MAI has been actively involved in the origination of world class investment opportunities in NZ (dairy, lamb and beef), Australia (cotton and other crops) , Paraguay (cattle pastures and grains) and Brazil (grains), Peru (sugar cane and specialised crops), and Uruguay (beef, lamb, rice and grains). A number of these investments have already received substantial institutional support from some of world’s largest pension funds.
In Australia, MAI worked closely with Southern Agri Resources, to raise funding for the acquisition of 15,000 ha of rice farm in the Riverina region which was then converted into a cotton farm under the supervision of Customised Farm Management. Recently, MAI advised and secured a significant institutional investment from a leading US asset management group into Sandalwood forestry assets, to be managed by ASX-listed Quintis.
MAI launched its farmland ICAV with a “Buy & Lease” strategy portfolio in 2016. Seed funding for these funds was provided by a leading UK local authority pension fund. The MAI Australia Buy & Lease Fund made its’ first investment with the purchase of an aggregation of citrus, wine and table grapes and avocado orchards in Australia’s Sunraysia region, followed more recently by the addition of a large scale irrigated specialist cropping farm in central Queensland.
Most recently, MAI launched the British Innovation Fund and has already injected capital into a number of British university venture funds and spinout companies, including Roslin Technologies; the new Technology Commercialisation Company of the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute.