2018 Winners

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
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.
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
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

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