2011 awards: Close battles developing

Don’t miss your chance to influence the outcome in 45 categories making up the Infrastructure Investor annual awards for 2011. Some extremely tight contests are underway and, with the poll closing on January 20, 2012, your opinions could make a crucial difference.

Voting has now been open for nearly three weeks in the Infrastructure Investor 2011 awards, which recognise excellence in the infrastructure asset class. And, with the poll still open for just over two weeks (until midnight on January 20, 2012), the opportunity is still there for you to make a difference and ensure that the awards go to the most deserving recipients (to vote, click here).

Your vote is all the more crucial in certain, extremely tights contests. For example, in the Global PPP of the Year category, the breakthrough PR-22 toll road transaction in Puerto Rico – backed by Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners, Abertis and a group of 12 banks – is currently in a head-to-head tussle with Tours-Bordeaux, the $11.3 billion high-speed rail project that became the world’s largest rail concession. The latter deal featured the likes of Vinci, CDC Infrastructure, SOJAS and Axa Private Equity.

Meanwhile, Brookfield Asset Management and First Reserve are locked together as they pursue the North American Infrastructure Fundraising of the Year award.

Towards the end of last year, Toronto-based Brookfield raised its fundraising sights to $648 million for an offering associated with its listed infrastructure fund, Brookfield Infrastructure Partners. The firm had previously increased the offering to $588 million after strong investor demand, having initially sought $500 million.

First Reserve, the energy-focused private equity giant, fought tough fundraising headwinds to close its debut energy infrastructure fund on $1.2 billion last May after around 17 months in the market. According to public records, investors included the likes of Maine Public Employees Retirement System and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Many other categories are also too close to call. For example, a hair’s breadth is all that separates Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance in the Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year in Europe vote; while an intriguing three-way battle is unfolding between GMR Group, Isolux Corsan and Lend Lease in the Developer of the Year in Asia category.

You can vote in as many or as few categories as you wish. Winners will then be announced in our annual review, which accompanies the March 2012 issue of Infrastructure Investor.

Make your opinion count. Go on: Vote now!