Water & AgricultureThe Real Asset Investor Summit  CA | May 16 - 17 2013


Get the inside track on real asset investments

Water & Agriculture is an event dedicated to investment in water and agriculture related real assets. This event will explore these increasingly sought after investments  and analyze current trends and opportunities in a macroeconomic context. Whether you are buying, selling or just looking to learn and expand your network Water & Agriculture is a must attend event for 2013.  

Increasing water scarcity and a growing population to feed is leading investors to seek direct exposure to real water and agriculture assets.  As with other real asset investments like gold, fossil fuels, timber, and real estate; Water & Ag investments provide investors inflation protection, portfolio diversification and crisis resistant investments.  From private equity and large institutional investors looking for portfolio diversification, to large infrastructure firms looking for design, build and maintain projects, this conference will provide a forum to further explore real water and agriculture assets.

Key Topics:

  • Water as an emerging real asset class.

  • Why should investors pursue water as an investment?

  • What types of real water assets are available to investors?

  • National and global water investment opportunities.

  • What is the correlation between water and agriculture?

  • What agriculture investors should know about water.

  • What macroeconomic factors should investors consider when looking at water and agriculture investments?

  • What are the emerging technologies for water and agriculture conservation and efficiency?





About the organizers

WestWater Research LLC is the premier advisory firm and market leader in the water rights industry.  Since 2001,  WestWater has forged new approaches to water markets by developing innovative contracting solutions, unique marketing approaches, and in-depth market analysis.  With offices in four states, the WestWater team is composed of economists, MBA’s and geographic information system (GIS) analysts with over fifty years of combined experience in the water rights industry.  WestWater is a proven resource, and we maintain the largest, high-quality database of water right transactions in the western U.S.  Our expertise includes water asset valuation, transaction advisory, water marketing, water investment, economic planning, and market & price information.  We excel at finding creative solutions to complex water marketing issues.

American Water Intelligence is the market leader for high value business information on the North American water industry operating out of Austin, Texas. A subsidiary of Global Water Intelligence (Oxford, UK), AWI magazine combines insightful business journalism with project tracking services, in depth primary research and market data analysis. AWI brings together thought-leaders from a range disciplines to lead the debate on water in the US. In addition to the monthly magazine AWI publishes a range of special market reports. Recent titles include Water Market USA 2011, Produced Water Market: opportunities in the oil, shale and gas sectors in North America, and Water for Mining: opportunities in scarcity and environmental regulation.



Alexander B. Miles

Alex is the founding partner and chief investment officer of Kingfisher Capital, an independent money management firm with a global vision. He serves as Portfolio Manager for the firm's flagship Kingfisher Global Tactical series and has served as manager for alternative investment funds with a focus on water, sustainability and the water-energy-agriculture nexus. Kingfisher provides global, multi-asset investment management for high-net worth individuals, family offices, foundations and bank and advisor platforms, investing primarily in publicly traded equity, debt and commodities markets.

Scott S. Slater

Scott Slater is a California shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the nation's leading water practice firm. For 27 years, Mr. Slater's practice has been limited to litigation and the negotiation of agreements related to the acquisition, distribution and treatment of water. He has served as lead negotiator on a number of high profile water transactions. He is the author of California Water Law and Policy, the state's leading treatise on water.

Wes Strickland

C. Wesley Strickland is a shareholder in the Santa Barbara office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, and a member of the Natural Resources and Water groups. Mr. Strickland specialized in helping clients develop, acquire and monetize water resources and infrastructure. He commonly represents public and private corporations, government enterprises, investment funds and private water holders. Strickland’s areas of practice include water, energy, infrastructure development, climate change and public agency.

David Penrice

David co-founded Aqua in 2006 and is a partner in the company. Prior to Aqua, David spent 23 years in the agriculture industry, including 17 years at ConAgra Foods, Inc. During his time at ConAgra, David held multiple leadership positions including executive vice president of ConAgra Trade Group, president of Soft Commodities and director of Water Resources. Penrice’s extensive 30-year business background includes experience managing physical water portfolios, physical and financial commodity risk, international and domestic commodity trading businesses and start-up operation expertise.

Mark W. Harding

Mr. Harding joined Pure Cycle over 22 years ago and has been president and chief executive officer for the past 12 years. During his tenure, Mr. Harding has been responsible for the acquisition of over $100 million of water and land interests to the company, which now represents one of the largest unallocated water portfolios in Colorado. Mr.

Chris Berg

Chris Berg is a vice president of Edgewood Holdings and serves in all aspects of Edgewood’s activities including transaction sourcing, evaluation and execution as well as assisting with of the firm’s portfolio management activities. Prior to joining Edgewood, Mr. Berg was a vice president in the Natural Resources group at J.P. Morgan, where he advised chemical and industrial clients on M&A and debt and equity financing transactions. Prior to joining J.P.

Michael Irlbeck

Michael Irlbeck directs the business development and project/ study management activities for Abengoa Water in the United States. Abengoa Water is a global leader in providing planning, design, construction, and financing services for water-related infrastructure.

Clay Landry

Clay Landry is the managing director and a principal of WestWater Research LLC, and recognized as a leading authority on water pricing. Mr. Landry has negotiated and advised on major water transactions throughout the United States, managing in 2007 an auction of municipal effluent water rights which closed at $67 million in proceeds for a small city in Arizona. This deal was nominated as Water Deal of the Year by GWI. Under Landry's management, WestWater has advised on more than $600 million in water transactions.

Michael Patrick George, Esq.

Michael George is the managing director for integrated water industry services at Wedbush Securities. George's professional career as a lawyer, investment banker, senior public company executive, and board member has developed his skill in the design of sophisticated financial solutions to complex water/energy resource challenges. He has managed multi-party financial and organizational business resolutions for real estate, natural resource and municipal enterprises.

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