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Blackstone Closes Acquisition of Strategic Partners from Credit Suisse

Monday, August 05, 2013

Blackstone Closes Acquisition of Strategic Partners from Credit Suisse

08:00 EDT Monday, August 05, 2013

NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and Credit Suisse today announced that Blackstone had closed on its acquisition of Strategic Partners from Credit Suisse. Strategic Partners is a secondary private fund of funds business, with $10 billion in assets under management.

Strategic Partners seeks capital appreciation through the purchase of secondary interests in high quality private equity, real estate and venture capital funds from investors seeking liquidity on a fair, timely and confidential basis. From its start in 2000, it has raised over $11 billion of capital commitments, completed over 700 transactions, and acquired over 1,500 underlying limited partnership interests. Strategic Partners' funds have produced top quartile private equity returns. Strategic Partners' team of twenty-nine dedicated secondary investment professionals is headed by Stephen Can and Verdun Perry.

About Blackstone

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 private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge fund solutions, credit-focused funds and closed-end funds. Blackstone also provides various financial advisory services, including financial and strategic advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow us on Twitter @Blackstone.

Credit Suisse AG

Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as ‘Credit Suisse'). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse is able to offer clients its expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management from a single source. Credit Suisse provides specialist advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high net worth private clients worldwide, and also to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 46,300 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse's parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

Blackstone
Peter Rose, +1 212-583-5871
rose@blackstone.com
or
Credit Suisse
Katherine Herring, +1 212-325-7545
katherine.herring@credit-suisse.com

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