We have arrived once again at that time of the year when we have the opportunity to celebrate the major achievements of the sector’s managers, investors and advisors across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
This year, our awards span 62 categories – 10 more than in 2019 and an indication of how our part of the alternatives space is continuing to grow year-on-year, even in the middle of a pandemic. We’ve added four categories to the global section alone: Innovator of the Year, Social Infrastructure Investor of the Year, Energy Deal of the Year and Private Lender of the Year.
Deciding the winners is a meticulous process. In November, we canvass opinions from the market to find out who the year’s star personality is and to identify the most noteworthy deals and fundraises. Each candidate’s accomplishments are assessed before we whittle down those in the running to a shortlist of four per category. Then, throughout December and early January, we invite you, our readers, to cast your votes online for who you believe merits the top spots. We then do a final tally of the results, stringently checking they comply with our strict rules, and identify those that will get pride of place at the top of the winner’s podium.
Standing out from the crowd this year is one of the private market’s biggest names, KKR, which takes home an impressive 12 gongs. Four of these are for the firm’s £4.2 billion ($5.8 billion; €4.8 billion) acquisition of UK-based waste-from-energy company Viridor, which sweeps up the prizes for the global and European deals of the year. Overall though, it was a tight race across many of the categories. We congratulate all the winners and doff our caps to those in second and third place that ran them all the way to the finish line.