London, June 29, 2009: The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX) today announces the final closing of its latest real estate fund, Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe III (“BREP Europe III”).
The closing brings to the fund total equity capital commitments of over €3.1 billion. The initial intended target was €2.5 billion. The fund will target property investments throughout Europe and is composed of commitments from a diversified group of limited partners from around the world.
Chad Pike, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate said: “We are very pleased to have received this further vote of confidence from both existing and new Blackstone investors. BREP Europe III is well positioned to take advantage of the inevitable recapitalization of the property sector. Given the continued deterioration in the global economy and the lagging nature of the real estate market, we will remain disciplined and cautious in deploying this capital over the coming years.”
Since The Blackstone Group started its real estate investment business in 1992, the firm has raised a total of over $28bn.
The Blackstone Group was assisted in its fund-raising by The Park Hill Group, a Blackstone affiliate.
For more information contact:
The Blackstone Group, New York
The Blackstone Group, London
+1 212 583 5871
+44 (0)20 7451 4344
About Blackstone Real Estate
In 1992, Blackstone formed its Real Estate Group, which closed its first fund with $338 million. Today, our Real Estate business has AUM of approximately $23 billion and is the largest owner, operator and franchisor of hotels in the world, with approximately 3,800 individual properties and around 615,000 rooms in total. Our hotel brands cover all segments of the industry, ranging from limited service to superluxury. We have also become one of the largest owners of office buildings in the U.S., with approximately 52m sq. ft. of office space. Additional holdings also include retail properties, distribution and warehousing facilities and a variety of real estate operating companies.
In 2007 Blackstone established Blackstone Real Estate Special Situations Advisors (BSSF) to target global non-controlling debt and equity investment opportunities in the public and private markets. Its investment portfolio is expected to consist of a variety of real estate-related securities, including mezzanine debt, publicly traded debt securities, whole loans, preferred equity, bridge equity, publicly traded equity securities and joint venture equity.
About The Blackstone Group
Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, the companies we advise and the broader global economy. We do this through the commitment of our extraordinary people and flexible capital. Our alternative asset management businesses include the management of corporate private equity funds, real estate funds, funds of hedge funds, credit-oriented funds, collateralized loan obligation vehicles (CLOs) and closed-end mutual funds. The Blackstone Group also provides various financial advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com.