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U.S. Fund Joins Brazil Asset Manager in Agricultural Foray

  • Brazil unit of NCH Capital merges with fast-growing EQI Asset
  • NCH Brasil one of first to launch a local agriculture fund

A leading U.S. agribusiness investor has teamed up with a fast-growing Brazilian asset manager to modernize finance in one of the world’s biggest farming powerhouses.

The Brazilian unit of NCH Capital Inc., a New York-based firm with $3 billion under management, has merged with EQI Asset. The deal gives NCH access to a large and growing pool of investors in Brazil to raise cash for farming funds, while EQI will benefit from NCH’s advances in artificial intelligence for portfolio management. EQI’s assets under management will reach nearly 1.5 billion reais ($290 million) with the deal.