Blackstone Blog

  • May 10, 2013

    Harvard Business Review: “Truths for Our Daughters”

    As a senior professional in financial services — an industry with comparatively few women in the executive ranks — I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about why there aren’t more women at the top-most levels of companies.
  • Apr 19, 2013

    Blackstone’s Own Iron Chefs Raise Thousands for Cancer Research

    On April 11th, Blackstone employees faced off to cook for a cure. The event, hosted by Blackstone’s Innovations and Infrastructure team, raised $3,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training initiative. Since 2008, Blackstone has raised a total of $1.3 million for Team in Training.
  • Mar 12, 2013

    Blackstone Wins Five Global PERE Awards in 2012

    We are proud to announce that Blackstone has won in five separate categories in the 2012 Global Private Equity Real Estate Awards. Blackstone was awarded Global Firm of the Year; Global Capital Raise of the Year for the $13.3 billion close of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII; North American Deal of the Year for the purchase of the CalWest portfolio, and European Exit of the Year for the sale of the UK student housing business, Nido. Additionally, Blackstone’s Park Hill Real Estate Group was awarded North American Placement Agent of the Year.
  • Mar 08, 2013

    Blackstone’s Chief Financial Officer Laurence Tosi Honored by the Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance

    Blackstone’s Chief Financial Officer, Laurence Tosi (L.T.), was honored by the Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance for his mentorship and scholarship support of incoming and current Georgetown students. The former Georgetown university student was the youngest recipient to be honored by the Wall Street Alliance at the organization’s annual dinner, which raised a record $1.6 million this year. In recognition of his achievement, Georgetown University put together a video about L.T.’s career path and philanthropic work. To view the video, which also features Blackstone’s Chairman and CEO, Steve Schwarzman, as well as the firm’s Global Head of Private Equity and Georgetown Alum, Joe Baratta, click here.
  • Mar 07, 2013

    Leaders Must Act Fast to Save the City

    The way things are looking, the City of London could be damned if the UK leaves the EU and damned a good deal sooner if it does not.
  • Mar 05, 2013

    Blackstone’s President and Chief Operating Officer Reflects on his Career in Finance and Lessons Learned

    In an interview for OneWire’s video series, “Open Door”, Blackstone President and Chief Operating Officer, Tony James reflects on his career in the financial industry and lessons learned. The series has also featured interviews with James J. Dunne III of Sandler O’Neill & Partners; Jeffrey T. Leeds of Leeds Equity Partners; and William T. Comfort Jr., a former chairman of Citigroup Venture Capital. The full article and video interview can be found on New York Times DealBook.
  • Mar 01, 2013

    Blackstone’s Jon Gray Recognized for his Work with Harlem Village Academies

    Blackstone’s Global Head of Real Estate, Jonathan Gray, was featured in this month’s Bloomberg Markets Magazine for his work with Harlem Village Academies. The full article can be viewed here.
  • Feb 20, 2013

    Blackstone's Avi Sharon Awarded The Hellenic Foundation for Culture 2012 Translation Prize

    Blackstone congratulates Avi Sharon, who received The Hellenic Foundation for Culture 2012 Translation Prize for his translation of C.P. Cavafy’s Selected Poems.
  • Feb 12, 2013

    Blackstone's Byron Wien Discusses Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years

    I was scheduled to speak about the world outlook at an investment conference recently and shortly before my time slot the conference organizer said the audience was more interested in what I had learned over the course of my career than what I had to say about the market. I jotted a few notes down and later expanded and edited what I said that day. I have since been encouraged to share my thoughts with a broader audience.
  • Feb 06, 2013

    Blackstone Commissions Hydroelectric Power Station in Uganda

    On October 8th of 2012, Blackstone commissioned the Bujagali Hydroelectric Power Station in Uganda at an event attended by the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, The Aga Khan, leaders from neighboring countries and the citizens of Uganda. The occasion marked the culmination of a project that began more than two decades ago.
  • Jan 30, 2013

    Blackstone Welcomes Cadets from the United States Coast Guard Academy

    Approximately 20 United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) cadets spent an afternoon touring Blackstone’s offices in New York and meeting with investment professionals from across the firm to gain career advice and guidance from military service academy alumni working at Blackstone. The cadets were predominately junior and senior classman, who are members of USCGA’s investment club. Blackstone participants included employees from our placement agent Park Hill, Hedge Fund Solutions, Real Estate, Credit (GSO), and Private Equity.
  • Jan 25, 2013

    Blackstone’s David Shankman Makes the Forbes 30 Under 30 List

    Recognized for his work on Blackstone’s direct investments platform, Blackstone’s David Shankman was recently featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. We asked him to talk about what he does at the firm and here is what he had to say.
  • Jan 08, 2013

    Blackstone Employees Support New Mentorship Program Established by the Chris Canty Foundation and the New York City Department of Education

    Today, employees from Blackstone joined New York Giant Chris Canty and New York City Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott to announce a long-term mentorship program, which will start this academic year. The newly formed partnership ties together mentoring programs developed by The Chris Canty Foundation and the New York City Department of Education. Blackstone employees will act as program mentors.
  • Jan 03, 2013

    Blackstone Climbers Raise Over $64,000 to Combat Domestic Violence

  • Jan 02, 2013

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Executive Director Amy Stursberg on Growing Businesses and Job Creation in Maine

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Executive Director Amy Stursberg and Blackstone Accelerates Growth Executive Director John Voltz discuss growing businesses and job creation in Maine. You can read the full article here.
  • Dec 20, 2012

    Blackstone’s Ken Allen comments on Oracle’s acquisition of cloud software company Eloqua

    AdExchanger asked Blackstone's Ken Allen, Managing Director, Head of Digital Media and Internet Advisory with Blackstone Advisory Partners, LP, his reaction to the deal. The commentary can be found on AdExchanger.
  • Dec 19, 2012

    Blackstone Portfolio Company Center Parcs Wins 2012 IFR EMEA Structured Finance Award

    Blackstone is excited to announce that its portfolio company, Center Parcs, has been awarded this year’s EMEA Structured Finance Award for the CPUK Finance transaction.
  • Dec 05, 2012

    Cross-Border M&A: Simple Concept, Complex Execution

    In 2005, Thomas Friedman boldly proclaimed The World is Flat. While it may be true in many senses, Mr. Friedman’s message conveys a false sense of simplicity. In reality, this terrestrial pancaking process has drastically changed business practices and added substantial complexity to ‘dealmaking’ worldwide.
  • Dec 03, 2012

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Expands LaunchPad Program

    The Blackstone Charitable Foundation today announced a $3 million three-year grant to train the next generation of entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania.
  • Nov 28, 2012

    Jitesh Gadhia: PM and Boris share an aspiration

    Like the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has chosen India, which he visits this week, for his first official overseas trip as Mayor of London. In doing so, they have both identified a common cause - harnessing an Aspiration Nation. If you believe that demography determines destiny, then India, with more than half its population under the age of 25 years, is the ultimate place to capture the benefits of scale, consumption growth and capital formation on a magnitude unrivalled in human history. That will make India, along with China and the US, one of the key engines of global growth in the coming decades.