Capital Roundtable

Association Partners

Data Partners

Partial List of
Past Attendees

ACA Compliance Group LLC

Amalgamated Capital

American Capital Ltd.

Audax Group

Auriga Capital Management LLC

Auriga Holdings LLC

Bank of Ireland

Black Diamond Capital Management LLC

Bloomberg LP

Blue Sky MLS Inc.

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Private Capital Group

Brean Capital LLC

Capitala Investment Advisors LLC

CapitalSouth Partners Funds LLC

Capitol Acquisition Corp. II

Carlyle GMS Finance Inc.

CarVal Investors LLC

Caspian Private Equity LLC

Citigroup Inc.

Consumer Growth Partners LLC

Cortland Capital Market Services LLC

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

D. Aaron Asset Management LLC

Dechert LLP

EisnerAmper LLP

Equalitas Capital

Equus Total Return Inc.

Ernst & Young LLP

Fidus Investment Corp.

Full Circle Capital Corp.

Gapstow Capital Partners

Gerson Lehrman Group Inc.

Gladstone Companies

Gladstone Investment Corp.

Grant Thornton LLP

Harris & Harris Group Inc.

Harvest Capital Credit Corp.

Haynes & Boone LLP

ICON Investments

Keefe Bruyette & Woods Inc.

King & Spalding LLP

Kiski Alpha Partners LLC


KSL Capital Partners LLC

Lincoln International LLC


McLarty Capital Partners

Medley Capital LLC

Mercer Capital

Milestone Partners

Monroe Capital LLC

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Murray Devine & Co. Inc.

MVC Capital Inc.

National Fund Advisors LLC

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

New Mountain Capital LLC

NewSpring Capital

Old Hill Partners Inc.

Partners Group AG

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Perella Weinberg Partners LP

Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

Rothstein Kass & Co. PC

Saratoga Investment Corp.

Small Business Investor Alliance

State Street Corp.

State Street Global Svcs Alt. Investment Solutions

Stellus Capital Management LLC

Structural Capital

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Technology Media Advisors LLC

THL Credit Inc.

VRC | Valuation Research Corporation

Wafra Capital Partners Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities LLC

Wood Creek Capital Management LLC

Wunderlich Securities Inc.




Why Shrewd Investors Feel Optimistic

About Agribusiness Opportunities --

Despite the Current Down Cycle


Private Equity Investing
In Agribusiness-Related Companies



Kevin Schwartz

President & Founding Partner

Paine & Partners



Thursday, July 21, 2016

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York City





Linda M. Assante, Jasper Ridge Partners LP

David E. Bell, Harvard Business School

David F. Browne, Paine & Partners LLC

Alexander K. Chefetz, BTIG LLC

Matthew R. Cohen, Prodos Capital Management LLC

Lawrence DeMaria, William Blair & Co. LLC

Benjamin D. Fishman, Arlon Group LLC

J. J. Grow, Verdesian Life Sciences LLC

Peter S. H. Grubstein, NGEN Partners LLC

Ed Haft, Sunrise Growers

Robert Hodgen, Amerra Capital Management LLC

Jorgette J. Marinez, Business for Social Responsibility

John W. Mulflur, Permira Advisers LLC

Nader Pasdar, Rabobank Capital Markets

Sandeep H. Patel, Barclays Capital Inc.

Bruce J. Sherrick, University of Illinois

Spencer Swayze, UTIMCO

David Verbitsky, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Tyler Webb, EverWatch Financial Inc.

Jacqueline A. Williams, Cambridge Associates LLC

Andrew M. Ziolkowski, Cultivian Sandbox Venture Partners LLC

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package |

The long-term view for agribusiness is bullish, but there’s no doubt that we’re currently experiencing a down cycle. 


All the same, experienced private equity investors are unworried. Despite lower commodity markets and declines in farm incomes, they’re tracking more opportunities than ever in the industry and its related sectors.   


Private equity investors believe, for example, that they can target specific links in the agribusiness value chain and notch deals with middle-market companies that -- 

  • develop innovative products to increase crop yields and improve economics for farmers.
  • harness big data for more exacting crop production.
  • develop environmentally-friendly agricultural inputs.
  • pursue novel production systems, such as urban fisheries and vegetable farms located in warehouses and on rooftops.
  • improve food safety and traceability.
  • increase production of fruits, vegetables, and nutritional products that capitalize on continued growth in health and wellness trends.

These investors know that agribusiness is a segment you just can’t ignore, even in a down cycle.  As the world’s population skyrockets toward the nine billion the United Nations estimates will exist by 2050, global agriculture production will have to increase by at least 70 percent!


Here are three key reasons to join us at The Capital Roundtable’s encore conference -- “Private Equity Investing in Agribusiness-Related Companies,” being held in New York City on Thursday, July 21st.


Click here to receive our best rate -- a savings of $400 on our regular conference rates!

Here Are Three Key Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Understand where we are in the current agribusiness cycle, and what the outlook is for 2016, 2017, and 2018.
  2. Hear how to capitalize on the inefficiencies in the industry.
  3. Find out how more regulation and focus on sustainability are spurring new solutions and investment opportunities.


Register Now to Join Kevin Schwartz
And More Than 20 Industry Experts


We’re delighted to welcome as our conference chair Kevin Schwartz, president and a founding partner at Paine & Partners, a private equity firm that focuses exclusively on complex investment opportunities in the global agribusiness and food sectors.


Kevin co-founded Paine & Partners in 2006, and was previously managing director of its predecessor firm.  Previously he worked for Fremont Partners and American Industrial Partners, and began his professional career in 1997 at Goldman Sachs.


He serves on the boards of Paine & Partners portfolio companies Costa Group Holdings, Verdesian Life Sciences, Suba Seeds Company, and AgBiTech Pty Ltd.


He earned a BS in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Register Now to Ready Your Playbook
To Seize This Sector's Growing Rewards


You'll hear from partners of top agribusiness-focused PE firms and their portfolio companies, on which investment strategies are helping to achieve their goals. You'll get candid answers to such key questions as --

  • What global macroeconomic factors and technologies are driving growth opportunities?
  • What changes lie ahead for agribusiness investors over the next 18-24 months?
  • What specific sub-sectors within the agribusiness industry are likely to provide the best returns from new transactions? Specialty crop production? Grain-based fuels?
  • What new technologies are producing attractive middle-market investment themes? Animal health? Plant genomics? Water management?
  • Are there regulatory or legislative issues on the horizon that may affect the agribusiness sector? What about the 2016 election itself? 
  • How can agribusiness benefit from sustainability initiatives that focus on operational inefficiencies?
  • How are food safety and the need for traceability driving change the industry?
  • What shifts in worldwide agriculture are forecast due to changing diets and nutritional awareness?
  • Which crops have supply/demand dynamics that are helping them move beyond being "just a commodity"?
  • How the fertilizer industry is adapting for productivity demands and changing crop prices? Will fertilizer continue to be a viable investment opportunity?
  • What are the best practices for overseeing agribusiness companies? Are there special steps experienced management teams use to improve revenue or shave expenses?
  • What are the truths a new agribusiness industry investor must know? Where do new investors often make mistakes?             
  • What are the most important things a firm has to get right when planning to exit an investment in the agribusiness space? What are realistic time horizons?

Three More Reasons Why You Should Join Us

  1. Discover how agribusiness companies are using big data to increase the precision of their operations and what that means for investors.
  2. Realize which diversifications can help reduce investment risks.
  3. Learn how due diligence may need to address the entire food and agribusiness value chain.

Recent Middle-Market Agribusiness Deals

  • Paine & Partners' acquisitions of Suba Seeds Company, a leading specialty vegetable and legume seed producer, and Spearhead International, a leading European agricultural producer and supply chain partner, and its growth equity investment in AgBiTech Pty Ltd., an Australia-based provider of biological pest control solutions.
  • AGR Partners' investment in Tru-Test Limited, a dairy and livestock equipment company that manufactures and markets critical farm equipment into over 100 countries around the world.
  • Sun Capital Partners' acquisition of UK-based Finlays Horticulture Holdings, a grower, seller and distributor of cut flowers and fresh vegetables.
  • Five Point Capital Partners' financing of WaterBridge Resources, a Houston, Texas-based acquisition platform focused on water infrastructure for upstream producers in North America.
  • GenNx360 Capital Partners portfolio company Salford Group's acquisition of the AerWay aeration products line from SAF-Holland.
  • American Securities' and P2 Capital Partners' acquisition of Blount International, a Portland, Oregon-based maker of replacement parts and equipment for the garden, agriculture, and forestry markets.

Register Now to Form Valuable Contacts
With Colleagues & Professionals


This Capital Roundtable conference is the ideal place to expand your network and open up pathways to future deals. The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable new connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • Meet potential investment partners and clients

Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Sarah Burd today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


 Who Should Attend


Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, BDC, and Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants,
& Other Advisors Who Support Them.




We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, July 21.


Conference Organizers


This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community.  For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 30 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit




 Speaking & Business Development Opportunities


We offer excellent speaking, marketing, and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Kellie Green or Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 or by email at or




Have a Question?


Please contact Sarah Burd at or 212-832-7300 ext. 0.




Who We Are


This Capital Roundtable conference in midtown, New York City, is all-business, all-targeted, all-designed to be a completely focused day of practical information and revealing insights about agribusiness-focused companies. You’ll gain valuable insights from --

  • Three informative panel discussions
  • Two revealing keynote presentations
  • Real-world perspectives from agribusiness experts
  • Industry outlooks from noted sector experts
  • War stories and lessons learned from experienced hands

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Chaired By

  • Kevin M. Schwartz, President & Founding Partner, Paine & Partners LLC

Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


  • Linda M. Assante, Managing Partner, Jasper Ridge Partners LP
  • David E. Bell, George M. Moffett Prof.--Agriculture & Business, Harvard Business School
  • David F. Browne, Director, Paine & Partners LLC
  • Alexander K. Chefetz, Managing Dir.--Consumer Investment Banking, BTIG LLC
  • Matthew R. Cohen, Principal, Prodos Capital Management LLC
  • Lawrence DeMaria, Co-Group Head--Global Industrial Infrastructure, William Blair & Co. LLC
  • Benjamin D. Fishman, Managing Principal, Arlon Group LLC
  • J. J. Grow, Chief Executive Officer, Verdesian Life Sciences LLC
  • Peter S. H. Grubstein, Managing Director, NGEN Partners LLC
  • Ed Haft, President & CEO, Sunrise Growers
  • Robert Hodgen, Managing Director, Amerra Capital Management LLC
  • Jorgette J. Marinez, Associate Dir.--Consumer Sectors Business for Social Responsibility
  • John W.Mulflur, Investment Professional, Permira Advisers LLC
  • Nader Pasdar, Managing Director--Head of Debt Capital Markets N. America, Rabobank Capital Markets
  • Sandeep H. Patel, Managing Director, Barclays Capital Inc.
  • Bruce J. Sherrick, Fruin Professor--Farmland Economics & Dir.--TIAA-CREF, University of Illinois
  • Spencer Swayze, Dir.--Natural Resources, UTIMCO
  • David Verbitsky, Vice President, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
  • Tyler Webb, Vice President, EverWatch Financial Inc.
  • Jacqueline A. Williams, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates LLC
  • Andrew M. Ziolkowski, Managing Director, Cultivian Sandbox Venture Partners LLC

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Networking & Registration & Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions


Chairman's Introductory Presentation

  • Kevin Schwartz, Paine & Partners LLC


Morning Conversation --

“Opposing Viewpoints --

Two Industry Leaders Debate the Impact of the Down Cycle on Agribusiness Investing”


Networking & Coffee


First Panel --

“Laying the Foundation for an Up Cycle --

Operational Approaches to Staying Profitable in the Down Cycle”


Second Panel --

“Guidance from Dealmakers --

Pinpointing Agribusiness Investment Opportunities”


Networking & Luncheon  


Afternoon Keynote/Conversation --


Networking & Dessert


Third Panel --

“Food Safety, Traceability, & Sustainability -- How Safety & Sustainability Trends & Regulations Are Impacting Agribusiness Investing & The Value Chain” 


Afternoon Conversation --

“The LP Perspective --

Why More & More Institutional Investors are Attracted to Agribusiness”

04:30 Networking & Adjournment


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Space at this conference is limited, so register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Sarah Burd today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


Please note that The Capital Roundtable limits the number of registrants from a single firm to three.


  • Best Rate -- Early Registration -- Save $400 off the standard fee of $1495 when you register by Friday, February 4. Just $1095.


  • Incentive Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, February 26, and the fee for the conference is $1295.


  • Conference Rate -- $1,495 increasing to $1,595 day of conference, space permitting.


  • Group Rate -- $995 each, when you register two or more people to attend from the same company.


Register Now


You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: The Capital Roundtable, 747 Third Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY 10017.

Have a special question? Please contact Sarah Burd at or 212-832-7300 ext 0.


From time to time, for reasons beyond Capital Roundtable's control, program schedules and speakers become subject to change.  We make every effort to announce substantive changes by email to registrants at least 48 hours in advance.

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Midtown, NYC

Details provided upon registration

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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We offer excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 ext.117, or by email at

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