As investor capital increasingly flows toward the agribusiness sector, Sutherland’s interdisciplinary team is there to facilitate complex investments.
Agribusiness has inherent complexities, challenges and regulations, and Sutherland attorneys have the experience to help our clients achieve their investment objectives through all uncertainties. For example, we understand the business implications of permanent planting crops rather than row crop farms. We negotiate all types of special agreements that are critical to the success of an agribusiness investment, such as viticulture contracts and other supply agreements, forward sales and management and leasing agreements. Our depth in this sector allows us to quickly identify solutions for institutional clients and private owners in the United States and around the world.
We are extremely efficient when our clients need fast work, particularly when it involves title and survey due diligence for a single transaction involving numerous tracts or parcels across different states and regions. We are plugged in to the varied state and federal regulations that impact agribusiness ventures.
Sutherland closely follows the best management practices issued by the state departments of natural resources. We monitor proposed and final regulations adopted by the EPA; proposed and final regulations issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, especially with regard to wetlands; and proposed and final updates to regulations under the Endangered Species Act.
Global reach. When clients look to expand their investments, we help identify the right opportunities, whether they are in the next state or around the world. We advise clients with respect to agribusiness investments in South America, Latin America, Canada and Australia.
Full-service. Our agribusiness practice brings together attorneys who specialize in real estate, finance, corporate, tax and environmental law to address all the issues clients face.
Business sense. We understand the business implications of adopting a proper legal framework for an investment fund. We base our recommendations on our clients’ objectives and the characteristics of the proposed fund.
Up-to-date. While our experience in agribusiness dates back to the 1930s, we are attuned to emerging issues and can respond quickly.
Creative solutions. An essential part of our approach to agribusiness transactions is obtaining the most favorable tax treatment for the investment fund. We find creative solutions to ensure that our clients receive the tax benefits to which they are entitled.
Reach to oversee major deals. We handle large portfolio acquisitions and assemblies by institutional investors that involve multiple farmlands in many states and around the globe.
Nuts and Bolts
Sutherland provides comprehensive agribusiness services to clients, including:
When clients seek to maximize their agribusiness investments, they turn to Sutherland attorneys to identify strategies to meet their objectives while overcoming anticipated challenges.
Sutherland works with insurance company to acquire agricultural portfolios.
We represented a large insurance company in acquiring agricultural portfolios in a series of transactions resulting in the purchase of approximately 150 properties, consisting of both row crops and permanent plantings, including vineyards, citrus orchards, nut groves and apple orchards. The total capital commitment was approximately $400 million.
Sutherland advises public employee pension plan on assembling more than 50 agricultural properties.
Our attorneys advised a public employee pension plan in connection with the assembly of nearly 55 agribusiness properties, divided approximately equally between row crops and permanent plantings. We also represented the client in negotiating and documenting an investment management agreement with a nationally known natural resources management company.
Sutherland assists client to form international joint venture with agricultural properties in five countries.
We represented a large insurance company in forming an international joint venture to acquire properties in five countries—the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil and Argentina. Subsequently, the venture was converted into an international agribusiness investment fund sponsored by the insurance company and managed by the former joint venture partner, which was merged into the insurance company to act as the manager of the fund.
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