London Hilton on Park Lane 17th April 2018


 

THE PRIVATE EQUITY
AWARDS 2018


Recognising the best of European private equity

Now in their seventeenth 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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The process

Advisory Awards This year we are accepting nominations for the Corporate Finance, Legal, Bank, Specialist Lender, Fund Administration, Commercial Due Diligence, Placement Agent 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. Nominate here.

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 phone 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 GP judges and House of the Year categories will be judged by a panel of LP judges.

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

Special Awards The shortlist for the Environmental and Social Governance award will be collated following nominations from a specialist LP judging panel. The Private Equity Hall of Fame recipient is nominated by the Real Deals editorial team.

Key Dates

House and Deal finalists announced 11th January
Advisory Awards deadline 9th February
Advisory Awards finalists announced 15th February
Judging day Mid-March
Awards ceremony 17th April 

Programme

18.45 Champagne reception
19.40 Welcome address
20.00 Dinner, The Grand Ballroom
21.30 The Private Equity Awards
22.30 Cash bar
01.00 Carriages
Dress code:  Black tie

Finalists

ADVISORY AWARDS

Lender of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of banks and specialist lenders in the calendar year of 2017.

Winner (Bank of the Year): HSBC Bank
Winner (Specialist Lender of the Year): Hayfin Capital Management

Finalists:

  • Beechbrook Capital
  • Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank
  • Hayfin Capital Management
  • HSBC Bank
  • Investec Specialist Bank
  • OakNorth
  • Tosca Debt Capital

Two awards will be made from this shortlist, for Bank of the Year and Specialist Lender of the Year.

Asset-Based Lender of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of asset-based lenders in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in new business, market share and credit quality as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy.

Winner: ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance

Finalists:

  • ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance
  • Leumi ABL
  • PNC Business Credit
  • Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance
  • Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Specialist Adviser of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of specialist advisers in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in creating value for clients through the provision of bespoke advice in specialist areas, as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy.

Winner: Intuitus

Finalists:

  • GK Strategy
  • Intuitus
  • One Four Zero
  • SIA Group
  • Validus Risk Management
  • WA Investor Services
Commercial Due Diligence Adviser of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of commercial due diligence advisers in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in creating value for clients through the provision of high quality analysis, genuine market insight and service, as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy.

Winner: Candesic

Finalists:

  • Armstrong
  • Candesic
  • CIL Management Consultants
  • Fairgrove Partners
  • Grant Thornton
  • Luminii Consulting
Placement Agent of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of placement agents in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in creating value for clients through outstanding execution, market insight, close partnerships with clients and investor networks, as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy.

Winner: Campbell Lutyens

Finalists:

  • Asante Capital Group
  • Athos Partners
  • Campbell Lutyens
  • Capstone Partners
  • MVision Private Equity Advisers
  • Rede Partners
Fund Administrator of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of fund administrators in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in creating value for clients through the use of technology, understanding of ever-changing regulation and best-in-class reporting and analysis, as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy.

Winner: Vistra

Finalists:

  • Apex Fund Services
  • Augentius
  • Aztec Group
  • Crestbridge
  • Intertrust
  • Ipes
  • JTC Fund Services
  • SGG Group
  • Vistra
Pan-European Legal Adviser of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of pan-European legal advisers in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in creating value for clients through outstanding execution, commercial awareness and ability to deliver creative solutions to problems, as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy.

Winner: Clifford Chance

Finalists:

  • Clifford Chance
  • CMS
  • Dechert
  • DLA Piper
  • Goodwin
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London)
  • White & Case

Due to such a high number of quality submission for the M&A Legal Adviser of the Year category, we have split this category into two awards; Regional Legal Adviser of the Year and Pan-European Legal Adviser of the Year.

Regional Legal Adviser of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of regional legal advisers in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in creating value for clients through outstanding execution, commercial awareness and ability to deliver creative solutions to problems, as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy.

Winner: Eversheds Sutherland

Finalists:

  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • Charles Russell Speechlys
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Taylor Wessing

Due to such a high number of quality submission for the M&A Legal Adviser of the Year category, we have split this category into two awards; Regional Legal Adviser of the Year and Pan-European Legal Adviser of the Year

UK Corporate Finance House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of corporate financiers advising on UK deals in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in creating value for clients through outstanding execution and the provision of genuine market and sector insight, as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy.

Winner: Grant Thornton

Finalists:

  • Catalyst Corporate Finance
  • Cavendish Corporate Finance
  • Grant Thornton
  • ICON Corporate Finance
  • Spectrum Corporate Finance
European Corporate Finance House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of corporate financiers advising on continental European deals in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in creating value for clients through outstanding execution and the provision of genuine market and sector insight, as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy.

Winner: DC Advisory

Finalists:

  • ALANTRA
  • Arma Partners
  • Baird
  • Clearwater International
  • DC Advisory
  • GCA Altium
  • GP Bullhound
  • Houlihan Lokey

HOUSE OF THE YEAR

UK House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of UK buyout houses in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Winner: Tenzing Private Equity

Finalists:

  • Cairngorm Capital
  • EMK Capital
  • Epiris
  • Inflexion Private Equity
  • Mobeus Equity Partners
  • Palatine Private Equity
  • Tenzing Private Equity
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 2017, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Winner: FSN Capital Partners

Finalists:

  • Adelis Equity Partners
  • Apax France
  • ArchiMed
  • DPE Deutsche Private Equity
  • Enterprise Investors
  • FSN Capital Partners
  • GPF Capital
  • Portobello Capital
Pan-European House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of Pan-European buyout houses in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Winner: Hg

Finalists:

  • Chequers Capital
  • Hg
  • Oakley Capital
  • STAR Capital Partners
  • Vitruvian Partners
  • Waterland Private Equity Investments
Global House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of Global buyout houses in the calendar year of 2017 reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Winner: CVC Capital Partners

Finalists:

  • Apax Partners
  • Apollo Global Management
  • Cinven
  • CVC Capital Partners
  • EQT
  • Onex Corporation
  • Permira
Special Situations House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of European Special Situations Houses in the calendar year of 2017, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Winner: Alchemy Partners

Finalists:

  • Alchemy Partners
  • AURELIUS Equity Opportunities
  • Endless
  • Fidelium Partners
  • Orlando Management
  • QuattroR
  • Rutland Partners
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.

Winner: CVC Capital Partners

DEAL OF THE YEAR

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 2017, with an entry EV of less than €25m.

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

Winner: Epiris for Treetops Nurseries

Finalists:

  • Active Private Equity for Rapha
  • Core Capital for AlliedPRA
  • Disruptive Capital Finance for Gentoo
  • Epiris for Treetops Nurseries
  • Foresight Group for Simulity Labs
  • NorthEdge Capital for Utiligroup
  • WestBridge Capital for Vista Retail Support
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 2017, with an entry EV of €25m-€200m.

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

Winner: EMK Capital and Bregal Capital for QA

Finalists:

  • Bowmark Capital and Five Arrows Principal Investments for Autodata
  • CBPE Capital for Xafinity
  • Dunedin for Alpha Financial Markets
  • EMK Capital and Bregal Capital for QA
  • Epiris for TechInsights
  • Phoenix Equity Partners for Key Retirement Group
  • Scottish Equity Partners and Highland Europe for matchesfashion.com
  • Vitruvian Partners for Jac Travel
UK Large Deal of the Year (Enterprise value on entry of over €200m)

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2017, with an entry EV of over €200m.

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

Winner: Cinven for CPA Global

Finalists:

  • Blackstone for Alliance Automotive Group
  • Cinven for CPA Global
  • Hg for Zenith
  • OMERS for Civica
  • Providence Equity Partners for Clarion Events
  • Terra Firma and CPPIB for AWAS
Central and Eastern Europe Deal of the Year

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in central and eastern Europe which was exited in 2017.

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

Winner: Enterprise Investors for Dino Polska

Finalists:

  • Abris Capital Partners for Mykogen Polska
  • ARX Equity Partners for KVK Holding
  • Enterprise Investors for Dino Polska
  • Mid Europa Partners for Zabka Polska
  • Resource Partners and Ardian for Delicpol
  • Royalton Partners for City Parking Group
  • Turkven for DP Eurasia
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 2017.

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

Winner: Cinven for CeramTec

Finalists:

  • Cinven for CeramTec
  • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for Mauser
  • CVC Capital Partners for Ista
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 2017.

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

Winner: DPE Deutsche Private Equity for Elevion

Finalists:

  • Afinum Management for Alfmeier Präzision
  • DPE Deutsche Private Equity for Elevion
  • EQT for Swiss Smile
  • Hg for Qundis
  • The Riverside Company for Bike24
  • Ufenau Capital Partners for NRW Building Technology
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 2017.

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

Winner: Norvestor Equity for ABAX

Finalists:

  • Bridgepoint for Nordic Cinema Group
  • FSN Capital Partners for Instalco
  • G Square Capital for Mikeva
  • Hg for Zitcom
  • KKR and Cinven for Visma
  • Nordic Capital for Bambora
  • Norvestor Equity for ABAX
  • The Carlyle Group for BTI Studios
France and Benelux Deal of the Year

This category is open to all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in France and the Benelux which was exited in 2017.

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

Winner: PAI Partners for Cerba Healthcare

Finalists:

  • ArchiMed for HIS
  • Astorg Partners and Montagu Private Equity for Sebia
  • Chequers Capital for Provalliance
  • EQT for Bureau van Dijk
  • Eurazeo for Colisée
  • PAI Partners for Cerba Healthcare
  • Pragma Capital for Groupe Brunet
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 2017.

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

Winner: Ambienta for IPC

Finalists:

  • Ambienta for IPC
  • Ardian for Irca
  • Clessidra for Acetum
  • GPF Capital for Acuntia
  • Magnum Capital Partners for Iberchem
  • Miura Private Equity for Guzmán Gastronomía
  • Summit Partners for DentalPro
  • The Carlyle Group for Itconic
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.

Winner: EMK Capital and Bregal Capital for QA

SPECIAL AWARDS

The Environmental and Social Governance Award

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.

Winner: Investindustrial

Finalists:

  • Ambienta
  • Apax Partners
  • Bridgepoint
  • Eurazeo
  • EQT
  • Investindustrial
  • PAI Partners
  • Permira
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.

Winner: Andrea Bonomi, Investindustrial

2018 Host

Hosted by Gyles Brandreth

Currently a reporter on The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on Radio 4’s Just a Minute, he is the author of the The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries. He is also the author of two acclaimed royal biographies, a series of Children’s books and his own best selling diaries. A regular in dictionary corner on Channel 4’s Countdown (he appeared on the very first episode, and makes regular returns) he has appeared in numerous print media, but primarily as an interviewer for the Sunday Telegraph.

Venue

London Hilton on Park Lane 22 Park Lane London W1K 1BE, UK

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Awards night

The biggest and most enjoyable awards night in the calendar, where private equity’s finest celebrate the contribution of the industry to the success of European businesses.

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Judges (GPs)

  • John Barber

    Partner and Co-Head of Investor Services, Bridgepoint

  • François Barbier

    Deputy General Manager & Managing Partner, 21 Partners - France

  • Torsten Grede

    Spokesman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

  • Manuel Hertweck

    Managing Partner, capiton AG

  • Charles Ind

    Managing Partner, Bowmark Capital

  • Scott Moeller

    Director, M&A Research Centre, Cass Business School

  • Mike Risman

    Vitruvian Partners

  • Garry Wilson

    Executive Chairman, Endless LLP

Judges (LPs)

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