Private equity firm BD-Capital has appointed Alejo Vidal-Quadras de Caralt as partner and head of its southern Europe investment activities.
BD-Capital invests in pan-European mid-market businesses where “changing patterns of consumer behaviour and technology disruption are creating growth opportunities”.
Madrid-based Vidal-Quadras was previously head of KKR’s Spanish operations. He joined KKR in 2014 and was responsible for developing and supporting KKR's investment platforms in Spain across private equity, credit (direct lending, special situations and principal finance), infrastructure and real estate.
Prior to joining KKR, Vidal-Quadras was head of 3i Spain. At KKR and 3i, Vidal-Quadras invested across a range of sectors including healthcare, consumer & retail, services and industrials.
Vidal-Quadras said: “I chose to join BD-Capital because I am excited by their new approach to the private equity market. I believe that the model of business leaders and private equity investors working together in full partnership is the best way to create outstanding returns. I feel that this, together with their international ambitions, will bring something special to the southern European mid-market.”
Since launching in June 2019, the BD-capital team has now grown to 15 staff, six of whom are former CEOs “with experience of growing businesses in the European mid-market space”, a BD-Capital statement said.
Managing partner Andy Dawson commented: “We are pleased to welcome Alejo to our team as a founding partner. His track record is exceptional and he will be a key contributor to our growth over the coming years. Alejo brings with him best-in-class experience and a deeply entrenched network in a core investment region for our fund.”
BD-Capital was established in 2019 by Richard Baker, a former FTSE CEO and chairman, and Andy Dawson, formerly a partner at Advent International.