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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.

Waving goodbye

In his last Weekly Letter as editor of Agri Investor, Matthieu Favas argues that agriculture today is changing at a much faster pace than many observers often think.

The UK’s ‘livestock eBay’ aims to disrupt ag trade by going into genetics

Hectare Agritech chief executive Doug Bairner says the company’s online marketplace is now used by 25% of UK farms and will launch in at least one European country next year.

Bill Gates-led VC and Singapore SWF bet on alternative fertilizers

Pivot Bio chief executive Karsten Temme says the nitrogen-producing microbe business, which just closed a $70m Series B, could help upend a market worth about $200bn.

Exclusive: SLM closes debut deal from Irish timber fund and secures five more

The manager, which hit a first close on the €50m vehicle in March, will have deployed 10% of capital gathered once the transactions complete.

Is Phaunos a one-off secondaries deal or a sign of things to come?

Stafford’s successful takeover of a $259m timber fund suggests most investors value a guaranteed exit today more than higher promised gains tomorrow.

Stafford poised to deploy two-thirds of $612m fund after winning Phaunos battle

The secondaries firm expects to receive more acceptances of its hostile bid for the $259m timber vehicle after a majority of shareholders approved it last week.

Crunch time for Stafford as Phaunos board recommends rejecting its $259m final bid

The secondaries firm is aiming to convince more than half of the timber fund’s shareholders by Saturday – a task likely made easier by the withdrawal of a rival bid last week.

DPI splashes $100m on Moroccan irrigation business

Partner Sofiane Lahmar says the Africa-focused PE firm, which has nearly fully deployed its $725m Fund II, will look to increase its exposure to agriculture.

Exclusive: Stafford hires ex-headhunter as ag chief in asset class push

An alumnus from Macquarie’s Pastoral Fund has also joined the secondaries specialist just a year after the firm made its first investment in agriculture.

The right guy in Uruguay

Ag investors talk up Latin America’s potential, but the diablo is in the details. Here’s a strategy that seems to nail the main bits.

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