Appointment strengthens KKR’s growing presence in the Nordics region
Stockholm: KKR, a leading global investment firm, has appointed Alexander Thams as Head of Nordics within KKR’s European Real Estate team, effective immediately. Based in KKR’s Stockholm office, Thams will drive all KKR’s real estate investing activities in the Nordics, while also building out the team within the region.
Thams joins KKR from Pictet Alternative Advisors where he was Head of Nordics, Real Estate, responsible for all real estate investments in the region. Thams has previous experience from working at Alma Property Partners and Niam. He studied Law and Finance at Stockholm University as a double degree, and also holds a Masters in Public Policy and Finance from Northwestern University.
Commenting on his appointment, Guillaume Cassou, Partner and Head of European Real Estate at KKR, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Alex to KKR at an exciting time for our European Real Estate business. The Nordics is a priority growth market for our team, and Alex brings highly relevant expertise and an extensive network that will help build on the strong existing momentum we have across Europe.”
Seb d’Avanzo, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Acquisitions, Europe, at KKR, added: “Alex is an excellent addition to our European team. His investment experience across the region and asset classes will prove extremely valuable as we accelerate our regional investment strategy and continue to build out the team.”
Alexander Thams, Director and Head of Real Estate Nordics, said: “I’m excited to join such a well-renowned investment firm and to join a team that continues to grow across the region. We are seeing a lot of opportunity in the Nordics, where the economies are stable and showing resilience amid the changing macro environment. I look forward to combining on-the-ground expertise with KKR’s global platform and network to provide a strong foundation for sustainable investments in the region.”
KKR operates a number of real estate strategies in Europe, with the ability to invest across the risk spectrum from Core+ to value-add, including from the firm’s US$2.2 billion fund, KKR Real Estate Partners Europe II, dedicated to value-add and opportunistic real estate investments in Western Europe, which closed in June 2021. The firm has a long history of investing in the Nordics across the different KKR businesses, and an ambition to continue growing the firm’s presence in the region.