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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.

Is Unigrains’ strategic-financial model a threat to PE?

Founded by France’s grain growers to promote their sub-sector, the firm remains something of a unique beast – for now.

Investors unfazed by transatlantic row over gene-editing

More emerging markets are likely to follow the US’s intent to ‘re-double’ efforts to develop the technology than Europe’s stringent regulatory stance unveiled last week, says Pontifax’s Ben Belldegrun.

Unigrains pre-empts auction to buy world’s largest maker of baking equipment

The French group will acquire a rare majority stake in Mecatherm for €120m in a bid to internationalize and strengthen its control over the grain value chain.

Virtuous investors need serious benchmarks

An ambitious campaign to stop deforestation in Brazil hints at how institutions’ fiduciary clout can help bring about crucial change – and under what conditions.

Exclusive: CalSTRS looks to bolster ag portfolio with fresh commitments

The $224bn pension is considering capital injections into a fund and a separate account, as it seeks high single-digit returns from its nascent agriculture program, says director Paul Shantic.

What ag should take away from McDonald’s

A family-owned business wants to create a franchise model in dairy farming that it hopes to export overseas. A recipe for success?

WATCH: Why First State Super bets on weather

The A$84bn pension fund sees water as the ultimate diversifier but is now willing to take more risk through a private equity-like strategy, says associate portfolio manager Brent Snow.

Italy’s first ag fund targets double-digit returns

IDeA Agro has raised around 80% of its €100m target from a clutch of institutional investors. MD Gianandrea Perco tells Agri Investor why he thinks a successor fund could be much bigger.

Exclusive: Dubai SWF plans US farmland splurge as second deal nears

A JV between the emirate’s Investment Corporation and Miami-based Optimum Agriculture is closing in on a $150m land acquisition after buying a 38,000-acre ranch in Florida.

Are investors getting ahead of themselves on gene editing?

The technology holds great promise and attracts a lot of money. Whether it will disappoint or thrive, however, depends on which side of the regulation divide it falls.

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