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$342 Billion Investment Firm KKR Raises $15 Billion for Asia Fund

9th April 2021 | Hong Kong

KKR, one of the world’s leading investment firm with more than $342 billion AUM, has raised $15 billion for its Asia Fund – KKR Asian Fund IV.  The new $15 billion Asian fund will be focused on private equity transactions in the Asia-Pacific region.  KKR and employees will be investing around $1.3 billion in capital, alongside fund investors.  (AUM ~ Assets under Management)

” $342 Billion Investment Firm KKR Raises $15 Billion for Asia Fund “

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KKR Asian Fund IV, Largest PE Fund in Asia

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KKR Asian Fund IV is currently the largest private equity fund investing in the Asia Pacific region.  The fund, which exceeded its target size to reach its hard cap for fund investors’ commitments, had received strong support from a diverse group of new and existing global investors, including strong representation by Asia Pacific-based investors.

In January 2021, KKR has also announced the closing of its inaugural pan-regional infrastructure and real estate funds – the $3.9 billion Asia-Pacific Infrastructure Investors Fund and the $1.7 billion Asia Real Estate Partners Fund.

With the new $15 billion KKR Asian Fund IV, the total new funds raised by KKR in Asia-Pacific is $20.6 billion (April 2021).


KKR in Asia-Pacific since 2015

KKR had launched its Asia Pacific platform in 2005, and has over $30 billion in Assets under Management (AUM) in the region across strategies, including private equity, infrastructure, real estate and credit.  KKR’s Asia Pacific Private Equity portfolio currently includes investments in approximately 60 companies in 11 countries across the region.

KKR was founded in 1976 by Henry Kravis and George Roberts.   Today, it is a global investment firm with more than $342 billion Assets under Management (AUM), and is one of the most recognised leading private equity firm in the world alongside Blackstone and Carlyle Group.

On 1st February 2021, KKR completed the acquisition of Global Atlantic Financial Group, a leading retirement and life insurance company.  Pro forma for the transaction, KKR’s Assets Under Management and Fee Paying Assets Under Management would be approximately $342 billion and $276 billion, respectively.


Head of KKR Asia Pacific, Ming Lu:

“Over the last 16 years we have strategically built our Asia Pacific platform and diverse regional team to unlock what we believe are some of the most compelling investment opportunities in the world given Asia Pacific’s growth and dynamism.

Our new flagship private equity fund meaningfully adds to our multi-asset platform and strengthens our investment position across the region. We are grateful to our investors who have acknowledged the success of our Asia Pacific strategy and share our conviction in the tremendous potential that the region’s businesses hold.”


Co-Head of KKR Asia-Pacific Private Equity, Hiro Hirano:

“The opportunity for private equity investment across Asia Pacific is phenomenal. While each market is unique, the long-term fundamentals underpinning the region’s growth are consistent – the demand for consumption upgrades, a fast-growing middle class, rising urbanization, and technological disruption.

We are excited by the diverse opportunities we see and are pleased to deepen our commitment to the region with the close of our new fund.”


Co-Head of KKR Asia Pacific Private Equity, Ashish Shastry:

“Companies across Asia Pacific are recognizing their potential to become not only national and regional champions but also global leaders in their industries.

Today, with Asian Fund IV and KKR’s local-global partnership approach, we are better positioned than ever to support the expansion of the companies that fuel Asia Pacific’s economy, fund their innovation, and build technology leaders.”


KKR Head of Private Markets Strategies Group, Alisa Amarosa Wood:

“The overwhelming response for Asian Fund IV validates our strategic focus and investment discipline, especially given the competitive and current environment.

We are grateful for the trust that our existing and new fund investors have placed in KKR and we are confident that our talented Asia Pacific team will continue delivering outstanding results.”


About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management and capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities.

KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR’s insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life and reinsurance products under the management of The Global Atlantic Financial Group.


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