Blackstone Blog


  • 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.
  • Nov 28, 2012

    Blackstone Chief Sustainability Officer Don Anderson Discusses New Solar Program

    We asked Blackstone's Chief Sustainability Officer Don Anderson about our newly deployed solar program. Here is what he had to say.
  • Nov 27, 2012

    France Is Running Out of Time to Restrain Germany

    Is Germany becoming the new Gaullist state of Europe? It has fiercely opposed fully rescuing eurozone countries, forcing the EU to repeatedly act too little too late. Chancellor Angela Merkel has given up on nuclear energy, killing the possibility of a European energy policy. Germany shot down the EADS-BAE merger, missing an opportunity to create a global aerospace giant. And Ms Merkel, while proclaiming the need for a federalised eurozone is stalling the implementation of a banking union. So, the argument goes: from now on, Germany is only looking out for its national interests and it is not interested in Europe any more.
  • Nov 26, 2012

    eSourcing Expert Joins Blackstone’s Private Equity Portfolio Operations Team

    Blake Vogt has joined Blackstone's Private Equity Portfolio Operations Team as Vice President focused on eSourcing. He will oversee coordination for Blackstone’s new eSourcing program within the Portfolio Operations Team and Blackstone’s Group Purchasing platform led by Greg Beutler. Blake will work to develop and drive a formal global eSourcing program across Blackstone’s portfolio, and establish a standard set of eSourcing best practices and processes for new investments.
  • Nov 09, 2012

    Blackstone Creates National Single-Family Rental Home Platform

    Blackstone has created a national platform, Invitation Homes, to purchase distressed single family homes and then refurbish, lease and maintain them in neighborhoods across the country.
  • Nov 07, 2012

    Blackstone wins two operational excellence awards from PEI for Graham Packaging and Intelenet

    We are proud to announce that Blackstone has won in two separate categories in Private Equity International’s inaugural Operational Excellence Awards. These awards honor stand-out examples of value creation by private equity owned companies
  • Nov 01, 2012

    Blackstone Partners With Portfolio Company The Weather Channel for Disaster Relief

    In response to the significant devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation is partnering with Blackstone portfolio company, The Weather Channel (and co-investors Bain and NBCU), to match employee donations to the Red Cross Sandy Disaster Relief Fund, up to a total of $1 million. The Weather Channel was not only the most watched cable news channel for hurricane information but its meteorologists and experts were an invaluable source of advice and counsel to local, state and federal officials planning and preparing for the hurricane. Over the coming days and weeks, Blackstone will work with its partners to provide much needed assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Oct 25, 2012

    Blackstone Ranks #1 Globally in Thomson Reuters Restructuring League Table

    Blackstone recently ranked #1 globally for completed restructurings in Thomson Reuters’ Distressed Debt & Bankruptcy Restructuring Review. During the first three quarters of 2012, Blackstone advised debtors and creditors on the restructuring of over $295bn of liabilities, including 5 of the 10 largest transactions.