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Blackstone could transfer bulk of real estate holdings into REITs

February 15, 2013 10:00AM

Jonathan Gray

A good portion of private equity giant Blackstone Group’s real estate holdings across the U.S. – including hotels, homes and offices — may either be acquired by or turned into real estate investment trusts through initial public offerings in the coming years, Reuters reported. Jonathan Gray, head of Blackstone’s global real estate division, said that with the debt market improving, the firm will sell off much of its funds this year and next. Office buildings could end up in the possession of large REITs, whereas sovereign wealth funds would probably buy shopping centers and office properties in dense markets, like New York City, he said. Blackstone’s Hilton Worldwide collection could become a publicly traded REIT. [more]