SOURCE: Keiretsu Forum

September 25, 2007 15:02 ET

Keiretsu Forum International Chapter Expansion Continues Into Spain

Newest Angel Investment Chapter to Launch in Barcelona on October 1

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 25, 2007) - Keiretsu Forum, North America's largest investment community of private equity (angel) investors, VCs and corporate investors, will launch its thirteenth chapter in Barcelona on October 1.

The opening of Keiretsu Forum's second international chapter comes just months after new Keiretsu Forum chapters opened in Denver and Beijing. The Barcelona opening also coincides with the Keiretsu Forum chapter launch in London on October 3 and the opening of the fourth Bay Area chapter, North Bay, on October 24.

"Our angel investing community has grown to more than 650 members worldwide since we started Keiretsu Forum seven year ago in the San Francisco Bay Area," said Randy Williams, Keiretsu Forum Founder/CEO. "We are proud and inspired by the international growth of our investment community."

Xavier Casares, a Barcelona native, will lead Keiretsu Forum's Barcelona chapter. He has directed professional projects in Madrid, London, Lisbon, and in the south of France. Xavier began his professional career in the financial sector for Bank Santander and Sabadell. Following his experience in the financial sector, Xavier spent eight years in top positions for the government of Cataluña and six years for Grupo Godó (publisher of "La Vanguardia," the most prominent newspaper in Cataluña). He is a partner and Director of an entrepreneurial internet company, NET2U, based in Zaragoza (Spain).

Xavier holds a legal degree from the University of Barcelona and an MBA from the IESE business school in Barcelona.

"Barcelona has the full support of the financial, legal, university, and government sectors as we bring a new type of business -- angel investing -- to Spain," says Casares. "Our new members represent private equity investing at its best, and their investments will be of great benefit to the Spanish economy."

Admission to the Barcelona launch is by invitation only and all attendees must be knowledgeable investors. One American Keiretsu Forum portfolio company, Earth Class Mail, will present to Spanish investors along with two Spanish companies.

New companies who would like to be considered for investment, or potential angel investors interested in joining any of the fifteen Keiretsu Forum chapters worldwide, should visit www.keiretsuforum.com.

About Keiretsu Forum

Keiretsu Forum was founded in 2000 in the San Francisco Bay Area. With 15 chapters and over 650 accredited investor members throughout the world, Keiretsu Forum (www.keiretsuforum.com) is the largest North American angel investment network. Keiretsu Forum members provide early-stage capital in the range of $250K-$2MM to high-quality, diverse investment opportunities and collaborate in the due diligence, but make individual investment decisions.

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