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After Gojek, KKR looks to add to its big Asian successes

Speculation rife that private equity player will launch fourth Asia-focused fund

It is not well-remembered that Gojek was able to catapult into the rarefied club of decacorns thanks to a financial boost from KKR. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- U.S. private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is poised to go on an aggressive buyout offensive in a part of the world it forecasts will avoid the storm clouds being cast by the U.S.-China and U.K.-EU rifts.

There is speculation that KKR will launch its fourth Asia-focused fund next year, after having recently named Hirofumi Hirano, CEO of its Japanese subsidiary, and Ashish Shastry, representative of its Southeast Asian operations, as co-heads of the investment house's Asia-Pacific private equity business.

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