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Weather conditions in eastern Australia remain challenging, but farmland has continued to deliver strong capital growth for investors

MIRA closes third ag fund on A$1 billion hard-cap – exclusive

Macquarie has closed its third fund, which was established in 2017 to invest in row cropping and permanent cropping assets, with deployment well advanced.

Smith Agri International launches A$200m Australian timberland fund – exclusive

The firm is launching its first managed investment fund, a 10-year closed-ended vehicle targeting an IRR of 8-18% that will invest exclusively in Australian timberland.

New Forests and Global Forest Partners bids for forestry assets hit by competition concerns

The two managers’ offers for assets owned by Resource Management Service have raised concerns with the ACCC over a potential reduction in export services.

Blue Sky resolves court action with Pinnacle and Riparian amid string of board resignations

Brisbane-based Blue Sky has resolved its court action against three former directors as the company’s chairman and chief executive leave the business.

Phatisa sells stake in Meridian Group as fundraising for second Food Fund continues

The Africa-focused firm says it has identified $200m of opportunities for Phatisa Food Fund 2, with some transactions at the due diligence stage.

Blue Sky enters receivership after Oaktree loan covenant breach

Future is unclear for the Brisbane-based asset manager as receivers are appointed after ‘significant instability and uncertainty’ at Blue Sky.

Blue Sky gets court order against former directors over data downloads

Australian court bans three former Blue Sky directors, Riparian Capital Partners and Pinnacle Investment Management from using proprietary data allegedly downloaded while the executives worked at their former firm.

Blue Sky appoints new permanent CEO

The Brisbane-based asset manager has appointed Joel Cann as CEO, who most recently oversaw a restructure at ASX-listed holiday park operator Aspen Group.

PSP terminates strategic agreement with Blue Sky

The Canadian pension and the Brisbane-based fund manager have agreed to end their strategic partnership, covering some A$200m of assets.

American pensions back Laguna Bay’s eight-farm dairy deal in Tasmania

The firm's debut ag fund encountered few hurdles when bringing in foreign money but its CEO says fresh regulation could now make such transactions more difficult.
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