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25

Apr

2011

Today, the Blackstone Foundation announced its most recent endeavor – Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network - a project with the potential to create 17,000 jobs in North Carolina.  As part of its $50 million Entrepreneurship Initiative, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is developing and implementing programs in conjunction with local partners that it hopes will serve as national models for spurring economic growth through entrepreneurship. (more...)
31

Mar

2011

With the recent closing of its most recent debt strategies fund, Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies (“BREDS”) commitments now total $3.5 billion.  Blackstone’s Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of BREDS, Mike Nash, discusses the success of Blackstone’s real estate debt business and its impact on the commercial real estate industry. (more...)
29

Mar

2011

Twenty-nine Blackstone colleagues and friends recently ran the New York City Half Marathon as part of the Team in Training program raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The team is especially pleased to have been recognized as the Top Corporate Fundraising Team, with over $100,000 raised to support LLS's mission to help identify cures for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Myeloma. This is in addition to more than $1 million raised by Blackstone’s overall efforts since 2008. (more...)
24

Mar

2011

Blackstone’s Tokyo office continues to operate during the difficulties after the earthquake and the tsunami. All Tokyo office employees are in Japan and are at work. (more...)
22

Mar

2011

As the Economic Recovery Gains Momentum, Has the Perception of ‘Value’ Changed? 

Mary Anne Citrino, Senior Managing Director and Head of Blackstone Advisory Partners’ Consumer Advisory Practice, responds to that and more. (more...)
01

Mar

2011

The Blackstone Group received a special honor as the top fundraising team for inMotion’s Story by Story—Climbing to End Domestic Violence! event. A gala ceremony was held on February 8th for inMotion’s Commitment to Justice Awards at New York City’s Lincoln Center. (more...)
24

Feb

2011

Q: Vik, since the beginning of this year, Blackstone has executed multiple refinancings on companies owned by the funds that it manages for investors. Why now and why is this a good thing?

A: I will answer the second question first. Blackstone takes a very active role in counseling the companies owned in its funds on behalf of its investors. We are not passive investors. So this means that we apply our expertise in several ways to make companies stronger, and this includes debt structures. We are in the markets frequently, which gives us an excellent pulse on what is happening day to day. When there are opportunities to strengthen the companies’ balance sheets and to create more value, we want to seize those. And quickly! A reduction in the cost of borrowings or in total borrowings is a good thing for our investors and their returns. (more...)
22

Feb

2011

Blackstone portfolio company, TRW Automotive, is seeking experienced engineers. In an effort to keep up with business growth, TRW is putting out the message that it is hiring. (more...)
18

Feb

2011

Following the June 2010 opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Blackstone Portfolio Company Universal Orlando has seen a 20% growth in attendance for 2010, contributing to its best fourth quarter on record and highest attendance since 2004. (more...)
10

Feb

2011

By Gérard Errera

In our multipolar world the European Union appears sadly to be something of a deadweight. It should not be so. Strange as it may sound against the recent backdrop of bleak predictions about the eurozone, it even may not be so. (more...)
 

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