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Deadline: 7th February

Asset Based Lender of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of asset-based lenders in the calendar year of 2019. The award will be made to an ABL that can show evidence of winning new business, delivering innovative ABL structures and creative documentation, growing market share while maintaining credit quality and developing teams.
Commercial Due Diligence Provider of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of commercial due diligence advisers in the calendar year of 2019. The award will be made to the provider that can demonstrate how it is 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. Deals worked on and growth of market share will also be taken into account.
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 2019. The award will be made to the firm that can demonstrate how it has provided strategic and technical support that has helped clients to win auctions in a competitive market and add genuine value on exit. Growth of market share, deals advised on and overall evolution of team and strategy will also be taken into account.
Fund Administrator of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of fund administrators in the calendar year of 2019. The award will be made to the fund administrator that can evidence how it has provided clients with fast, accurate reporting and analysis and demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing regulatory environment. The award will also recognise fund administrators that have been able to use technology, AI and process automation to bring down costs for clients and speed up service delivery.
Lender of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of banks and specialist lenders in the calendar year of 2019. The award will be made to the bank/specialist lender that can demonstrate how it has stood out from its peers in a competitive market, show examples of how it has been able to tailor its offer to meet client needs, and evidence a growing or meaningful market share of the European acquisition finance market while maintaining credit quality.
Pan-European Legal Adviser of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of pan-European legal advisers in the calendar year of 2019. The award will be made to the firm that is able to demonstrate how it has differentiated its offer and delivered value to clients through outstanding execution, commercial awareness and the capacity of its team to find creative solutions to problems. Growth of market share, deals advised on and overall evolution of team and strategy will also be taken into account.
Placement Agent of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of placement agents in the calendar year of 2019. The award will be made to the placement agent that can demonstrate how it has worked with clients to secure funding through outstanding execution, market insight and close partnerships and understanding of LP networks, as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy. Growth of market share, managers advised, and overall evolution of team and strategy will also be taken into account.
Regional Legal Adviser of the Year
TThis award recognises the overall achievement of regional legal advisers in the calendar year of 2019. The award will be made to the firm that is able to demonstrate how it has differentiated its offer and delivered value to clients through outstanding execution, commercial awareness and the capacity of its team to find creative solutions to problems. Growth of market share, deals advised on and overall evolution of team and strategy will also be taken into account.
Specialist Adviser of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of specialist advisers in the calendar year of 2019. The award will be made to the adviser that can demonstrate how it has created a bespoke service that either brings down costs or creates value for clients by providing unmatched insight into specific business issues or industry trends. Growth of market share, deals advised on and overall evolution of team and strategy will also be taken into account.
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 2019. The award will be made to the firm that can demonstrate how it has provided strategic and technical support that has helped clients to win auctions in a competitive market and add genuine value on exit. Growth of market share, deals advised on and overall evolution of team and strategy will also be taken into account.

Deal of the Year

Finalists for the Deal of the Year awards are established through research undertaken by Real Deals, in association with Cass Business School and Preqin. These awards are not open for entry.

Central and Eastern European Deal of the Year
This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in central and eastern Europe which was exited in 2019.

Finalists:

  • ARX Equity Partners for Anwis
  • Enterprise Investors for 3S
  • Innova Capital for Neomedic
  • Jet Investment for MSV Metal Group
  • LitCapital for Baltik Vairas
  • Mid Europa Partners for Bambi/Knjaz Miloš
  • TFI Capital Partners for Piotr i Paweł
France and Benelux Deal of the Year
This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in France and the Benelux which was exited in 2019.

Finalists:

  • Apax France for INSEEC U
  • Apax France for Altran
  • AURELIUS Equity Opportunities for Solidus Solutions
  • Bridgepoint for eFront
  • CVC Capital Partners for Parex
  • Investcorp for SecureLink
  • Main Capital for Axxerion
  • PAI Partners for B&B Hotels
Germany, Austria and Switzerland Deal of the Year
This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in Germany, Switzerland or Austria which was exited in 2019.

Finalists:

  • AnaCap Financial Partners for heidelpay
  • The Carlyle Group for Vereinigte Wirtschaftsdienste
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs for Infiana
  • EQT for Charleston
  • Kennet Partners for HYPE Innovation
  • OpCapita for NKD
  • TPG Capital for Transporeon
Mediterranean Deal of the Year
This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the Mediterranean which was exited in 2019.

Finalists:

  • Aksia Group for Lameplast
  • Ambienta for Safim
  • ArchiMed for Primo Group
  • Artá Capital for Gascan
  • Charme Capital Partners for ATOP
  • Eurazeo for Moncler
  • Palamon Capital Partners for Il Bisonte
  • Trilantic Europe for Gamenet Group
Nordic Deal of the Year
This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in Nordics which was exited in 2019.

Finalists:

  • Cinven for Visma
  • EQT for AutoStore
  • IK Investment Partners for Ellab
  • Litorina for Fresks Group
  • Norvestor Equity for Nomor
  • Sievi Capital for iLOQ
  • Silverfleet Capital for Phase One
UK Large Deal of the Year (EV on entry €200m+)
This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2019, with an entry EV of over €200m.

Finalists:

  • BC Partners for Acuris
  • Exponent Private Equity for Loch Lomond
  • GHO Capital for Quotient Sciences
  • Hg for Foundry
  • KKR for Trainline
  • L Catterton for Elemis
UK Mid-cap Deal of the year (EV on entry of less than €200m)
This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2019, with an entry EV of €25m-€200m.

Finalists:

  • August Equity for SecureData
  • The Carlyle Group for graze
  • Inflexion Private Equity for Cawood Scientific
  • Livingbridge for Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • Mobeus Equity Partners for Plastic Surgeon
  • Phoenix Equity Partners for Travel Chapter
  • Synova Capital for Stackhouse Poland
  • Tenzing Private Equity for FMP Global

House of the Year

Finalists for the House of the Year awards are established through research undertaken by Real Deals, in association with Preqin. These awards are not open for entry.

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 2019, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • Altor Equity Partners
  • FSI
  • Invision
  • Miura Private Equity
  • Paragon Partners
  • ProA Capital
  • Summa Equity
  • Ufenau Capital Partners
Global House of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of Global buyout houses in the calendar year of 2019 reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • Advent International
  • The Carlyle Group
  • CVC Capital Partners
  • KKR
  • Permira
  • TA Associates
Pan-European House of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of Pan-European buyout houses in the calendar year of 2019, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • Astorg
  • Five Arrows Principal Investments
  • GHO Capital
  • Keensight Capital
  • L-GAM
  • Oakley Capital
  • Triton
  • Waterland Private Equity
Special Situations House of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of European Special Situations Houses in the calendar year of 2019 , reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • Alchemy Partners
  • Alteri Investors
  • AURELIUS Equity Opportunities
  • Endless
  • Sun European Partners
UK House of the Year
This award recognises the overall achievement of UK buyout houses in the calendar year of 2019 , reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • Bowmark Capital
  • Inflexion
  • Livingbridge
  • Mayfair Equity Partners
  • Synova Capital

Special Awards

Finalists for the Special Awards are put forward by our LP judging panel, and are not open for entry.

Co-investor of the Year
The co-investor of the year award recognises excellence in the LP community with respect to building manager relationships, deal selection and creating value alongside sponsors through co-investment.
Environmental, Social and Governance
This award recognises a firm’s commitment to best practice in environmental, social and corporate governance. The shortlist was 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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