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CarVal Investors partnership to buy firm from Cargill

Managing principals of CarVal purchase firm after leading its growth for three years.

Cargill has agreed to sell its ownership and economic interest in CarVal Investors LLC, an alternative investment fund manager and independently managed subsidiary of Cargill, to a partnership comprised of the firm’s senior management team. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, pending consents to the change in control from investors in CarVal’s funds.

“Cargill is pleased to sell our interest in CarVal to the senior team that has successfully managed the firm for the past three years,” said Jay Olson, corporate vice president and treasurer of Cargill and chair of the CarVal board of directors. “We reached this decision through a collaborative process and are confident that CarVal will thrive as an employee-owned business.”

Lucas Detor, James Ganley and Jody Gunderson, managing principals of CarVal, have led the firm for three years following their appointment as the executive team by the CarVal board of directors in June 2016. The three are responsible for strategic direction, investments and operations globally. As part of the purchasing partnership, they will continue to hold these duties going forward.

Following the completion of the management buyout, Cargill will remain invested in CarVal’s funds.

“We appreciate the trust, confidence and support that Cargill has given to the CarVal team over many years,” CarVal managing principal Lucas Detor said. “We expect a smooth transition and remain focused on serving our investors with excellence, integrity and strong performance.”

CarVal was founded by Cargill in 1987. In 2006, it became an independent subsidiary of Cargill and expanded thereafter as a fund manager. The firm today has $10 billion in assets under management in corporate securities, loan portfolios, structured credit and hard assets.

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