Blackstone, MGPA loom large in PERE Awards

The two firms, both with global footprints, were big winners among many unveiled today for the 2007 Global PERE Awards.

The Blackstone Group, the main driver of the record-breaking Equity Office Properties deal, as well as MGPA, the property firm backed by Macquarie Bank, were big winners in the 2007 Global PERE Awards, unveiled today.

A complete list of the winners across Global, North American, European, Asian and Rest of World categories can be viewed here

Blackstone, which acquired and then partially divested billions of dollars worth of office properties in last year’s epic Equity Office Properties saga, was voted North American Firm of the Year in the PERE Awards, an honor bestowed through thousands of votes cast by readers of PrivateEquityRealEstate.com and its sister magazine PERE.

Blackstone’s most recent, $10 billion fundraise won North American Fundraising of the Year. The co-head of Blackstone’s real estate arm, Jonathan Gray, won North American Industry Figure of the Year. The Equity Office Properties disposals were voted Global Deal of the Year as well as North American Exit of the Year.

MGPA was a recurring theme in both the European and Asian categories of the second annual PERE Awards. The firm won both European and Asian Firm of the Year categories. MGPA’s acquisition of Temasek Tower in Singapore was voted Asian Deal of the Year, while MGPA’s Jim Quille was voted Asian Industry Figure of the Year.

Morgan Stanley Real Estate’s John Carrafiell was voted European Industry Figure of the Year.

Sam Zell, longtime real estate heavyweight and co-head of Equity International, was voted Global Industry Figure of the Year. Readers of PrivateEquityRealEstate.com and PERE voted China the Hottest Market of the Year and infrastructure the Hottest Sector of the Year.