PEI Awards 2017: KKR, Actis and Apollo clean up

A host of blue-chip private equity brands are among the winners in this year’s industry awards.

KKR has capped off a strong year by winning in four categories in Private Equity International’s 2017 Awards. The firm’s dominance of Asia played an important part in its success, where it took the honours in three categories, including Large-Cap firm of the Year and Fundraise of the Year.











The firm amassed $9.3 billion for its third pan-Asia fund, the largest ever in the region’s 20-year private equity history. It made 13 new investments across Japan, Australia, Japan, South-East Asia and India. All this, and an eighth office in Asia too: the firm opened its Shanghai office in August, as it seeks to partner with more Chinese companies in their regional expansion. You can read about it and all the Asia-Pacific winners here.

Looking across all the regions, it is clear the private equity story of the year was big fundraises by big brands. Apollo, which won in three Americas categories, scooped both Large-cap Firm of the Year and Fundraise of the Year – as well as Distressed debt investor of the Year in North America – while in EMEA CVC Capital Partners won the Fundraise of the Year and Large-cap Firm of the Year double.

Emerging markets giant Actis picked up three awards across the Global and EMEA competitions: Frontier Markets firm of the Year, Firm of the Year in MENA and Firm of the Year in Africa.

The PEI Awards remain the only awards in the industry decided solely by the industry. The shortlists are drawn up in November by our global edit team who canvass the views of colleagues and contacts in the market to find out which firms, funds and deals stood out during the year. We also solicited nominations for the 71 categories. The four-strong shortlist was opened up to voting in early December and included a fifth write-in box, in case readers felt we had left anyone out.

The one award not put to the reader vote is our Private Equity Gamechanger Award, awarded given at the discretion of the editorial team. This year we pay tribute to SoftBank’s founder and chief executive Masayoshi Son, a man who has come from outside of the private equity industry to force us to reassess the meaning of the word “mega”.