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KSL Capital Partners hires Adrian Constant to head European business

Private equity firm KSL Capital Partners is creating a European investment platform based in London, to be known as KSL Capital Partners International, and has hired Adrian Constant from O

Private equity firm KSL Capital Partners is creating a European investment platform based in London, to be known as KSL Capital Partners International, and has hired Adrian Constant from Orient Express Hotels to head the operation.

‘Adrian brings an extraordinarily broad and unique skill set to KSL,’ says managing director and co-founder Michael Shannon. ‘As KSL looks to expand beyond its historic focus on the North American travel and leisure businesses, Adrian will able us to greatly accelerate these plans.’

Adds Eric Resnick, also a managing director and co-founder of KSL: ‘We believe that there will be an increasing number of attractive opportunities not only in Europe but internationally as demographic and travel trends are both positive. Having a presence in London, led by someone of Adrian’s calibre, will allow us to generate and react to these opportunities more effectively.’

Constant was formerly a vice-president for Europe at Orient Express Hotels, with responsibility for all the group’s European properties and development responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

At Orient Express, Constant led some of its most prominent acquisitions and partnerships, including La Residencia in Mallorca and the celebrated UK restaurant Le Manoir aux’Quat Saisons in 2002, and the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg and the Hotel Caruso in Ravello in 2005.

A UK citizen born in Madrid, Constant has been involved in the resort and hospitality industry worldwide for more than 20 years. Before joining Orient Express Hotels, he was regional manager for Le Meridien Brazil and general manager of Le Meridien Copacabana, with development responsibility for South America.

KSL Capital Partners is a private equity firm headquartered in Denver, Colorado and specialising in travel and leisure enterprises in the hospitality, recreation, clubs, real estate and travel services sectors.

Notable investments made by the principals of KSL include golf, country and business and sports club owner and operator ClubCorp; the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas; the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia; the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California; the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone Mountain Resorts; the La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West in La Quinta, California; the Doral Golf Resort & Spa near Miami; the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa on Maui in Hawaii; the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona; the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California; and the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, California.

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