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GAI AgTech Week to Feature Interactive Quick-Pitch Session
with Companies and Investors

SAN FRANCISCO, June 16, 2015 – A first-day session at the upcoming GAI AgTech Week, an inaugural event celebrating the emerging agricultural technology industry, will invite companies seeking access to capital to make impromptu elevator pitches to the “Farmers’ Market,” a panel of prominent venture capital and private equity investors, as well as a host of major investors in the audience. A new initiative of Global AgInvesting, the premier agriculture investment conference series, AgTech Week will bring agriculture investors and industry participants together in San Francisco for three days beginning June 22, 2015.

Scheduled for the conclusion of the first day of AgTech Week, the interactive “Farmers’ Market” panel will be facilitated by Mitchell Presser, the head of U.S. mergers and acquisitions at the global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Panelists will include Mark Kahn from agriculture-focused venture capital firm Omnivore Partners; Brook Porter from traditional venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; and Andrew Freeman from food and agriculture-focused private equity firm Paine + Partners. After giving initial thoughts on how companies in the agriculture space can and should seek capital, the panel will invite pitches from attendees with capital needs, including those considering initial public offerings, strategic partners, and private equity investments, and give real time feedback.

“I expect this interactive session to be extremely entertaining, and even more insightful,” said Presser, who prior to joining Freshfields was a founding partner of Paine + Partners, a $1.2 billion fund focused on agribusiness. “I expect that attendees will learn a great deal about how investors approach the agriculture technology sector and what it takes to attract capital. We may even see a deal get made.”

A longtime observer of agricultural technology-related businesses, Presser has been involved in a number of agtech investments, including Paine + Partners’ 2012 acquisition of Eurodrip SA, a leading international drip irrigation company.

GAI AgTech Week will feature three days of programming covering topics ranging from efficient water use to agtech accelerators, as well as a June 24 keynote and Q&A session with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.


About GAI AgTech Week
Since its inception in 2009, Global AgInvesting (GAI) has hosted over 7,500 institutional investors, farm and fund managers, agribusiness professionals and industry experts, with events in New York, Geneva, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, London, and Dubai. GAI AgTech Week is owned and produced by global food and agribusiness consulting, events and media firm, HighQuest Group, and is hosted in association with Larta Institute, the industry leader in developing, showcasing, and commercializing agtech innovation. This event will draw on the unique strengths of both companies and their combined experience in organizing over 30 international events developed specifically for the food and agriculture industry. www.globalaginvesting.com

About Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields’ US practice acts for the world’s leading national and multinational corporations, private equity firms and financial institutions, as well as governments and their agencies both in the US and overseas. Our New York and Washington DC lawyers are top-banded across every major directory, with practices that cover the full gamut of transactional and litigation matters, focused on M&A and corporate governance; infrastructure, project and acquisition finance transactions, and general banking transactions; white collar defense, international arbitration, civil litigation; antitrust; and corporate tax.

Our 2,500 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices and alongside leading local firms. Our commitment, local and multi-national expertise and business know-how means our clients rely on us when it matters most.


Michelle Pelletier Marshall, GAI AgTech Week
+1.978.887.8800, x117, mmarshall@highquestpartners.com


Jessica Klein, Hellerman Baretz Communications LLC
+1.646.780.8828, jklein@hellermanbaretz.com


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