Financial News recently announced its Deal of the Year as Blackstone’s IPO of Merlin Entertainment. “It is the classic private equity tale of growth under the ownership of a leading buyout shop, which took a relatively small business on to a market capitalization of $5.3 billion,” the publication said. Financial News selected award winners by analyzing market data and canvassing professionals in the private equity industry to compile a list of finalists, vetting those finalists and soliciting votes from a panel of independent market participants. Blackstone has not investigated and does not know the makeup of voters. A different set of voters may have achieved different results. Blackstone does not know whether it has been rated by this or any other third party in any way that would conflict with these awards. There may be other categories for which Blackstone, its funds or its portfolio companies were nominated but not awarded. The awards may not be representative of a particular investor’s experience or the future performance of any Blackstone fund or transaction. There is no guarantee that similar awards will be obtained by Blackstone with respect to existing or future funds or transactions. This information is provided solely for informational purposes. It should not relied upon as any indication of future performance of Blackstone or any of its funds or portfolio companies.