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People - SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

KKR hires former Macquarie director for Asia infra business

by Kali Persall

KKR has hired another Macquarie veteran to help lead its APAC investment efforts.

The firm appointed former Macquarie Korea’s executive director Keith Kim to help lead the firm’s latest Asia infrastructure fund, which raised around $1.5 billion last year, according to several media sources.

People with knowledge of the matter told Mint that the fund will focus on a variety of infrastructure sectors, ranging from telecommunications to roads and energy.

Kim worked out of Macquarie’s Seoul office for 10 years, focusing on the utility, renewable, power, airport, terminals, media and security sectors, according to his LinkedIn page. Prior to that, he served as an investment analyst at Arisaig Partners, where he managed the value-driven equity portfolio in Korea with a focus on the F&B, cosmetics, apparel and manufacturing sectors.

Kim received his BA in economics from UC Berkeley and his MA in finance from INSEAD, a business school based with campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

In August, KKR said it was looking to hire a dozen people in order to support a new APAC-focused infrastructure strategy.

Last November, the firm brought on Brookfield Asset Management’s Hardik Shah, who formerly worked with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) to lead the fund’s investments in India. David Luboff, the former CEO of Macquarie’s Asia Infrastructure Fund, has led KKR’s Asia infrastructure business operations since the beginning of this year.

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