Now in their fourteenth year, the Private Equity Awards are the oldest, most respected accolades bestowed on the industry and those that advise it. On 22 April Real Deals will be honouring the very best transactions and savviest firms.

Deal of the Year Awards

UK Small Deal of the Year (Enterprise value on entry of less than €25m)

Mentor IMC – Iceni Capital

Focus Pharmaceuticals – Mobeus Equity Partners

Advanced Electronics – Connection Capital

Neville Johnson – Key Capital Partners

MedicX – Cabot Square Capital

Kelway – Core Capital

Cordium – Sovereign Capital

UK Mid-cap Deal of the Year (Enterprise value on entry of €25m – €200m)

Call Credit – Vitruvian Partners

Car Trawler – ECI Partners

Aesica – Silverfleet Capital.

FDM – Inflexion Private Equity

Education Personnel – Graphite Capital

Fever-Tree – LDC

UK Large Deal of the Year (Enterprise value of over €200m on entry)

Card Factory – Charterhouse Capital Partners

Quilter Cheviot – Bridgepoint

Poundland – Warburg Pincus

Merlin Entertainment – CVC Capital Partners

RAC – Carlyle Group

France & Benelux Deal of the Year

Omega Pharma – Waterland

Fa-Med – Waterland

Alliance Automotive – Weinberg Capital

Sebia – Cinven

Ontex – TPG, Goldman Sachs

Diana Ingredients – Ardian

Elior – Charterhouse Capital Partners, Chequers Capital

Germany, Austria, Switzerland Deal of the Year

CABB International – Bridgepoint

Minimax Viking – IK Investment Partners

The Nuance Group – PAI Partners

Wild Flavors – KKR

Germany, Austria, Switzerland Deal of the Year – Small & Mid-cap

Ibis Acam – Constellation Capital

Connectis and Softix – Aurelius

Prospitalia – Palamon Capital Parnters

Silver Care – Chequers Capital

ADA Group – Carlyle Group

Mediterreanean Deal of the Year

Grupo Corporativo Ono – Providence Equity Partners, Thomas H Lee Partners, Quadrangle Group, CCMP Capital Advisors

Avincis – Investindustrial

Pixartprinting – Alcedo

Grupo Garnica Plywood – Qualitas

Applus – Carlyle Group

Space Cinema – 21 Investimenti

Emerging Europe Deal of the Year

Lenta – TPG Capital, VTB Capital

Euromedic – Montagu

Ultimo – Advent International

T_Mobile Czech Republic – Mid Europa Partners

Avast Software – Summit Partners

Nordics Deal of the Year

ISS – EQT Partners, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners

XXL Sport – EQT Partners

Kompan – Nordic Capital

Max Matthiessen – Altor

Inwido – Ratos

Lindorff – Investor, Altor

House of the Year Awards

UK House of the Year



Living Bridge




Continental Regional House of the Year




Pan-European House of the Year

Vitruvian Partners

Silverfleet Capital


Equistone Partners Europe

Global House of the Year

Carlyle Group

CVC Capital Partners

Warburg Pincus

EQT Partners

Advent International

Turnaround House of the Year

Sun European Capital




Corporate Citizenship Award

A new award recognising best practice in corporate social governance and philanthropy. The shortlist has been collated following nominations from a specialist LP judging panel.

Exponent Private Equity




Apax Partners

CVC Capital Partners


PAI Partners

Triton Partners

The judging process

Deal of the Year and House of the Year shortlists are assembled following research carried out by Real Deals and Cass, with support from Preqin data. Cass then undertakes further analysis for the Deal categories and conducts in-depth interviews with the candidates before presenting their findings to our esteemed panel of judges for final deliberation.

This year we are accepting nominations for the Corporate Finance, Legal, Bank, Specialist Lender, Fund Administration and Specialist Adviser categories. The shortlists will then be decided by one of the Real Deals editors, before being presented to the panel of judges for final deliberation. For details on how to enter, please check the relevant category.

Deals, Lending and Advisory categories will be judged by a panel of GPs, while House categories will be judged by a panel of LPs. The Grand Prix House and Deal categories will be judged live on the night.