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HighQuest Partners LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe de Lapérouse  (10.10.2006)

St. Louis, MO - HighQuest Partners LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe de Laperouse as Director of its Global Food and Agribusiness Practice and new office in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. de Lapérouse has more than 20 years experience in senior leadership positions with global companies in the agro-industrial and value-added food chain as well as in private equity investing. Prior to joining High Quest Partners, Mr. de Lapérouse was a Principal at Vanikoro Advisory LLC where he advised clients on their financial and global expansion strategies.

Previously, as Director of Business Development for Bunge North America, Inc., the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), he was responsible for the company’s efforts to expand its industrial operations into Mexico and the Caribbean Basin, biotech and e-commerce initiatives and public relations/corporate communications (before and after Bunge’s successful IPO in 2001). Mr. de Lapérouse was also associated with the Fund for Large Enterprises in Russia (FLER),a private equity fund investing in Russian enterprises and joint ventures with Western companies, where he was responsible for the firm’s flagship Moscow office and overseeing investment activity, and Ralston Purina International (industrial and consumer packaged goods), where he held senior line management positions in both the United States and Europe. Mr. de Lapérouse received his M.B.A. from The Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and his B.A. from Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut.

“Philippe brings a unique combination of industry expertise and operating experience to HighQuest and HighQuest’s subsidiary Soyatech from his successful career working across the entire value chain from seeds and commodities to consumer packaged food products,” said Greg Mellinger, the firm’s CEO and Managing Partner. “With HighQuest and Soyatech continuing to grow our agribusiness advisory activities with leading global companies, Philippe’s appointment to our team will strengthen our ability to provide consultation and advice to strategic and financial investors in the value-added food and agro-industrial sectors, including commodity handlers and processors and new participants in the expanding bio-fuels sector. In addition, his presence in St. Louis, Missouri, where over 50% of U.S. agricultural production is located within a 500-mile radius, will enhance our ability to serve our client base on a global basis.”


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