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European private equity award results from annual poll released

PrivateEquityOnline's users have decided who is best at what and where for 2001

Following are the results from PrivateEquityOnline's annual poll of users where we let our readers vote for the best firms active in Europe's private equity markets.

The awards were run for the second time this year and the site’s 17,000 users were invited to vote in 20 categories. No short list was offered for voters to choose from and the voting was closely monitored to ensure that no results were distorted. Over 3000 votes were cast and were submitted from all over Europe, the US and Asia. Key results are:

  • Apax overall winner Private Equity firm of the Year.
  • Guy Hands Personality of the Year.
  • Cinven win Fund Raising, Exit and UK firm of the year.
  • Yell win Buyout of the Year.
  • International private equity firms top some tables but local specialists dominate country awards [bar Germany]. Top advisory firms win with significant margin.
  • The full results will be published in PrivateEquityOnline’s Annual Review that is released in early March.

The results:

CATEGORY WINNER SECOND PLACE
European Private Equity Firm of the Year Apax Partners Permira
European Private Equity Personality of the Year Guy Hands, Nomura Principal Finance [as of 2001] Jon Moulton, Alchemy Partners
European Buyout of the Year Yell [Apax Partners and Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst

Messer Griesheim [Allianz Capital, Goldman Sachs]

European Exit of the Year Generale de Sante [Cinven] Birmingham Airport [Bridgepoint Capital]
BeNeLux Private Equity Firm of the Year Gilde CVC Capital Partners
Central & Eastern European Private Equity Firm of the Year Enterprise Investors Innova Capital
French Private Equity Firm of the Year Paribas Affaires Industrielles LBO France
German Private Equity Firm of the Year Permira Techno Venture Management [TVM]
Italian Private Equity Firm of the Year Investitori Associati B&S Private Equity Group
Nordic Private Equity Firm of the Year EQT Partners Industri Kapital
Spanish Private Equity Firm of the Year Mercapital CVC Capital Partners
Swiss Private Equity Firm of the Year CapVis Partners Index Ventures
UK Private Equity Firm of the Year Cinven Bridgepoint Capital
Best Private Equity Fundraising of 2001 Cinven Advent International
Best Debt Provider Royal Bank of Scotland Deutsche Bank
Best M&A Advisor Goldman Sachs Morgan Stanley
Best Law Firm [transactions] Clifford Chance SJ Berwin
Best Law Firm [documentation] SJ Berwin Clifford Chance
Best Accounting Firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers Andersen
Best Placement Agent Merrill Lynch Helix Associates