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Matthieu Favas

Matthieu Favas is the editor of Agri Investor. He was previously the web editor of Infrastructure Investor, where he started in 2013 after a year as a reporter at Private Equity International. Prior to joining PEI he spent four years in the wine industry in London, Spain and Mongolia.

Why Phaunos is stonewalling Stafford

Stafford Capital has lodged a $244m hostile bid for Phaunos, the timber fund it used to manage. By refusing to say what it thinks of it, the vehicle’s board may be gunning for a higher price.

AFGRI taps PIC and Fairfax equity in bid to create pan-African ag group

Chief executive Chris Venter tells Agri Investor the company, which financial backers took private four years ago, could seek to co-invest with institutions to seal strategic acquisitions.

Stafford vs Phaunos: The battle for a $244m timber fund

Secondaries firm Stafford has put forward a hostile bid for Phaunos Timber, a global vehicle it used to manage. What is its chance of success?

Engulfing agri

At a time when most Middle Eastern sovereigns are already hungry for farmland deals, geopolitical tensions are pushing Qatar’s state-backed fund into an even greater acquisitive mode. Should other investors fear the competition?

Qatar SWF goes shopping for farms abroad as blockade bites

The ag subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority, which already owns chunks of farmland in Australia, plans to invest $500m in Sudan by 2021. We take a look at the unit’s current holdings overseas.

DOWNLOAD: Banking on public bucks

For farmers in search of funding, every little helps – and when it comes to government support, it’s not so little. In this interactive presentation, we look at the most generous countries, the crops that benefit and conditionality attached to public money.

Pontifax participates in $110m funding round in ninth deal from debut fund

Precision BioSciences will use the capital raised to extend its gene-editing technology from human therapeutics to the agri-food industry.

Upsizing Oz

Getting more large-scale assets to market would help address one obstacle to greater superfund investment in Australian agriculture. But it is no silver bullet.

When strawberries go south: A massive bankruptcy in California

In the first of a series of case studies, we look at what led to the collapse of Eclipse Berry Farms, which at its peak generated $230m in revenue from its growing operations.

British berry growers lament Brexit-induced labor drought

A large majority of producers already have trouble hiring seasonal workers and expect price hikes to kick in soon, according to a report by the sector’s industry body.

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