The PEO European Private Equity Poll 2000

Which deal would you like to have done last year? Who pulled off the most impressive fundraising effort in 2000? And which industry sector should you have invested in?

In an extraordinary year for private equity, many individuals and institutions did many extraordinary things. So many in fact that we wanted to know the names of those that really stood out in 2000.

So we asked the readers of PrivateEquityOnline to help us find out: the result was our inaugural online poll launched on the site in Mid-December and closed a month later.

We would like to thank all those who participated, and proudly present the winners below. Some we could have predicted, others came as a surprise.

However there is one result that stands out. You might think it odd that our readers voted Alchemy’s bid for Rover, the deal that never was, deal of the year. They did so by an overwhelming majority, unperturbed by the fact that in the end it didn’t come off.

But is it really that odd a choice? The bid was audacious, captured the imagination of many and made a strong statement reflecting private equity’s newly acquired respectability as a financing tool. And as Jon Moulton once said himself, the deal was the best thing that could ever have happened to Alchemy. “Now everyone knows what we do.” Quite. Congratulations Alchemy on having made such a lasting impression.

Congratulations also to all other winners. To the losers: look out for our next poll where we will drill deeper into particular deals and sectors.

The winners:

Private equity personality of the year:
1 Jon Moulton, Alchemy
2 Michael Jackson, Elderstreet
3 Edmund Truell, Duke Street Capital

Private equity house of the year:
1 Apax Partners
2 Schroder Ventures
3 Candover Investments plc

Financial adviser of the year (investment banks):
1 UBS Warburg
2 Goldman Sachs
3 Schroder Salomon Smith Barney

Financial adviser of the year (accountants):
1 PricewaterhouseCoopers
2 Ernst & Young
3 KPMG

Law firm of the year:
1 Clifford Chance
1 SJ Berwin & Co
3 Dibb Lupton Alsop

Private equity deal of the year:
1 Alchemy’s bid for Rover
2 Doughty Hanson’s £1.4bn purchase of Rank Hovis McDougall
3 Focus Do It All’s acquisitions of Wickes and Great Mills

Fundraising of the year:
1 BC Partners’ E3.5bn BC European Capital VII
2 Goldman Sachs’ $5.25bn GS Capital Partners 2000 Fund
3 Schroder Ventures’ E3.5bn European Fund II

Favourite industry sector of the year:
1 Technology, Media and Telecoms
2 Food manufacturing
3 Chemicals

… and the hard luck award goes to:
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Private Equity