Global AgInvesting Europe 2012

At 375 attendees, GAI Europe 2012 attracted more investors and industry stakeholders than any agriculture event in Europe.

***Thank you to the 375 attendees of the third annual Global AgInvesting Europe conference. To download the password-protected conference proceedings, click here.***

GAI Europe moves to London in 2012, and will once again bring together leading global end investors, fund managers, academics, policy experts and agribusiness industry executives and representatives of multilateral, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to explore the opportunities and challenges of investing in agriculture.

Attending Companies (Partial List):

Aeris Capital AG
AGR Partners
Agrica Limited
Agriglobe, Inc.
Agriworld Fund, Inc.
Al Nouran Holding
Albourne Partners (Asia) Limited
Alder Investment Mangement Limited
Alpha Capital Research, LLC (ACR)
Alta Advisers Ltd
Ambers&Co Capital
AP Fonden 2
APG Asset Management
Aquifer LTD
Aquila Capital
Arctic Securities
Astor Capital Group, Inc.
Australian Farms & Sustainable Agriculture Fund
Australian Farms Fund Management Pty Ltd
Axon Capital Partners
Baring Asset Management
Berenberg Bank
BIO Invest
Bioenterprise Capital Ventures
Black River Asset Management
Bloomberg News
Brookville Capital
Brown & Co.
BT Pension Scheme
Bunge Asset Management Group
Bunge Global Agribusiness
Canaccord Genuity
Capital Generation Partners
Carbon International
CDC Group plc
Central Bank of Nigeria
CLH Capital Partners Ltd.
Climate Change Capital
Close Brothers Asset Management
CME Group
CMIA Capital Partners Pte Ltd
Commerzbank AG
Continental Farmers Group PLC
Court Lodge
Craigmore Farming
Crops Holding JSC
Dahlia Partners
Damian Prentice
Daniloff Capital
Danske Capital
Deutsche Bank
Diapason Commodities Management UK LLP
Duxton Asset Management Pte. Ltd.
Dynagest SA
East Riding Pension Fund
EBG Capital AG
Embassy of Brazil
Endeavour Sustainable Investment AG
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Farmers Edge
Federation of Migros Cooperatives
Ferguson Partners Family Office Ltd.
Fieldstone Intellectual Property Ltd.
Financial Times
Forbes & Manhattan Inc.
Ford Foundation
G5 Evercore
Galtere Ltd.
GK Dominant
Global Thematic Partners, LLC
Grimaldi Capital LLC
Halley Invest Limited
Halloran Philanthropies
Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG)
Harmsworth Pension Scheme
Hermes Fund Managers
HighQuest Partners LLC
Idavang A/S
Ignis Asset Management
Impax Asset Management Group plc
IMQ Investment Management B.V.
Independent Advisor
IndUS Growth Partners
Innotech Investments
Insight Investment Management
Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR)
International Farming Corporation
International Woodland Company (IWC)

Intl FCStone
IntraFish Media
Intrepid Financial
ISAPAR - Paraguay
Jantzen Development A/SJohn Deere Technology Center
JSC - North Caucasus Development Corporation (NCDC)
Jupiter Asset Management
Kedge Capital
Kincannon & Reed
KinnAgri Limited
La Compagnie Benjamin de Rothschild S.A.
Leopard Colombia Agriculture Fund
LGT Venture Philanthropy
Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management
Maj Invest
Manobo Tribe
MASDAR Corporate Farming Ltd
McKinsey & Company
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Mena Kapital Group
Meridian Growth Capital
Merrill Lynch
Method Investments & Advisory Ltd
Monsanto Company
Montaigu Finance
Monument Group (UK) Ltd.
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
NCH Advisors Inc.
NCH Capital Inc.
NCH Capital Russia / AgroTerra LLC
Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)
Norton Rose LLP
Oceanis Partners
Opplysningsvesenets Fond
Pampa Capital
Paratodos NV
Pension Protection Fund
Perella Weinberg Partners
Plus Capital Ltd.
Praxis Multi Family Office
Qatar National Food Security Programme
Rabo Ventures
Rio Grande do Sul Development Agency
Ritter Agribusiness
Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund
Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)
Saguenay Strathmore Capital
Saker Estates
Secretaria da Agricultura, Pecu_ria e Agroneg_cio do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
Shell Asset Management Company
Shepperd Investors AG
Sidley Austin LLP
Southern Pastures Limited
Standard Chartered
SUE "Stroyeksprom"
Summit Global Management
Swiss Reinsurance Company
Tack & Gybe Associates Ltd.
Tellus Investment Partners LLP
Thames Private Investments
The Burlington Capital Group LLC
The New York Times
The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit
The Wall Street Journal
The World Bank Group
Towers Watson
Trendtrust S.A.
Trinity Capital Partners
TST The Seafood Traders GmbH
Tufton Oceanic Ltd
Tweedie Capital
UAB Saerimner
United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment
Utrecht University
Valiance Advisors LLP
Valmont Industries, Inc.
Verde 21
Verhagen Rentmeesters
Vestaron Corporation
Vision Brazil Investments
VTB Capital
West Midlands Pension Fund
Wheatsheaf Investments
Wimmer Family Office
Wohl AG Family Office

Global agricultural production and trade, which is a $2.52 trillion industry accounting for approximately 3.5% of the world’s economic activity, represents an emerging asset class for private and institutional investors. After suffering from decades of underinvestment, the sector is attracting the interest of institutional and private capital due to the combination of several factors: exceptionally strong fundamentals, the opportunity that real ag assets provide to hedge investments against inflation, and that returns on agricultural assets have low correlation with other asset classes.

The fundamentals of global agriculture are compelling. A growing world population, improving diets in the developing world due to growing disposable income and new demand for biomass feed stocks used for alternative fuel/industrial applications are expected to continue driving demand for agricultural commodities. To meet this demand, even after taking into account projected productivity improvements, would require the addition of more arable farmland than can be sustainably (from an economic-social-environmental perspective) brought into production globally. This is expected to result in continued increases in volatility in crop prices and provide opportunities for improved profitability and valuations across many sectors of the value chain over the coming decade and beyond.

Developing an agricultural investment program represents a complex and hence challenging undertaking. There are a wide range of investment opportunities that require a deep and nuanced understanding of the industry in order to assure that they are properly evaluated. End investors face a myriad of choices which include where and how to invest, and how to evaluate and select the best managers.

GAI Europe 2012 will build off of the recent success of our flagship event, in New York, which in April 2012 attracted over 700 attendees who represented over:

  • $3.5 trillion in aggregated institutional assets managed by attending institutional investors
  • 25 million acres under cultivation by attending companies
  • $12.5 billion of farmland assets managed by attending fund managers

GAI Europe 2012 will help end investors understand different strategies and different risk/reward exposures that are being pursued by fund managers within the ag space. They will hear from fund managers about the challenges and opportunities presented by different geographies and operating strategies across illiquid investment vehicles (farmland, infrastructure and ag private equity), as well as liquid investment alternatives such as agricultural-focused hedge funds, public equities and commodities. End investors interested in developing a deeper understanding of the compelling fundamentals driving the ag sector can learn from leading analysts, academics and economists who will be presenting at the Short Course in Ag Fundamentals on Monday 03 December from 13:30 to 17:00h.

There are many different ways to reach the audience at GAI Europe 2012. If you are interested in more visibility at the conference, please contact Jared Rose, +1.212.945.8494 or Kate Westfall, +1.212.920.0738. 

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