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Earth Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on renewable energy, has hired a sustainable agriculture and forestry investment team from IBIS Capital Management and EMP Global.

Bosworth Monck joins as head of sustainable agriculture and forestry investment, and Gabriel Montana and Richard Smith join as partners.

The team will advise on agriculture, forestry and biodiversity investments, with a particular focus on deploying capital in Latin America.

Earth Capital Partners plans to launch a series of institutional grade funds in these areas, each with appropriate risk-return characteristics and low correlation to traditional asset classes.

Stanley Fink, non-executive chairman of Earth Capital Partners, says: “Appointing this new agriculture team takes us one step closer to having a diversified range of sustainable investment opportunities for institutional investors. One of the positive developments to come out of Copenhagen was an agreement regarding deforestation and reforestation, and this will make the sector even more attractive for investors. ECP’s Earth Dividend adds another layer of value in this sector clearly differentiating our product from others in the market.”

Earth Capital Partners recently announced the launch and first close of its renewable energy fund, which invests in solar, biogas and biomass projects in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.


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