By KKR Mar 02, 2018
On March 1, 2018, global industry trade publication Private Equity International (“PEI”) announced the 2017 winners of its annual industry awards. In Asia Pacific, KKR was the most lauded firm of the region, winning in the categories of Large–Cap Firm of the Year, Fundraise of the Year and Firm of the Year in South–East Asia, in addition to placing runner–up in the Deal of the Year Category, for Calsonic Kansei.
“The firm amassed $9.3 billion for its third pan–Asia fund, the largest ever in the region's 20–year private equity history,” PEI wrote on March 1. “It made 13 new investments across Japan, Australia, South–East Asia and India. All this, and an eighth office in Asia too: the firm opened its Shanghai office in August, as it seeks to partner with more Chinese companies in their regional expansion.”
The accolades come after KKR also received PEI's Large–Cap Firm of the Year in Asia awards in 2016, 2014 and 2013.
In addition, PEI's sister publication Private Debt Investor (“PDI”) awarded KKR and its partners for Deal of the Year in Asia Pacific for Laser Clinics Australia. KKR's acquisition of Pepper Group came second in the same category.
Beyond Asia Pacific, KKR also received PEI's global Healthcare Private Equity Firm of the Year award, for having, “successfully raised its debut healthcare growth fund … [and] investing globally in the healthcare sector for more than 20 years, having deployed about $12 billion across private markets often directly from its balance sheet,” according to PEI.
Ming Lu, Member & Head of KKR Asia, said of the awards, “This range of accolades across markets, asset classes and disciplines is a tremendous recognition. Each of these awards illustrates the whole KKR team working together as one firm across Asia Pacific and worldwide, in teams including Private Equity, Credit, Capital Markets, our Client Partner Group and KKR Capstone. We are excited by these recognitions and continue to build on our momentum from 2017 well into the future.”
The PEI and PDI awards are voted and decided on by members of the global investment industry.
1 KKR Capstone is not a subsidiary or affiliate of KKR. KKR Capstone operates under several consulting agreements with KKR and uses the “KKR” name under license from KKR.