The key thing about an awards ceremony is that the industry involved respects the integrity of the process, the independent judging panel and vote on the night for the overall Deal of the Year are key to making the Real Deal Awards the ones the industry watches. Edmund Lazarus, Managing Partner at EMK Capital

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.

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, Social and 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 Finalists

ADVISORY AWARDS

Lender of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of banks and specialist lenders in the calendar year of 2018.

  • Ares Management
  • Beechbrook Capital
  • Hayfin Capital Management
  • HSBC UK
  • Investec Bank
  • OakNorth
  • Pemberton Asset Management
  • Tikehau Investment Management

 

Asset-Based Lender of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of asset-based lenders in the calendar year of 2018, reflecting success in new business, market share and credit quality as well as the overall evolution of team and strategy. 

  • ABN Amro Asset Based Finance
  • BNP Paribas Commercial Finance
  • Idinvest Partners
  • Leumi ABL
  • Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Specialist Adviser of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of specialist advisers in the calendar year of 2018, 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.

  • AlixPartners
  • Aon M&A and Transaction Solutions
  • GK Strategy
  • Intechnica
  • Intuitus
  • JCRA
  • SIA Group
  • Validus Risk Management
  • WA Communications
Commercial Due Diligence Adviser of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of commercial due diligence advisers in the calendar year of 2018, 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.

  • Armstrong
  • Candesic
  • CIL Management Consultants
  • Connell Consulting
  • Fairgrove Partners
  • Luminii Consulting
  • onefourzero
  • Woozle Research
Placement Agent of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of placement agents in the calendar year of 2018, 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. 

  • Asante Capital Group
  • Athos Partners
  • Campbell Lutyens
  • Jasmin Capital
  • 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 2018, 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. 

  • Apex Group
  • Aztec Group
  • Crestbridge
  • Intertrust
  • JTC
  • Langham Hall
  • RBC Investor & Treasury 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 2018, 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. 

  • Clifford Chance
  • DLA Piper
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Linklaters
  • Ropes & Gray
  • Sidley Austin
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges
Regional Legal Adviser of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of regional legal advisers in the calendar year of 2018, 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. 

  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • Capital Law
  • Charles Russell Speechlys
  • Foot Anstey
  • Gateley
  • Schofield Sweeney
  • Shoosmiths
  • 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 2018, 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. 

  • Arma Partners
  • BDO
  • Cavendish Corporate Finance
  • GCA Altium
  • Grant Thornton
  • Houlihan Lokey
  • Investec Corporate & Investment Bank
  • Livingstone
Pan-European Corporate Finance House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of corporate financiers advising on pan-European deals in the calendar year of 2018, 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. 

  • Alantra
  • Baird
  • Clearwater International
  • DC Advisory
  • GCA Altium
  • PwC Corporate Finance
  • Rothschild & Co
  • William Blair

HOUSE OF THE YEAR

UK House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of UK buyout houses in the calendar year of 2018, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • Apiary Capital
  • ECI Partners
  • Epiris
  • Graphite Capital
  • Inflexion Private Equity
  • NorthEdge Capital
  • Pollen Street Capital
Continental Regional House of the Year - Large

This award recognises the overall achievement of buyout houses focused on a particular region of the Continental market in the calendar year of 2018, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • Ambienta
  • Artá Capital
  • Axcel
  • ECM Equity Capital Management
  • Miura Private Equity
Continental Regional House of the Year - Small (Fund smaller than €300m)

This award recognises the overall achievement of buyout houses focused on a particular region of the Continental market in the calendar year of 2018, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • CGS Management
  • Corpfin Capital
  • Jet Investment
  • Litorina
  • Sherpa Capital
  • Verdane Capital
  • Volpi Capital
  • Weinberg Capital Partners
Pan-European House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of Pan-European buyout houses in the calendar year of 2018, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • Bridgepoint
  • Capvis
  • Equistone Partners Europe
  • Hg
  • Investindustrial
  • Nordic Capital
  • PAI Partners
  • Triton
Global House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of Global buyout houses in the calendar year of 2018 reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • Advent International
  • BC Partners
  • CVC Capital Partners
  • EQT
  • Hellman & Friedman
  • The Carlyle Group
  • Towerbrook Capital Partners
Special Situations House of the Year

This award recognises the overall achievement of European Special Situations Houses in the calendar year of 2018, reflecting success in fundraising, new deals and exits, as well as the overall evolution of the firm.

Finalists:

  • Alchemy Partners
  • Endless
  • H2 Equity Partners
  • Rutland Partners
  • Sun European Partners
  • SVPGlobal
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.

DEAL OF THE YEAR

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

This award recognises all private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2018, with an entry EV of less than €25m.

Finalists:

  • Encore Capital for Stagecoach
  • FPE Capital and Bestport Ventures for Creditcall
  • Mobeus Equity Partners  for VSI
  • Next Wave Partners for The Delivery Group
  • Synova Capital for Mandata
UK Mid-Cap Deal of the Year (Enterprise value on entry of €25m-€200m)

This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2018, with an entry EV of €25m-€200m.

Finalists:

  • Bowmark Capital for Nexus Vehicle Rental
  • CBPE Capital for JTC
  • ECI Partners for Great Rail Journeys
  • Equistone Partners Europe and Inflexion Private Equity for UK Power Reserve
  • Palatine Private Equity for Westleigh
  • Silverfleet Capital for Ipes
  • Sovereign Capital Partners for Linnaeus Group
UK Large Deal of the Year (Enterprise value on entry of over €200m)

This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the UK which was exited in 2018, with an entry EV of over €200m.

Finalists:

  • BC Partners for Sabre
  • Bridgepoint for Pret A Manger
  • CVC Capital Partners for Sky Bet
  • Duke Street for wagamama
  • EMK Capital, Bregal Investments and KKR for Cognita
  • Hg for IRIS
  • Investindustrial for Aston Martin Lagonda
Central and Eastern Europe Deal of the Year

This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in central and eastern Europe which was exited in 2018.

Finalists:

  • Abris Capital Partners for Urgent Cargus
  • ARX Equity Partners for VUES
  • CVC Capital Partners for Avast
  • Horizon Capital for Purcari Wineries
  • KKR for United Group
  • Mid Europa Partners for PKL
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 2018.

Finalists:

  • 3i Group for ATESTEO
  • Ambienta for Oskar Nolte
  • EQT for Sportradar
  • Equistone Partners Europe for Caseking
  • Gimv for Mackevision
  • IK Investment Partners for Transnorm
  • Oakley Capital for Damovo
  • Partners Group and Capvis for VAT Group
  • Triton for Aventics
Nordic Deal of the Year

This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in Nordics which was exited in 2018.

Finalists:

  • Adelis Equity Partners for Med Group
  • Bridgepoint Development Capital for Trustly
  • FSN Capital for Netcompany
  • KKR for Välinge
  • KKR and Triton for Mehiläinen
  • Nordic Capital for AniCura
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for Helly Hansen
  • Verdane Capital for JSB Group
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 2018.

Finalists:

  • Apax Partners for Azelis
  • Avedon Capital for CycloMedia
  • Bridgepoint Development Capital for Acteon
  • Eurazeo for Asmodee
  • H2 Equity Partners for Reparenco
  • Montagu Private Equity for Nemera
  • Stage Capital  for STI Group
Mediterranean Deal of the Year

This award recognises private equity deals involving a target company headquartered in the Mediterranean which was exited in 2018.

Finalists:

  • AGIC Capital for Gimatic
  • Ardian for Italmatch
  • Blackstone for Versace
  • Capvis for Faster Group
  • Cinven for Ufinet Group
  • Diana Capital and GED Capital for Megafood
  • Oakley Capital for Facile.it
  • Sun European Partners for ELIX Polymers
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.

SPECIAL AWARDS

The Environmental, Social and Governance Award

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.

Finalists:

  • Ambienta
  • The Carlyle Group
  • Eurazeo
  • IK Investment Partners
  • PAI Partners
  • Summa Equity
  • Triton
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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