London Hilton on Park Lane    19th April 2017

The Private Equity
Awards 2017

Recognising the best of European private equity

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Now in their sixteenth year, these awards are the oldest, most respected accolades bestowed on the private equity industry and those that advise it.

Working with Cass Business School and a judging panel of leading industry practitioners, these Awards stand apart in both rigour and prestige and are the ones that GPs - and their advisers - really want to win.

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2016 Awards

The process

Advisory Awards
This year we are accepting nominations for the Corporate Finance, Legal, Bank, Specialist Lender, Fund Administration and Specialist Adviser categories. The shortlists will then be decided by a Real Deals editor before being presented to the panel of GP judges for final deliberation.

Deal of the Year and House of the Year
Deal of the Year and House of the Year shortlists are assembled following research carried out by Real Deals and Cass Business School, with support from Preqin data. Cass Business School then undertakes further analysis for the Deal categories and conducts in-depth interviews with each shortlisted candidate, before presenting their findings to our esteemed panel of judges for final deliberation.

Deal of the Year will be judged by a panel of GPs judges and House of the Year categories will be judged by a panel of LPs judges.

Grand Prix Categories
The Grand Prix House and Deal of the Year categories will be judged live on the night.

Categories

ADVISORY AWARDS - Nominations now open

Regional / Specialist Adviser of the Year

The time period for the awards looks at the calendar year 2016. This Award is eligible to regional legal firms as well as those that focus on a particular field of expertise pertaining to private equity. The focus should be on deals with European targets but can refer to agreed deals, as well as completed deals.

Nominate here 

Placement Agent of the Year

The time period for the awards looks at the calendar year 2016. The focus should be on deals with European targets but can refer to agreed deals, as well as completed deals.

Nominate here 

Bank of the Year

The time period for the awards looks at the calendar year 2016. The focus should be on deals with European targets but can refer to agreed deals, as well as completed deals.

Nominate here 

HOUSE OF THE YEAR - Nominations now open

Portfolio Management Team of the Year

This new award will recognise portfolio management and operational teams that have excelled in adding value to private equity-backed businesses. We will be inviting submissions for this Award, which will be judged by our LP panel.

Nominate here 

DEAL OF THE YEAR

UK Mid-cap Deal of the Year (Enterprise value on entry of €25m - €200m)

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2016, with an entry EV of €25m-€200m.

The judges for this award will take into account financial return, alongside the contribution of the private equity house to the growth of the company and the wider impact of the success story for the asset class and for the broader economy.

Emerging Europe Deal of the Year

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in Emerging Europe which was exited in 2016.

The judges for this award will take into account financial return, alongside the contribution of the private equity house to the growth of the company and the wider impact of the success story for the asset class and for the broader economy.

UK Small Deal of the Year (Enterprise value on entry of less than €25m)

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2016, with an entry EV of less than €25m.

The judges for this award will take into account financial return, alongside the contribution of the private equity house to the growth of the company and the wider impact of the success story for the asset class and for the broader economy.

Germany, Austria and Switzerland Deal of the Year - Large

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in Germany, Switzerland or Austria which was exited in 2016.

The judges for this award will take into account financial return, alongside the contribution of the private equity house to the growth of the company and the wider impact of the success story for the asset class and for the broader economy.

Nordic Deal of the Year

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in Nordics which was exited in 2016.

The judges for this award will take into account financial return, alongside the contribution of the private equity house to the growth of the company and the wider impact of the success story for the asset class and for the broader economy.

France and Benelux Deal of the Year

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in France and Benelux which was exited in 2016.

The judges for this award will take into account financial return, alongside the contribution of the private equity house to the growth of the company and the wider impact of the success story for the asset class and for the broader economy.

Mediterranean Deal of the Year

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the Mediterranean which was exited in 2016.

The judges for this award will take into account financial return, alongside the contribution of the private equity house to the growth of the company and the wider impact of the success story for the asset class and for the broader economy.

UK Large Deal of the Year (Enterprise value of over €200m on entry)

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2016, with an entry EV of over €200m.

The judges for this award will take into account financial return, alongside the contribution of the private equity house to the growth of the company and the wider impact of the success story for the asset class and for the broader economy.

Germany, Austria and Switzerland Deal of the Year - Small and Mid-cap

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in Germany, Switzerland or Austria which was exited in 2016.

The judges for this award will take into account financial return, alongside the contribution of the private equity house to the growth of the company and the wider impact of the success story for the asset class and for the broader economy.

Grand Prix Deal of the Year

This award will be voted for on the evening and will go to the exit deemed to be strongest from across all the regional winners.

HOUSE OF THE YEAR

Grand Prix House of the Year

This award will be voted for on the evening and will go to the house deemed to be strongest from across all the regional winners.

Turnaround House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of European Turnaround Houses in the calendar year of 2016, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Global House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of Global buyout houses in the calendar year of 2016 reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Pan-European House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of Pan-European buyout houses in the calendar year of 2016, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Continental Regional House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of buyout houses focused on a particular region of the Continental market in the calendar year of 2016, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

UK House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of UK buyout houses in the calendar year of 2016, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

SPECIAL AWARDS

Private Equity Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame recognises the contribution of an individual to the private equity industry, including their representation of the industry to government, business and the public, their work in improving the fiscal and legal environment for the industry, and success in their own field.

Corporate Citizenship Awards

This award recognisesa firm’s commitment to best practice in environmental, social and corporategovernance.

The shortlist will be collatedfollowing nominations from a specialist LP judging panel.

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Judges (GPs)

John Barber

John Barber

partner & group board member, Bridgepoint Advisers

Andrew Burgess

Andrew Burgess

managing director & partner, The Carlyle Group

Owen Clarke

Owen Clarke

chief investment officer, Equistone

Torsten Grede

Torsten Grede

spokesman of the board of management, Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Manuel Hertweck

Manuel Hertweck

managing partner, capiton AG

Bruno Ladriere

Bruno Ladriere

managing director, ARDIAN

Karsten Langer

Karsten Langer

partner, The Riverside Company

Neil MacDougall

Neil MacDougall

managing partner, Silverfleet Capital Partners

Carl Nauckhoff

Carl Nauckhoff

senior principal & head of investor relations, Investindustrial

Vince O'Brien

Vince O'Brien

former head of investor relations, Montagu

Rod Richards

Rod Richards

managing partner, Graphite Capital

The LP judging panel of distinguished industry practitioners will be announced soon.

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