Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. is a real estate finance company that originates and acquires senior loans collateralized by properties in North America and Europe. Our business plan is to create the premier global commercial real estate lending platform and to originate, acquire and manage commercial real estate loans and securities and other commercial real estate-related debt instruments. While the commercial real estate debt markets are complex and continually evolving, we believe they offer compelling opportunities when approached with the institutional capabilities and expertise of BXMT Advisors L.L.C., our Manager, and a subsidiary of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms. Our investment objective is to preserve and protect our capital while producing attractive risk-adjusted returns primarily through dividends generated from current income on our portfolio.
Our Manager is part of Blackstone’s world leading real estate investment platform, which controls over $180 billion of real estate as of September 30, 2015. The size and scale of Blackstone’s real estate holdings make it one of the largest private owners of lodging, office, retail, industrial and residential real estate in the United States. Blackstone’s Real Estate Debt Strategies business, known as BREDS, was formed in 2008 and in a short period of time, has become one of the most active real estate lenders and debt investors since the global financial crisis. With 434 separate loan originations/purchases in the United States and Europe, representing over $29 billion of face value as of September 30, 2015, BREDS has demonstrated its ability to offer borrowers and sellers speed and certainty of execution. Through our Manager, we can leverage the reputation and expertise of the Blackstone Real Estate platform to provide unique financing solutions to borrowers.