Kkr Is Seeking Greener Pastures

And Europe--especially Germany--looks particularly lush now

Edward A. Gilhuly is surprisingly soft-spoken, even genteel, for an American buyout specialist. That may be why Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., the U.S. buyout firm, sent him to London at the end of 1998 to head its European operations. Gilhuly, 40, seems just the kind of person to put skeptical corporate chieftains at ease--and everybody else on notice. He's not shy about saying that KKR wants to be a big player in Europe's fast-growing buyout industry. And with 24 years of experience, a new $3 billion Europe fund in hand, and three deals worth about $2.2 billion on the books so far, KKR makes competitors plenty nervous.

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