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07 Jun 2016

Investment Structures in the Australian Agribusiness Sector

We discuss the developing themes and approaches to investment structuring which are sympathetic to the varying needs of capital providers and other participants in agribusiness value chains, as well as some of the barriers to capital flowing into the Australian agribusiness sector.

There is no ‘cookie cutter’ or rote approach to investment structures in the agribusiness sector.  Every model is shaped and designed for each case and will be developed around the efficient use of land, infrastructure, machinery and labour and the desired investment horizon.  Lawyers and financial advisers will deploy one, or a combination of the full range of accepted and conventional structures for holding assets and conducting business in Australia, including companies, trusts and partnerships.  There are however, themes which are developing which can provide an approach to investment structuring which is sympathetic to the varying needs of capital providers and other participants in agribusiness value chains.  To establish structures that are not sympathetic to these drivers is to hamper the efficient use of capital and operational returns, and potentially ultimately lessen returns to investors.  The Investment Structures in the Australian Agribusiness Sector paper looks at some of those developing themes which the author has observed in professional practice, as well as some of the barriers to capital flowing into the Australian agribusiness sector. 

Key sections include:

  • Developing themes in agribusiness investment structuring
  • Barriers to investment
  • Models of investment
  • The investment gap
  • Funding alternatives.

To obtain a pdf copy of Investment Structures in the Australian Agribusiness Sector, please contact Piper Alderman at publications@piperalderman.com.au
 

About the Author

Simon Venus is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a particular interest in primary industries. Having spent many years as a jackaroo and overseer on large pastoral station properties, Simon has developed a passionate interest in agriculture and he advises international and domestic investors and agribusinesses across Australia.

Among other external roles, Simon is a national director of the peak Australian agribusiness organisation, Agribusiness Australia, and was an inaugural member of the South Australian Agribusiness Council, a hand-picked board advising the Minister for Agriculture.  He also sits on the Agribusiness Advisory Board of the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of the Professions.

Simon has been listed in the annual Best Lawyers® list in each year since 2012 for Agriculture and Rural Affairs.  He was also included in Doyle's 2016 rankings as one of South Australia's leading commercial lawyers and was further recognised as a ‘preeminent’ advisor in Doyle’s 2016 listing of leading South Australian Agribusiness Lawyers.  Piper Alderman was listed as a ‘first tier’ firm in Doyle’s listing of leading South Australian Agribusiness Law Firms.


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