KKR Closes $739M European Fund
PERE giant KKR has closed its first Europe-focused real estate fund, KKR Real Estate Partners Europe, with $739M in capital raised. It got commitments from institutional investors like public pension plans, private banking platforms and high-net-worth individuals.
The close puts KKR (co-founders Henry Kravis and George Roberts, pictured) in a select group of first-time fund managers to reach a final closing for a real estate opportunistic fund since the financial crisis, Private Equity Real Estate News reports.
KKR has completed $1.3B in European deals since 2013, and is also expanding into Europe through its Pillarstone business, which opened last year and advises banks in managing non-core and under-performing assets.
Pillarstone just scored a victory by snagging Barclays restructuring banker Jonathan Conway to help expand the company, which plans to take advantage of the $2.2 trillion of unwanted or under-performing assets on European lenders’ balance sheets. [PERE]