Blackstone Blog

  • 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.
  • Oct 17, 2012

    Steve Schwarzman on Blackstone's 27th Anniversary

    This month marks Blackstone’s 27th anniversary. It is a time to celebrate the firm's collective successes and feel proud of the excellent investment returns and advice we have provided to our clients over many years. While the firm has grown dramatically and evolved since its beginnings, core elements remain true to what Blackstone is. We have always and continue to be steadfastly committed to excellence in everything we do, while maintaining the highest integrity and keeping our client’s needs front and center. We have only been able to do this by continuing to attract, train and retain a group of exceptionally talented individuals. However, it is what we do collectively, as a team, that always makes us better and remains the fundamental strength of our business.
  • Oct 10, 2012

    Ten Ways Banks Can Win Back Your Trust Again

    As autumn chills begin to bite, let us remember August when the UK was bathing in the warm glow of the Olympics. Amid the sporting escapism, Stephen Hester, the RBS chief executive, provided a salutary reminder that banks have “become detached from society”. He cited the need “to demonstrate that our industry has made physical and cultural changes since the ‘go-go’ times and put customers first in all we do”.
  • Oct 08, 2012

    Blackstone Launches New Facebook Page

    Today, Blackstone announced the launch of its official Facebook page. While the Firm has been active on Twitter since 2010, today’s announcement marks the next step in the expansion of our social media program. As we continue to grow globally, there is a greater need to reach our audiences using the channels that they use to get their information and given this, Facebook emerged as the platform of choice.
  • Oct 01, 2012

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Announces New $50,000 Grant

    Today, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation announced that it has approved a new $50,000 grant to Moneythink, a nonprofit that provides financial and entrepreneurship education through peer-mentorship to urban 11th-and-12th-graders in the United States. Its unique model uses customized curricula and college volunteers to make financial decision-making, career planning, and entrepreneurship practical, relevant, and fun for urban high school students entering the real world.
  • Aug 23, 2012

    Tim Coleman Discusses Blackstone's Restructuring Practice

    Tim Coleman discusses Blackstone’s Restructuring practice, the approach they’ve taken to advising clients, and highlights one of the Group's major Restructurings. Watch video interview here.
  • Aug 16, 2012

    Rating Agencies Reaffirm Blackstone's Investment Grade Credit Rating in the Wake of Successful Bond Offering

    Following a successful bond offering, which capitalized on record low interest rates to bolster Blackstone’s already strong balance sheet, rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Fitch reaffirmed the firm’s A/A+ credit rating. This credit rating is the highest of any alternative asset manager and one of the highest of any financial institution.
  • Aug 13, 2012

    The Blackstone Charitable Foundation Commits $150,000 to Fostering Entrepreneurship in Young Children

    The Blackstone Charitable Foundation today announced that it has approved a new $150,000 grant to One Hen Inc., a nonprofit that introduces young children to the principles of entrepreneurship. One Hen plans to use the new Blackstone grant to aggressively expand its program to impact more economically challenged regions across the US. The grant will help One Hen digitize its platform, providing more children with interactive curricula and tools to learn the basic skills to succeed as an entrepreneur, and to launch and grow a business. Blackstone's funding of the new One Hen digital platform will extend the One Hen Academy student pilot to over 4,000 students annually as well as provide free global access to One Hen's online activities, lessons and games featuring micro entrepreneurs from around the world.
  • Aug 07, 2012

    Blackstone's Equity Healthcare is Among the Few Companies to Qualify for DMPC's Gold Standard Listing

    An independent, third-party audit conducted by Al Lewis, Executive Director of the Disease Management Purchasing Consortium (DMPC) and a respected healthcare authority, has named Equity Healthcare as one of only six vendors to validly measure healthcare outcomes.