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 Winners

ADVISORY AWARDS

Lender of the Year

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

Winner – Bank of the Year: Investec Bank Winner – Specialist Lender of the Year: Ares Management

Finalists:

  • Beechbrook Capital
  • Hayfin Capital Management
  • HSBC UK
  • 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. 

Winner: ABN AMRO Commercial Finance

Finalists:

  • 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.

Winner: AlixPartners

Finalists:

  • 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.

Winner: Armstrong

Finalists:

  • 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. 

Winner: Rede Partners

Finalists:

  • Asante Capital Group
  • Athos Partners
  • Campbell Lutyens
  • Jasmin Capital
  • MVision Private Equity Advisers
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. 

Winner: Aztec Group

Finalists:

  • Apex 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. 

Winner: Latham & Watkins

Finalists:

  • Clifford Chance
  • DLA Piper
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • 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. 

Winner: Addleshaw Goddard

Finalists:

  • 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. 

Winner: GCA Altium

Finalists:

  • Arma Partners
  • BDO
  • Cavendish Corporate Finance
  • 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. 

Winner: Alantra

Finalists:

  • 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.

Winner: Inflexion Private Equity

Finalists:

  • Apiary Capital
  • ECI Partners
  • Epiris
  • Graphite Capital
  • 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.

Winner: Ambienta

Finalists:

  • 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.

Winner: Corpfin Capital

Finalists:

  • CGS Management
  • 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.

Winner: Hg

Finalists:

  • Bridgepoint
  • Capvis
  • Equistone Partners Europe
  • 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.

Winner: The Carlyle Group

Finalists:

  • Advent International
  • BC Partners
  • CVC Capital Partners
  • EQT
  • Hellman & Friedman
  • 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.

Winner: Alchemy Partners

Finalists:

  • 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.

Winner: Inflexion Private Equity

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.

Winner: Synova Capital for Mandata

Finalists:

  • Bestport Private Equity and FPE Capital for Creditcall
  • Encore Capital for Stagecoach
  • Mobeus Equity Partners  for VSI
  • Next Wave Partners for The Delivery Group
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.

Winner: Sovereign Capital Partners for Linnaeus Group

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
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.

Winner: Bridgepoint for Pret A Manger

Finalists:

  • BC Partners for Sabre
  • 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.

Winner: ARX Equity Partners for VUES

Finalists:

  • Abris Capital Partners for Urgent Cargus
  • 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.

Winner: EQT Partners for Sportradar

Finalists:

  • 3i Group for ATESTEO
  • Ambienta for Oskar Nolte
  • 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.

Winner: Nordic Capital for AniCura

Finalists:

  • Adelis Equity Partners for Med Group
  • Bridgepoint Development Capital for Trustly
  • FSN Capital for Netcompany
  • KKR for Välinge
  • KKR and Triton for Mehiläinen
  • 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.

Winner: Apax Partners for Azelis

Finalists:

  • 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.

Winner: Cinven for Ufinet Group

Finalists:

  • AGIC Capital for Gimatic
  • Ardian for Italmatch
  • Blackstone for Versace
  • Capvis for Faster 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.

Winner: Bridgepoint for Pret A Manger

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.

Winner: Summa Equity

Finalists:

  • Ambienta
  • The Carlyle Group
  • Eurazeo
  • IK Investment Partners
  • PAI Partners
  • 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.

Winner: Patrick Sayer

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