The Blackstone Group L.P., together with its subsidiaries, provides alternative asset management and financial advisory services worldwide. It operates in five segments: Private Equity, Real Estate, Hedge Fund Solutions, Credit Businesses, and Financial Advisory. The Private Equity segment engages in private equity investing through five general private equity funds and one specialized fund focusing on communications-related investments. This segment engages in various transactions, including leveraged buyout acquisitions of seasoned companies, transactions involving growth equity or start-up businesses in established industries, minority investments, corporate partnerships, distressed debt, structured securities, and industry consolidations. The Real Estate segment manages general opportunistic real estate funds and internationally focused opportunistic real estate funds. This segment also has debt investment funds targeting non-controlling real estate debt-related investment opportunities in the public and private markets, primarily in the United States and Europe. The Hedge Fund Solutions segment manages a range of commingled funds of hedge funds and customized vehicles. The Credit Businesses segment manages various credit-oriented funds, including senior credit-oriented funds, distressed debt funds, mezzanine funds, and general credit-oriented funds; and CLOs, credit-focused separately managed accounts, and publicly registered debt-focused investment companies. The Financial Advisory segment offers financial and strategic advisory services, such as corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions advice; restructuring and reorganization advisory services; and fund placement services for alternative investment funds. Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. operates as the general partner of the company. The Blackstone Group L.P. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in New York, New York.