First Guardian continues to grow and announces the opening of a new office in Beijing

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  • (1888PressRelease) October 17, 2014 - BEIJING - The First Guardian Group (FGG), an Australian diversified investment management, trading and export facilitation firm, announced today that it recently opened a new office in Beijing, to deepen the firm's engagement and service to clients and customers in northern China.

    "FGG's strong, steady growth and our expanding global footprint are a tribute to the talent and hard work of our people, especially in these uncertain times," says Mr David Twine, Chairman of the First Guardian Group. "Our investment and trading teams have an exceptional ability to work with clients to identify, unlock and generate great value."

    Mr Twine said, "Our Beijing office offers a strong platform for developing deeper relationships with current and prospective private and SOE clients throughout north-east China. We see very strong growth across all elements of our business flowing from the Beijing area. The outlook across our investment and trade transactions, the interest in our managed funds, boutique 'white label' products, and related business migration offerings are positioned to continue their robust growth."

    First Guardian Group CEO, Mr David Anderson said, "A key priority of our new Beijing presence will be the agriculture and food sector. By combining specialist knowledge at an agricultural asset level with established capabilities in export facilitation and trade, our FG Agri division is in the unique position of providing end-to-end solutions for investors that cover production, processing, market-entry and distribution. An ability to commercialise quality Australian and New Zealand agricultural product opens broad possibilities for fully leveraging investment opportunities across the China market."

    "We are looking to recruit more people with industry and functional expertise as well as entrepreneurial nous at various levels. The Beijing office complements our other global points of presence, and will bring fresh opportunities. We're excited to have a more permanent presence in this large and growing market" said Mr Anderson.

    About the First Guardian Group
    The First Guardian Group is a diversified investment management, trading and export facilitation firm, managing assets, funds and a network of agricultural and food trading linkages between Australia, New Zealand and the markets of Asia and the Middle East. Divisions of the First Guardian Group operate across agriculture and food assets, property and tourism developments, life sciences and research, minerals and energy, managing assets in ethical investments, superannuation, and private equity. Our core investment team has over 130 years' investment management experience investing in Asian, American and Australian markets.

    About FG Agri
    First Guardian Agriculture (FG Agri) is a specialist manager of agricultural assets, with expertise in advising and assisting investors unlock the resources and value of Australia's agricultural sector. FG Agri is responsible for selecting, purchasing and operating agricultural assets on behalf of investors, extending to export facilitation, market entry and international trade. Commercial transactions our team members have participated in, including acquisitions and exports, exceed $70 billion in value. Drawing on the combined resources of our specialist agricultural advisory team, our experience spans the full breadth of the Australia and New Zealand agricultural industry.

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