Friday Letter: Ballot Box Closing

Last year was a high-water mark for the industry before the crunch hit home. Help decide who will be remembered and celebrated for excellence, by voting in our Global Private Equity Awards for 2007 to determine the shortlists for the final round, which opens on Monday.  

First of all, thank you if you were one of the voters that made their voice heard in the first round of our Global Private Equity Awards 2007. We had a huge turnout, underlining the importance of these awards, the only ones voted on for the industry by the industry.

We know how important it is to be number one. There are no prizes for coming second in a deal.  The same is true of our Global Private Equity Awards 2007. This is why your vote counts in the poll to determine which firms walk away with the trophies.

The good news is there is still time, if you have not already voted. The first round of polling closes tonight at midnight, US time. This will determine the shortlists, which we will reveal on Monday for a final round of voting.

The shortlists will narrow the field of competition dramatically in all our categories: will Apax Partners, Permira, CVC Capital Partners and Cinven all make it after weeks of jockeying for top spot in the buyout firm of the year category? In Asia and the US, which of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, CVC Asia Pacific, The Carlyle Group, CCMP Capital Asia and Texas Pacific Group will make the cut?

The tension is mounting. So take a few minutes out of your schedule to respond now and help us determine whose resolutions came good in 2007 and who you think shaped the world of private equity.

This is the only poll that is genuinely global in coverage, with sections dedicated to Europe, North America and Asia. And, building on the success of their inclusion last year, there are awards for Africa, the Middle East and Latin America as well.

Remember too that our poll is unique in that it is totally independent. There is no sponsorship and no pre-determined shortlist set by the editors or a board of experts. So vote now, then get as many industry practitioners as you can to vote too by forwarding this email. And on Monday, visit to study the shortlists.

Click here to make your vote count.