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2014 Awards: Plenary reaps quadruple success

Infrastructure Investor’s biggest annual awards to date were a cause of celebration for the Americas/Asian developer as well as the likes of Antin, Macquarie and Meridiam.

Plenary Group, the developer which divides its activities between the Americas and Asia Pacific, was the biggest winner in the 2014 Infrastructure Investor annual awards.

Plenary was recognised as global developer of the year, as well as winning the global and Asia Pacific public-private partnership (PPP) awards for Australia’s North West Rail Link project, as well as the North American PPP category for the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement project.

The awards, voted on by our readers, drew more than 25,000 votes and included a record 54 different categories. 

Click HERE to access our full 2014 awards coverage, spanning the outcomes in all categories and our thoughts on why the results went the way they did.  

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets picked up a couple of prestigious wins in the form of global fund manager of the year and global fundraising of the year. The firm was recognised for wide-ranging global activities which included successful fundraisings in North America and Asia.

Antin Infrastructure Partners (Antin) and Meridiam Infrastructure (Meridiam) flew the flag for Europe-based fund managers. Antin’s closing of its second fund on its hard cap of €2 billion earned the firm the European fundraising award and also helped it to victory in the European fund manager category. It completed a hat-trick thanks to its involvement in the consortium that sold UK rolling stock company Porterbrook to a group of institutional investors – our European deal of the year.

Meridiam benefited from the inclusion of our first sector-specific awards, triumphing in the global and North American transport investor categories. Furthermore, Thierry Déau – the firm’s founder, chairman and chief executive – was voted the asset class’s personality of the year. At least in part, this was in recognition of his role in the formation of the Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association (LTIIA).

Another hat-trick was accounted for by US fund manager First Reserve, which collected awards for North American fundraising as well as global and North American energy investor. 

Leading the debt investment field was Allianz Global Investors, which collected the global debt provider award in addition to European PPP deal for the A11 road transaction in Belgium.

In the banking categories – after several years in which Japanese organisations had led the way – 2014 saw the fight-back of the Europeans. ING Group was named global bank of the year, BNP Paribas picked up the European category, and Société Générale won the North American version.