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The Danish government will invest Kr40m into the new agriculture private equity fund and hopes to attract a further Kr800m from local pension funds and other private investors.
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The UK-based forestry and wind farm asset manager is aiming to raise £25m and says the fund is getting interest from small institutional investors.
Meeting its €80m agri target is a slow process, but overseas opportunities are not attractive, according to Søren Dal Thomsen, the pension's CIO.
The value of English farmland has gone from strength to strength in 2014, exceeding the £7,000 mark for the first time.
Scottish Equity Partners, Albion Ventures and the Scottish Investment Bank have invested in the livestock monitoring technology firm.
The private markets group is finalising a fourth hire to its real assets team as it emphasises the importance of the asset class.
Denmark’s AP Pension has set up a fund which will be exclusively focused on purchasing Danish farms.
Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, The Duchy of Cornwall, the Rothschild family and various Middle Eastern and Asian investors are among those to have come together to provide £65m in finance for Tamar Energy, a UK start-up business that will develop a network of over 40 anaerobic digestion plants.
Institutional investors are expected to commit almost $4 billion of equity to the timberland asset class in 2010. From rarely featuring in investment portfolios in years gone by, timberland is becoming an increasingly attractive sector as LPs seek to diversify and green their investments.
Biomass may not generate as many headlines as other renewable sources of energy but those looking at it have found a sector with growth potential, an interesting revenue stream, and solid government support across Europe - especially in the UK.
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