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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 5:00pm 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 Shortlists:

GP Performance Categories

Best Buyout Manager (fund size above $2.5bn)

Audax Private Equity

Bain Capital

Blackstone Group

L Catterton

KKR & Co


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

Drum Capital

Flexpoint Ford

Frazier Healthcare Partners

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Lovell Minnick Partners

Marlin Equity Partners


Best Growth Manager

Arrowroot Capital

Bain Capital

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors

Providence Strategic Growth

TPG CapitalBest Venture Manager (fund size above $1bn)

Insight Partners

Institutional Venture Partners

Lightspeed Venture Partners

New Enterprise Associates

OrbiMed Advisors


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

Flagship Pioneering

Frazier Healthcare Partners

GGV Capital

IDG Capital

Khosla Ventures

Mayfield


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

137 Ventures

Alta Partners

FirstMark

Forerunner Ventures

True Ventures

Union Square Ventures


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

Adams Street Partners

HarbourVest Partners

SVB Capital

Top Tier Capital Partners


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

Abbott Capital

Greenspring Associates

Invesco

Ocean Avenue Capital Partners

Pathway Capital Management

PA Capital/Private Advisors


Best Secondaries Manager

Blackstone/Strategic Partners

Glouston Capital Partners

Grosvenor Capital Management

Portfolio Advisors

Siguler Guff

Sweetwater Capital


Best Debt Manager (fund size above $1.5bn)

Angelo Gordon

Apollo Global Management

Ares Management

Blackstone/GSO

Cerberus

Golub Capital

Silver Point


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

Clearlake Capital

Crestline-Kirchner

Harvest Partners

Innovatus Capital Partners


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

CBRE

CH Investment Partners

Exeter Property Group

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

LaSalle Investment Management

KKR & Co

PCCP


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

Cabot Properties

Covenant Capital Group

LEM Capital

Penwood Real Estate Investment Management

The Roxborough Group

Westport Capital Partners


Best Real Assets Manager

Blackstone/GSO

Grey Rock Energy Partners

Kimmeridge


GP Manager Categories


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

Advent International

Bain Capital

Blackstone Group

Leonard Green & Partners

KKR & CoSilver Lake


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

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Genstar Capital

Platinum Equity

TA Associates

Thoma Bravo


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

BDT Capital Partners

Clearlake Capital

Francisco Partners

GTCR

New Mountain Capital

Stone Point Capital


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

Andreessen Horowitz

BlackRock LTPC

Blackstone Group

General Atlantic

Summit Partners

Warburg Pincus


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

Accel

Advent International

KKR & Co

LLR Partners

Providence Strategic Growth

Sequoia Capital

TPG Growth

Valor Equity Partners


Best Fundraising Firm – Venture

Andreessen Horowitz

Blackstone Group

Coatue Management

Durable Capital Partners

Insight Partners

TCV (Technology Crossover Ventures)

Tiger Global Management


Best Fundraising Firm – Fund of Funds

Greenspring Associates

JP Morgan Investment Management

Pathway Capital

Peppertree Capital

Siguler Guff

SVB Capital

Thrivent


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

Blackstone/Strategic Partners

Carlyle/AlpInvest

Goldman Sachs

HarbourVest Partners

Lexington Partners


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

BlackRock

Hamilton Lane

Morgan Stanley

Portfolio Advisors

StepStone Group


Best Fundraising Firm – Co-investment

Carlyle/AlpInvest

Energy Capital Partners

Fisher Lynch Capital

Genstar Capital

Goldman Sachs

HarbourVest Partners

Lexington Partners


Best Fundraising Firm – Debt

Alcentra/BNY Mellon

Angelo Gordon & Co

Ares Management

Blackstone/GSO

CarVal Investors

Goldman Sachs

HPS Investment Partners

Lone Star


Best Fundraising Firm – Real Estate

Blackstone Group

IPI Partners

Oak Street Real Estate Capital

Rockpoint Group

Sculptor Real Estate

Starwood Capital

Westbrook Partners


Best Fundraising Firm – Real Assets

BlackRock

Blackstone Group

DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

Global Infrastructure Partners

I Squared Capital

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners


GP Fundraising Categories

Service Provider Categories


Best Accounting and Reporting Software

FIS

SS&C Advent

Allvue Systems


Best Risk Management Software Provider

FIS

eFront

Validus Risk Management


Best Custodian

JP Morgan

Northern Trust

BNY Mellon


Best Data Management Solution

Arcesium

Linedata

Cepres


Best ESG Solution Provider

Goby

Mercatus

ESG Admin

ISS ESG


Best ESG Data Provider

Goby

RepRisk

Refinitiv


Best Fund Administrator - Reporting Services

SEI Investments

Apex Group

Gen II Fund Services

PEF Services

Citco


Best Fund Administrator – Technology

SEI Investments

SS&C Globeop

Intertrust

Alter Domus

Citco


Best Fund Administrator - ESG

Sanne Group

Apex Group

SS&C Globeop

ESG Admin

Citco


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

UMB Fund Services

Alter Domus

Centaur Fund Services

Northern Trust


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

SEI

SS&C Globeop

Citco

Alter Domus

Gen II Fund Services


Best Fund Raising Solution

Intralinks

DealCloud

Ansarada

iConnections


Best Insurance Service Provider

VanBridge

Lockton

AIG


Best Investor Relations Technology

eVestment

Intralinks

DealCloud

Citco


Best Placement Agent

Campbell Lutyens

Capstone Partners

Monument Group


Best Portfolio Management Software Provider

SS&C Advent

FIS

eFront

Allvue Systems

Best PR & Communications Agency

Backbay Communications

Prosek

Edelman


Best Private Equity Fund Domicile

Bermuda

Cayman

BVI


Best Recruitment Company for Investor Relations & Asset Raising

Harrison Stone & Associates

Jensen Partners

CPI


Best Regulatory & Compliance Firm

Waystone

ACA Group

Kroll


Best Secure Work-flow Management Provider

Altvia

Intralinks

DealCloud

Ansarada


Best Accounting Firm

EisnerAmper

CohnReznick

PWC

EY


Best Tax Adviser

Eisner Advisory Group LLC

CohnReznick

PWC

EY


Best Technology Advisory Firm

FTI Consulting

Lionpoint

Crowe LLP


Best Technology Infrastructure Provider

Eze Castle Integration

Options IT

Thrive


Best Cyber Security Provider

RFA

Drawbridge Partners

Eze Castle Integration

Linedata


Best Cloud Services Provider

RFA

Options IT

Thrive

Linedata


Best Deal Origination Technology

Intralinks

DealCloud

Ansarada


Law Firm of the Year - Transactions

Schulte Roth & Zabel

Kirkland & Ellis

K&L Gates


Law Firm of the Year – Fund Structuring

Schulte Roth & Zabel

Kirkland & Ellis

Seward & Kissel


Law Firm of the Year - Overall

Ropes & Gray

Kirkland & Ellis

Debevoise & Plimpton


Best Secondaries Platform

CLSA

Palico

Setter Capital


Best GP Incentive Platform

Intertrust

EWM Global

IEA




Methodology

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.

Branding

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

Recognition

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

Benchmarking

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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