Monday, 5 June, 2017

Vistra Advises New Promoter ADM Capital Europe LLP on $500m Launch of Agribusiness Fund in Guernsey

ADM Capital Europe LLP (“ADM Capital”) advises Cibus Investments Limited the General Partner of the Cibus Fund L.P. which had its first close on 1st May 2017.  Jeremy Alun-Jones, a director of Cibus Investments Limited and Partner of ADM Capital Europe LLP said “Guernsey was a great location to establish our fund.  Guernsey’s excellent reputation as a jurisdiction suited our institutional investor base and the quality of servicing from Vistra Fund Services (Guernsey) Limited has been outstanding.  ADM Capital required an administrator with a strong private equity capability and a global presence to offer servicing in the various countries in which the Cibus Fund invests; Vistra, Guernsey was the perfect fit for us.”

ADM Capital’s thesis driven approach shows that demand for high-value food (animal-based proteins: beef, pork, poultry, fish and dairy and plant-based proteins: nuts, fruits and grains) in many of the world’s fastest growing regions exceeds regional production and processing capacity. According to UN World Population Prospect, by 2030, the populations of many developing economies in Asia as well as the Middle East and North Africa will have grown by up to 50%, but a shortage of water and suitable land will limit the capacity of many of these regional economies to produce and process high-value foods and thereby satisfy demand. In addition to this population growth, the middle classes, particularly of China and India, are set to expand rapidly resulting in an expected shift in aspirations to seek more of their calorific needs from high-value foods.

ADM Capital has assembled an experienced team to advise the Fund, led by Robert Appleby, co-founder of ADM Capital, with over 20 years of direct international investment experience; and Jason Silm, ex-Head of Agribusiness Investment at VTB Capital and Director at Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management. The Cibus Fund builds on ADM Capital’s proven track record of investing in the agribusiness sector. The team believe that these macroeconomic factors and their effects on global trade in high-value foods are giving rise to attractive opportunities to invest in leading European and Australasia based companies that operate across the international high-value food supply chain.

 

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