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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.
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.
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.
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.
The manager, which hit a first close on the €50m vehicle in March, will have deployed 10% of capital gathered once the transactions complete.
Stafford’s successful takeover of a $259m timber fund suggests most investors value a guaranteed exit today more than higher promised gains tomorrow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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