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Eric Cooperström joins from NatureVest and will seek to develop agri and timber investment opportunities that ‘remove carbon from the atmosphere.’
Lake, wetland bank
Return rates delivered by the 2008-vintage vehicle were undisclosed but managing director Joe Sanderson says figures in the 15% to 20% range are ‘not uncommon’ in the sector.
Forest landscape
Stafford Capital Partners’ Stephen Addicott says NPS’s $150m commitment to the firm’s forestry fund could ‘underpin future commitments from other South Korean pensions.’
National Pension Service of Korea has been weighing up an investment in the timber sector for ‘a number of years,’ says Stafford Capital Partners managing partner Stephen Addicott.
Timberland, forestry, Sequoia forest
Managing director Olly Hughes tells Agri Investor about the decades-long tailwinds the firm sees in the timberland space and the expansion strategy it is on the cusp of executing.
The firm has set its sights on two funds that will invest across the UK and Northern Europe, with a further two targeting Australasia and potentially the US, says managing director Olly Hughes.
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.
A third of the fund’s returns will be derived from carbon credit sales marketed in New Zealand’s internal marketplace which is not open to foreign purchasers or credits.
State investment officer Steve Sikes says the ‘difficult decision’ will result in the transfer of farmland and timber assets into existing accounts managed by UBS and TIR, respectively.
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