Law360, New York (January 13, 2012, 7:27 PM EST) -- Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP aided private equity giant The Blackstone Group LP in its $9.4 billion acquisition of Centro Properties Group's massive U.S. mall portfolio — the biggest real estate deal since the financial crisis — helping it earn a place on Law360's list of Real Estate Groups of 2011.
The Centro deal, which closed in June, was a typically complicated one for Blackstone, involving 600 properties, a debt-laden real estate investment trust and its creditors.
After a marathon trip to Centro's headquarters in Australia...
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