Alliance Data Systems/Blackstone Group File Definitive Proxy Statement

Includes: ADS, BX
by: The M & A Researcher

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) has filed the definitive proxy statement its merger with The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX) with the SEC.

The ADS shareholder meeting is currently scheduled for August 8, 2007.

The proxy provides the following updates regarding pending regulatory matters:

Parent filed the required notices with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) on June 28, 2007. Parent also filed the required notices with the FDIC and the UDFI, in each case on July 2, 2007.

Details of these reviews will be posted as the information becomes available. Currently, the FDIC has not posted this case to its pending review list. Additionally, the OCC has not published its latest report for the period ended June 30, 2007.

The GFCO review of this merger remains in progress as of this update.

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