KKR hires ex-Blackstone man in Japan

The private equity giant underlines its ambitions in Japan, hiring 20-year veteran to help meet portfolio companies' fundraising needs.

Go Yamashita is joining KKR as head of KKR Capital Markets Japan, the private equity company announced on Wednesday.

The hire comes as KKR seeks deals in Japan as it deploys the largest private equity fund the region has ever seen its $9.3 billion KKR Asian Fund III.

The role will see Yamshita, who has 20 years' experience in financial markets most recently in a nine-year stint with Blackstone lead a team working with KKR, its portfolio companies and clients.

It offers clients tailored capital markets advice and manages relationships with Japan's institutional investors such as the huge Government Pension Investment Fund,...

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