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The annual Private Equity Wire US Awards recognise excellence among fund managers and service providers in the US across a wide range of categories.

Voting for the awards is conducted via an online poll of the entire Private Equity Wire readership, where participants are asked to make their choice among the shortlisted firms in each category.

The GP manager categories cover fund performance and fundraising success by private equity and venture capital firms across a range of private markets investment strategies – including Buyout, Growth, Venture, Fund of Funds, Secondaries, Co-Investment, Debt, Real Estate and Real Assets – while the service provider categories span all the key areas of the broader private equity ecosystem.

All winners are invited to attend an exclusive awards presentation ceremony and industry networking event to be held at The University Club in New York on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 at 5:30pm EST. The results of the awards will also be covered – along with winners’ profiles – in a Private Equity Wire US Awards Special Report that will be distributed globally.

2021 Winners:

GP Performance Categories

Best Buyout Manager (fund size above $2.5bn)

Bain Capital

Best Buyout Manager (fund size up to $2.5bn)

Lovell Minnick Partners

Best Growth Manager

TPG Capital

Best Venture Manager (fund size above $1bn)

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Best Venture Manager (fund size $250m-1bn)

Khosla Ventures

Best Venture Manager (fund size up to $250m)

Union Square Ventures

Best Fund of Funds Manager (fund size above $500m)

Adams Street Partners

Best Fund of Funds Manager (fund size up to $500m)


Best Secondaries Manager

Blackstone/Strategic Partners

Best Debt Manager (fund size above $1.5bn)

Golub Capital

Best Debt Manager (fund size up to $1.5bn)

Harvest Partners

Best Real Estate Manager (fund size above $1bn)

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Best Real Estate Manager (fund size up to $1bn)

LEM Capital

Best Real Assets Manager


GP Manager Categories

Best Fundraising Firm – Large-Cap Buyout (fund size above $10bn)

Blackstone Group

Best Fundraising Firm – Mid-Cap Buyout (fund size above $10bn)

Thoma Bravo

Best Fundraising Firm – Buyout (fund size $5bn-10bn)

Clearlake Capital

Best Fundraising Firm – Growth (fund size above $3bn)

Summit Partners

Best Fundraising Firm – Growth (fund size up to $3bn)

TPG Growth

Best Fundraising Firm – Venture

Insight Partners

Best Fundraising Firm – Fund of Funds

Stepstone Group

Best Fundraising Firm – Secondaries (fund size above $5bn)

HarbourVest Partners

Best Fundraising Firm – Secondaries (fund size up to $5bn)

Hamilton Lane

Best Fundraising Firm – Co-investment

Fisher Lynch Capital

Best Fundraising Firm – Debt

Ares Management

Best Fundraising Firm – Real Estate

Starwood Capital Group

Best Fundraising Firm – Real Assets

Blackstone Group

GP Fundraising Categories

Service Provider Categories

Best Accounting and Reporting Software

SS&C Advent

Best Risk Management Software Provider

Validus Risk Management

Best Custodian

Northern Trust

Best Data Management Solution


Best ESG Solution Provider


Best ESG Data Provider


Best Fund Administrator - Reporting Services

SEI Investments

Best Fund Administrator – Technology

Intertrust Group

Best Fund Administrator - ESG

Sanne Group

Best Fund Administrator (GP’s with assets <$30Bn)

UMB Fund Services

Best Fund Administrator (GP’s with assets >$30Bn)

Alter Domus

Best Fund Raising Solution


Best Insurance Service Provider


Best Investor Relations Technology


Best Placement Agent

Capstone Partners

Best Portfolio Management Software Provider


Best PR & Communications Agency

Prosek Partners

Best Private Equity Fund Domicile

Cayman Finance

Best Recruitment Company for Investor Relations & Asset Raising

Jensen Partners

Best Regulatory & Compliance Firm

ACA Group

Best Secure Work-flow Management Provider


Best Accounting Firm


Best Tax Adviser


Best Technology Advisory Firm

Lionpoint Group

Best Technology Infrastructure Provider


Best Cyber Security Provider

Drawbridge Partners

Best Cloud Services Provider


Best Deal Origination Technology


Best Law Firm of the Year - Transactions

Kirkland & Ellis

Best Law Firm of the Year – Fund Structuring

Seward & Kissel

Law Firm of the Year - Overall

Kirkland & Ellis

Best Secondaries Platform

Setter Capital

Best GP Incentive Platform

EWM Global

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The Private Equity Wire US Awards follow a clear and transparent process.

For the GP manager fund performance and fundraising categories, the pre-selected shortlists are based on data provided by Bloomberg. For the full methodology, please click here.

For the service provider categories, the nominated firms are based on a widespread survey of more than 400 GPs and other key industry participants.

Voting for the eventual winners is then conducted via an an extensive online poll of the Private Equity Wire readership over a period of several weeks.

Why should you participate?

For all the key constituents in the private equity industry – GPs, LPs, and service providers – the Private Equity Wire US Awards provide a unique annual insight as to the most highly-regarded and successful fund managers and service providers in the US. Based on voting from within the industry itself, the results help you to make decisions and choices that can add value to your own business.

For LP investors

Knowing which GP fund managers have outperformed in different types of investment strategies – and which service providers are rated most highly in various areas – is essential for investors. Help us to understand which firms have impressed you the most.

For GP managers

Identifying, and working with, the best-in-class service providers across a broad spectrum of activities and products is a key ingredient to the success of any private capital investment firm. Tell us which counterparties you rate most highly – and why.

For service providers

Understanding which GP fund managers are strongest in which sectors, and how the competition stacks up in your own specific areas of expertise, gives you vital business insight. Play your part in enabling us to identify who most deserves recognition.


Private Equity Wire offers all nominees and winners the platform to increase their brand awareness during and after the awards process, highlighting their achievements and successes

Voted for by participants within the private equity industry itself, the awards are a valued badge of honour – marking recognition and respect among peers, advisors and counterparties


The annual awards provide all firms with an opportunity to assess their progress and standing within the industry, across all the key areas in which GPs and service providers operate


With global investor interest in private equity continuing to expand rapidly, it is more important than ever to know how you are perceived and where you stand out from the crowd



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