Alere Advisors acquires indirect stake in Colombian agribusiness
In a transaction expected to boost the Colombian agribusiness sector, consultancy and asset management company Alere Advisors has announced its acquisition of an indirect stake in Agropecuaria Aliar, a Colombian agribusiness.
Alere Advisors is an affiliate of Dominican Republic-based Inicia Fund, and specializes in the food, beverage, and retail sectors in the northern region of Latin America.
Agropecuaria Aliar is the leading agribusiness company in the production and marketing of pork in Colombia, with its La Fazenda brand. The company has a vertically integrated production chain that spans from grain production to the marketing of the meat to the final consumer.
Alere Advisors acquired 27.7% of Agropecuaria Promialianza, principal shareholder of Agropecuaria Aliar, which is holder of the brand La Fazenda, a market leader in the pork industry in Colombia and one of the most important food companies in the country.
Alere was advised on the transaction by Latin American investment bank Inverlink and Colombian law firm Gómez-Pinzón Abogados, and in the Dominican Republic by Gestión OMG.
The transaction aims to scale and expand La Fazenda's business, boosting the growth of the company specialized in the production and commercialization of pork in Colombia.
"With this investment, which is a real milestone, Alere Advisors reaffirms its commitment to provide its capital and expertise in companies that contribute to the development and sustainability of the food and beverage industry in the region,” Diana Sarlabous, a partner at Alere, said.
"This important transaction is a sign of confidence of international investors in Colombia. This capital injection, which seeks to support the scaling up of La Fazenda's successful model, is of great relevance for the development of the agricultural sector and the food industry in the country," said Mauricio Saldarriaga, managing partner of Inverlink.
Gómez-Pinzón’s team advising Alere comprised partners Ricardo Fandiño, German Villamil and Mauricio Piñeros, counsel María Fernanda Restrepo and senior associates Daniel Fajardo Villada and Jimena González, as well as intermediate associate María Paula Nur and junior associates Juan Sebastián Monsalve, Lucia Martínez and Daniel Carreño.
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