Daan Knottenbelt to lead KKR’s EMEA unit


KKR said it has appointed Daan Knottenbelt to lead its Financial Services coverage in EMEA as a member of the Private Equity team, and will also lead coverage of the Benelux region.

Daan joins KKR from Palamon Capital Partners in London where he was a Partner and member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Daan joined Palamon in 2000 from McKinsey, where he worked in the UK, US, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He has more than 18 years of investment experience focusing on financial services, including in payments, wealth management, consumer credit, and insurance. At Palamon he was involved in several high-profile and successful investments in European businesses with significant global scale, including Towry, Currencies Direct, Loyalty Partner, and SAV Credit (now “Newday”).

Johannes Huth, Member and Head of KKR EMEA, said: “Daan’s track record as an investor and his reputation as a strong leader will make him an invaluable addition to our private equity team in Europe. We are delighted that KKR can benefit from his deep sector knowledge in financial services and local market experience in the Netherlands and Belgium.”

Daan is the newest addition to KKR EMEA’s senior private equity team, following the appointments of Iñaki Cobo Bachiller as a Member, Head of EMEA Healthcare and Timothy Franks as a Member, Head of EMEA Consumer & Retail and Head of UK. Led by Johannes Huth for nearly 20 years, the European senior team of eight Members and ten Directors has on average 20 years’ experience in private equity. The full European PE team currently has around 60 professionals dedicated to monitoring and sourcing investments across Europe, representing 13 different European nationalities and speaking 17 languages.

KKR has been present in Europe for 20 years and in that timeframe, KKR’s private equity platform has invested approximately $20 billion in 57 major European companies.

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