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Vol 1 (AAC) No 8

Published 1st June 2008

South Africa

Ken Costa

Chairman for International Business, Lazard UK

The courtship by Sunil Mittal's Bharti Airtel of Cyril Ramaphosa's MTN hit the rocks in May. Enter the next ardent suitor: Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications. A marriage between Reliance, India's second largest mobile operator, and MTN, Africa's largest, would create a company that reaches across South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Reliance has asked Ken Costa of Lazard International (see page 7)to serve as matchmaker.

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