PEI Awards: Carlyle and Partners Group win big

The results are in: Carlyle and Partners Group claimed top prizes in multiple categories, with groups including Apollo, Landmark, Actis, Navis and EQT also proving themselves as standout players.

The Carlyle Group and Partners Group were standout winners in Private Equity International’s 2012 Awards, with Partners Group emerging as the only firm to win three categories.

In addition to claiming secondaries firm of the year in both Asia and Europe, Partners Group also won mid-cap lender of the year in Europe. Partners last year formalised its lending activities and raised its first dedicated senior debt vehicle.

Carlyle took home the prestigious large-cap firm of the year award in North America and firm of the year in China, unseating last year's winners Silver Lake and CITIC Private Equity, respectively. In addition to its public listing, Carlyle continued its expansion into diverse strategies like credit and energy, as part of as an almost unbelievable run of fundraising that saw the firm collect a whopping $14 billion.


PEI's awards are the industry’s most comprehensive, and the only ones voted on entirely by the industry, for the industry. They are totally independent; there is no sponsorship, no panel of judges. The winners truly reflect the esteem in which they are held by their peers.

Carlyle and Partners Group were not the only firms two win multiple categories, however. Apollo Global Management proved its worth on opposite sides of the globe by winning deal of the year in North America and distressed/special situations firm of the year in Asia.

Among the other groups honoured by the thousands of industry participants from around the world who voted in the PEI Awards was Landmark Partners, which won in North America for both secondaries firm of the year and secondaries deal of the year, the latter coming from Landmark’s role in the restructuring of Willis Stein’s vintage 2001 third fund.

Actis knocked Helios Investment Partners off the podium as firm of the year in Africa, and also took home the crown

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for frontier market firm of the year, a new category in 2012.

In Asia, Navis Capital Partners flexed its muscles as both the firm of the year in South-east Asia and mid-market firm of the year in Asia.

EQT, meanwhile, emerged as a strong player in Europe by winning firm of the year in the Nordic region and large-cap firm of the year in Europe.

Along with awards for firms, PEI also honours individuals for their contribution to the industry. HgCapital founder Ian Armitage was named PEI's leader of the year, and co-founder of ChrysCapital Ashish Dhawan won the award for leader of the year in Asia.

Ian Armitage

Armitage earned the distinction not only for his role as one of the most significant figures in the development of European private equity, but also for being a tireless and eloquent advocate for the industry's cause.

Dhawan has helped prove the long-term feasibility of private equity in India, as ChrysCapital has built up $2.25 billion in assets under management across six India funds, a feat probably not accomplished by any other Indian fund manager.

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