The Blackstone Group’s deal for hedge fund GSO Capital Partners has been given the green light by regulators.
The Federal Trade Commission signed off on the private equity giant’s proposed $930 million acquisition of GSO, it said yesterday. New York-based GSO manages some $10 billion, including a credit hedge fund.
Under the deal, Blackstone will pay $620 million in cash upfront, with another $310 million over five years, subject to GSO meeting earnings targets.
As part of the deal, Blackstone is also buying out Merrill Lynch’s share of the firm, which took a reported 20% stake in GSO last May.
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