BARCELONA - Germany is gearing up to become the next big European playground for investors seeking new assets to securitize - as well as a gateway to Eastern European opportunities. German investors are seeking efficient funding sources for business, government and consumer spending needs, among other areas, panelists said.

"Germany is a sleeping giant," said Iain Barbour, global head of securitization at Commerzbank Securities. "In many ways, it is the largest economy in Europe. Everyone in the market is focused on it right to enter that market," he added.

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