Blackstone Eyes European Real Estate Opportunities Amid Easing Central Bank Rates: Report

BY Benzinga | ECONOMIC | 11/28/23 07:16 AM EST

Blackstone Inc. (BX) is reportedly seeing a plethora of buying opportunities in real estate across Europe as central banks become less aggressive with rate hikes. 

The private equity giant favors deals involving data centers, warehouses, and student housing across Europe, Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman said in the Bloomberg Television interview.

"The deal business is not totally in mothballs and these things start again," Schwarzman told Bloomberg. "I think we're more on that side of the cycle, although it has been somewhat dreary for a year."

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Earlier this month, Blackstone collaborated with investors such as Permira to acquire Adevinta ASA, the report read. 

This purchase, one of the largest buyouts of the year, valued the European online classifieds company at approximately E14 billion ($15 billion), including debt, it added.

The statements were made on the sidelines of the U.K.'s Global Investment Summit in London.

The investment summit is attended by prominent executives and bankers, including Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase & Co. .

Schwarzman highlighted that the U.K. continues to be an attractive destination for investment, citing its legal system, universities, and expertise in life sciences, per the Bloomberg report. 

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He pointed to Blackstone's new London headquarters as a reflection of his confidence in the U.K.

Previously, Schwarzman was part of a panel with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, where he emphasized the need for businesses to rapidly integrate artificial intelligence technology, the Bloomberg report read. 

Schwarzman also expressed that this month's meeting between China and the U.S. should aid in improving relations between the two nations.

"I have a simple rule - I only invest in places that I'm willing to visit twice," Schwarzman told Bloomberg.

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Price Action: BX shares are trading higher by 0.41% to $107.19 premarket on the last check Tuesday. 

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