• Apr 23, 2014

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Commits $4 Million to Establish Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado

    April 23, 2014 – The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, together with Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Law School, today announced the launch of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN), a three-year initiative to help Colorado jumpstart the development of high-growth companies with the greatest potential to create new jobs in the region. Over the past year, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation worked with Bennet to successfully bring this program to the state.
  • Apr 22, 2014

    Accuvant and Blackstone Complete Equity Transaction

    Denver – April 22, 2014 – Accuvant, the authoritative source for enterprise information security, today announced the completion of a previously announced transaction for funds controlled by Blackstone (NYSE: BX) to acquire a majority stake in the company. Blackstone will make significant further investment in Accuvant, which will enable the company to expand and accelerate its plans to meet the rapidly evolving information security needs of the global market.
  • Apr 22, 2014

    Blackstone Real Estate Portfolio Company, Invitation Homes, Names Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

    New York and Dallas, April 22, 2014 -- Blackstone (NYSE: BX) and its Real Estate portfolio company, Invitation Homes, today announced that it has named John A. Schissel as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Leslie B. Fox as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). John and Leslie bring to Invitation Homes substantial operational experience in the complementary multifamily space. The announcements round out Invitation Homes’ management team and follow other high-level appointments. The company announced in September that Bryce Blair would join the company’s Board of Directors and in October that Gary DeLapp would join as President.
  • Apr 21, 2014

    Schwarzman Scholars Marks First Year

    NEW YORK AND BEIJING, April 21, 2014. One year ago today, Blackstone founder Stephen A. Schwarzman announced a $100 million personal gift and $200 million fundraising campaign to build and endow Schwarzman Scholars, an elite international scholarship program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Inspired by the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is designed to educate future world leaders about China. Each year, 200 students from around the world will complete coursework for a one-year Master’s degree at Schwarzman College, an academic and residential building dedicated to the program. Announced at China’s Great Hall of the People, the program received messages of support from American President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
  • Apr 17, 2014

    Blackstone Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

    To view the full report please click the following link – Blackstone's first quarter 2014 earnings release. Blackstone will host a conference call on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss first quarter 2014 results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing +1 (877) 391-6747 (U.S. domestic) or +1 (617) 597-9291 (international) pass code 149 943 55#.
  • Apr 14, 2014

    Blackstone and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division to Acquire Ipreo from KKR

    New York – April 14, 2014 – Ipreo Holdings LLC (“Ipreo”), a leading global provider of market intelligence and workflow solutions to capital markets and corporate professionals, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity funds managed by Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and by the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (“Goldman Sachs”) (together, the “Sponsors”). The Sponsors are acquiring the business from affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. ("KKR"), who will retain a minority ownership stake in the business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
  • Apr 10, 2014

    Fisterra Energy and Blackstone Energy Partners Announce Financial Close for “Ventika,” Mexico’s Largest Wind Farm

    New York. April 10, 2014. Fisterra Energy, a company majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone (NYSE: BX), and Blackstone Energy Partners, Blackstone’s energy-focused private equity business, today announced it has reached a financial closing for Ventika, Mexico’s largest onshore wind farm upon completion and one of the largest wind farms in Latin America. Ventika will be located in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, approximately 35 miles from the United States border, and is comprised of two 126 megawatt (MW) wind farms with total capacity of 252MW. Once completed the project will alleviate significant demands on Mexico’s existing power infrastructure, helping Mexico reduce pollution and CO2 emissions, and meet its target of achieving 35% renewable generation by 2025.
  • Apr 09, 2014

    Zavanna, LLC and GSO Capital Partners LP Announce Partnership with $200 Million Preferred Equity Commitment

    DENVER, April 9, 2014 – Zavanna, LLC, an upstream oil and natural gas company formed in 1994 by industry veteran William L. (‘Bill’) Coleman, announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, a division of Blackstone (NYSE: BX), along with Zavanna’s existing management, have formed a partnership, River Bend Oil & Gas, LLC, focused on the acquisition and development of upstream assets in core areas of the Williston Basin. Since the partnership was formed in June 2013 with a $200 million Preferred Equity Commitment from affiliates of GSO and a contribution of assets by Zavanna, the River Bend team has closed over 30 separate acquisitions for over $100 million and has committed substantial additional capital to fund drilling. River Bend is participating as a non-operating working interest partner in Zavanna’s development program, including a 3 rig program and over $200 million gross operated capital budget for 2014.
  • Apr 08, 2014

    Blackstone Mortgage Trust Announces First Quarter 2014 Earnings Release and Conference Call

    New York, NY – April 8, 2014. Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYSE: BXMT) today announced that it will publish its first quarter 2014 earnings presentation on its website at www.bxmt.com and file its Form 10-Q after market close on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
  • Apr 04, 2014

    Blackstone Signs Deal to Purchase Gates from Onex & CPP

    DENVER, Colo. (April 4, 2014) – Private equity funds managed by Blackstone today entered into a definitive purchase agreement with affiliates of Onex Corporation and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to acquire all of the equity interests in Pinafore Holdings B.V., the parent company of Gates Corporation (“Gates”). The transaction is expected to close later this year and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
  • Apr 04, 2014

    Construction Completed on Germany’s First Privately-Financed Offshore Wind Farm, Meerwind Süd│Ost

    WindMW GmbH (“WindMW”), a joint-venture of Blackstone Energy Partners, Blackstone’s (NYSE: BX) energy-focused private equity business, and Windland Energieerzeugungs GmbH, today announced the completion of Meerwind Süd │Ost, a 288 Megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm located in the German North Sea.
  • Apr 02, 2014

    Blackstone Prices Senior Notes Offering

    New York, April 2, 2014. The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) priced its offering of $500 million of 5.000% senior notes due 2044 of Blackstone Holdings Finance Co. L.L.C., its indirect subsidiary. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by The Blackstone Group L.P. and its indirect subsidiaries, Blackstone Holdings I L.P., Blackstone Holdings II L.P., Blackstone Holdings III L.P. and Blackstone Holdings IV L.P. Blackstone intends to use the proceeds from the notes offering for general corporate purposes.
  • Apr 02, 2014

    Blackstone to Offer Senior Notes

    New York, April 2, 2014. The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) today announced its intention to offer, subject to market and other conditions, senior notes of Blackstone Holdings Finance Co. L.L.C., its indirect subsidiary. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by The Blackstone Group L.P. and its indirect subsidiaries, Blackstone Holdings I L.P., Blackstone Holdings II L.P., Blackstone Holdings III L.P. and Blackstone Holdings IV L.P. Blackstone intends to use the proceeds from the notes offering for general corporate purposes.
  • Apr 01, 2014

    Summit Materials Announces Acquisition of Troy Vines, Inc.

    Denver, CO – April 1, 2014 – Summit Materials (“Summit”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Troy Vines, Inc. (“Troy Vines”), an integrated aggregates and ready-mix concrete company headquartered in Midland, TX. The company, established in 1978 by Troy Vines, operates one quarry and one sand & gravel pit and has eight ready-mix concrete plants serving the Permian Basin region of West Texas.
  • Mar 28, 2014

    Blackstone Closes €5.1/$7 Billion European Real Estate Fund

    New York, NY, March 28, 2014. Blackstone (NYSE:BX) is pleased to announce that it has closed its fourth European Real Estate Fund at its cap of €5.1 billion ($7 billion). This makes it the largest ever dedicated European Real Estate fund.
  • Mar 27, 2014

    Blackstone Energy Partners Establishes Global Water Development Platform

    New York, NY, March 27, 2014. Blackstone Energy Partners, Blackstone’s (NYSE: BX) energy-focused private equity business, today announced a partnership with a highly experienced management team to create Global Water Development Partners, a new water-investment and development platform. The team will be led by Usha Rao-Monari, former Global Head of the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Water and Wastewater Group, and Lars Thunell, former Chief Executive Officer of the IFC.
  • Mar 24, 2014

    Blackstone Announces First Quarter 2014 Media Call

    New York, March 24, 2014. Blackstone (NYSE:BX) announced today that it will host a conference call for the media on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. ET to review first quarter 2014 results.
  • Mar 24, 2014

    Blackstone Announces First Quarter 2014 Investor Call

    New York, March 24, 2014. Blackstone (NYSE:BX) announced today that it will host its first quarter 2014 investor conference call on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Steve Schwarzman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Tony James, President and Chief Operating Officer; Laurence Tosi, Chief Financial Officer; Joan Solotar, Senior Managing Director – External Relations and Strategy; and Weston Tucker, Head of Investor Relations, will review Blackstone’s first quarter 2014 results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing +1 (877) 391-6747 (U.S. domestic) or +1 (617) 597-9291 (international) pass code 149 943 55#.
  • Mar 11, 2014

    Schwarzman Scholars Names Former Harvard Kennedy School Administrator as Associate Dean of Student Life

    NEW YORK, March 11, 2014 – Schwarzman Scholars today announced that long-time Kennedy School administrator Julian Chang has been appointed Associate Dean of Student Life. Inspired by the prestigious Rhodes scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is designed to educate future world leaders about China. 200 elite students from around the world will spend a postgraduate year studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious academic institutions. As part of that experience, they will gain unrivaled exposure to China through mentorship opportunities, cultural immersion, extensive travel and access to distinguished visitors. Mr. Chang joins Schwarzman Scholars to develop and oversee these unique co-curricular elements of the program.
  • Mar 11, 2014

    Blackstone to Acquire Accuvant, Expanding Technology Portfolio

    New York, NY, March 11, 2014. Blackstone (NYSE: BX) today announced that a fund it manages on behalf of its private equity investors has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Accuvant Inc., a leader in information security solutions and services. Accuvant management and existing shareholder Sverica International LLC will invest alongside Blackstone in the transaction. Blackstone’s investment will enable Accuvant to accelerate its pace of expansion and enable the management team to deploy additional capital and resources for a broader roll-out of its product- and service-based solution offerings.