I Squared Capital, it’s fair to say, is not exactly going out of its way to court media attention (the last time we had founder and Personality of the Year winner Sadek Wahba on the cover he was still at Morgan Stanley).
But in fundraising years, I Squared tends to win big. It was the same in our 2015 awards, when it picked up six gongs following the close of its debut $3 billion infrastructure fund and it’s happened again in our 2018 edition, following the raise of its $7 billion second vehicle, where it again swept the board, taking home six awards. The latter include some of the most coveted categories on offer – including Personality of the Year, Global; Fund Manager of the Year, Global; and Equity Fundraising of the Year, Global – as well as several key sector categories across geographies (scroll down for a full list of winners).
It’s a strong showing from one of the market’s most respected outfits and a sign the industry is following – and approves of – the firm’s progress.
I Squared, however, isn’t the only firm to rack up a respectable tally: Global Infrastructure Partners, on the same side of the Atlantic, and Antin Infrastructure Partners, on the opposite side, both got a very respectable four wins.
Considering it was the driving force behind the landmark Equis Energy acquisition – at $5 billion, still the largest ever renewables deal – it wasn’t unexpected to see GIP pick up Deal of the Year gongs for Global and Asia-Pacific categories. Nor was it a surprise to see it crowned Energy Investor of the Year, Global and Asia-Pacific.
Energy also propelled Antin to awards glory, with its Idex acquisition landing it Deal of the Year, Europe and Energy Investor of the Year, Europe. Its telecoms efforts did not go unnoticed, with it again picking up that trophy for Europe. Due to its well-rounded performance, Fund Manager of the Year, Europe seemed a fitting win too.
As usual with our awards, there are plenty of other stories here, from Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners’ and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets’ fundraising successes in North America and Asia, respectively, to Allianz Global Investors’ continued grip on our Institutional Debt Provider of the Year, Global category.
Some notable firsts too, such as Brookfield Asset Management’s win in our Debt Fundraising of the Year, Global award, on the back of its inaugural debt vehicle, and InfraVia Capital Partners’ Equity Fundraising of the Year, Europe following the close of its third European fund.