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Financial adviser to Harbourmaster on its US$232m sale to GSO Blackstone.

Financial adviser to Harbourmaster on its US$232m sale to GSO Blackstone.


On 6 October 2011, GSO Capital Partners, the global credit platform of The Blackstone Group, announced the acquisition of Harbourmaster Capital for total consideration of approximately US$230m. The Harbourmaster Capital Dublin-based team will continue to support the Harbourmaster funds, and will form a combined platform with GSO's existing European leveraged loan business to develop new European focused funds for their global investor base. The combined European leveraged loan platform will have approximately €11.5bn in assets under management supported by a combined team of 40 professionals in both Dublin and London.



Established in March 2000, Harbourmaster Capital is one of Europe's leading investment advisors of secured bank loans. The firm is dedicated to deep,fundamental, long term analysis of sub-investment grade corporates and investment grade infrastructure projects. Harbourmaster Capital advises clients in respect of approximately €8bn of senior secured loans and infrastructure debt.



Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms, with US$133bn of assets under management (as at 30 September 2011). Blackstone’s alternative asset management businesses includes the management of private equity funds, real estate funds, funds of hedge funds, credit-oriented funds and closed-end mutual funds. Blackstone also provides various financial advisory services, including financial and strategic advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services.

GSO Capital Partners, together with its affiliates, has approximately US$34bn of assets currently under management (as at 30 September 2011), and is one of the largest credit-oriented alternative managers in the world and a major participant in the leveraged finance marketplace. GSO seeks to generate superior risk-adjusted returns in its credit business by investing in a broad array of strategies including mezzanine, distressed investing, leveraged loans and other special situation strategies.



SHP acted as financial adviser to Harbourmaster Capital.

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