With more than 1,000 votes logged so far, most of the categories in the Private Debt Investor Awards are proving hotly contested.
In several of the lead categories, the battle for the coveted top spot is close. For most nominees, there is still everything to play for in this final week before voting closes on 8 January 2016.
The awards for the European categories have garnered the most votes. In the real estate, infrastructure, and CLO manager categories, as well as distressed debt investor and placement agent, there are closely-fought battles between two main contenders.
Blackstone, Partners Group and 3i Debt Management are fighting it out for CLO manager, while Apollo Global Management, Highbridge Capital Management and LCM Partners are vying for the top spot in distressed debt investor.
Competition in the senior lender category, where ICG, Ares and Alcentra are all nominated, is incredibly tight with all three lenders showing strong form. Whereas in the European deal of the year category, one transaction has clearly run well ahead of the other two in the battle between Fintrax, Fintyre and IGM Resins.
In the Americas, the battle for distressed debt investor of the year is also between two, as is the new title of investor of the year. Oak Hill Advisors, Fortress Investment Group or Oaktree Capital could end up the victor in the former category, while New Jersey Division of Investments, OCERS and PSERS are in the running to be crowned top investor.
In many of the key lender categories in the Americas, single contenders are slowly rising above the others. One lower mid-market nominee is racing ahead however. The same is true in the CLO manager category where CIFC, Onex Corporation and The Carlyle Group are nominated.
Finally in Asia, there is one contender that could end up producing a clean sweep across the board. In many of the categories, there are clear frontrunners, such as deal of the year. However, the race for the title of fund financier of the year, between Citigroup, Silicon Valley Bank and Deutsche Bank, is a tighter contest. As is the title for law firm of the year, with Ashurst, Kirkland & Ellis and Ropes & Gray all in the running.
With only a handful of votes between nominees in certain cases, even a small number of further votes before the deadline could meaningfully tip the outcome in favour of one ultimate winner. Be sure to make your vote count before the deadline of 8 January.