Former Paine Schwartz director goes to Terra Firma

David Browne joins among a number of high-profile hires as the firm prepares to raise its first buyout fund in a decade.

OTPP hires Chinese ag boss to head Australian offshoot

The Canadian pension has appointed David Goodfellow, former head of the Macquarie Pastoral Fund – hinting that livestock could become part of its mandate Down Under.

Homestead adds former Westchester exec

Patrick Trainor, formerly vice-president and head of acquisitions for the TIAA-linked ag asset manager, joins the San Francisco-headquartered firm.

ING’s new agri boss eyes US, LatAm as it builds dedicated unit

Deborah Perkins, who joins from Rabobank in the newly created role, talks to Agri Investor about private debt, institutional sponsors and the Dutch bank’s international ambitions.

Ag-focused PE vet joins Vermont impact investor

Skip Wyer tells Agri Investor that that he joined Vermont Works to develop a $50m fund offering 20 percent annual returns through investments in the state’s entrepreneurs, including many agricultural producers focused on sustainability.

Ex-Hancock exec ‘boomerangs’ back to Scythe & Spade

Brett MacNeil returns to the manager he founded as he yearns for agility and focus after a stint at a large firm.

NZ Super’s CEO to step down

After a successful 10 years at the helm of the sovereign wealth fund, Adrian Orr is returning to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, this time as governor.

NZ Super names new head of external investments

The sovereign wealth fund has selected one of its portfolio managers to replace Fiona Mackenzie in a role that includes overseeing some ag and timber holdings.

Exclusive: Craigmore targets US investors as it considers new structure for 2018

The $550m New Zealand-focused manager has appointed a family office and institutional investor specialist as strategic advisor to help expand its LP base. We spoke with chairman Nick Tapp to find out more.

Top North American pensions’ ag portfolios to surpass $1bn in Australia

The sector has only recently emerged as an investable asset class, says Rawdon Briggs, Colliers International’s new rural & agribusiness chief, with Chinese capital also waiting in the wings.