Now in their eighteenth 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 Private Equity Awards are highly regarded in the industry and we feel privileged to have been recognised as Bank Lender of the Year for the second year running. The awards evening is a great opportunity to connect with customers, partners, advisors and colleagues to share ideas and build new connections.”

Andy Oates, COO Middle Market Financial Sponsors, HSBC

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.

2019 Key Dates

House and Deal finalists announced Mid-January
Advisory Awards deadline 8th February
Advisory Awards finalists announced Late February
Judging day Mid-March
Awards ceremony 24th April 

2019 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

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