Private Equity International's Operational Excellence Awards 2013

Was your firm responsible for this year's best private equity value creation story?

For any private equity GP, delivering the sort of returns that LPs have come to expect is a big ask in today’s difficult market. So it’s never been more important for firms to create value by bringing about genuine operational improvements at their portfolio companies. And at a time when many investors are looking to rationalise their GP relationships, it’s never been more important for firms to demonstrate their value creation credentials, if they want to stand out from the crowd. 

That’s where PEI’s Operational Excellence Awards 2013 come in.  Now in their second year, these awards are intended to recognise and highlight the achievements of the industry's best-in-class operators.  

(You can read about last year’s winners HERE)  


 Be recognised by LPs as a best-in-class operator – which should pay dividends during your next fundraise
 Demonstrate your credentials as a potential partner to future management teams
 Highlight and reward the work done by your internal operating teams


We want to hear from any GP who’s exited a deal in the last 12 months* and has a compelling value creation story to tell. The process is very simple:

1. Fill in the submission form HERE, providing as much specific information as possible about what you did and how it benefited the business (feel free to supplement the form with any additional information you think would be useful). 

2. Submit your entry before July 19 (contact Graham Winfrey – – if you have any additional questions)

3. In August, a carefully selected panel of judges in each of our three regions – EMEA, Americas and Asia – will convene to decide who they think are the most impressive entrants in three separate size categories: large-, mid- and small-cap*. 

4. The winners of these nine categories will be announced in the October issue of Private Equity International – along with a full exposition of exactly how they added value over the lifecycle of the deal.


 The investment must have been at least partially realised on or after 1 June 2012 
 For the purposes of these awards, ‘large-cap’ refers to any deal with an entry price over $500 million; ‘mid-cap’ refers to any deal with an entry price between $50 million and $500 million, and ‘small-cap’ refers to any deal with an entry price between $5 million and $50 million.
 Firms can enter more than once if they have completed more than one exit during the qualifying period
 The judges’ decision is final, and correspondence will not be entered into