Spotlight Interview: KKR’s Susanna Berger

May 2021

To mark its twentieth anniversary, we have added a new video section to the Debevoise Private Equity Report: Spotlight Interviews, featuring leading private equity figures from around the world in conversation with Debevoise partners on important industry topics of the day. In our inaugural segment, Susanna Berger, London-based Managing Director and General Counsel for KKR in Europe, speaks with Patricia Volhard, a partner in Debevoise's Frankfurt and London offices. The conversation delves into KKR’s fortuitous establishment of an Ireland-based AIFM and adoption of EU regulations long before Brexit, giving KKR a powerful global hub for both investments and investors. Susanna also addresses some of the practical challenges in complying with the new ESG reporting directives—even for a firm with a long history of integrating ESG considerations into portfolio company operations.

The complete 15-minute interview can be seen below. We hope you enjoy it, and look forward to your suggestions for future guests.