20 June, 2013
DANA Inaugural International Timberland Investment Conference London : 10 & 11 October 2013
We are pleased to announce an
opportunity for anyone interested in attending a London- focused
timberland investment conference in October 2013 - there is now a choice of timberland meetings in October.
The attached newsletter provides information on the topics to be discussed at the two day DANA - organised "International Timberland Investment - A European Perspective"
meeting at the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel in London on October 10-11.
It will also include details regarding the Conference registration,
sponsorship and hotel accommodation.
The DANA meeting is being held independently, but in conjunction with a one day IPD meeting on Alternative Real Estate Investment
which is also being held at the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel on October 9. For information on this meeting please click this link
and then the IPD Events & Training tab.
Who is DANA?
Limited is a New Zealand based forest industry advisory, publishing and
conference organising company specialising in the global timberland
(forestry) and wood products trading sectors. Dennis Neilson has been
directly involved in the industry for more than 40 years and
attracted more than US$ 500 million of investment finance to a variety
of timberland projects: both as an executive of a major forest products
company, and as a co-owner of a Timber Investment
Organisation (TIMO): partnered with a prominent UK- based timberland
has written or co-written more than 50 multi-client reviews on the
timberland and forest products sectors of several countries; and on
several global timberland ownership and investment and on global
woodfibre trade topics. Several of these are repeated updates (with many
repeat subscribers): for instance 20 annual editions of The International Pulpwood Trade Review and six editions of The International Timberland Ownership and Investment Review. For a full list of publications, see http://www.dana.co.nz/?publications#
has travelled to visit timberlands and/or to investigate the economics
of investing in timberlands in almost 50 countries in Europe, Russia,
Africa, Asia, Oceania, and in North, Central and Latin America.
or co-organised conferences on timberland investment and/or regional or
global wood products trade. For unsolicited comments from delegates
who attended a recent International Woodfibre Resources & Trade
Conference in Turkey, please click this link.
has spoken at more than 130 conferences on timberlands ownership and
investment, or related topics, in North and Latin America, Europe,
Oceania, Asia and Africa: including six to date in 2013. For a recent
(2010 - 2013) list of presentations, see http://www.dana.co.nz/?presentations
Why attend this DANA London Conference?
experience in direct and indirect timberland investment and in
attending several conferences has enabled him to focus on what he
believes delegates want to hear, and how to network. A DANA London based
Conference is an ideal forum to bring together pension/endowment/SWF
funds, timberland fund managers, timberland owners and associated
parties such as banks and insurance companies, and Government officials. Direct pension fund managers are invited to attend the conference presentations at no cost.
has commenced inviting well respected industry leaders who will present
on each of the topics outlined in the program. Two panel sessions will
also provide the opportunity for Timberland Project Managers to briefly
discuss their projects and/or company. Speakers already confirmed
Neilson, DANA Limited who will introduce the conference with an
overview of international timberland as an asset class, and the several
options of how prospective investors might invest. Dennis is the author
of the industry "bible", The International Timberlands Ownership and Investment Review. The 7th edition will be completed and published just before the conference, and will form the basis for his presentation.
Glodek, CEO of the Russia Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) which was
established in 2011 with an injection of US $10 billion from the Russian
Government, and which has already teamed up with a major Chinese
Sovereign Wealth fund to invest in Russian timberland/wood processing
assets in Russia. It is committed to growing its Russian forestry/wood
processing business. Mr Glodek will speak on his fund's forestry activities and on timberland investment trends in Russia.
Izlar/Jacek Siry of the University of Georgia, USA Warnell School of
Forestry and Natural Resources who will be speaking on "USA Timberland Investment: Is USA still a good place to invest as part or all of a portfolio, and if so why?"
Messes Izlar and Siry organised the world's largest ever timberlands
investment conference in Florida, USA in March 2013, with more than 500
delegates attending. The U. of G. publishes the widely used and
respected quarterly "Timber Mart-South" report on USA timberland and
wood products pricing, news and information. The presenters' intimate
knowledge of the USA timberlands investment scene, and on-going
opportunities is probably unparalleled.
- Aleksandrs Tralmaks of Catella Corparate Finance in Riga, Latvia, who will be speaking on "Scandinavian - Baltic Timberland Investment Opportunities and Expected Returns. Some Unheralded Gems?"
Taylor, President of the Vancouver, Canada based International WOOD
Markets Group, whose company closely follows softwood sawlog and lumber
supply - demand and pricing globally, and who will be presenting on "Softwood Logs and Lumber: Global Drivers to 2020: Impact on Prices and on Timberland Values".
Lansdell, Director of the London- based, globally respected pulp and
bioenergy information & advisory company Hawkins Wright, who will
talk on the huge global hardwood pulp industry trends, including several
expansion plans in 2013-2016 and beyond; and how these projects might
impact on pulp pricing and possibly on timberland investments in
- Marek Guizot - Principal at Pöyry Management Consulting in London office, who will be presenting on "Timberland Investment in Africa : Stagnation or Acceleration".
Speed, Director of New Forests Asia, which has recently launched a New
Forests Tropical Asian Forests Fund, the first, private, closed end
investment fund with a dedicated focus on plantation forestry assets in
the tropical Asia Pacific; with a focus on Malaysia, Indonesia and
Vietnam. Paul will be presenting on Asian Timberland Investment Opportunities.
- Craig Taylor, Director, Fifth Estate, Australia, who will present on "Oceania: Why has it been an institutional investors favourite?: Future opportunities". In
a 30 year career in the forest industry Craig has advised buyers and
sellers of timberlands and timber processing businesses in Australia and
New Zealand valued at over $10 billion. His clients have included Rio
Tinto, Macquarie Bank, Hancock, Rayonier, the Queensland State
Government, the receivers of the Great Southern assets, and most
recently he advised the South Australian Government on the successful
their sale of forestry rights. He will expand on why Australia and New
Zealand have been hot property for timberland investors over the last
two decades, and where the smartest institutional investors will find
their next opportunities.
for a number of other presentations, and for the project panels have
already been identifed and will be included in the next newsletter.
wants prospective participants to clearly understand what the
Conference will provide for the costs of attending, and sponsorship
is confident that once you read the quality of the program (and
presenters, as they unfold and are identified in future newsletters),
they will speak for themselves. You will want to register straight away
- there will be no thought of "calling around" to solicit your
interest. However, Dennis will of course be happy to discuss the
Conference and opportunities with anyone who wishes to contact him.
Who should attend DANA London Conference?
- International & UK based Forest Owners
- Timberland Investment Management Organisations (TIMOs)
- International & UK based Investors (including pension funds)
- International & UK based Banks & Investment Funds
- Government agencies
- International & UK based Forest & Agricultural consultants
- International & UK based Family Offices and high nett wealth individuals
- Major International & UK based wood using industries
- Financial and Market Analysts
Download the PDF newsletter: May 2013 - Volume 1 Issue 1
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