Disposal of Las Vegas resort to MGM International and a property consortium completes turnround

Blackstone has agreed to sell The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas for $5.7bn, completing a turnround at a resort that had been blighted by losses and labour disputes before Stephen Schwarzman’s private equity firm took ownership seven years ago.

MGM Resorts International is paying $1.6bn to take over operations of the 3,000-room hotel overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, which incorporates a nightclub, a casino, and more than two dozen bars and restaurants.

In a simultaneous deal, the high-rise complex itself will be acquired by a trio of investors comprising Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, a vehicle controlled by the family of Panda Express founder Andrew Cherng, and one of Blackstone’s own real estate funds.

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