Francisco Rey Joins Blackstone's Corporate Advisory Group



    LONDON, October 18 /CNW/ - The Blackstone Group today announced that
Francisco Rey has joined the firm's corporate advisory group as a Senior
Managing Director. Mr. Rey will be located in Blackstone's London office.
While Francisco will focus on the European communications industry, he will
also help expand the advisory practice in the sector to the Middle East and
Asia and complement Blackstone's efforts in media and technology.

    Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Rey spent 15 years advising clients at
Merrill Lynch, where he worked on some of the largest and most complex
transactions in the broad communications sector. Most recently he headed
Merrill Lynch's TMT practice for Southern and Eastern Europe and the Middle
East.

    John Studzinski, Senior Managing Director, said; "We are delighted to
have someone of Francisco's stature and experience join our Corporate Advisory
team. He brings valuable expertise to the firm's growing international
advisory group."

    Mr. Rey holds a BA and MS in Economics and Law from University of Deusto
in Spain and received an MBA from Columbia University School of Business.

    About The Blackstone Group

    The Blackstone Group is a leading global alternative asset manager and
provider of financial advisory services. Its alternative asset management
businesses include the management of corporate private equity funds, real
estate opportunity funds, funds of hedge funds, mezzanine funds, senior debt
funds, proprietary hedge funds 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.

    
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