Hardback to the future

Our March Annual Review will reveal the winners of our 2013 Awards – an opportunity to reflect on what infrastructure has achieved over the last 12 months.

For many, the dawn of a new year is about looking ahead. Whether it be as an immediate reaction to the excesses of the festive season – the decision to undertake a ‘dry’ January, for example – or the result of a long thought-through process, the post-Christmas period provides the opportunity to ponder on what you should stop doing, do better or do more frequently over the next 12 months.

Yet at Infrastructure Investor these first few weeks have seen us busy looking at the past. Not that we haven’t mapped out our resolutions for 2014: there’s been much talk of running to work, instituting in-house yoga classes and playing more football at lunch breaks (as well as trying to do some work in between). But just as infrastructure investors were gearing up for another exciting year, we’ve been gathering some thoughts about what the landmarks of 2013 had to say about the asset class.

The results of this highly debated process will be revealed in the next edition of our Annual Review, to be published in March. In the meantime, however, not all is yet decided. Our Annual Awards are going great guns – and there’s still one day for you to vote. To do so, please click http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X6L8DHS.

Now in their fifth edition, Infrastructure Investor’s Annual Awards are the only ones chosen by the industry, for the industry. They stem from the will to recognise who were the star performers of the previous year, and the humble recognition that you’re the best judges for it, not us. That way the winners can rest assured that their award is a reflection of something that’s hard to grasp in one-to-one conversations: the industry’s collective admiration for the work they’ve done.

This year’s awards feature 47 categories, spread across all geographic regions. You can vote (or skip) as many as you like, and to help you in your decisions we’ve provided a shortlist of four for each. You’re also welcome to add your own suggestions if you think there’s a worthy contender we’ve not singled out on the list. And judging by your enthusiastic responses so far, the list of potential winners remains long: many categories are still too close to call.

In the Fund Manager of the Year category, for example, voters still seem unable to crown either of the two leading players, who still share a similar portion of popular acclaim. The Investor of the Year category also remains a tough call, while Deal of the Year continues to lack a clear frontrunner. The picture is much the same across the regions, where for every category looking set to offer a decisive win, many others could still see any of the four nominees clinching a trophy.

In infrastructure investing as in much else, reflecting on the past is often a prelude to looking at what’s in store for the future. You’ve already been doing so by casting a steady stream of votes in our digital ballot box – something we hugely appreciate. If you have not already done so, please set aside 10 minutes sometime over the next 24 hours to make your opinions count.