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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.

Italian ag fund backs chestnut leader in bid to build transformed-fruit platform

FAI has already deployed 60% of capital raised at first close as it progresses towards its €50m fundraising target.

When agriculture becomes infrastructure (and vice-versa)

Antin, a prominent infrastructure manager, has just acquired a live salmon transportation business. In what bucket should we put this asset?

Time for timberland managers to log out?

As the asset class grows ever more defensive, large investors seek to safeguard returns by squeezing out costs. But GPs still have good cards to play.

ATP branches out to drive performance

The $122bn Danish pension’s ‘infrastructure’ portfolio has more than doubled returns year-on-year. Here we zoom in on the timberland holdings that have helped push this growth.

The stubborn fundraiser

Trade tantrums have yet to deter North American managers from raising ag-focused vehicles – with reasonable success. What is behind the asset class’s resilience?

ADM’s Cibus nets insect deal amid final fundraising effort

The investment comes three weeks after the Hong Kong-based firm exited its Central Eastern European and Kazakhstan PE business through a management buyout.

Ozone is trimming farmers’ revenue by stealth

Fresh research suggests air pollution’s already major impact on crop yields is being compounded by global warming. How should the industry respond?

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.

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