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Vincent Policard joins KKR’s European infrastructure team

2 Feb 2012

Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has hired Vincent Policard as a director in its infrastructure team.

Policard, who will be based in London, will be responsible for originating and executing transactions in the European infrastructure sector. He joins KKR from Morgan Stanley, where he most recently spent three years in the firm’s infrastructure fund team. Here he was responsible for originating and executing transactions in the European infrastructure sector, most notably in its investments in Madrilena Red de Gas, the Spanish gas distributor, and Eversholt Rail Group, the UK rolling stock leasing company.

Over the last year, KKR’s global infrastructure fund made four investments, with three of these coming from the European infrastructure team: in June it partnered with Sorgenia to invest in operating wind assets in France, in July it partnered with Munich Re to acquire a 49 per cent equity stake in Grupo T-Solar, the largest European solar photovoltaic (PV) power generator, and in November it partnered with Criteria CaixaHolding, Torreal, and ProA Capital to acquire an equity stake in Saba Infraestructuras, a leading car parks and logistics operator.

In December, KKR’s US infrastructure fund formed a partnership with Google to acquire a portfolio of solar PV projects in California from Recurrent Energy. The partnership involved the creation by KKR of SunTap, a new venture to invest in solar projects in the US.

Policard said: “Infrastructure as an asset class offers tremendous opportunities and I am excited to be joining such a strong and growing team in this area. KKR has the skills, track record and ambition to become a leader in infrastructure and also brings a great spirit of partnership to each investment it enters.”

Prior to his most recent role, Policard spent nine years in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division, providing advice on M&A and financing issues to corporates and financial sponsors across a variety of sectors and geographies. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he spent three years in BNP Paribas’ investment banking division, based in Frankfurt.

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