Oct 06, 2011

Blackstone's GSO Capital Partners Acquires Harbourmaster Capital

The acquisition makes GSO one of the largest leveraged loan investors in Europe as well as the United States, thereby enhancing its global scale. In addition to leveraged loans, GSO also manages mezzanine, distressed and special situations investment funds that are active in the European credit markets.

Bennett Goodman, Senior Managing Director and Co-Founder of GSO commented on the transaction: "Harbourmaster Capital is widely recognized as a market leader in Europe, an extremely well managed firm whose investment style and philosophy is completely consistent with ours. By merging our European platforms, we are creating one of the largest alternative managers in Europe, strategically positioning us to capitalize on the growing number of investment opportunities in the European corporate credit markets.”

Dan Smith, Senior Managing Director of GSO added: “The combined GSO and Harbourmaster Capital European leveraged loan business will be overseen by Debra Anderson, Alan Kerr and Mark Moffat, a very seasoned and talented team of investment  professionals which we believe positions us for continued success in Europe.”

Alan Kerr and Mark Moffat of Harbourmaster made the following comment: “We are delighted to be merging Harbourmaster with the GSO European loan business. The combined European business will have unparalleled scale in Europe and will strengthen our investment proposition to investors across a range of bank loan and other credit funds”.

GSO, together with its affiliates has approximately $34 billion of assets currently under management (approximately $45 billion pro forma for the acquisition), 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.

The parties expect to close the transaction in early 2012 following receipt of regulatory and certain third party approvals. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Harbourmaster

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 €8.0 billion of senior secured loans and infrastructure debt. Further information is available at http://www.harbourmaster.com.

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