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In the News: HighQuest managing director Philippe de Lapérouse interviewed (3.7.2014)

Philippe de Lapérouse, managing director for HighQuest Partners, recently was interviewed for stories about the ag sector. 

A Financial Times article, dated March 5, 2014, "China’s Cofco takes on global trading houses" by Lucy Hornby in Beijing and Gregory Meyer in New York, addresses the company known as Cofco and its talks with Hong Kong-based Noble Group, one of Asia’s leading commodities traders, to establish a joint venture in sugar, soyabeans and wheat.  Visit The Financial Times to read the article.

A March 7, 2014, article with SeedWorld asks the question "Is Big Money Leaving Ag? Why investors may have soured on agricultural commodity funds."  Read de Lapérouse's and others comments on this inquiry at SeedWorld.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philippe de Lapérouse has more than 30 years of senior level experience working with leading global companies in the agro-industrial and value-added food chain, including Ralston Purina and Bunge, as well as working as an investment banker at the beginning of his career.

As Managing Director of HighQuest Partners, he leads the firm’s Global Food Agribusiness and Biofuels advisory practice. He has led over 50 engagements advising executive teams of major strategic and financial investors operating and investing globally across the food, biotech and bioenergy value chains to on making informed decisions regarding resource allocation, new business opportunities and developing investment strategies to address the challenges facing global agriculture.

Prior to joining HighQuest, Mr. de Lapérouse was Director of Business Development for Bunge North America, Inc., where he was responsible for the company’s efforts to expand its oilseed processing operations into Mexico and the Caribbean Basin, as well as developing export markets for oilseed products and feed grains into the Caribbean, North Africa and eastern Mediterranean. Previously, Mr. de Lapérouse held senior line management positions with Ralston Purina International where he managed line operations and was responsible for functions including marketing, sales and developing dealer distribution networks, targeting the industrial livestock and poultry sectors in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

Mr. de Lapérouse was a director of Sodrugestvo Management Company, Ltd., the leading importer, crusher and distributor of soybeans and feed ingredients in Russia from 2009 to 2012 and was instrumental in making the introduction which resulted in Mitsui acquiring a 10% shareholding in the company. He is the author of the report, Private Financial Sector Investment in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure (2010) which was commissioned by the Agri-food Trade and Markets Directorate for Trade and Agriculture of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) to provide insights on this emerging asset class and the impact that private sector investment is having on the regions in which they are investing.

Mr. de Lapérouse received his B.A. degree from Trinity College and an M.B.A. degree from The Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia.

Email: Philippe de Lapérouse
 

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