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The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

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    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Since closing on the record-breaking $1.95B Waldorf Astoria sale in February, the firm hasn't let up, closing nearly $20B worth of transactions. Here's a look at Blackstone's top 10 deals in 2015.

    1. General Electric

    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Date: April 2015

    Amount: $23B

    Bought: GE's entire real estate portfolio

    GE came to Blackstone and Wells Fargo with this mammoth deal in mid-March, and the purchase went through in early April. (We've run 5K's that took longer than that turnaround.) When your portfolio needs an immediate buyer, who you gonna call? Well, Blackstone.

    2. Strategic Hotels and Resorts

    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Date: December 2015

    Amount: $6B

    Bought: Publicly traded REIT

    Jumping on the REIT privatization bandwagon, Blackstone snatched up Strategic Hotels and Resorts this past Friday, the most recent deal on our list. This deal, plus buying Hilton and La Quinta over the past decade, makes Blackstone a titan in the hospitality sector.

    3. Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, NYC

    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Date: October 2015

    Amount: $5.3B

    Bought: Multifamily complex

    Stuy Town's rough patch—including Tishman Speyer's default on the complex—is heading for an end, as Blackstone partnered with Ivanhoé Cambridge to buy the complex. The companies landed a sweet $2.7B Fannie Mae-backed loan for the project this month. 

    4. BioMed Realty Trust

    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Date: October 2015

    Amount: $4.8B

    Bought: Publicly traded REIT

    BioMed Realty Trust was struggling as investors pulled away from REITs ahead of the Fed rate hike. But never fear, Blackstone is here! The REIT was bought out by Blackstone for $23.75 a share, 24% more than the share price just a few weeks earlier.

    5. California Public Employees' Retirement System

    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Date: November 2015

    Amount: $3B

    Bought: Real estate fund shares

    In this largest-ever secondary-market deal, Blackstone snagged 43 real estate fund stakes from CalPERS as the pension fund slimmed down to focus on rental apartments, industrial parks, offices and retail. Blackstone added a special unit to buy shares in investment funds in 2013.

    6. Greystar Apartments

    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Date: December 2015

    Amount: $2B

    Bought: 10,000 multifamily units

    Pile on the multifamily—fresh on the heels of the Stuy Town-Peter Cooper Village deal, Blackstone closed this purchase for a mix of 10,000 mid-rise, high-rise and garden-style apartments just this month. Greystar will remain property managers, with Blackstone having the controlling stake.

    7. Excel Trust

    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Date: April 2015

    Amount: $2B

    Bought: Publicly traded REIT

    In another REIT buyout, Blackstone paid $15.85 a share for Excel Trust—15% above the NYSE value on the day of the announcement. Excel Trust invested on a "necessity based model," meaning it steered clear of retailers who were threatened by e-commerce—something that clearly caught Blackstone's attention.

    8. Willis Tower, Chicago

    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Date: March 2015

    Amount: $1.3B

    Bought: Chicago office tower

    With this purchase, Blackstone set a record for the most expensive office building in Chicago—but the cash won't stop there. The company looks to shell out $150M upgrading the tower's retail area and $103M to revamp the observatory.

    9. Paulson & Co Hotel Sale

    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Date: March 2015

    Amount: $1.3B

    Bought: Three luxury hotels

    Blackstone grabbed the JW Marriotts in Orlando and Phoenix Desert Ridge, AZ, plus the Orlando Ritz-Carlton, in this sweet $1.3B deal with Paulson & Co. The hotels combine for 470k SF and 2,500 room keys.

    10. 500 Boylston St and 222 Berkeley St, Boston

    The 10 Biggest Blackstone Buys in 2015

    Date: August 2015

    Amount: $1.3B

    Sold: Two Boston office towers

    Turns out Blackstone isn't just a buyers club. We round out this list with the company's hush-hush sale of two Boston office buildings, 500 Boylston St and 222 Berkeley St, to JPMorgan and Oxford Properties. Blackstone's dumped a lot of Boston office property recently, including five towers for $2.1B in May 2014.