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. 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 Finalists

ADVISORY AWARDS (open for nominations)

Lender of the Year

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

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. Nominate/enter here.

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. Nominate/enter here.

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. Nominate/enter here.

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. Nominate/enter here.

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. Nominate/enter here.

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. Nominate/enter here.

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. Nominate/enter here.

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. Nominate/enter here.

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 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. Nominate/enter here.

HOUSE OF THE YEAR (SEE THE FINALISTS)

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 (SEE THE FINALISTS)

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
Growth Capital Partners for etc.venues
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 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.

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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