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QuantumWave Capital Debuts as First Investment Banking Firm Exclusively Dedicated to Computing's Fifth Wave, the Mobile Internet


February 16, 2011 - PARIS

QuantumWave Capital launches as the first investment banking firm to provide highly specialized mergers and acquisitions advisory services to market leading Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) sector innovators focused on the mobile internet.

Computing progresses in waves, with the winners at each stage creating more material wealth and market capitalization than in the last. The convergence of computing and mobile communication systems and business models has generated the 5th computing wave in 50 years, the mobile internet. Rising and accelerating faster than previous waves, creating unprecedented disruption and opportunity, the technological and commercial complexities of the mobile internet demand a radically different approach to investment banking.

"QuantumWave decodes mobile internet computing technologies as an asset class," said Robert Marcus, Chairman and CEO of QuantumWave. "With mobile penetration forecast to rise above 6 billion subscribers in 2011, reaching near universal levels, the converged mobile and internet markets will soon generate over $2.5 trillion a year. The size and relative accessibility of this market has inspired a new wave of computing innovation that is disrupting and reshaping the mobile, media and entertainment, and internet sectors. Combining world-class TMT talent and rigorous processes with sophisticated quantitative financial models, QuantumWave is designed to chase Alpha, or absolute return, for the emerging technology leaders we advise and the multinationals that acquire them."

Robert Marcus and other thought leaders, including Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, Publisher of the International Herald Tribune, a New York Times Company, Jean Schmitt, Managing Partner of Sofinnova Partners, Europe's largest venture capital fund with EUR 1.2 billion under management, and Rob Coneybeer, Managing Director of Silicon Valley-based Shasta Ventures, specialized in mobile internet investment, share the stage in a keynote and panel, Strategies for Growth: Mobile Internet in a World of Innovation, Investment & Return at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, 16:00 -- 17: 30, Hall 5 Aud. 1

"The emergence of new mobile internet technologies and devices, such as the iPad or the Samsumg Galaxy, and the content they deliver, is undoubtedly transforming the media landscape," said Stephen Dunbar-Johnson. "As these new technologies challenge us to change our thinking they also present a whole array of opportunities by providing us with new platforms upon which we can better serve our readers on the move with the trusted and high quality content emblematic of our brand."

The unparalleled velocity of the mobile internet makes it virtually impossible for large organizations to design, develop, and ship products fast enough to meet customer demand. This dynamic moderates the buy-versus-build debate, leaving corporate leaders with no alternative but to outsource innovation. QuantumWave sources its advisory clients exclusively in Western Europe and Israel, both exceptional mobile internet innovation hubs. Headquartered in Paris with offices in New York, Palo Alto and Tel Aviv, and plans to open an office in China this summer, the firm is strategically optimized for the global acquirer market it addresses, some of the largest, most powerful companies around the world, internet sector leaders, mobile network operators, media and entertainment generators and aggregators, and advertisers.

"All of the principal mobile technologies, including the GSM standard itself, emerged out of Western Europe, and although the emphasis has now shifted to the United States, the region with its outstanding academic institutions and strong state-subsidized research programs, continues to generate a torrent of highly educated engineers and scientists who produce advanced, high-quality R&D," said Jean Schmitt. "Despite this robust infrastructural support, exits have been historically rare, with most companies operating only in their home countries, lacking the capacity to effectively engage the global technology superpowers. I believe that trend is about to change. Western Europe represents a massive untapped source of sophisticated technology, and with demand for quality R&D far outpacing local supply, the emphasis must now shift to Western Europe and similar regional technology hubs."

QuantumWave launches with a significant portfolio of companies into highly favorable macroeconomic climate for mergers and acquisitions. Technology sector activity is currently at a 10-year high, fueled by the accumulation of vast sums of cash on corporate balance sheets, the decline of IPO markets, and the gradual stabilization of the global economy. This dynamic, the high-growth characteristics of the mobile internet, and QuantumWave's highly-differentiated approach, combine to provide robust systemic support for the firm's growth aspirations.

About QuantumWave

QuantumWave Capital is a global investment banking boutique providing highly specialized mergers and acquisitions advisory services to market leading Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) sector innovators focused on the mobile internet. Headquartered in Paris, with offices in New York, Palo Alto and Tel Aviv, QuantumWave is composed of a highly talented team of investment banking and technology sector experts with over $30 billion of combined transactional experience.

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