Friday Letter: For your consideration …

Welcome back - and we hope you enjoyed the rest and relaxation of the festive period.  

Now it’s time for some exercise – mental exercise, at least. PrivateEquityOnline.com and sister publication Private Equity International are today opening the voting for The Global Private Equity Awards for 2005.

Now in its sixth year, our annual poll provides the only awards for the industry directly voted by the industry. The size and reach of our readership has made this the most eagerly awaited industry survey anywhere.

This is your chance to have your say on which transactions stood out from the crowd – and which firms helped shaped private equity in 2005. You don’t have to vote in every category but you can nominate people and firms wherever you have a view.

Which firm should be named North American LBO firm of the year? Or the best private equity firm in the Nordic region? And what about the global stars: which firm would you nominate as the venture firm of the year? How about the exit of the year?

These are the only awards that are genuinely global in coverage, with sections dedicated to Europe, North America, Asia and the rest of the world – this year, we’ve introduced awards for Africa and Latin America for the first time too. So wherever you are based you will have a chance to give us your views.

Unlike a number of other awards, the results rest entirely in your hands – it’s totally independent, meaning there are no shortlists, no panels and no judges. Just check the categories and vote – it’s as simple as that. And the rules are simple: you can’t vote more than once and you can’t vote for your own firm [we police this carefully].

The polls will stay open until 31st January 2005 and the results will be published simultaneously online on PrivateEquityOnline.com and in the Private Equity Annual Review, which will be published in late February.

To vote, click on the link below. You can check on the voting rules, browse all previous winners and even search PrivateEquityOnline.com if you need a reminder of who did what in 2005.

So what are you waiting for? Vote now at http://www.privateequityonline.com/awards/

We can’t wait to hear from you.