PEI Awards 2015: the final countdown

With just a few days to go until voting closes, the battle to be crowned a winner in PEI’s annual awards is far from over.

There’s just a few more days left to vote in PEI’s annual awards but competition remains fierce ahead of the 8 January cut off for nominating your firm of the year across our categories. There is just a handful of votes separating firms from the top spot in many of the groupings across all three of our designated regions.

The battle is still on for the large-cap crown in all three regions. In the US, The Blackstone Group and Warburg Pincus continue to fight it out, while Thoma Bravo and Partners Group vie for mid-market firm of the year. In Europe, the four contenders for large-cap firm are almost neck and neck, with competition for mid-market firm of the year similarly tight. In Asia, among the large-cap firms, Baring Private Equity Asia remains in pole position, trailed by CVC Capital Partners, with two firms facing-off for the mid-cap title.

In other categories, there is just one vote between the frontrunners in the battle to be crowned Distressed Debt Firm of the Year in Europe, and it’s a similar story in the same category in North America.

There’s still no clear favourite in the race for Fund of Funds Manager of the Year in North America, where just 12 votes separate the leader and the firm currently in last place. There’s also no obvious favourite among the contenders for Secondaries Firm of the Year in the region.

The Abraaj Group is currently the leader in the close-run race for Firm of the Year in MENA following a prolific year in the region, but Apax is hot on its heels on the strength of a strong fundraise for its debut Israel-focused buyout fund.

Mid Europa and VTB Capital are currently jostling for first place in Firm of the Year in CEE/Russia, while a clear favourite is rocketing ahead in the race for Firm of the Year in Iberia.

Meanwhile in Asia-Pacific a strong leader is emerging among the nominees for Co-Investor of the Year in Asia and there’s a clear favourite in the race for Firm of the Year in Australasia, while Dragon Capital and Mekong Capital are battling for the top spot in Frontier Market Firm of the Year.

MBK Partners is in a strong position in three categories in the Asia-Pacific region, while Gregory Hara’s J-STAR could be looking to walk off with the title of Firm of the Year in Japan for the fourth year in a row.

Elsewhere around the globe reigning champions and firms used to the PEI awards spotlight look in danger of being put in the shade. With just four days of voting left, there’s everything to play for.

Voting closes on Friday 8 January, so if you haven’t had your say yet, get voting now for the firms you think have been the star performers of 2015.