Aquila Capital adds agriculture experience to reach new markets

Hamburg, Germany-based Aquila Capital has expanded its agricultural investment team with seven new hires from the agricultural sector.

The alternative investment company has hired seven highly-experienced ‘farmers who speak finance’ to help manage a globally diversified portfolio of agricultural investment solutions.

Andrew Watters and Grant Rowan, partners at New Zealand pastoral farming manager AGInvest, join as partners with global responsibility for dairy farm investments and all farm investments in New Zealand. Jesper Brunhoj Jensen will be responsible for Eastern Europe and arable farming; David Cornish will lead the agricultural business in Australia; Fernando Rovira Cuervo will head up the Uruguayan and Chilean operations; Paulo Murray will represent the team in Brazil, Eric Bosveld in Canada and the US. Eike Schoen-Petersen, an existing member of Aquila Capital’s agricultural asset management team, will continue his global responsibility for the sheep and beef sector.

The team, which will be based in Singapore, will continue to be led by Detlef Schoen, who has spearheaded Aquila Capital’s agriculture investment operations since 2007.

Detlef Schoen, Managing Partner, Farm Investments, Aquila Capital, said: “Each of the new team members bring a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the agriculture sector and its drivers, as well as strong relationships with farmers and agribusiness specialists. The team is entirely unique in that they are able to translate the macro view down to the guy driving the tractor and understand every step of the way from production methods, agribusiness value chains and commodity cycles to how to generate alpha through increased productivity.”

The new hires are part of Aquila’s strategy to expand beyond its existing New Zealand and Australian agricultural investment businesses, increasing its presence in South America and the Canadian, US and Eastern European markets.


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