Blackstone, EQT and Rubenstein take top spots(2)

The Blackstone Group has won the Editors’ Award for best large buyout firm of the year in Private Equity International’s Global Private Equity Awards. David Rubenstein, The Carlyle Group’s co-founder picked up the Editors’ Award for personality of the year, while EQT, the Nordic champion, won best mid-market firm.

After a six weeks’ hard polling by our readers, The Blackstone Group has scooped the honours in the North American region and also in the overall top spot in the editors’ view as best large buyout firm of the year.

In this the poll’s seventh year, PEO’s readers cast more votes than ever before to decide which firms, advisers and investors took first place in three regional heats: North America, Europe and Asia/Rest of World.

The editorial team of PEO and Private Equity International then selected an elite group to receive Editors’ Awards.

David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, received the Editors’ Award for personality of the year for his ceaseless work on behalf of the industry pushing for a lobby group and making incisive comments on many of the year’s defining issues.

EQT, the Nordic winners of private equity firm of the year, also received an Editors’ Award to cap an astonishing year of fundraising and deal-doing.

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Sequoia Capital, North America’s venture firm of the year, were an obvious and unavoidable choice for an Editors’ Award after scoring one of the all-time home runs from its investment in YouTube.

Coller Capital, the secondaries firm well on its way to closing the largest ever fund in its sector, received a vote of confidence last year when Calpers named the firm its sole secondaries manager. Its awards in its regional category and from the editors are the icing on the cake.

Partners Group, the Swiss fund of funds manager, also scooped an Editors’ award to crown an astonishing year’s achievement, when the firm took full advantage of the appetite for the asset class.

Marking the sensational growth of private equity in Asia, the Editors’ Award for fundraising went to Affinity Equity Partners, a pan-Asian mid-market firm looking to cap its latest effort at $2.8 billion.

Finally MVision, a global placement agent, won an Editors’ Award and a regional prize recognising the firm’s prodigious efforts in 2006 when Mounir Guen’s team closed 12 funds in 12 months.

According to our readers, Permira, Bridgepoint and Esprit Capital Partners all took top slots in Europe in their respective niches of large and mid-market buyouts and venture.

CCMP Capital Asia, HSBC Private Equity (Asia) and SAIF Partners were each voted number one in Asia for large and mid-markets buyouts and venture respectively.

DLJ Merchant Banking Partners won mid-market firm of the year in North America.

Thanks again to everyone that voted.

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