Private Equity International and PrivateEquityOnline Announce the Results of the 2009 Annual Reader's Poll

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Private equity industry selects its own champions for 2009

“This poll is important as we are able to draw on the views of the entire industry – from major institutional investors in the United States to small local venture capital groups based in India,” commented Amanda Janis, Senior Editor, Private Equity, PEI

Private equity industry selects its own champions for 2009.

  • Over 130,000 votes cast in global poll to find the world’s leading private equity firms and deals of 2009.
  • Global firms and local specialists top the tables in over 70 categories.
  • Investors, fund managers and advisors from over 50 countries participate in industry’s biggest annual online poll.

Since 2001, Private Equity International [PEI] magazine, alongside its digital companion PrivateEquityOnline, has conducted an annual poll of readers to find out which private equity and venture capital firms and transactions the industry rates most highly. Today sees the release of the results for The Private Equity International Awards for 2009.

Over 130,000 votes were cast by participants based in more than 50 countries with leading investors as well as fund managers and the advisory community all offering their own particular choices in 71 different categories.

“This poll is important as we are able to draw on the views of the entire industry – from major institutional investors in the United States to small local venture capital groups based in India,” commented Amanda Janis, Senior Editor for Private Equity at PEI. “We have always solicited the views of the industry as a whole rather than those of a panel of judges and this year we were again reminded that this is a global community ready, willing and able to offer strong views on its members.”

Some of the mostly hotly contested categories were for regional firms of the year with Hellman & Friedman holding its top slot for North American large-cap Firm of the Year ahead of KKR and First Reserve, while in Europe UK-headquartered Apax Partners bounced back to beat CVC Capital Partners and Towerbrook Capital Partners to be European large-cap Firm of the Year.

In Asia, KKR came in ahead of Hong Kong-based Affinity Equity Partners and Bain Capital as Asian Firm of the Year whilst the Best Private Equity Firm of the Year in Latin America was Advent International, in Africa it was Actis and in the Middle East, Dubai-based Abraaj Capital took the honours.

“Late last year we wrote that 2009 could have been called the year of the adjective. Weird, challenging, interesting, humbling, Darwinian, revolutionary, chastening and thrilling were among the terms that had been used by practitioners to us as they tried to describe the prior 12 months,” said David Snow, Editor-in-Chief at PEI. “The results confirmed that those firms who managed to wring success from such a torrid environment stuck in peoples’ memories. For some it was successfully closing a fund raising, for others it was making or exiting a particular transaction – and for others it was having the capacity just to weather the storm.”

To see the full results of the 2009 Awards, click here: http://www.peimedia.com/Pages.aspx?pageID=2739

For more information:

Amanda Janis: +44 20 7566 4270
David Snow: +1 212 633 1455

About PEI Media:

PEI Media is the leading independent media group dedicated to the alternative asset classes of private equity, private real estate and infrastructure. Formed by a management buyout in 2001, the company publishes both Private Equity International magazine and PrivateEquityOnline. It has offices in London, New York and Singapore and specialises in providing information, data, conferences and training to a global community of practitioners active in these three asset classes.

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