London Hilton on Park Lane    19th April 2016

Recognising the best of European private equity

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Now in their fifteenth 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.

More than 700 of the industry’s leading lights packed the Hilton Park Lane for the 15th annual Private Equity Awards, hosted by comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

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2016 Awards

The process

Advisory Awards
This year we have accepted 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.


ADVISORY AWARDS - See the 2016 winners

Placement Agent of the Year

Winner: Campbell Lutyens

Asante Capital Group

Athos Partners

Campbell Lutyens

Lazard Private Fund Advisory Group


Quest Fund Placement

Rede Partners

Bank of the Year

Winner: Investec Bank


Investec Bank

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

DEAL OF THE YEAR - See the 2016 winners

Germany, Austria and Switzerland Deal of the Year


Small to Mid-cap - Oakley Capital Private Equity - Verivox 

Large - Terra Firma Capital Partners- Tank & Rast

Advent International - Douglas

BC Partners - Synlab

Hellman Friedman, Blackstone - Scout 24

Oakley Capital Private Equity - Verivox

One Equity Partners - Constantia

PAI Partners - Swissport

Summit Partners - 360T

Terra Firma Capital Partners- Tank & Rast

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

Winner: Advent International, Bain Capital - Worldpay

Advent International, Bain Capital - Worldpay 

Apax Partners - Auto Trader 

Bridgepoint - LGC 

Carlyle Group - RAC 

Cinven - Amco 

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice - British Car Auctions 

CVC Capital Partners, Investcorp - Skrill 

Exponent Private Equity - Quorn 

Hellman Friedman - Wood Mackenzie

TDR Capital - Lowell Group

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

Winner: Exponent Private Equity - Fintrax 

Active Private Equity - Evans Cycles 

Bowmark Capital- Las Iguanas 

Carlyle Group - The Foundry 

ECI Partners - Wireless Logic 

Exponent Private Equity - Fintrax 

Inflexion Private Equity - Aspen Pumps 

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners - Mander Portman Woodward 

Lyceum Capital - Access 

Silverfleet Capital - Office 

Towerbrook Capital Partners - Phase Eight

Mediterranean Deal of the Year

Winner: Apax Partners - Banca Farmafactoring

Alcedo, Wise - JK Group

Apax Partners - Banca Farmafactoring

CVC Capital Partners - R Cable

Investindustrial, Trilantic Capital Partners - Euskaltel

L Capital, Torreal and Arta Capital - Pepe Jeans

Sator Capital, Principia - Bannzai

France and Benelux Deal of the Year

Winner: Egeria – Mirror Controls 

3i Group - Labco

21 Partners - Vacalians

Astorg Partners - Linxens

Egeria – Mirror Controls 

Francisco Partners - eFront

Gilde Buyout Partners - CID Lines

Omnes Capital - Exclusive Networks

Nordic Deal of the Year

Winner: Herkules Capital - Espresso House

Bain Capital, Altor - EWOS

Herkules Capital - Espresso House

Polaris Private Equity - Skanska Byggvaro

Ratos - Nordic Cinema Group

Segulah - Etraveli

Vision Capital - Nordax

Emerging Europe Deal of the Year

Winner: Resource Partners - Good Food

Advent International - Regina Maria

Advent International - Partner In Pet Food

BC Partners - Migros

Innova Capital - Wirtualna Polska

Resource Partners - Good Food

Value4Capital -

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

Winner: CBPE Capital - IDIS 

CBPE Capital - IDIS 

Iceni Capital - StockWell 

Key Capital Partners - Nurse Plus 

Livingbridge - Inov-8 

Maven Capital Partners - Cash Bases 

Panoramic Growth Equity - Cascade 

Sovereign Capital - Alcumus 

YFM Private Equity, Calculus Capital and Kaye Enterprises - Waterfall

HOUSE OF THE YEAR - See the 2016 winners

Pan-European House of the Year

Winner: Equistone Partners Europe


Equistone Partners Europe

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Montagu Private Equity

PAI Partners

Silverfleet Capital

UK House of the Year

Winner: Inflexion Private Equity

Elysian Capital

Exponent Private Equity

Inflexion Private Equity


Palatine Private Equity


Sponsors for 2016

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Judges (GPs)

François Barbier

François Barbier

managing partner, 21 Partners

Andrew Burgess

Andrew Burgess

managing director & partner, The Carlyle Group

François De Mitry

François De Mitry

partner, Astorg Partners

Dr Andreas Fischer

Dr Andreas Fischer

partner, EQT

Andy Grey

Andy Grey

senior partner, Graphite Capital

Manuel Hertweck

Manuel Hertweck

managing partner, capiton AG

Nic Humphries

Nic Humphries

managing partner, HgCapital

Karsten Langer

Karsten Langer

partner, The Riverside Company

Neil MacDougall

Neil MacDougall

managing partner, Silverfleet Capital

Juan Luis Ramírez Belaustegui

Juan Luis Ramírez Belaustegui

founding partner, Portobello Capital

Matteo Ricatti

Matteo Ricatti

partner, Clessidra sgr S.p.A.

John Singer

John Singer

Executive Chairman of the New College of Humanities, Executive Chairman of the City of London Sinfonia and Trustee of the National Gallery

Steve Tudge

Steve Tudge

managing partner, ECI Partners

Judges (LPs)

Elaina Elzinga

Elaina Elzinga

investment manager, Wellcome Trust

Carolina Espinal

Carolina Espinal

managing director, HarbourVest Partners

Alex Scott

Alex Scott

Principal, Pantheon

Jim Strang

Jim Strang

managing director and head of EMEA, Hamilton Lane (UK)

Maarten Vervoort

Maarten Vervoort

managing director, AlpInvest Partners B.V.

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