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KKR boosts asset management platform

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has appointed four professionals within its USD13bn asset management platform, KKR Asset Management.

The new appointments focus these individuals by product lines to better capitalise on opportunities to source investments, manage and grow KAM’s portfolio.

"We continue to focus on leveraging the intellectual capital and unique origination capabilities of KKR’s entire network and capturing emerging investment opportunities where KKR can add substantive value. As a firm, we are very well positioned to invest across all parts of a company’s capital structure. Given the set of current and expected global opportunities, we are creating more focus and devoting more resources that will enable the team to continue creating unique solutions for global businesses and generating good returns for our clients," Bill Sonneborn, a member of KKR, says.

KAM invests across the corporate credit spectrum, including secured credit, bank loans and high yield securities as well as alternative assets such as mezzanine financing, rescue financing, distressed investing and debtor-in-possession financing.

Jamie Weinstein and Nathaniel Zilkha have been named responsible for KAM’s global special situations strategy, which includes distressed debt, debtor-in-possession and rescue financing as well as other structured investments.

Weinstein, previously a portfolio manager within KAM, joined KKR in 2005 and has 11 years of industry experience.

Zilkha joined KKR in 2007 after spending eight years in Goldman Sachs’ principal investment area where he invested in private equity and principal debt transactions.

Additionally, Erik Falk and Chris Sheldon have been named responsible for KAM’s leveraged credit strategy, including leveraged loans, high yield bonds and structured products (including collateralized loan obligations).

Falk joined KKR in 2008 after spending eight years at Deutsche Bank’s credit business where he started the special situations proprietary trading group and co-headed the securitized products group; he has 17 years of overall industry experience.

Sheldon, a portfolio manager within KAM, joined KKR in 2004 from Wells Fargo, where he was primarily responsible for investments in the high yield asset class; he has 11 years of credit experience.

KKR has also grown its mezzanine effort. Led by Fred Goltz, the mezzanine team has been built on a global basis with senior executives Marc Ciancimino in London, Doug Tapley in San Francisco and Lee Stern in New York.

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