Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has appointed Alejo Vidal-Quadras as director in its Madrid office, according to a statement from the firm.
Vidal-Quadras joins the firm from 3i’s Madrid office, where he was heading up the group’s Spain office. Joining the firm in 2005, Vidal-Quadras worked on 11 private equity investments across a range of sectors, including buyouts and minority investments, and participated in six boards of directors, KKR said. Prior to 3i, Vidal-Quadras worked as a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Rothschild in Madrid.
In his role at KKR, Vidal-Quadras will develop and support the firm’s investment platforms in Spain as part of its private equity team, while also reinforcing coverage of the Spanish market for the other investments platforms, including credit, infrastructure and real estate.
Vidal-Quadras left his position at 3i on November 30 and took up his new role with KKR on December 1.
Jesus Olmos, member and head of both European infrastructure and KKR’s operations in Spain, said that the firm has been investing in Spain since 2010 and is expanding its team. Johannes Huth, head of KKR Europe, added that the firm believes Spain will “present many attractive investment opportunities”.
KKR said it has invested $2.4 billion in Spain in recent years. These include acquiring a minority stake in helicopter fleet business Grupo Inaer from Investindustrial in 2010 in a deal valuing the company at $924 million, acquiring a 49 percent stake in assets operated by Grupo T-Solar, Europe’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power generator, alongside insurance group Munich Re in 2011, and acquiring a 12.5 percent shareholding in car park and logistics operator Saba Infraestructuras in 2011.