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Private Sector Investment in Agriculture Emerging as a Significant Alternative Asset Class: New HighQuest Partners Study
Date:4/27/2010

Philippe de Lapérouse, managing director at HighQuest Partners and head of its Global Food, Agribusiness and Biofuels practice, presents findings today from a new HighQuest Partners report entitled "Survey of Global Developments in Private Sector Investment in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure" at the Land Conference 2010 organized by The World Bank in Washington, D.C.

(PRWEB) April 27, 2010 -- Philippe de Lapérouse, managing director at HighQuest Partners and head of its Global Food, Agribusiness and Biofuels practice, presents findings today from a new HighQuest Partners report entitled "Survey of Global Developments in Private Sector Investment in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure" at the Land Conference 2010 organized by The World Bank in Washington, D.C. (April 27-28, 2010).

“A number of key drivers, including the ongoing turmoil in financial markets and strong fundamentals in the agricultural sector, are increasing demands on row crop and animal protein production,” said Mr. de Lapérouse. “We expect to see continued allocation of risk capital into this emerging asset class by both strategic and financial investors. There are interesting investment opportunities available worldwide to acquire and transform productivity of farmland and to develop the infrastructure required to enhance market access for crops and animal protein production.”

HighQuest Partners’ report, "Survey of Global Developments in Private Sector Investment in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure," was commissioned by the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in an effort to gain insights on the impact that private sector investment is having on regions in which the organization is investing. The report, which is based on a confidential survey conducted with private investment managers, provides an overview of the sector including:

 
  • a profile of investor groups active in the sector;
  • legal structures being used to raise funds and finance operations;
  • types of agricultural activities the funds are investing in or seek to invest in;
  • geographic regions that are attracting investment;
  • returns that investors expect to achieve;
  • anecdotal assessment of the impact private investment is having on local economies, the environment and populations;
  • the tenor of the relationships that private investor groups have or would like to have with multilateral and governmental bodies and
  • the regulatory role that the public sector should assume in overseeing and promoting agricultural and economic development.

The report includes a list of investment management groups actively investing in farmland and agricultural infrastructure; it also estimates the amount of capital currently allocated on a global basis to this emerging asset class and the amount that is likely to be committed within the next five years.

Mr. de Lapérouse will also discuss the report’s findings at:

 
  • Global AgInvesting 2010: Agricultural Real Assets, a HighQuest Partners/Soyatech event in New York City (May 6-7), and
  • the annual conference of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) on agriculture, to be held in Paris (May 17-19, 2010), where the report, which Mr. de Lapérouse authored, will be made public.
For more details about this report, Mr. de Lapérouse can be reached at pdelaperouse@highquestpartners.com and (314) 994-3282.

About HighQuest Partners, LLC

HighQuest Partners (www.highquestpartners.com) is a strategic advisory and management consulting firm that works with leadership teams in the global food, soya, oilseed, agribusiness and agri-transportation sectors to make informed decisions regarding strategy, investments/M&A and governance issues. Since its founding in 2000, the firm has completed over 200 engagements for leading companies around the world.

HighQuest Partners advises institutional investors who needed help addressing key challenges in allocating capital efficiently in the emerging farmland and agricultural infrastructure asset class which include:

 
  • determining whether and how investing in farmland and agricultural infrastructure fits within their overall portfolio strategy;
  • constructing diversified portfolios to mitigate risks by crop, geography and investment strategy;
  • selecting managers to provide the appropriate exposures and
  • monitoring manager performance to confirm what is driving portfolio returns.

About Soyatech, LLC

Soyatech (www.soyatech.com) is a global media, marketing, and event company. Through its publications, conferences, webinars, and widely used internet platform, Soyatech helps companies and investors active in the food, oilseed, agribusiness, and agri-transportation sectors to assess and develop market opportunities in the soybean and oilseed sector. Founded in 1985, Soyatech publishes the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the industry’s leading information resource covering oilseed and agribusiness companies and products, an industry-focused email newsletter (in daily and weekly editions), and Soyatech.com, the award-winning business-to-business online resource for the industry. Soyatech’s information services are used by tens of thousands of the world’s leading commodity, food and biofuels companies in over 100 countries every week. Soyatech, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HighQuest Partners LLC.

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