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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.

We are now OPEN FOR ADVISORY AWARDS NOMINATIONS. Please see below for our list of categories and criteria. Please note nominations will close on Friday 12th February 2016.

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2015 Awards

The process

Nominations are NOW OPEN for Advisory Award categories – to enter please see below the process and categories.

Advisory Awards
This year we will be 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 Deal editor before being presented to the panel of GP judges for final deliberation.

Nominations are free and will close on Friday 12th February 2016.

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.

The shortlist for all categories will be announced in late February 2016.

Categories

DEAL OF THE YEAR - See the 2016 shortlist

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

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

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2015, 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.

Nordic Deal of the Year

Bain Capital, Altor - EWOS

Herkules - Espresso House

Polaris Private Equity - Skanska Byggvaro

Ratos - Nordic Cinema Group

Segulah - Etraveli

Vision Capital - Nordax

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in Nordics which was exited in 2015.

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

21 Partners - Vacalians

3i Group - Labco

Astorg Partners - Linxens

Egeria - Flextronics

Francisco Partners - eFront

Gilde Buyout Partners - CID Lines

Omnes Capital - Exclusive Networks

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in France and Benelux which was exited in 2015.

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

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

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the Mediterranean which was exited in 2015.

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)

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

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2015, 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.


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

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

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2015, 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.

Emerging Europe Deal of the Year

Advent International - Regina Maria

Advent International - Partner In Pet Food

BC Partners - Migros

Innova Capital - Wirtualna Polska

Resource Partners - Good Food

Value4Capital - Home.pl

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in Emerging Europe which was exited in 2015.

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

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 - Tank & Rast

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in Germany, Switzerland or Austria which was exited in 2015.

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.

HOUSE OF THE YEAR - See the 2016 shortlist

Turnaround House of the Year

Aurelius

Endless

Rutland Partners

Sun European Capital

This award recognises the overall achievement of European Turnaround Houses in the calendar year of 2015, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Global House of the Year

Ardian

EQT Partners

The Carlyle Group

Warburg Pincus

This award recognises the overall achievement of Global buyout houses in the calendar year of 2015 reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Continental Regional House of the Year

Capiton

Gilde Buyout Partners

Investindustrial

Waterland

This award recognises the overall achievement of buyout houses focused on a particular region of the Continental market in the calendar year of 2015, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

UK House of the Year

Elysian Capital

Exponent Private Equity

Inflexion Private Equity

Livingbridge

Palatine Private Equity

This award recognises the overall achievement of UK buyout houses in the calendar year of 2015, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Pan-European House of the Year

Bridgepoint

Equistone Partners Europe

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Montagu Private Equity

PAI Partners

Silverfleet Capital

This award recognises the overall achievement of Pan-European buyout houses in the calendar year of 2015, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

ADVISORY AWARDS - Nominations now open

Legal Adviser of the Year

The time period for the awards looks at the calendar year 2015. The focus should be on deals with European targets but can refer to agreed deals, as well as completed deals.

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Fund Administrator of the Year

The time period for the awards looks at the calendar year 2015. The focus should be on deals with European targets but can refer to agreed deals, as well as completed deals.

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Specialist Adviser of the Year

The time period for the awards looks at the calendar year 2015. The focus should be on deals with European targets but can refer to agreed deals, as well as completed deals.

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Bank of the Year

The time period for the awards looks at the calendar year 2015. The focus should be on deals with European targets but can refer to agreed deals, as well as completed deals.

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Specialist Lender of the Year

The time period for the awards looks at the calendar year 2015. The focus should be on deals with European targets but can refer to agreed deals, as well as completed deals.

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Asset-Based Lender of the Year

The time period for the awards looks at the calendar year 2015. The focus should be on deals with European targets but can refer to agreed deals, as well as completed deals.

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Placement Agent of the Year

The time period for the awards looks at the calendar year 2015. The focus should be on deals with European targets but can refer to agreed deals, as well as completed deals.

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SPECIAL AWARDS

Corporate Citizenship Awards

This award recognises a firm’s commitment to best practice in environmental, social and corporate governance.

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

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.

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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

Manuel Hertweck

Manuel Hertweck

managing partner, capiton AG

Nic Humphries

Nic Humphries

managing partner, HgCapital

Karsten Langer

Karsten Langer

partner, The Riverside Company

Juan Luis Ramírez Belaustegui

Juan Luis Ramírez Belaustegui

founding partner, Portobello Capital

Neil MacDougall

Neil MacDougall

managing partner, Silverfleet Capital

Matteo Ricatti

Matteo Ricatti

partner, Clessidra sgr S.p.A.

Rod Richards

Rod Richards

managing partner, Graphite Capital

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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