The International side of Burlington Capital began in the mid-1970s when Michael Yanney, with the able assistance of several global agriculture partners, developed over 30 agriculture production projects in the USSR during the height of the Cold War. Over that 15-year-period, Mr. Yanney established a strong and reliable deal-making reputation in the Region. After the Iron Curtain fell, and the region began to stabilize as independent countries, Mr. Yanney recognized the opportunity to invest capital wisely with the support of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and was successful in forming a private equity investment fund with a focus on agribusiness in the region. Agribusiness Partners International (API), a $100 million fund invested in eight agribusinesses in the region, covered a broad sector of businesses. These ranged from an integrated poultry operation, dairy and milk processor, food packaging and glass container production, bottled water and sparkling wine companies. The API fund successfully exited all the businesses by 2007.
Over the years the International team has been able to leverage its experience and knowledge to partner and to develop the relationships with the most innovative and respected international agriculture companies, domestic and foreign government agencies, not-for-profits/ non-governmental organizations and institutional investors. In developing these partnerships, the international team has been able to continue to broaden its focus on international agriculture in over 26 countries.
Within the International team, we have subsidiaries that focus on providing specific services and add value to our partners in pursuing specific opportunities and objectives.
Cantera Partners, LLC (Cantera) (www.canterapartners.com), is focused on and dedicated to bringing together public and private sector partners and resources in creating and implementing long-term, sustainable developmental and commercial activities in emerging economies. Cantera was founded in 2000 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska with offices in Washington, DC.
Manulife Farmland Services Canada
MANULIFE (TSE/NYSE: MFC) is a Canadian based insurance company and financial services provider. Manulife Farmland Services Canada (MFSC), is focused on identifying quality farmland, facilitating the acquisition and management of these assets for MANULIFE. MFSC will focus its initial efforts in Alberta, where it has recently opened an office in Calgary. Josh Sawchuk, President of MFSC, will lead the new venture on behalf of Burlington Capital and MANULIFE.