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Head of timberland investments Tom Sarno says the firm has recently added a director of acquisitions for South America and plans to expand across Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and elsewhere.
Goldman Sachs MD John Goldstein says pension funds, asset managers and sovereign wealth funds have expressed interest in The Restore Fund, a vehicle exploring the carbon sequestration potential of forest restoration.
Senior managing director Marc Drouin says underused irrigation infrastructure helped make the C$204.5bn pension’s entry into European ag a highlight within natural resources deployments last year.
Partner Ben Kortlang says Los Angeles-headquartered ProducePay aims to provide fresh produce the same information sharing and intermediary functions that have transformed transportation and used car markets.
Senior VP Mike Cerchiaro says European and Asian LPs’ interest in timber helped drive a reorganization that also aims to deepen engagement with carbon sequestration and conservation finance.
Head of timberland investment Tom Sarno says Hancock’s South American expansion will involve work with local companies like AMATA, which plans to open a cross laminated timber facility next year.
Eucaliptus trees, forestry, timberland
The asset class has seen a flurry of fund launch activity as its uncorrelated credentials and inherent sustainability chime with new and returning investors.
The firm has teamed up with SilviPar to launch a vehicle that will target low alterative use land in Paraguay to develop a 50,000 ha plantation.
Joint ventures, new funds and private placements all focused on securing exposure to new and existing aquaculture businesses points to a long-term interest in the industry.
Protein, cattle, beef, livestock
Quirch has a strong customer base among small supermarkets and independent chains and the Colorado Boxed Beef acquisition will give it exposure to national US chains.
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