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Investing in ag: a radio interview with Global AgInvesting chairman Philippe de Lapérouse (12.1.2015)

Global AgInvesting Chairman and HighQuest Partners Managing Director Philippe de Lapérouse was recently interviewed by Accredited Investor Markets Radio.

Lapérouse discussed, among other things, with host Chris Cahill, agriculture-related investment in Russia, Brazil, and Argentina; supply chains in emerging markets (a key factor); and why agtech should be its own asset class. Lapérouse's interview begins at 12:31 minutes.

Hear the interview here (approximately 20 minutes long, beginning 12:30 minutes into the broadcast). 



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.

Contact Mr. de Lapérouse at pdelaperouse@highquestpartners.com

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