It was a year that brought the European Union to its knees and that saw many of the world’s most powerful economies written off as a bad risk. Riots broke out on the streets of London, revolution hit the Middle East and Africa, and the world suffered a series of appalling natural disasters.
Yet despite this apocalyptic backdrop, and a regional economy that is being dragged ever closer to the brink of another recession, the European private equity industry has pulled off a host of improbably successful exits over the past 12 months.
Over the next six pages we profile the very best from each of their respective regions. These are the deals that exemplify the expertise, innovation and sheer determination that this asset class brings to the art of growing businesses. And these are the shortlisted deals that we will recognise at the 11th Real Deals Private Equity Awards later this year.
The judging process
The shortlists for the Private Equity Deal of the Year categories have been assembled following research carried out by Real Deals and Cass Business School. Cass Business School will now undertake further analysis, and conduct in-depth interviews, with each of the shortlisted candidates. Their findings will be presented to an esteemed panel of judges – including LPs, GPs, advisers, bankers and leading figures from the world of business – for final deliberations.
This year, the Corporate Finance, Debt Provider, Professional Services, Placement Agent and Legal Adviser categories will be decided by those who matter most – the clients.
Real Deals is carrying out detailed interviews with more than 200 private equity firms across Europe to determine who they believe has really shone in a tremendously difficult year.
The ceremony itself will take place on 17 April at the Park Lane Hilton in London, where over 500 of the industry’s finest will gather to celebrate the very best of what private equity can do. These are the oldest, most thoroughly researched and respected awards bestowed on the asset class. These are the awards that you really want to win.
Click on the links below to see the shortlists: