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STAFFORD ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF JOS BOEREN AS HEAD OF AGRICULTURE & FOOD INVESTMENTS

September 2018

London, UK, September 18, 2018 – Alternative Asset Manager Stafford Capital Partners announced today the appointment of Jos Boeren as Head of Agriculture & Food investments. Jos will lead the expansion of Stafford’s agriculture and food investment activities and will report to the CEO of Stafford Capital Partners, Angus Whiteley.

“Jos has a unique combination of substantial industry expertise, deep and broad relationships with industry leaders and operators across the entire agri-food value chain and a truly global sector perspective. He has the proven ability and track-record to effectively engage with investors and agri-food operators from across the world and to deliver concrete benefits to both”, said Angus.

“Stafford’s Alternative Assets business has great momentum and I feel honoured and energized to further contribute to the growth of their business globally. The one firm approach and Alternative Assets focus is a strong competitive differentiator. Stafford’s success in Timber is impressive and it’s great to build on these credentials”, said Jos. 

“I am excited to team up with my Agriculture & Food colleagues James Allen, Bernd Schanzenbaecher and my new colleague Bill Travers, who just joined us from Macquarie’s Pastoral Fund where he was an analyst for their row cropping, cattle and sheep operations in Australia. We will strive to bring capital to the best-in class industry operators and to make the agriculture-food sector more investible”, added Jos.


STAFFORD CAPITAL PARTNERS ATTRACTS USD 1.3BN OF NEW COMMITMENTS TO STAFFORD REAL ASSETS

June 2018

Stafford is pleased to announce USD 1.3bn of new commitments to various Stafford Real Assets strategies in vehicles closed over the last few months.

Most recently, Stafford Infrastructure Secondaries Fund II (“SISF II”) held its final close at EUR 400m of total commitments from investors in Europe, the US and Canada. The fund size exceeded the original target of EUR 250m.

SISF II is a continuation of Stafford’s specialist infrastructure strategy which focuses on acquiring secondary positions in existing infrastructure funds. 

Dr Ingo Marten, Partner Stafford Infrastructure, said: “We are very grateful to both our existing and new investors for their support to what is a differentiated strategy for accessing yielding infrastructure assets. We are happy with both the pace of deployment and quality of investments made to date, with 25% of the fund now committed and a strong pipeline of new investments under consideration.”

SISF II has already made six secondary investments in leading infrastructure managers in Europe, the US and Australia.

This close follows Stafford’s announcement in April of the final close of Stafford International Timberland Fund VIII (“SIT VIII”) of USD 612m from investors in the UK, Europe and the US. The final close exceeded the target fund size of USD 500m. Stafford’s theme of acquiring secondary positions in existing funds continues in the timberland sector with SIT VIII, which also provides access to high quality timberland co-investments. 

SIT VIII has already made three secondary investments and one co-investment, all with leading timberland managers, committing close to 21% of the fund.

Along with an additional USD 220m of new mandates and mandate extensions focused on combinations of timberland, agriculture and infrastructure investments, this brings the total of new capital at Stafford Real Assets to USD 1.3bn.


STAFFORD ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTMENTS   

May, 2018

Stafford Capital Partners (“Stafford”) is pleased to announce the appointments of Steven Zehr as Investment Manager, Stafford Infrastructure in the Zurich office, Jerry Mahon as VP Portfolio Manager, Stafford Timberland in the Austin office and Jazz Rowe as Tax Manager, Stafford Global Operations based in the London office. 

The beginning of 2018 has heralded a number of new hires for Stafford, including Steven Zehr as Investment Manager for Stafford Infrastructure, based in Zurich.  Steven is involved in investment research, due diligence, negotiation and monitoring for Stafford’s Infrastructure business.  Steven has 12 years’ investment experience, previously with XL Catlin, a global specialty insurer and re-insurer, where he built and led the private equity and real asset investment activities, comprising direct investments, co-investments and fund commitments.  Prior to that, Steven was a member of the Alternative Investments division at Swiss Re, focused on private equity direct investments.  He earned a Master of Arts in Economics and Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.

In April, Jerry Mahon also joined Stafford Timberland as VP Portfolio Management, based in our Austin office, with oversight over all in place US timberland investments. Prior to joining Stafford, Jerry held various technical, operational and investment management roles with Molpus Woodlands Group in Hattiesburg, MS, where he was responsible for a 1,000,000 acre inventory program across 15 US states, then Timberland Investment Resources in Monroe, LA, where he had direct operational responsibilities for 65,000 acres and then 110,000 acres of timberlands.  Most recently he was with TIR in Atlanta, GA, where he had a range of timberland investment responsibilities.  He holds a Masters in Forest Resources, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Wildlife Biology from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Stafford Global Operations has also seen the arrival of Jazz Rowe, who replaces Vera Kolar as Tax Manager, and is responsible for tax due diligence and planning, compliance, reporting and support of investor tax affairs.  Previously, Jazz worked as a Manager within the US Business Tax Group with Deloitte in London.  She is qualified as a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wright State University in Ohio, USA.

Vince Cao, Stafford’s Group Finance Director and Head of HR said: “The additions of Steve, Jerry and Jazz will complement the existing team and continue Stafford’s focus on expanding the group this year with current open positions available in the Careers section of our website.” 


STAFFORD ANNOUNCES FINAL CLOSE OF TIMBERLAND FUND (SIT VIII) OF USD 612.5M

May, 2018

Stafford is pleased to announce the final close of Stafford International Timberland VIII Fund (SIT VIII) of USD 612.5m from investors in the UK, Europe and the US.  The final close exceeded the target fund size of USD 500m.

SIT VIII is a continuation of Stafford’s specialist timberland funds with a focus on acquiring secondary positions in existing timberland funds and accessing high quality timberland co-investments. 

Stephen Addicott, Stafford Timberland Partner said: “We are very appreciative of the continued support from existing investors and welcome a number of new investors into our fund. With USD 2.4bn invested in over 170 timberland assets, Stafford has the experience and knowledge to be able to deploy this capital in a timely and diligent manner.”

SIT VIII has already made three secondary investments and one co-investment, all with leading timberland managers, committing close to 21% of the fund.


  STAFFORD ANNOUNCES $200M MANDATE FOR GLOBAL DIVERSIFIED PRIVATE CREDIT

February, 2018

Stafford announces that it has been selected to invest a $200m mandate in the global private credit market. The first investment has already been made, with further opportunities in the pipeline at various stages of development. Stafford is seeing the private credit asset class fast becoming a recognised mainstream allocation for institutional investors which it is well positioned to serve with its global coverage through offices in the US, UK and Australia.