• Jun 02, 2014

    Blackstone Makes Strategic Investment in Cloud Theory

    New York, NY, June 2, 2014. Blackstone (NYSE: BX) today announced that it has made a strategic investment in Cloud Theory, a technology consulting firm specializing in cloud-based solutions, to expand its product offering with customized Salesforce software for alternative asset managers.
  • May 28, 2014

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Announces First Annual Veterans Grant Recipients

    New York, May 28, 2014 – The Blackstone Charitable Foundation today announced that it has awarded grants totaling $300,000 to six organizations that support veterans’ employment and business development. The Veterans Grant Program is the latest initiative in a series of programs Blackstone has introduced as part of its Veterans Hiring Initiative and is aligned with the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. In April 2013, Blackstone committed to hiring 50,000 veterans across its portfolio of companies over a five year period in support of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative. The following September, the firm hosted a Veterans Hiring Summit, designed to help hiring executives within corporations learn how to attract and hire veterans. As of this month, Blackstone has hired more than 10,000 veterans across its portfolio of companies.
  • May 27, 2014

    Outerstuff, Ltd. Announces Blackstone Equity Investment

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – May 27, 2014 – Outerstuff, Ltd., ("Outerstuff" or the “Company") the leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of licensed children’s sports apparel for all of the major sports leagues in North America, today announced that it has closed an investment from private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone (NYSE: BX) ("Blackstone"). Blackstone will invest alongside founder and CEO Sol Werdiger, who will roll over equity in the transaction, and Blackstone will share equal economics and governance with the current shareholders. Blackstone will support Outerstuff in the next phase of its growth as it expands its presence in the sports apparel industry, both domestically and internationally.
  • May 20, 2014

    La Quinta Inns & Suites Reaffirms Support for Guard and Reserve Employees

    Alexandria, Va, May 20, 2014. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, today announced Mr. Wayne Goldberg, President and CEO of La Quinta Inns & Suites, a Blackstone portfolio company, signed a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve. Goldberg signed the pledge in a ceremony at the La Quinta Corporate Office in Irving, Texas. Goldberg was joined by Mr. Alex Baird, Principal Deputy Director of Family and Employer Programs and Policy, Department of Defense.
  • May 20, 2014

    TDI New England Files Presidential Permit Application for The New England Clean Power Link

    Burlington, VT – TDI New England announced that it has filed a Presidential Permit application with the United States Department of Energy, formally requesting authority to construct the New England Clean Power Link electric transmission project.
  • May 19, 2014

    Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. to Present at the KBW Mortgage Finance Conference

    New York, NY, May 19, 2014. Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE:BXMT) announced today that Steve Plavin, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods 2014 Mortgage Finance Conference in New York, New York on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 9:45 am EST.
  • May 12, 2014

    Schwarzman Scholars Partners with Institute of International Education

    NEW YORK AND BEIJING, May 12, 2014. Schwarzman Scholars, the elite international scholarship program based at Tsinghua University, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Institute of International Education (IIE), a leading international education and training organization, which administers the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright program and other prestigious scholarship programs around the world. Leveraging more than nine decades of experience overseeing leading scholarship programs, IIE will partner with the Schwarzman Scholars team to develop and implement an international application process as well as recruitment and selection practices for the elite program, which is modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship. Schwarzman Scholars was founded in 2013 with a very specific global mission to educate future world leaders about China and in so doing, contribute to stronger, more stable relations between nations. IIE will help Schwarzman Scholars accomplish that mission by supporting its efforts to attract the world’s most entrepreneurial, independent, critical-thinking future leaders who understand that in-depth, first-hand exposure to China is critically important in the 21st century.
  • May 05, 2014

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Names Alisha Chaudry Slye National Director of its Campus Entrepreneurship Program “Blackstone LaunchPad”

    New York, NY, May 5, 2014. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation today announced that Alisha Chaudry Slye will serve as National Director of Blackstone LaunchPad, an innovative campus program that introduces entrepreneurship as a viable career option for students by offering a network of venture coaches and support resources. To create a national network of Blackstone LaunchPad programs in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Montana, and California, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation has given a series of grants totaling $14 million as part of its five-year, $50 million Entrepreneurship Initiative. Blackstone LaunchPad fosters connections between university campuses, the business community, and local entrepreneurs to create environments that nurture aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Apr 30, 2014

    Blackstone Announces 2014 Investor Day

    New York, April 30, 2014. Blackstone (NYSE:BX) announced today that it will host its 2014 Investor Day for public unitholders and analysts on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in New York. The day, which will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET, will include a series of presentations by Blackstone’s senior management team to discuss the firm’s businesses and outlook.
  • Apr 28, 2014

    Andrew Lapham Appointed as Executive Advisor to Blackstone in Canada

    New York and Toronto, April 28, 2014. Blackstone (NYSE:BX) today announced that it has appointed Andrew Lapham as an Executive Advisor to the firm. Based in Toronto, Mr. Lapham will focus primarily on sourcing and evaluating the firm’s investment opportunities in Canada. Previously, Mr. Lapham was a senior investment professional at Onex Corporation, headquartered in Toronto.
  • Apr 24, 2014

    Condoleezza Rice to Visit Future Campus of Schwarzman Scholars

    NEW YORK AND BEIJING, April 24, 2014. Schwarzman Scholars is pleased to announce that former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, a Schwarzman Scholars Honorary Advisory Board member, will visit the future campus of Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing this Sunday. 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, the academic and residential building dedicated to the program.
  • 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.