joachim Fleury, Global Head of TMT, Clifford Chance; Bill Kennish, Head of TMT EMEA, Citi; David P Wheeler, Chairman EMEA Telecoms, Credit Suisse; Valentin Pitarque, Executive Director TMT, Goldman Sachs International and Javier Zurita, Head of Telecoms EMEA, JPMorgan.
 “Merger and acquisition activity involving telecom operators in the Middle East and Africa will be a key business driver for 2010,” commented Dominic Lowndes, Editor of Telecom Deal Alert, the official newsletter for the conference. “Telecom infrastructure sales, operator consolidation and asset reallocation deals worth up to US$30bn are already being planned in these regions.”
Now in its fourth year, TMT Finance & Investment Middle East 2010, which takes place at the Sharq Village Hotel Doha, April 26-27 (www.tmtfinance.com/me), is the premier networking event for telecom, media and technology executives, investment bankers and advisers in the region.
This year’s event also features chief executives from Etisalat, Qtel, Telecom Egypt, Saudi Telecom, Vodafone, Huawei and Tata Communications debating strategies for regional and global expansion. The annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner celebrates outstanding achievements in telecom financing, leadership, and advisory on April 26. Nominations at http://www.tmtfinance.com/me/awardsnominations/default.aspx
Qtel is Patron of TMT Finance and Investment Middle East 2010 which is organised by BroadGroup TMT Ventures with support from Clifford Chance LLP, Booz&Co, Capital MS&L and Qatar Airways.

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