Paine Schwartz Partners has found an idiosyncratic niche for itself with its focus on “sustainable food chain investing.”
It recently closed its fth fund above its hard cap, as Buyouts reported, spurred by increased LP interest in the sector.
“Agriculture’s in my blood, it’s what put bread on the table for me growing up,” chief executive ocer Kevin Schwartz told Buyouts.
Both Schwartz and the rm have taken a long road to get here.
He grew up in Moline, Illinois, home of Deere & Company, responsible for the John Deere brand of agricultural machinery. His father, uncle and grandfather all worked for the company. But Schwartz went in a dierent direction, graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in accountancy. He then worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, often for private equity rms. They caught his attention.