Firstly, we would like to wish our readers a very happy new year and hope that 2015 will deliver all that you are striving for.
Secondly, we want to take the opportunity to remind you to vote HERE for your favourites in our 2014 awards poll – recognising excellent performance in the asset class during last year.
Having taken a sneaky peak at current voting trends, we can confirm not only that the volume of votes is heading for record levels but also that some of the races in the 54 categories are exceptionally close.
Among the categories hanging in the balance are two of our global awards: one for deal of the year and the other for fundraising of the year.
In the former grouping are: DIF’s sale of its maiden PPP fund; Oaktree Capital’s acquisition of Highstar Capital; the huge Queensland Motorways transaction; and Global Infrastructure Partners’ sale of its stake in Ruby Pipeline.
Meanwhile, in the battle for best global fundraising, a wafer thin margin currently separates the four contenders: AMP Capital, Global Strategic Investment Alliance, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners.
Likewise, the vote for European public-private partnership (PPP) deal of the year is a cliff-hanger. In the running are two road deals – the A7 in Germany and A11 in Belgium – as well as the Mersey Gateway Bridge in the UK and University Medical Center Schleswig Holstein in Germany.
These are just a few examples of tight contests – there are many others. Please take the opportunity to vote now…a few minutes of your time could make a material difference to the results. Thank you.