As the voting deadline for PEI’s annual awards draws near, competition is fierce. Several categories are on track to be decided by the tightest of margins, so do not miss your chance to vote for 2017’s stand-out performers by 5 January.
Asian categories have been particularly hotly-contested this year. Warburg Pincus’s partial exit from Vincom Retail in October and PAG’s sale of Universal Studios Japan are both pulling in the votes for Asia-Pacific exit of the year. Meanwhile, firm of the year in Korea is on a knife edge, with just one vote currently separating Affinity Equity Partners and MBK Partners.
A similarly narrow margin separates the houses vying to become impact investment firm of the year: TPG – which raised $2 billion for the largest-ever impact fund in just two months – is tussling with impact pioneer LeapFrog.
North America is providing some equally tight races; Oak Hill Capital Partners is going toe-to-toe with New Mountain Capital for the mid-market crown, while the large-cap category has turned into a race between Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Apollo Global Management.
In the EMEA categories, CVC Capital Partners has positioned itself well for the large-cap title, but is been given a close run for its money by Advent International, while the battle for supremacy in Germany could not be closer between the two front-runners, DBAG and 3i Group.
With so many categories divided by little more than a hairbreadth, your vote could make all the difference. If you haven’t had your say yet, GET VOTING NOW for the firms you think stood out from the crowd in 2017.