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An eye on ag: what changes could the new Trump administration bring? (12.13.2016)

ST. LOUIS, 13 December 2016– According to Philippe de Lapérouse, managing director of HigQuest Partners’ advisory practice and chairman of several of HighQuest’s agriculture conferences, the UK’s decision to exit the E.U. and the recent election of Donald Trump as the 45th president in the U.S. is likely have consequences for the global food and ag sector in the years ahead. Just what these possibilities could be were addressed in a recent webinar with Lapérouse.

“Brexit has already had a negative impact on farmland values in the UK,” said de Lapérouse, noting that it remains to be seen if placing punitive tariffs on trading partners and clamping down on immigration could be substantial game changers for both the U.S. as well as global agriculture if enacted by the new Trump administration.

For more than three decades now, Lapérouse, based in St. Louis, Missouri, has had his pulse on the ag sector, 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. At HighQuest – a strategic advisory, events and media company serving those across the ag value chain – he has over led over 60 engagements advising executive teams of major strategic and financial investors operating and investing globally across the food, biotech and bioenergy value chains on making informed decisions regarding resource allocation, new business opportunities and developing investment strategies to address the challenges facing global agriculture. Lapérouse’s industry experience spans the globe as his varied executive positions have led him to oversee oilseed and grain merchandising and processing, and feed distribution in North and SouthAmerica, the Caribbean Basin, Europe and Russia.

“The ag sector faces the prospect of being subject to some of the vicissitudes of the current political climate: increased nationalism, closing of borders, focusing on promoting domestic production, and probably raising trade barriers,” said Lapérouse. “While this raises risk for the sector, we need to remember that food is a basic necessity, and despite this state of upheaval, demand in the sector will continue to grow as global governments work to ensure that their countries have adequate access to sufficient supplies of foodstuffs.”

Philippe de Lapérouse is available for in-depth interviews on several topics related to ag, including: What is the outlook for grains and oilseed for 2017? How is agriculture emerging as an asset class on its own? What drivers are bringing institutional capital into the sector? and Have we reached the end of the super commodity cycle?

To schedule an interview with Lapérouse, please contact Michelle Marshall at mmarshall@highquestpartners.com or +1.978.887.8800, x117.

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HighQuest Group, based in Danvers, Mass., is a strategic advisory, conference and media company serving corporations, financial investors and governments across the global food and agribusiness value chains. www.highquestgroup.com


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