Ernst & Young to lead African telecom M&A panel at TMT Finance conference in London

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Justin Prichard, Director of TMT Lead Advisory, Ernst & Young has been announced as the chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Panel at this year’s TMT Finance & Investment Africa Conference in London on June 20

“..domestic market challenges are prompting interest in African assets; at the same time, more mature markets in the region are open to both consolidation and tower outsourcing approaches,” - Adrian Baschnonga, Ernst & Young

Justin Prichard, Director of TMT Lead Advisory, Ernst & Young has been announced as the chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Panel at this year’s TMT Finance & Investment Africa Conference in London on June 20. (http://www.tmtfinance.com/africa)

The M&A Panel forms a key session at the conference which brings together African telecom CEOs, CFOs and Heads of M&A with leading investment bankers, investors and advisers to assess the latest growth strategies and opportunities for investment. Mergers and acquisitions are expected to surge across Africa as telecom operators expand and consolidate portfolios and business lines.

“Africa remains one of the most dynamic regions in the telecommunications industry,” said Adrian Baschnonga, Lead Analyst, Global Telecommunications Center, Ernst & Young. “Demand for services has never been higher, while there is growing scope for innovative business models that can help transform the industry landscape still further.”

“For some international players, domestic market challenges are prompting interest in African assets; at the same time, more mature markets in the region are open to both consolidation and tower outsourcing approaches,” said Baschnonga. “In addition, greater levels of undersea cabling are also paving the way for growth in terrestrial fiber-optic networks, with partnerships and M&A supporting developments in this segment.”

Over 40 speakers have been announced for the conference with key M&A leaders from Etisalat Group, Barclays Capital, UBS Investment Bank, Lazard and leading global law firm Linklaters also featuring on the on the M&A panel.

Other telecom companies represented by speakers at the conference include France Telecom-Orange, Etisalat Nigeria, Millicom, Vodacom, Seacom, Liquid Telecom, O3B, TRA Lebanon, Ericsson, Huawei, Helios Towers, IHS and Eaton Towers. Financial institutions also featured include Standard Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, Fidelity, IFC, ING and Access Bank.

Other key sessions on the programme include the Telecom Leadership Round Table – Strategies for Leading the Next Wave; The Policy and Regulation Panel – Stimulating Investment and Growth; Investing in Next Generation Broadband; Mobile Infrastructure Panel- Investing in Towers and Maximising Profits; CFO and Investors Round Table and Financing African Telecoms.

The TMT Finance & Investment Africa 2013 Conference takes place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden London on June 20. For more details go to http://www.tmtfinance.com/africa

To register and attend go to http://www.tmtfinance.com/africa/register

Contact: enquiries(at)tmtfinance(dot)com

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