Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful and restorative holiday break, but most importantly that you have kept safe. We still have 10 days before voting ends for the 13th edition of our annual awards, and the votes have been pouring in. We are grateful for that, but if you have yet to vote, we urge you to do so while you can.
In the meantime, we’d like to give you a sneak peek at how some of the major categories are shaping up so far.
KKR, for example, has emerged as a clear front-runner in a number of Global categories, including Energy Deal, Energy Investor, Deal of the Year and Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year, to name a few. It is also in the lead as Fund Manager of the Year, although EQT is close on its heels in that category.
In Europe, Vauban Infrastructure Partners is leading in at least three key categories – Fund Manager, Equity Fundraising and Transport Investor of the Year – while Antin Infrastructure Partners is leaps and bounds ahead of its competitors for the Digital Infrastructure Investor of the Year title.
Some strong contenders in North America include Ares Management Corporation, KKR (once again) and Macquarie Asset Management.
This is just a small sample of how the awards are shaping up.
As a reminder, this year’s awards take in 65 categories covering the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and Africa, as well as a selection of global ones. A quick recap of the ground rules:
- You may only vote once and you may not vote for yourself or your own firm (that goes for portfolio companies too)
- You are not required to vote in all categories – simply vote in those that are of interest to you. And, of course, all votes are confidential
- You need to vote using a company email address and agree to the survey terms and conditions for your vote to be eligible
Please note the deadline for voting is midnight PST on Friday, 14 January, 2022.
Good luck to all the nominees and happy voting!