After more than 5 years of legal tussle between certain
The Blackstone Group L.P.
), the latter has now agreed to settle an investor class action
lawsuit related to its initial public offering (IPO). The lawsuit
accused the company of concealing the fact that its portfolio of
investments was underperforming, while filing the prospectus for
IPO in 2007.
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Blackstone will be paying $85 million as settlement, without
admitting or denying the charges. The settlement also covers the
claims against the company's top executives including the CEO,
The lawsuit was filed in Apr 2008, nearly a year after
Blackstone's IPO raised more than $4 billion.
The suit had accused Blackstone of not disclosing the fact that 2
of its portfolio companies - FGIC Corp. and Freescale
Semiconductor Inc. - as well as its commercial real-estate
investments were not performing as per expections. This, in turn,
increased the risk of performance fees being clawed back by
At present, the settlement awaits the approval of the U.S.
District Judge Harold Baer, who had dismissed the lawsuit in Sep
2009. However, in Feb 2011, the 2
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed the above
order and revived the lawsuit. Further, in Oct 2011, the U.S.
Supreme Court rejected Blackstone's appeal for dismissal of the
The lawsuit settlement removes a longstanding litigation headwind
for Blackstone. Though the company did not admit any wrongdoing,
the legal hassles that braced it is a warning to other companies
which conceal information about the performance of their
Currently, Blackstone carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other
investment management companies worth considering include
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Noah Holdings Limited
). All these stocks carry the same Zacks Rank as Blackstone.