LONDON, April 3 Global private equity firm KKR &
Co LP has picked up $150 million worth of loans taken
out by Indonesian oil and gas shipping group PT Berlian Laju
Tanker from two European banks as investment appetite in the
maritime sector grows, trade finance sources familiar with the
KKR declined to comment. Berlian Laju did not respond to
requests for comment.
The sources said the Berlian Laju loans were sold by
Sweden's Nordea Bank and France's BNP Paribas
. Nordea Bank and BNP Paribas declined to comment.
KKR was also among the potential suitors for a $500 million
tranche of shipping loans that Britain's Lloyds Banking Group
is aiming to sell, a separate trade source familiar
with the matter said. KKR and Lloyds declined to comment.
(Reporting by Jonathan Saul, additional reporting by Freya
Berry and Steve Slater. Editing by Jane Merriman)