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Jennifer Mbaluto is a Partner at Clifford Chance LLP and co-heads the firm’s East Africa practice. In a wide-ranging interview, Jennifer discusses M&A opportunities, the role of private equity and IPO activity in the TMT space in Africa.

Mbaluto will chair the 'What is driving the next wave of transactions in Africa?' panel and the ‘How are opportunities and investments developing across TMT?’ break out at TMT Finance Africa 2019 on November 28. 

 

As organic growth in African telecoms continues to slow, operators are increasingly looking to diversify revenue streams through new technology and services such as fintech, IoT and security. Meanwhile, investment in communications infrastructure is booming, especially in areas such as datacenters, wireless towers, satellite, subsea cable and fibre. 

 

The gender divide in career progression must end and end now, explains Sue Unerman, Chief Transformation Officer at MediaCom. ‘There needs to be a change in approach both from business leaders and from people on the way up in their careers. Businesses need to do more, much more, but also there are a series of steps that women can take to drive their own progression.’

With more women than ever in the workforce, but still too few in the boardroom, it feels as if it’s the right time to address the assumptions and miscommunication holding women back.

FTI Consulting highlights M&A activity across Edge computing

Rajesh Sennik, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, talks to Kezia Joseph, Editor, Tech Finance, about the increased investment into Edge computing, how M&A activity is looking in the sector and what this new technology means for datacentre and cloud providers.

Sennik will be continuing the conversation at TMT Finance World 2019, Nov, 27, where he will be chairing the Edge Computing, Cloud and Datacentres breakout session.

 

Q Advisors focus on Cloud and Infrastructure in the European Advisory Market

In 2007, investment banking boutique Q Advisors conducted the first cloud-UCaaS deal in the US valued at US$10m. Twelve years later, the cloud, managed services and digital infrastructure-focused advisory firm awaits the closing of the latest in a string of US$1bn+ valued deals in the same, and yet much-changed, space.

Introhive to sponsor TMT Finance World Congress 2019

London; November 26, 2019 – TMT Finance are pleased to announce Introhive’s sponsorship of TMT Finance World Congress 2019 on November 27, where they will articulate why it is important for companies to unlock the hidden value of their mailbox data and drive business growth using an A.I. powered relationship intelligence solution.

 

Gisle M. Eckhoff, CEO of Digiplex on innovation within edge computing

The Nordic data centre market is one of the most active and attractive areas for development in the world, estimated to have reached the $7.0 billion mark at the end of 2018. This has been driven in large part by development and build-out by hyperscalers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

LONDON, October 17, 2019 - Global consultancy and advisory firm FTI Consulting has been announced as a key sponsor of TMT Finance World 2019, with Senior Managing Directors Rajesh Sennik and Michael Knott respectively chairing a roundtable session on Edge Computing, Cloud and Datacentres, and joining the hotly anticipated TMT M&A Panel at the event. 

Edge Computing

With converging trends in cloud, digital collaboration, mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT) increasing the volume of data large companies need to process; the shift towards edge computing has come to the forefront in 2019.

London – 11.09.19 – Global M&A activity in telecoms infrastructure is showing little sign of cooling, with an estimated US$62 billion of significant sized deals expected to come to market before the end of 2019, according to recent analysis by TMT Finance, the leading news service for mergers and acquisitions in the telecoms, technology and media sectors. 

An increasing number of US-based investment banks and boutiques are headhunting experienced Europe-focused TMT bankers to lead newly created teams or boost existing ones, in London and other European finance centres, and thereby tap into the explosion of dealmaking in the region and the increase of cross-border M&A.

Following the closure of its inaugural US$4.05bn fund – and surpassing an original US$3bn target – Digital Colony has cemented itself at the nucleus of communications infrastructure investment. With commitments from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the investment firm is showing that appetite for communications infrastructure assets is soaring across the globe.

 

With digital transformation increasing the volume of data large TMT companies need to process, and the shift to off-premises cloud computing, competition for the best assets is intensifying. Buyers need to be selective and understand how to acquire at speed, as well as navigate increased regulatory scrutiny, global political uncertainty, the impact of 5G, unsettled markets and questions about trade and tariffs.