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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.

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.

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?

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