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Partial List of
Past Attendees

AEA Investors LP
Ag Production Planning Services LLC
Alco Industries Inc.
Andersons Inc.
Aqua Capital
Arlon Group LLC
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of the West
BlackArch Partners
Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP
Blue Ridge Partners Management Consulting LLC
Business Development Asia LLC
Capital Road Foundation
Cartesian Capital Group LLC
CCMP Capital Advisors LLC
Chicago Growth Partners
Clemens Family Corp.
Closed Loop Capital
CME Group Inc.
Colorado Financial Holdings LLC
Cooperative Business International Inc.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Deutsche Asset Management 
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Duff & Phelps LLC
Element Partners
Equinox Capital Partners LLC
Falcon Legacy LLC
Fifth Third Bank NA
FTI Consulting Inc.
Gilford Securities Inc.
Granite Creek Partners LLC
H. J. Baker & Bro. Inc.
Hancock Capital Management LLC
Hennenfent Advisory LLC
HighQuest Partners LLC
Houlihan Lokey
INTL Provident Group USA
KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.
Kincannon & Reed Inc.
Lazard Middle Market LLC
Lewis M. Carter Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Lihar Food & Beverage Management Co. Ltd.
LiveFuels Inc.
Marubeni America Corp.
MEYCorp. International
North Sea Partners LLC
Norwest Equity Partners LP
Olam Americas Inc.
Ospraie Advisors LP
Paine & Partners LLC
Penton Media Inc.
Prime Natural Resources Inc.
Rabobank International
Reliance Capital Partners LLC
Sidley Austin LLP
Touchstone Group LLC
Trail Ridge Farms Inc.
Tri Canyon Capital LLC
Wealth Partners Capital LLC
WeiserMazars LLP
Wm. G. Roe & Sons Inc.

Clear the date June 13 on your 2013 calendar!

CLICK HERE now to register before it's too late!

Attention -- Middle-Market Private Equity

& Mezzanine Investors & Lenders


Finding Today’s Most Fertile
Investment Opportunities

Private Equity Investing

In Agribusiness Companies

Attendance Is Limited --

Register Now



Ejnar Knudsen III, Managing Member
AGR Partners


Featuring 20 Expert Speakers, including --
Mary L. Burke, Lakeshore Food Advisors LLC

H. Glen Clarke, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

D. Mike Darland, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Ari D. Gendason, Arlon Group LLC

John D. Gibbons, Olam Americas Inc.

William D. Goodbar, INTL FCStone Securities Inc.
John S. Goodreds, TIAA-CREF
Rurik B. Halaby, AgriCapital Corp.

Daniel B. Hebert, North Sea Partners LLC
Horst E. Hueniken, Goodman Investment Counsel Inc.

David M. Key, Key & Co. LLC
Ignacio J. Kleiman, Antarctica Advisors LLC
Daniel W. Lamprecht, ING Capital LLC

Christopher W. Nolan, Rabo Securities USA

Mitchell S. Presser, Paine & Partners LLC

Mark D. Rottmann, Bluewave Marine Ingredients
Bret D. Scholtes, Omega Protein Corp.

Denis Segota, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
David Tze, Oceanis Partners

Don vandenBerg, Arlon Group LLC

Jack Williams, H. J. Baker & Bro. Inc.
Mark N. Zenuk, NGP Energy Capital Management LLC



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Thursday, June 13, 2013

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
New York City 

Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Real Estate Private Equity Funds, Bridge, Mezzanine, High Yield Debt & Traditional Lenders,

as well as, Operating Partners, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants,
& Other Advisors Who Support the Real Estate Investing Community

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

As President Eisenhower once said, “farming looks easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from a cornfield.” 


While agribusiness is now arguably the world’s biggest growth industry, there are a host of alternate scenarios that may play out in the coming years.

  • Export restrictions can alter trade balances.
  • Water availability can create both feast and failure conditions.
  • Technology already in the pipeline can dramatically affect future yields.


So, as dynamic an area as it may be for PE investors, it’s vitally important that you know how to choose the proper path for the funds you allocate.


At this encore conference from The Capital Roundtable, we’ll focus on the real-world conditions that agribusiness investors will face in 2013 and 2014.


Our speakers will thoroughly explore the three key areas that will determine your agribusiness returns over the next decade:

  • Weather. Should the Midwest’s historically low soil moistures continue it could lead to a severe impact on food prices with the potential to destabilize poorer countries.
  • Supply and Demand. Rapidly advancing technology such as wider use of GMO seeds has the potential to redraw today’s conventional trading map.
  • Government Policies. As rules and regulations change in the U.S. and abroad, investing in certain areas can become riskier and other areas less so.


There’s no argument that agribusiness is a solid way to invest, and those are welcome words to investors looking for an inflation hedge. With 5% of purchasing power now lost every year, it’s easy to see why pensions and endowments are allocating more capital than ever to the sector.


You’ll discover how to gain maximum rewards from this vigorous sector when you attend The Capital Roundtable’s ENCORE agribusiness conference — “Finding Today’s Most Fertile Investment Opportunities ,” being held in New York City on Thursday, June 13th.


Here are just 6 important reasons you should attend this conference:

  • Find out what is happening in China; whether they will continue to export and how quickly they may adopt GMO.
  • Understand the whole agribusiness value chain, from farmland to processing, distribution to logistics, dairy to specialty crops.
  • Hear how agribusiness is adapting to the times as diets change, birth rates fall, and life extension takes center stage with boomers.
  • Identify the pockets of positive trends that can perform well in countries with stable, declining or increasing populations.
  • Realize why scalability is a complex issue within agribusiness, and why so many physical assets are required.
  • Learn the importance of owning hard assets in a world where more food will be consumed in the next decade than ever.

As chair of this conference, we’re delighted to welcome Ejnar Knudsen, Managing Member of AGR Partners headquartered in Visalia, California – AGR Partners is a private equity firm that cultivates long-term growth in companies seen as indispensable assets of the agriculture and food value-chain. AGR facilitates late-stage growth, strategic acquisitions, and ownership transitions via minority investments in private and public companies.

Ejnar has over 20 years’ experience investing in agriculture and managing agribusiness companies. He is Managing Member at AGR Partners, a private equity firm that cultivates profitable, long-term growth in companies along the agriculture and food value chain. AGR takes a unique, collaborative approach to its investments by making minority investments into both private and public companies along the value chain. AGR targets later stage companies in OECD and investment grade countries, a 10-40% equity ownership stake, and an investment amount of $10-75 million.

Prior to AGR Partners, Ejnar was Co-Portfolio Manager of Passport Capital's Agriculture Fund from 2009 to 2012. From 2001 to 2007, Ejnar served as Executive Vice President of Western Milling, a California startup grain and feed milling company that grew to over $1 billion in sales. In 1998, Ejnar co-founded Craton Capital, an investment partnership formed with friends and family to co-invest alongside the founders’ main activities. From 1991 to 2001, Ejnar was Vice President for Rabobank in New York, managing a loan portfolio, venture capital investments, and corporate advisory services in the food and agriculture sectors.

Ejnar is chair of the Dairy Club (a group of leading producers and processors), is a director on the California Ag Leadership Foundation board, and is a member of the Farm Foundation. He is a co-founder of Materra, a special situations farming company, and currently serves as a director on its board. Ejnar received his B.S. from Cornell University and is a CFA charter holder.

20 Agribusiness Experts Get Granular about Agribusiness Success


This conference on June 13th will bring you 4 panel discussions led by our chair and featuring shared insights from 20 top PE professionals who are successfully investing in all things agribusiness. You will hear from GPs, operating executives, investment bankers, lenders, consultants, and more -- offering real-world perspectives, lessons learned and industry outlooks, plus insights on managing current portfolio companies.


Plus, you will find out about recent agribusiness deals both domestic and abroad, including --

  • Arbor Investments’ acquisition of San Francisco-based cured meat producer Columbus Manufacturing from Endeavor Capital.
  • Platinum Equity’s acquisition of a majority stake in Harvest Meat Company, a San Diego area distributor of protein products.
  • Montage Partners´ acquisition of Indo-European Foods in Glendale, a leading importer of specialty foods from the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.

By attending this Capital Roundtable conference, you’ll go deep into the weeds to hear how middle-market private equity firms are growing their profits with agribusiness investments. We’ll be answering such questions as: 

  • Where should agribusiness investors be looking for the best opportunities of 2013 and 2014?
  • What are the risk/return and operational differences among different agribusiness-focused investment strategies?
  • What is happening to the demand for grain-based fuels such as ethanol? Is the U.S. government likely to change its current mandate?
  • Where will prices head should China adopt GMO.
  • How might government stability in less developed countries be affected if food prices change?
  • What specialized subsectors, such as salmon, wine or Greek-style yogurt, can offer middle-market investors quick returns?
  • How are agribusiness companies meeting the rising demand for more high-quality protein?
  • What impact will government regulations and the globalization of food safety standards have on the future of agribusiness companies?
  • How eager are lenders to finance agribusiness deals? How have large bank attitudes toward agribusiness recently warmed?
  • What are the best practices of managing agribusiness portfolio companies?


Reap Valuable Contacts Through Our Networking Opportunities

The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • If you’re an attorney or advisor – Meet new potential clients
  • If you work as an executive search professional – Meet potential prospects

Register Now to Receive Our Early Bird Discount

You will benefit from a generous discount of $400 off our regular price, simply by making your reservations for this conference before April 19, 2013.

And 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 Mara Kane today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


We look forward to having you join us on June 13th.


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

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Chaired By

  • Ejnar Knudsen III, Managing Member of AGR Partners

Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable

Speakers Include

  • Mary L. Burke, Principal, Lakeshore Food Advisors LLC
  • H. Glen Clarke, Managing Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.
  • D. Mike Darland, Director, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
  • Ari D. Gendason, Managing Principal & Portfolio Manager, Arlon Group LLC
  • John D. Gibbons, President, Olam Americas Inc.
  • William D. Goodbar, Managing Director, INTL FCStone Securities Inc.
  • John S. Goodreds, Senior Dir.--Natural Resources & Infrastructure, TIAA-CREF
  • Rurik B. Halaby, Chairman, AgriCapital Corp.
  • Daniel B. Hebert, Managing Director, North Sea Partners LLC
  • Horst E. Hueniken, Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Goodman Investment Counsel Inc.
  • David M. Key, Managing Partner, Key & Co. LLC
  • Ignacio J. Kleiman, Chief Executive Officer & CCO, Antarctica Advisors LLC
  • Daniel W. Lamprecht, Managing Director, ING Capital LLC
  • Christopher W. Nolan, Managing Director--M&A, Rabo Securities USA
  • Mitchell S. Presser, Partner, Paine & Partners LLC
  • Mark D. Rottmann, Chief Operating Officer, Bluewave Marine Ingredients
  • Robert J. Sarlls, Former Senior Vice President, John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc.
  • Bret D. Scholtes, President & CEO, Omega Protein Corp.
  • Denis Segota, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • David Tze, Managing Director, Oceanis Partners
  • Jack Williams, E.V.P.--Business Development, H. J. Baker & Bro. Inc.
  • Mark N. Zenuk, Managing Director, NGP Energy Capital Management LLC
    Additional Speakers To Be Announced

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07:30 - 08:15
08:15 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:45
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11:00 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:45

12:45 - 01:45

01:45 - 02:30

02:30 - 03:30

03:30 - 04:30



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast

Welcoming Remarks & Audience Introductions

Chairman’s Keynote

Panel 1 -- “Five Private Equity Investors Report Why They Like Agribusiness Companies”

Coffee & Networking Break
Panel 2 --“Reaping Rewards from Agribusiness Investing --Four/Five Specialists Explain the Most Attractive Subsectors”

Luncheon & Networking

Afternoon Keynote

Panel 3 --“Due Diligence, Deal Structuring, Pricing, & Exits -- Four/Five Top Deal Professionals Explain How They Identify & Navigate the Unique Issues of Agribusiness Deals”

Panel 4 --“Sourcing Deal Flow & Financing -- What Four/Five Key Investment Bankers Are Telling Their PE Clients About Agribusiness Deals”

Networking & Adjournment


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  • Early Bird Registration Fee -- save $400 off the standard fee! Register by Friday, April 19, and the fee for the conference is $995.
  • Premiere Registration Fee -- save $200 off the standard fee! Register by Friday, May 10, and the fee for the conference is $1195.
  • After that, the standard fee is $1395 for the conference.
  • At the door, if space is available, the fee is $1495 for the conference.
  • Special group rates -- The Capital Roundtable offers a special discount for 2 or more people.  For more info, please contact Mara Kane at or 212-832-7300 ext 0.

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You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: New York Business Roundtable Inc., 12 East 44 Street, Penthouse, New York, NY 10017.

If the program is oversubscribed, we will notify you immediately and not charge your credit card.  (If you need to cancel, please do so by Thursday, June 6 at 5:00pm, and we will credit you for a future conference.)

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.

Have a special question?  Please contact Mara Kane at 212-832-7300 ext.0 or by email at

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One West 54th Street

New York, NY 10019

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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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